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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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Poor spelling

This is the second story today where elReg has forgotten the 'R' in Crapita.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Number! It's the flipping number!!!

If we actually get displays with 120 pixels per degree, I think referring to an 'amount' of pixels might be justified, it'll be close to the equivalent of a glass of sand.

(A VR headset would need of the order of 10^7 pixels per eye, a very small sand pit might have 10^8 grains of sand, so a standard 250ml glass would have roughly the same *amount*)

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Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

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Re: Capita?

If you look at the bottom of the article you'll see a "Tips and corrections" link. Click that and let them know they've spelt it without the 'r'.

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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Re: Coming home

Now someone's knocking Gloucester? Hang about.

Ok, it would probably be a much better looking city if they'd not knocked down all the old half timbered houses and replaced them with concrete shit in the 60's, but at least it's not Swindon.

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Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

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Re: Irrelevant...

Well, the one extension I need that's not been updated is purely to lock down the browser into something like a kiosk mode, so if this policy engine allows whitelisting allowed URLs and removing access to preferences then I can happily move all my clients up to quantum.

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

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Re: Old school

That's easy, it's just twice the distance from the middle to the end.

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Re: £120 for 4MB

A whole megabyte? Kids today etc.

I remember buying (or rather, my dad buying for me), a 512KB upgrade for my Amiga 500, which was about £60 if memory serves.

We bought it from Evesham Micros, who were basically operating out of a double garage at that point. Little did I know that I'd end up working for them some fifteen years later.

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US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

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Re: everyone replaces their PCs

Wait, are you still using a fax machine?

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Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland

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Re: Embarrassing ...

"Andromeda fountain is one of Europe's larger fountains"

But if you want to see the largest gravity fed fountain in the world (and the largest fountain in the UK), you don't have to go too far to Stanway House.

The fountain is powered by a pond on top of the hill and reaches 300ft.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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nano forever :)

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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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Re: PowerShell?

"[Powershell is] a very capable scripting language, but an appalling shell. Bash is the reverse."

Ahh, thankyou AC, this is what I've been thinking for years, but never managed to put into words.

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Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

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Re: WOT? CCTV not sufficient???

There's not much point in a CCTV camera pointed at a door, if there's no one there to arrest him when he actually comes out is there?

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Re: Virtual insanity

You can call practically any behaviour which isn't directly survival based 'virtue signalling'.

When nazis start doing their nazi salutes, or waving tiki torches around or whatever it is they do now, that's them trying to signal their virtue to all the other nazis.

I suppose if you're a WWII sniper then they're also signalling their virtue as targets, how considerate!

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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

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Having a tool to remotely wipe company property isn't necessarily shady. If you're responsible for company equipment and data, you want some kind of system to wipe the CEO's phone when they leave it in a taxi after a hard night "entertaining clients", because you can assume that if there's a passcode they've probably written it down on the case.

That said, I'm just going to go ahead and assume Uber were using it for shady purposes, because at this point it would be bigger news if they weren't.

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Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body

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YouTube are American (obv), but this bloke is British, so we can't really point fingers here.

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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Re: What about a rocket?

Uncontrolled rockets can't be launched within 8km of an airport in the UK.

Particularly large ones might require you to notify the local air traffic control and get a NOTAM issued.

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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Re: "A clear mandate for destroying the British economy, then."

"probably not a little aggrieved at being compared to Nazis."

After all, the nazis were technically trying to unite Europe.

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Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

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Re: Badlands delivery ?

If by 'no-go areas' you mean public areas where the average member of the public is not allowed to go, there might be a few of those, but usually they're a land owner illegally preventing people from using a footpath on their land.

If you're just talking about public areas where someone might feel unwelcome, I suspect that there's more of those if you're a non-white Brit than otherwise.

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A full height fridge/freezer is only about 65kg, so one of these drones could do your whole kitchen suite at once. Or it could carpet-bomb your entire street with white goods if it gets hacked...

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'Repeal hate crime laws for free speech' petition passes 14k signatures

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Re: The justice system really has money to waste?

Just because something makes you angry, doesn't mean you've suddenly got a pass on your subsequent behaviour.

It's not exactly difficult to type something, look at it and think "maybe that's going a bit far", then delete or edit it. Angry raging when you don't get your own way is embarrassing in a toddler, in a grown adult it's just sad.

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Watt? You thought the wireless charging war was over? It ain't even begun

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Re: Effects on Humans & Animals?

"That's what makes things like radioactivity, genetic engineering, etc. so scary"

Neither of those things are scary. They both demand respect when you're dealing with them (radiation more so perhaps), but they're only scary if you don't know how they work and their limits.

Most people don't find cars scary, but a car can kill with just one second's inattention, and yet we allow them to pass within centimetres of unprotected humans even though they kill far, far, more people than radiation of genetic engineering combined.

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Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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Re: Will not update will not patch will not worry

I suggest you try searching for 'meltdown poc' or 'spectre poc'. From a quick glance none of these bits of code need any particularly unusual setups to work, so I'm sure some of them will be getting integrated into malware as we speak.

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Re: "8th Generation Core platforms..."

I'm not a chip designer but even if it's a simple fix, you're still looking at months for the design to be checked and sent out to fabs and integrated into actual hardware.

Here's a good overview of the work that goes into designing a new x86 chip.

