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I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: If it’s intact…

"....…why is it at the bottom of the sea? I mean, something must have compromised its buoyancy and, short of it being carefully filled with water by a capricious god, I’d have thought that same something would have broken its intactness. If I break the screen of my phone I wouldn’t describe it as intact - even if I keep all the shards with it and, from the picture, that boat looks rather broken (although, I admit, remarkably well preserved).

Okay, pedant mode off. This is an impressive find. I look forward to seeing what else they find on it..."

Source: https://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/environment/worlds-oldest-intact-shipwreck-cant-be-that-intact-or-it-wouldnt-have-sunk-20181023178595

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GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Re: Cloud based services

"...'The cloud' is once again overrated.

All eggs, in one basket [even a distributed basket] is not necessarily a good idea.

I like github but I don't stake my business on it always being there. A lot can go wrong between my computer and their servers. A lot..."

Worryingly, that's twice in a single month you've to only made sense, but I find myself generally agreeing with you, bob

However, like I've said before on here, just because something is in "the cloud" doesn't and shouldn't absolve the owners of the data/service of their responsibilities. These are usually the same people who wouldn't bat an eyelid if told - correctly - that you wouldn't trust the data/service to a single point of failure they own themselves.

And yet we still see this "throw it over the fence and it's someone else's issue" mentality time and time again.

"Cloud services" can work well. But they are not a panacea and they still require some levels of simple management and accountability.

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FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: How long before the courts move into the modern world?

Re: Faxes.

I am not sure if this is still true, but for a long time (at least I was lead to believe this), fax was considered a legally-admissible format for a document but other electronic means such as email were not due to the possibility (however small) of being compromised in-flight.

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Similar scenario with a line printer

I once worked with a colleague who'd been repeatedly called out to solve issues with a line printer in the 80's.

Said printer was in a an office in a small industrial unit. Most Monday mornings, the platen on the printer would have a nice sheen of condensation, causing the paper to slip.

Despite repeatedly explaining that there was nothing they could do other than allow the condensation to disperse, he was there almost weekly.

Until he explained to the girl there that it was down to the stale electricity from the weekend and they needed to wait an hour or two for it to pass through and have enough energy to drive the printer.

No more calls.

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Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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Re: Leave the phone at home

I take mine with me but it gets locked in the safe and checked maybe once a day.

But equally, except for the exceptional, I refuse to take work calls in an evening or weekends. Yes, there are and have been exceptions but they just that.

One boss tried to castigate me a few years ago because he couldn't get a hold of me during my holiday and I didn't return his calls (whilst on holiday - he seemed to think I should make myself available). This was in the same conversation he informed me I wasn't up to par because I only worked my contracted hours unless there was an exception, whereas he worked from 07:30 to 23:30 six days a week.

He was most upset when I laughed at him and explained more fool him.

What's the point of living in a connected world if we never connect with it?

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Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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Re: We Need...............

I came here to say exactly this. Look at the state of our oceans and the amount of plastic the ends up in them.

Look at what happens to an awful lot of kit that has supposedly been recycled following the WEEE directive - where it ends up, how little of it actually gets recycled.

And on top of this, I tire of the whole concept that this isn't MY device. It's MY money. I pay to own it - not license it from you for a while.

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: Sorry to piss on the still warm grave..

Typical anonymously-posted bile.

There's a time and a place. This may be the latter, but it's hardly the former.

What have YOU contributed?

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Hahaha...

Hmm I was referring more to the spelling differences but that little joke seems to have been lost on everyone.

Oh well. It's Friday and it's time to go home. :)

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Hahaha...

I'd always wondered what our USAnian friends have against people with a love of walking.

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Your specialist subject? The bleedin' obvious... Feds warn of RDP woe

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Hard not to agree...

...that the people/outfits not securing their RDP ports/RDS that are accessible are the same ones for whom this advice has been falling on deaf ears for...well forever.

Even on my home lab, for which I don't expose RDS to the internet, I have a scheduled task that runs at every login - and all it does it fire off a a simple powershell script that emails me to say there's been a login to sever xxx

It's just one more layer that adds peace of mind. And that's a lab environment that although it'd be tedious to rebuild doesn't actually hold any data that is worth anyone accessing.

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Linux kernel 'give me root, now' security hole sighted, dubbed 'Mutagen Astronomy'

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Re: Thanks for clarifying.

@Dwarf

"...Good job you explained that root is a privileged user, I expect most on this tech site won’t know that.

Please can you get some journalists who understand their reader base..."

Holy shit...small man syndrome?? You sure you're tall enough to play here?

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Take the wheel, Arm tells its notebook-grade Cortex-A76 CPU: Now you're a robo-ride brain

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"Your RND result is false, mine is correct !"

"No... mine !"

I don't know why, but "to you, to me" came to mind there. :)

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Can't read my, can't read my... broker face: Premium Credit back online a week after cyber attack

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Re: Not treated as a default ?? Yea right.

