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

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@Snarky AC

So in about ten minutes you could exhaust the entire monthly movie output of Hollywood. That'll be useful, particularly if you can watch it as fast as you can download it.

Believe it or not there are use cases for fast fibre, albeit not for everyone. I have 300/30Mbps FTTP. I recently had to shift a number of 1GB+ MySQL backups between office and various servers. Took minutes. ADSL had taken 7hrs to upload 1GB of videos!

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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New version of Cluedo

I think an IT-themed Cluedo could be fun

"The PFY with the Halon in the ops-room"

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

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Re: Dear club we just stormed out off in a fit of rage

@Roland6

Problem is that you can't retain the benefits of membership without also accepting the obligations. The four principles? The EU might be willing to do something along those lines, but it wouldn't be a rebate for opt-outs, it would be a massive extra charge to opt-out of e.g. free movement.

No cherry-picking...

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DNA?

Similarly, if the UK were given access to the EU's Prüm DNA exchange tool, its five million DNA profiles "would nearly double those currently available".

So, UK has 13% of EU population, and 50% of the DNA samples? If we have that high a rate of convicted serious criminals then I think the EU will be glad to see the back of the UK. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding things and it's just that the UK police are ignoring GDPR and taking and keeping far more DNA samples from innocent people than they can justify. Surely not...

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

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Re: Back in my day

Training? Luxury!

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Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars

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Re: Someone's dangled their modifier!

And how big is it now? In standard Reg units please? Bigger or smaller than Drumpf's ego? Bigger or smaller than Drumpf's manservant hands?

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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'Competition' in utilities is rarely sensible. How is it more efficient, economically, to dig up a street twice to lay two pipes instead of one? How is it more efficient to have two delivery drivers travelling the same route and dropping off at the same houses? The so-called 'competition' in gas, electricity etc is a Tory fantasy, that just complicates things. Competition between wholesale suppliers of leccy is a different thing entirely.

Same with fibre.

Of course, one needs an element of regulation, and I wouldn't like to see 'nationalised' utilities again. But Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water offer an interesting model - a private company with a monopoly that is a not-for-profit! Of course, we have very high water bills, but that's a combination of them actually doing a lot of work on the infrastructure and them being forced (thanks to a contract signed by the UK government) to supply water to England at 1p per 73 gallons.

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@Ledswinger

and if we pulled out of the EU we could save £350 million an hour and spend it on all sorts of things. I'd vote for upgrading the domestic water supply network to dispense Gin instead of water.

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Lawyer?

Wright had a career as a criminal lawyer

I thought all lawyers were, by definition, criminals?

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Re: Some good news, at least

@Mike Richards

b) the Spanish pronunciation of 'Hunt'.

Unt?

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

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Agree - time to get rid of copper. Also should be discounts for crap speeds.

But...when they do provide FTTP, and after the inevitable installation cock-ups are sorted, it works quite well. No extra cost. No issues about 'living near the cabinet'. In my case they even switched the phone to fibre (so the hard-wired extension no longer works, but that's another issue!) 300Mbps is the advertised rate, and that's basically what I get. Rather less when I connect via a VPN though, but 50Mbps is pretty good for most things.

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

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How to waste bad people's time.+

Obviously the big danger is losing it. Which is why I keep mine on a few sheets of A4 and take a photocopy from time to time.

But would you really write your passwords in plain? Surely anyone with half a brain would obfuscate them? Add three random characters in the middle or something? There will then be a lot of frustrated bad people trying and failing to login to your a/c with your p/w

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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RIP

It must be quite satisfying to come to the end of the journey knowing that the main thing you have done in life was to give great pleasure to millions of children over many years.

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Space Education

A generation of Register readers was educated on space through the popular stop-motion children's TV show

True for me - well mainly the Clangers but also watching the Apollo missions live on TV. Somewhere I still have the three large scrapbooks of newspaper clippings I gathered about Apollo 11.

I wonder if that influenced my decision to study Astronomy at Uni?

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: Legitimate business interests

User privacy needs to be thoughtfully balanced against legitimate business needs

"User privacy takes precedence over unjustified business desires"

FTFThem

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Coffee?

A random thought. How well does a caffetiere perform in zero-G?

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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EXGIT

It's on the way out. This Git is pushing up the daisies etc it is an ex-Git

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Marriage of AI, Google chips will save diabetics from a lot of pricks

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More vapourware?

Several different approaches for non-invasive blood-sugar monitoring have been under development for some years. Various products have been plugged as being available real soon now. They involve clips in the ear, sensors on the thumb and the palm of the hand. None of them so far seem to be actually available.

I'll believe this when I see it. Personally I don't care who makes it or how it actually works, just please get it onto the market soon.

It would really dent Bayer Pharma's profits though...

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: Government office is unable to hit deadlines.

In other news water is wet

I'm sure we've discussed this before. Is it true to say that water is wet? Or is it that other objects, after coming into contact with water, and retaining some on their surface, are the things that are actually wet? A towel can be wet, as can a labrador.