One interesting part is that a simulation of a full chip design, together with northbridge etc. runs at about 1Hz (yep, one Hertz, no mega- or giga-hertz here). So running a conventional desktop CPU for one second would take nine years of simulating.

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Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

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Surely if you're running a pub and you're thinking about a German themed night, barmaids in skimpy lederhosen toting a massive pair of...steins would be the obvious images to use?

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: It's not complicated

He's already definitely guilty of at least one crime in the UK: bail jumping.

You can read the sentencing guidelines here, I suspect he'll get close to the full whack of three months in jail.

Apart from that, I dan't know what else they could charge him with, except possibly wasting police time?

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Facebook has open-sourced encrypted group chat

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Re: Bollocks

From various reporting over the last year, it seems like the UK government at least does love group chat, because it allows all sorts of members of the government to chat to each other in a way which is very unlikely to to be readable by either the press, or FoI requests.

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CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

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Re: Only M$

Surely if MS do it then it's a supported call into kernel memory?

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CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice

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Re: @AC

That Forbes article does have some good selective quoting going on, from the actual law which they link to:

" (iii) Class II

This class covers bananas which do not qualify for inclusion in the higher classes but satisfy the minimum requirements specified above.

The following defects of the fingers are allowed, provided the bananas retain their essential characteristics as regards quality, keeping quality and presentation:

- defects of shape"

(emphasis mine)

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Re: @AC

"Better a law is made with reason, otherwise we get banana and jam laws."

Even after all these years, people still think the EU made a law concerning how bent a banana is allowed to be.

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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I think all you have to do is be publicly female on the internet and the dick pics will come to you.

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Re: Who didn't see this coming?

"Microsoft does nothing without extracting lucre"

Well they are a business, that's kind of their raison d'être.

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With WPA3, Wi-Fi will be secure this time, really, wireless bods promise

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It's an open standard, so good luck hiding those backdoors.

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Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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This is a brit forum, we tend to put you all in the same box of "uninformed yanks" regardless of politics.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Joking aside, I'd guess software compatibility is one of the main reasons.

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"Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux"

Because Ubuntu now uses Gnome (again)?

I don't think the author really understands why people choose not to use linux, it's not because of the window managers.

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

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Can you tell the difference between your aunt and a recording of your aunt?

More importantly, could you program a computer to do it?

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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"No one will EVER find a way to bypass physical access"

Sure they will, maybe they'll just break a window and climb through rather than going through a door. Maybe they'll take a crowbar to the locks and go through the door anyway.

People have been "bypassing physical access" (or "stealing shit" as I prefer to call it) for a lot longer than computers have been around.

Sure, you can make it so difficult that an attacker goes elsewhere, but no security is 100%.

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

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Re: Switzerland....

"Maybe that's because Switzerland requires all adult men to have a gun at home..."

Swiss men between 20-34 performing their military service, have a gun at home, but without ammunition.

FTFY

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"genuinely remorseful he got caught"

FTFY

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They didn't call it the Bristol Olympus (as seen used in the Vulcan, and Concorde) because it was made in Kent mate.

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Some simple New Year's resolutions for vendors – lots of love, suffering IT grunts of world xox

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My resolution for 2018 is 2560x1080.

Not all games support it, but when they do it's great, and films look amazing.

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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Re: 'Intel is in denial'

It's not conspiracy theorising to say that Intel knew about this. It's very widely reported that they (and AMD and ARM) were first told about the problems in June of 2017.

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: Screw that.

Can confirm, buying a Scot a can of Iron Bru the morning after will make you a friend for life.

(Even if you're English)

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Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

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Re: I'm Praying to the Aliens..

Data will last for ages on sheepskin parchment, all you need then is very neat handwriting and lots of patience.

>>> mines the one with a quill in the pocket.

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Maplin Electronics CEO ups stakes for steak house

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They do sell tat, but they do also sell a bunch of other kit, mainly components, that people would want to buy if they weren't cheaper online.

Mind you, when it's a choice between buying it from China via fleabay and waiting two weeks, or walking ten minutes down to Maplin and paying 120% of the price to get it now, well, then you have to decide how much you want that cable/converter/component etc.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Re: What's all the fuss about?

"Is it a religious thing?"

Well, it seems like a matter of life and death to true believers, and basically impenetrable to outsiders, so yes, it is very similar to religion.

Mint does seem to have less of the bullshit that some of the more militant OS's (or rather their users) have though.

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

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Re: Lead time on new CPUs?

Why keep looking at Intel?

Early reports are that the kernel patches for part of this problem are causing 5-30% performance loss on Intel processors, and AMD chips tend to lag Intel by only about 5-30% for less money. So just go AMD.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: AMD not vulnerable

"If you control your own computer, it doesn't really matter if you can read the kernel memory from user space."

Until you go to a website that has some dodgy javascript running in user space (natch), which can then start reading stuff in kernel memory (or presumably anywhere else).

Unless you're writing or auditing every byte of code that runs on your computer, you have to start hoping that you truly control your computer.

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Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

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Visible light signals would require an alien species that had eyes that use the same wavelengths as us, which might be the case if we're looking at a similar planet and sun to our own, but it's an unknown.

Perhaps a better idea would be to transmit in one of the absorption lines, where it should look out of place to an alien radio astronomer, and hence pique their interest.

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