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3555 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract

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Re: Hmm

Who's to say that Crapita won't turn out to be designated 'too big to fail'? (I guess it depends how many ministers have cosy positions there lined up). We might end up paying even more for their losses.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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Re: How would ID cards prevent anything?

"Introduction of an ID card would not have prevented the Windrush debacle, it would have forced it to happen sooner"

It might have happened sooner, but even if we had ID cards, under the current 'hostile environment' I could imagine the Home Office going back through old applications and revoking ID from people who got them through perceived 'loopholes'.

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Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

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Re: Take that!

"The U.S. actually doesn't impose inappropriate punishment in most cases"

From an American point of view that might be true, but for those of us outside the US, your sentences seem pretty draconian. The idea of jail being partly about reformation rather than punishment doesn't seem to have ever gained ground in the US.

Still, have to love the irony of calling yourselves the 'Land of the Free' with the largest prison population in the world :)

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Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke

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"They removed segregation from schools because it didn't benefit anyone."

Turns out sometimes kids learn better in single sex classrooms (but still within a mixed school). They tried it for some subjects at my brother's school and did see an increase in GCSE grades (and this was 20 years ago).

I still feel that schools as a whole should be mixed though, after all academic subjects are only part of what you learn at school.

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From their reaction is sounds more like an honest fuck up, which is plausible, nay, expected, anywhere.

After all, if this was malicious, what exactly were they expecting to get out of it, a $5000 bounty? If they're that hard up for cash then they'll be bankrupt by next week.

More likely is a simple lack of communication between the person who read the bug report from the researchers, and the person who developed the PoC and though "we should probably tell google about this".

You should always remember Hanlon's razor.

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PC nerds: Can't get no SATA-isfaction? Toshiba flaunts NVMe SSD action

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Re: What do I need to specify on my next motherboard?

We've been using them in £200 Intel NUC machines (eg), so they're very much not an expensive enterprise product.

That's why I'm glad they're introducing a 120GB model, because for a small desktop you only really need about 30GB of space (120GB models are still only £25).

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Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs

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Re: 3% of GDP?

"without any clarity on funding"

There was clarity on the funding. The Prime Minister has said that the extra funding for the NHS will come from the money we'll be saving after brexit.

The widely agreed (including by the government itself) prediction that there will be less money after brexit has nothing to do with it, the PM was still very clear...

elReg, maybe it's time we had a 'magic money tree' icon?

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: I don't recognise this. ...

"I view work as an exchange of services for money"

Exactly this.

I'll work overtime as long as I'm being paid. I'll be on-call if I'm getting paid.

What I won't do is work for free.

The other side of it is that working more than 40 hours a week is unproductive. (eg)

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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

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"I think what most affects which network you go with depends on coverage in your local area."

Same here. The only network that covered my home was Vodafone (provided you stood by a window on the right side of the house), so I got a contract with them.

These days I live about 500m from a mast, so all the networks work equally well, but every time I've tried to leave Voda they've offered me an even better deal, and as yet they've not messed anything up bad enough to make me want to leave.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: timestamp is a date format

"l33ts use yyyyMMdd"

Also, Japan. It's also known as ISO 8601, and I use it for pretty much everything except talking to people.

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hard as I try...

"It's already bad enough with uefi and "secure boot"."

UEFI is just a modern replacement for a BIOS, you might as well complain about SATA and PCIe.

Secure boot is just a method of checking that your bootloader has not been tampered with.

What's the problem?

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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"its real aim was to get as many claimants off benefits as possible"

Well, with tens of thousands of people* dying as a result, I'd say they've achieved their aim.

* 45,000 between 2011 and 2014. Not a typo.

(Source, BMJ)

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Re: uk.gov IT

"Do they know the people they're supposed to be helping?"

Of course they do, it's those poor, downtrodden rich people.

Did you know that (on the rare occasion they pay some tax), some of that money is just given to poor people? And it's not like these poor people have even bothered to be born to a well-off family, or be not-disabled. If people can't be bothered to help themselves, why should the government help them?