"..."Received a letter today giving me 2 days to pay before I get a default and they cancel my policy. Tried ringing - there office is closed due to 'unforseen circumstances', cant pay on line as their website is down so looks like im going to get hit with a default sum and then they will cancel my insurance for non payment..... Great Service"..."

I suspect that the FCA would frown mightily on that. Not to mention the small claims courts.

I had an issue with Alliance & Leicester about 10 years ago -their fault when the refused a payment due to insufficent funds (funds were available but they managed to claim otherwise) when I was working in Brussels. I couldn't take a mobile phone on site due to security and because of the hours I worked, I was unable to call them. Due to travelling they weren't available when I was in the UK.

They refused to deal with the issue over their own secure messaging system as it was (to quote them) not considered internally secure as it relied on email...

When it got to the point that they tried to slap an arbitrary £150 fine and escalated the threats, I complained to the FSA as they were called then.

I must admit I didn't have great hopes, but I was pleasantly surprised.

A&L did push everything out to the very last second, ensuring that they responded on the very last day that they could to everything but in the end the FSA slapped them with a (undisclosed amount to me) fine, ordered them to send a written apology, fix any harm they may have done to my credit rating and compensate me to the tune of £300 with a threat of further fines and compensation if they hadn't done everything required within something like 10 working days.

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Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security

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I hold my hands up and accept that it was my mistake and I should have been clearer in what I was saying.

To clarify I wasn't suggesting that fingerprints are secure - though for most people I suggest that lifting a fingerprint and making a working copy isn't trivial. It's usually simpler to use other means anyway such as threats of violence - I suspect most people would give up a password under that kind of duress.

On top of this, we all know the problem with enforcing silly password policies and what happens to them and how they get written on a post it. Or it becomes the same password + an incrementing number/Shift+number (not to mention how convenient it is to have 12 such keys across the top of the keyboard, below the Fn keys).

All of my elevated accounts have an out-of-band secondary authentication method enabled, be that an RSA token or Google/Microsoft type authenticator. That being MFA.

However, it's also worth pointing out that in the roles I do these days, it's less and less of a requirement to require any kind of elevated access on a day-to-day basis if at all. I generally request such accounts are disabled until and unless I specifically require use of them.

What I was saying is that for most people doing everyday work, fingerprint authentication is sufficient and it's convenient and yes, I am aware that it's not multi factor authentication since it only fulfils the category of something you have not combined with something you know.

I should also have pointed out that even here with the use of fingerprints, we have other layers of security such as BitLocker enabled.

All of which is summarily undone by the culture here of many people walking away and leaving their machines both unguarded (no one else around, necessarily) and unlocked.

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Re: AD != AD

You used to be able to just buy Azure MFA as a standalone product and integrate an on-premise server.

And then from this: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/details/multi-factor-authentication/

"...From 1 September 2018, new customers will no longer be able to purchase the stand-alone Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) services. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an important security mechanism and will continue to be available in Azure Active Directory. ..."

Nice one, Microsoft. Not.

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"...Physical possession of the device counts as a Factor, hence it's MFA in my opinion. .."

Yup. Something you know combined with something you have.

You're also right about the audience here at El Reg. I think sometimes (quite often) people forget that outside of places such as this forum, the vast majority of users are less technical, less cynical and just want a) and easier life and b) to be able to do their jobs

All the new laptops being rolled out here have fingerprint login (to the domain) enabled. Most users quite like that. These are the same users who are used to unlocking their phones with a fingerprint, a PIN etc. so it's not a stretch for them to adopt this to log onto their work network.

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MI5: Gosh, awkward. We looked down the sofa and, yeah, we *do* have intel on privacy bods

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Let's not forget though that this is also an organisation that had full knowledge of various suspects that have gone on to commit acts of terror but failed to act on them sufficiently or at all.

It's less about catching the bad guys and more about controlling the masses and protecting the incumbent governments.

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Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

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Appreciate if's SfB but to echo others, I see the same. Messages that say not delivered that are then replied to; attachments / screenshots not being set etc.

But for me, the biggest one (I've mentioned it before on here) is not being able to add more than one account.

FFS MS...I've been able to do it with Outlook for years, so why not SfB?

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Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019

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"...Microsoft discovers webmin..."

Quite. But also Microsoft discovers that not every smaller company have the funds, resources or skills for the behemoth that is SCCM.

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In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg

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Re: I don’t understand…

"...…I thought he said that trade wars are easy to win? He didn’t say which side for, of course. Presumably, if you’re on the wrong side, then they’re easy to lose too. Which would mean that trade wars are hard to win, from one perspective. But if both sides are trying to win then maybe it’s easy for both sides to lose and…

…my brain hurts..."

You're making it far to complicated.

Look: "Winning!"

Fixed it. I mean, that's all it takes, surely? Easy!

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Re: Experts

"...Still, at least it's not vaccines or Brexit..."

You forgot chemtrails...

Edit: Oh and the Earth is flat! Forgot that one, too.

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No, the Mirai botnet masters aren't going to jail. Why? 'Cos they help Feds nab cyber-crims

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Not a new technique...