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Re: A better Idea

@Just enough

Now that the truly enormous clusterf***ck that Brexit is has become obvious to anyone paying attention

Sadly it seems that a large number of our fellow citizens aren't paying attention, and haven't been for years, otherwise the polls wouldn't show a large minority still in favour of national economic suicide. Personally I blame Facebook/TV/Video games/The Daily Mail <delete as appropriate>

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Re: Don't be cretinous

@Lyndon Hills 1

I think what he meant is that for the import side, we can charge whatever tarriff we want, so if we have no tarrifs then we have no processing of imports to do. Exports are really the responsibility of the receiving country so again no need for the UK to do anything.

It's not as simple as that (although the Quitlings don't seem to be able to think beyond stage 1)

No controls on imports also means no checks on standards. Electrically unsafe goods being imported? Poisonous toys? Dodgy Yankee food? Okay, that may be acceptable (erm, actually, no). But those items could then be exported with a 'Made in Great England' sticker - and the EU won't be happy to receive those. What were they saying about common standards?

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Re: Don't be cretinous

@Dr Syntax

"Is it that I am a bear of very little brain"

I doubt it. You've never seemed that way here.

Aw, gee, <blush>, thanks! Or are you thinking that I actually seem to be a wildebeest or walrus of very little brain?

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Re: "As is common with IT systems, even after testing issues may also emerge ..."

Testing implies several levels - unit testing, integration testing and business testing (at the very least) - some of the most effective projects I ever worked on had a couple of experienced business users seconded to the development team to provide advice and answer questions during development, to write and execute the business test plans, and to help write the documentation and provide user training. The users got the systems they wanted and needed.

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@John Hawkins

I'd really, really like to believe that. I really, really would.

But this sort of thing needs to be based on evidence, and the evidence is that she's completely lost, has no idea what to do next, and whose idea of long term planning is what to have for tea today. She staggers from one day to the next, with only the thought of keeping her party 'united' (Hah!) for another 24 hours and stuff the UK, the EU and everyone else.

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Re: Don't be cretinous

Rees-Mogg has explained that after Brexit there will be no need for customs checks

I've never quite understood that (or anything he says, to be honest)

Surely the whole point of Brexit was to 'take back control' of our borders? How do you do that without customs checks?

Is it that I am a bear of very little brain and don't really understand these complicated things, or is Rees-Mogg simply a mendacious idiot?

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: @AC ... The cat is pretty well out of the bag already

@Ian Michael

"While many in the Western world can't own firearms... law abiding citizens in the US can and many do.

And non-law abiding citizens in the US are even more likely to...

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Re: Now he can get a tattoo, "Shot by the Mom!"

@jake

Possibly, but the woodsman had an axe as a tool of his trade, to cut down trees. It takes a hell of a lot of bullets to chop down a douglas fir!

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Re: I thought of the child(ren)

@jake

Sounds like the training didn't work too well. Hit him once in the neck. Other shot probably went through the window of the house opposite, and narrowly missed the occupants who were quietly watching telly.

She was two feet away from him, but couldn't see him to target because of a closed door. The safe option would be to shoot a single warning shot through the top of the door, at an upward angle. Would probably miss, but a) he'd know she was serious and b) no risk of injury to innocent passers by.

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Re: Isn't he supposed to be ...

But he should look on the bright side (if there is a bright side to years in a US hell-hole) - if it had happened in the UK he wouldn't have been shot, but they'd probably have hit him with trrrrrsm charges (possesion of material likely to be of use to a trrrrst, i.e duct tape) and locked him up for life.

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Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill

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6 hrs for action?

Could they include a clause requiring the police to take action within 6hrs of a probable offence being reported to them?

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Bottom line?

UK contribution to Galileo £1 billion or so - for which we get jobs and full access to a new GPS system.

UK contribution to to UK GPS system? Govt say £3-5 billion, so in reality that probably means £9-15 billion. Timescales? Lets check the timescales for other Govt IT projects and see how they're going. Universal credit?

The late delivery does help though. They can plant the saplings in the Magic Money Forest now and they'll be about ready to harvest when the rockets are due to launch.

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@Phil O'Sophical

if we can put together a credible plan showing that it's possible to do so, with newer technology, in about the same timeframe as Galileo, it's a useful bargaining position.

That's an amazingly big IF! A credible plan from the UK government? They have demonstrated time and time again they are incapable of a credible plan for going to buy a Mars bar at the Spar on the corner.

And with new technology? That would be the wheel, I assume?

In the same time-frame as Galileo? Or possibly by 2134.

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Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine

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Re: incompetence via laziness

I do hope the dickheads who a) specified and b) wrote these scripts were the first victims.

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

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This is not good news

The NHS budget is already badly over-stretched. Now doctors will be asked to prescribe a daily pint or two.