Sarcasm aside, the 'hostile environment' isn't just aimed at immigrants, it's designed to make life as uncomfortable as possible for people on benefits as well.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

"Basic keyboards [...] die in dishwashers"

Usually you can undo a bunch of screws and detach the electronics from the keys, then just wash the keys (and dry thoroughly).

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Lies and lying lyers.

It's always fun goading someone into a lie, and then running with it.

Ideally you should end up at the point where they have to admit to the lie in front of their boss. Oh, and keeping them guessing as to is your really know they're lying helps keep them on edge.

Salespeople are my usual marks.

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The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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Re: Back to the old ways?

"In a way, the arrival of deepfakes tech and its inevitable use as a propaganda tool"

Porn. It's mainly going to be used for porn.

(I could probably segue into some 'opiate of the masses' type point here, but that would be taking this whole subject too seriously).

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Brexit Schmexit

The Labour party may or may not be likeable, but they really should have managed to capitalise on the sheer incompetence the tories have been displaying for the past year or so. When you're the opposition to a party with a leader who no one likes and who doesn't really want to be there, while the rest of her cabinet fight with each other, you'd expect the opposition to make a little more headway.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Today's story...

"Replace cmd with powershell on your system and see how it runs."

There's an option in Win10 to do just this for the start menu. It works just fine.

(Powershell will execute valid cmd commands, plus all of it's own, so it's a drop-in replacement)

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Solar winds will help ESA probe smell what Mercury's cookin'

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Re: I haz a disappoint

Throwing things into the sun is a lot harder than you might think. You have to counter out (most of) the Earth's orbital speed around the sun, which is 30km/s. As a comparison, a Falcon 9 has about 5km/s of delta V, but it needs 3km/s just to get off the Earth.

It's probably just within our reach as a species to send a small satellite into the sun, but it'll have to be a small satellite either using a very efficient propulsion method (ion drive?), or some clever gravity assists.

(eg Use a close flyby of Jupiter or Saturn to send your aphelion right out to the outer solar system, and then reduce your perihelion out there where the delta V requirements are low).

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: Would it be at all possible to ........

It's not really fixing the problem, but buying an SSD (they're pretty cheap now) really helps make any OS (Windows/Linux/OSX etc) feel a lot more snappy, and open programs quicker.

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

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Re: If it was only security patches

"I still don't know why they're doing 'forced updates' like that."

Because otherwise they get slated for everyone never installing patches and getting pwnd by every bit of malware that comes along.

Think back to the days when everyone ran Windows XP and most people/companies didn't patch, and Microsoft got their (deserved) reputation for having terrible security. That's what they're trying to avoid, by making sure everyone is running the latest security patches.

They've probably over-reacted, but at least now you know why.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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WTF?

Where's Bombastic Bob? He's usually all over any thread that mentions the 't' word.

Surely there's some sympathetic reason that trump has done this that us filthy libtards aren't getting?

In fact, it's probably because our feeble minds can't keep up with the greatness that is trump. I'm sure he's actually getting the best deal ('the BEST') from China, right?

That's right isn't it Bob?

Bob?

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Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Re: systemd-free?

"what exactly is the difference between Debian with sysvinit installed, and Devuan?"

Ideological purity.

Oh, and the vi vs emacs holy war was getting old so a new point of conflict was needed.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Ghost in the Shell:SAC uses the exact same plot device as Superman 3 (stealing the rounding errors). Clearly the writers assumed most viewers would never have seen Superman 3.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Re: So for a while now...

To be fair, since Vista (when Microsoft changed the way drivers were allowed to interact with the kernel), the only BSoD's I've seen have been either bad hardware, or bad drivers/software.

I've still probably seen more BSoDs than kernel panics, but that's partly because most of the linux machines I interact with are servers, with the higher grade of hardware that implies.

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"he should push for MS and people like CERT to issue official statements that any device that defaults to SMB1 is [...] not safe to connect to a network"

Well, Ned works for Microsoft, and regularly tells people in his official capacity to stop using SMBv1 (eg), and US-CERT say the same. That's about as emphatic as warnings get.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Re: Trust of developers?

"As for "backdoored [systemd]". Link and code or shut the fuck up."

^^^ This.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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We have a dropdown list for 'reason for closing ticket'. One of those reasons is PEBKAC.

(Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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"So Tesla has follow-distance control but no emergency stop?"

It does have emergency stop if (eg) the car in front of you slams it's brakes on, but as explained up thread, it might not be able to 'see' stationary objects.

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Japan's asteroid-hunting robot Hayabusa2 has its prey within its sights

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The first Hayabusa might have had a lot of failures, but the mission control team did an amazing job of keeping it limping on and managed to return some data.

Hopefully this one is more reliable and can do All The Science!

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

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Re: I wonder...

I was up at lake Windermere a few weeks ago and was treated to Typhoon flyover, and while it's obviously not in the same league as a Vulcan, they don't half make a racket when they're coming down the lake at minimum altitude! :)

I'm pretty sure they were below whatever minimum altitude they're supposed to be sticking to as well, it felt like they were about 50m above our heads, which was bloody great :) The planes might have changed, but the pilots are still cut from the same cloth.

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Re: Maths co-processor?

"But the Atari ST had a higher clock speed"

Shame it lagged behind in every other respect...

What do you mean we should have stopped having these Amiga vs Atari arguments twenty years ago (or more)?

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Re: Maths co-processor?

All this worrying about daughter boards when you should have just bought a computer built with expandability in mind, like my Amiga with it's internal expansion port that lets me plug a board with a faster CPU and and FPU on the same board!

(Or these days you'd whack in a Vampire accelerator, which uses an FPGA to emulate a 68060 faster than anything Motorola ever built, along with all the gubbins necessary for hi-res output via HDMI. Shame they're almost impossible to find in stock.)

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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Re: 4-color windows logo visible in photo

"But apparently it's easier to set one up underwater, than it is on land."

Where did you get this idea? Of course it's easier to set up a data centre on land.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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Re: FATGIT

And leaves room for FAT32GIT for larger projects, and exFATGIT for when you've done some optimisation.

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Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security

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Re: Plain text rudder commands is not a problem in itself

From a relative of mine who works offshore, yes, they often have consoles set up for gaming. There's also often a thriving film/tv piracy scene going on, where crew members swap videos back and forth to keep themselves occupied.

As for internet access, it depends. Usually these days they get enough for text based communications, and the odd picture. Some of the really fancy new boats have enough bandwidth to do VoIP (with a huge and almost unusable latency). For online gaming though you're pretty much limited to play-by-email.

I assume ships in places like the Channel can probably pick up on-shore mobile networks and get 3/4G coverage though.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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Re: Once the Competition Commission have allowed all the networks to be combined...

"have you seen the ridiculous prices the NHS pays for stuff"

Compared to the cost in the free market of the US?

Plus, they only get a choice of suppliers for some things (eg aspirin), some drugs/equipment will only have a single supplier.

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Re: Soon?

"For some goods, being able to physically try them out in a shop is important, but phones are not one of them"

I disagree. A phone is something that spends a lot of time in your hands, so personally I want to know about size and weight before I commit. A volume button that's uncomfortably out of reach (for example) would annoy me every day for the few years I own the phone.

I'll go buy it online after checking it out in store though, I'm not daft.

(Mice and keyboards are the other objects I'd put in this category)

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Re: Internets for the win!

" have a Moto G4+ too, but I'm looking to upgrade, got any suggestions?"

The Moto G5(/G5+/G5S/G5S+) is worth a look, so I assume the G6(etc.) is better. (not looked at the prices of the G6 though)

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Re: Once the Competition Commission have allowed all the networks to be combined...

The NHS isn't a monopoly (because you don't have to pay at the point of treatment), but it is a monopsony (ie a single buyer with many suppliers), which is not great for the suppliers (because they don't get to set the prices), but great for the NHS, and therefore, us.