Anyone remember the old Milk Marketing Board and "Drinka Pinta Milka Day"? (And that was before the days of semi-skimmed)

Time for a new campaign "Drinka Pinta FirklestonesOldSkullcrackera Day"

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Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

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Re: Great site

Having visited friends in St Margarets who lived right under the Heathrow flightpath it can't be much fun. What pisses me off is that everywhere is 'under the flight path' these days. Our nearest serious airport is close on 3 hours drive away, but still we get them. Okay, they're at 30,000 feet, but when relaxing in a peaceful Welsh garden, with the sound of the stream, the birdies, the sheep and not much else, it's a really pain to get jet noise! Bastards I say!

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Great site

It's a really neat site. Let's me find out which selfish bastards are disturbing the peace and quiet in my garden (and thousands of other peoples gardens) on a sunny afternoon by flying overhead in a noisy polluting machine, just so they can visit Dublin and drink Guinness!

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NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

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Re: Build that Wall!

Brilliant idea. And make sure it's completely sealed and airtight, with no doors. Then the rest of us can have peace until the day the meteor of doom bounces off and lands in our Cornflakes.

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: You Just Need to Have Faith

Oh no, no. Faith is so essential and powerful. The sun only rises every morning because I believe it will. My laptop only boots because I have faith that it will. Those BSODs are a sign of a lack of faith - I am a worthless sinner. The daily sacrifice of a virgin also helps (getting harder to find these days)

And for a wonderful example of the power of Faith, <insert Brexit reference here>

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Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban

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You call this a trade war?

Pah! When I were a lad we had propertrade wars - gunboats off Iceland arguing about who owns the cod! But if you tell that to kids today...

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

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3% of GDP?

Are they serious? What do they want? A nuclear-armed aircraft carrier to park outside the home of every Syrian jihadis?

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A cynic writes...

These networks rely heavily on digital and space-borne tech and fears were expressed by some who wrote in that the Armed Forces may not be fully prepared to cope without them being operational.

Many suspect they could not cope with them being operational either.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Oh my!

This is obviously a serious cock-up, but, to be fair, no padlock is invincible, and that applies for most (all?) security systems. They are just ways of reducing the temptation of an open door with something valuable behind it. The more effective the lock, the less likely some opportunist passing-by bit of shit will have a go at it. If a garden shed needs a noisy angle-grinder to open it will probably be effective. The same lock will not be so good in a remote location on a shed full of gold bullion.

If the contents are valuable enough, it can be opened!

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: I'm uncertain...

@deive

Sorry, lack-of-coffee moment. I of course meant duckduckgo, not Bing. But still get better results in Google!

The VPN problem isn't that the VPN needs access to stuff, but it isn't available in the Amazon store, so I need (I assume, possibly wrongly - I don't do technical wizardry with phones, I stick to webservers) to get Google store installed to grab it.

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I'm uncertain...

Basically, this is a very good thing. BUT...I quite like gmail. And the calendar is quite handy. And it's good to use both on phone and desktop. I appreciate there are alternatives, I just can't be faffed to install them and switch. For search I sometimes use Bing, sometimes Google. But I usually get better results in Google!

And, evil though Google tends to be, lock-in there is as nothing compared to Amazon. I recently needed wanted a new tablet, and succumbed to getting an Amazon Fire HD 10 (decent spec and price). But Jesus wept, talk about lockin! I've managed to kill Alexa (probably) but it looks like a bit of a faff to even get Google Play installed to get some of my more core apps installed (the VPN I pay for, Firefox Focus). I'm still googling to work out if I can completely replace the OS with vanilla Android.

Let the down-votes commence!

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Well, more like "sometime in several years we will celebrate our Independence Day!"

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

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

Having suffered the occasional coffee-on-keyboard incident I found that a good cure was sometimes to just put it on the radiator until it dried out. That doesn't work if there was sugar in the coffee. I have heard tell that in this case (and for any generally gunked up keyboard) then a quick trip through the dishwasher can work wonders! I suspect best without detergent, and on a low temperature, but why not? Let it dry thoroughly before plugging back in. And given that basic keyboards cost about a tenner, what have you to lose?

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

@james_smith

You also need to see a doctor if you have balls and a socket, as I thought they were mutually exclusive on the same individual.

No, more that you need to see a doctor if you have balls (or not) and don't have several sockets - hips joints? shoulder joints? eye sockets?

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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'Main' base?

Surely, more like their only base? And if they're not operational they're losing a lot in training. (Training for what?)

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Re: Thales

No, I think 5 out of 54 is closer to undecimated.

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Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Re: More job displacement, yay

@Pete

However, it should not be used as an excuse to not ensure we train the right people to fill these jobs ourselves. Why can't we recruit and retain the necessary medical staff?

Because it takes time and money.

Doctors and nurses don't grow on trees. They have to be carefully nurtured from tiny seeds for years until they are fully grown, and even then they will require care and support as they develop to full maturity.

Or to put it another way: experienced doctors take about 15 years to develop from when they leave school. Specialist nurses less, but still not exactly months. And if we want to train them we need training schools, which cost money to build and run. And those schools need staff - which we're short of and would probably have to import to get sufficient numbers.

Problem is finding a government willing to invest for the future. God knows where we'll get one - they don't grow on trees either.

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