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I've been trying to work out what I get paying £500-600 on a top of the range phone, vs spending £100-150 on a mid range phone but I can't work it out.

Sure, all the numbers (cores, core speed, memory, storage etc.) are all bigger for the more expensive phone, but I don't notice any difference in actual day to day usability. Plus, the cheaper end of the market has more competition, so you're more likely to see features you don't get at the high end, such as a ruggidised/waterproof design, or dual SIM slots.

Buy an unlocked phone for £100, and get a sim-only contract for £15/month or pay £50 for the phone and £50/month for the contract? Your choice.

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Re: 50cc Motorised Bicycles

I'm pretty sure those electric scooters would be illegal on the road, and on the pavement in the UK, which would limit them to private property.

I did see someone on an electric bike recently which at first glance looked like a chunky mountain bike, but went like a greased whippet. The rider didn't have a helmet on of course, but still, it looked much more useable (and fun) than the usual pedals+motor setup of a normal electric bike.

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Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage

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Re: will need an Intel display adapter

Intel integrated are a hell of a lot better than they used to be. Which isn't saying much I guess, but their top of the line integrated graphics are now being built by AMD.

Yeah, AMD GPUs in Intel CPUs. Really.

No it doesn't make any sense to me either.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: Q+A

"No, sorry, there had to have been other options"

With that amount of money, you're looking at:

Amazon

Apple

Google

IBM (maybe)

Oracle

Microsoft

Facebook

Which would you have chosen?

Amazon might pony up, but it doesn't really fit into their core business. Apple only occasionally care about open source. Google have their own in-house version control system. IBM probably don't have the cash. Oracle, well they'd probably love to buy Github, but lets face it, they'd fuck it up more and faster than MS ever could. Facebook aren't into development really, which just leaves Microsoft, who have a a business that depends on developers making software for their platforms.

And as for "it would still have been better to just close up shop"; the owners of GitHub have already taken $350 million from venture capitalists, what on earth makes you think they care about anything except making good on that investment?

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

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Re: Stupidity

"My favorite biometric [...] measured the distances between the joints in your fingers on one hand.[...] it has the advantage of being much harder to have ruined through accident or injury"

I suspect the Yakuza won't be giving that one a try any time soon.

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SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

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Re: Would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

Is there any launch vehicle of spacecraft that has actually launched on schedule?

IIRC the first manned launch of Soyuz was delayed well over a year, and still ended up being a failure (RIP Vladimir Komarov). Various parts of the Apollo program also slipped by years (eg the first flight of the LM was supposed to be in 1965, but didn't end up occurring until '68).

Space is hard, perhaps Musk should just be a bit quieter about when he hopes things will happen.

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Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

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Re: And the weather is not very nice either

Are we talking about Russia or Bristol?

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Alternative

If we're going that far back, in 1833 the British government paid out twenty million pounds to compensate slave owners who were now forced to free their slaves.

This money of course was paid by the British taxpayer, but fortunately we finished paying that debt off a whole three years ago. Yes, if you paid UK taxes in 2015, you were helping pay off money that was used to compensate those poor, hard done to, slave owners.

If you'd like to know exactly who that money was paid to, you can look through the records here. Here's David Cameron's great grand-uncle for example.

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Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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Re: Boss said leave it alone.

"It needs to be able to ask the network for encryption keys. Otherwise there will be alerts all over the phone that the network is insecure and some phones may refuse to use the network without an end-user confirmation (OS/Customization dependent)."

Nope. You do have to make sure your fake cell tower is 'louder' than all the legitimate ones, so that the targets phone opts to use it, but your tower claims to only support 2G (which is trivial to crack), and you can now snoop on the contents of communications to and from the phone.

As far as I can tell, no current phones warn when they roam to a cell that only has 2G. You can get applications on Android that will warn you, but it's not standard.

(example)

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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Re: Guiness Book Of World's Records

At least if they'd managed to delete every customer file, they wouldn't have to worry about data protection.

Don't need to protect the data if you've deleted it all ;)

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