...is it, really? The old poacher-turned-gamekeeper routine.

Also, I'd suggest they're doing for more good than having years of their lives wasted in jail.

Rehabilitation |= Revenge. Unusual to see this in the eyes of the US legal system.

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Vodafone sues Ofcom to reclaim 'overpaid' mobe spectrum fees

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So that means...

...lower mobile phone bills?

</sarcasm>

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Fascinating read

Thank you, El Reg.

And of course, hats off and thank you to all of the team concerned in the endeavour!

Amazing.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: For fucks sake

"...Next - let's make sure that kernel code is following some visual basic coding standard to make it more accessible, draw up the mandatory female, trans and other queers quota in the commits history, ensure that community is friendly with other major ecosystem competitors and do not ignore attempts by respected community members like Oracle and Microsoft to add their compatibility layers and APIs for the benefit of the ecosystem...

What a drivel. Linus has joined the loonie bin :(..."

What a charming individual you aren't.

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Re: The other way round Being yelled at for Lotus Domino

"...I checked and found it went through the gateway to Lotus Domino fine. I then opened up the mail tracking NSF for Domino 7, the email had been deleted around 10 minutes after being delivered..."

I've had similar so many times. My favourites being when the managers/directors weren't checking their junk folders and lo' and behold' there they are.

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Veeam holds its hands up, admits database leak was plain 'complacency'

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Like the open and seemingly honest approaches - first, they clearly took seriously, and listened to, the guy who reported the problem and took swift action. Secondly they have put up their hands and admitted it was simple human error.

Never great it happens but... Kudos for the way they've responded.

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Oh Dabbsy...your column (oo-err missus!) is the highlight of my Friday but this one was beyond excellent and had me in tears - both in the empathetic way that all of us blokes share upon seeing or hearing about fellow man taking a whack the sack, but also with laughter.

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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Yeah I'd always pop into our local Maplins when I was in the area. But then walk out shaking my head at not only the crud they were trying to sell but the ridiculous prices that they were asking for it.

I bought a couple of their basic electronic kits for my sons once and I kid you not, I couldn't get the solder to stick to the pads - even after liberal use of PCB cleaner and a fibreblass pen!

Some of their stuff was decently priced but it was difficult to find.

Like other, I was sad to see them go ultimately, but I wasn't that surprised, either.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: that's the point where things start to go downhill.

Master / Minion !

Gru / Minion

I have kids. They love these films. Mind you so do I. :)

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Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price

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I mean...

...good concept and all, but given the reality of network coverage, crappy download limits, slowness to roll things out etc and it's not going to become mainstream.

Now offer 5G data bundles that are unlimited (properly unlimited - none of that "fair use" crap) and both a reasonable price AND actually available and capable of coping with demand and maybe there'll be take up.

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Re: FFS

"...Fly-tipping is a problem created entirely by the local councils. Simply restore weekly bin collections, and allow unlimited trips to the council tip, .."

Couldn't agree more. Also stop banning "commercial vehicles" or "businesses" from using them.

Did you folks know that Curry's / PCW will accept any electrical items at any store for free recycling? You don't need to have bought it from them or anything new from them, even:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/recycle-1042-theme.html#free-recycling

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Archive.org's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

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Re: snapshot versus screenshot of snapshot

I didn't say the clearance process is perfect. Believe me, I know - I've been through it many times all the way to DV, but it does give the parties that employ persons who have been through the process the confidence that the majority of the people they are employing are suitably trustworthy.

With enough links in any chain, there is always the possibility if not probability that one or more will be weak.

But the background checks, along with the necessary processes should at least be enough to give some confidence that things are handled properly.

And again...I am not suggesting the system is perfect or works without failure.

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Re: snapshot versus screenshot of snapshot

"...Because when evidence is presented, then it is usually taken at face value unless there is some reason to doubt it..."

But the thing you haven't pointed out is that all the people in that chain of evidence have had some kind of background checks and hold some kind of clearance to ensure that they aren't overtly compromised or untrustworthy.

A few guys on the internet running an archive...probably not.

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TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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Re: left questioning their loyalty

"...Loyalty to TSB? - a strange notion, to be 'loyal' to such an incompetent business..."

Totally agree.

And even if the stories of this kind of incompetence we're enough to put me off, that story first outage round, about the poor sod sat watching his funds disappear whilst he was on hold to the TSB fraud team were more than enough to make me never want to bank with them.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

"...I thought Alt-F4 saved your work?.."

Nah...it activates the aimbot in Halo PC.

The number of times idiots fell for that. Repeatedly.

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Europe's GDPR, Whois shakeup was supposed to trigger spam tsunami – so, er, where is it?

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Re: " intellectual property lawyers "

"...Excuse me...my son has a Bearded Dragon. Whilst cold, scaly and not actually doing much or of being any real use for anything, I'd still value his worth, trustworthiness, usefulness to society and personality several shades higher than that of most lawyers..."

Just to reiterate...I am referring to the attributes of the lizard there, not my son... ;)

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Re: " intellectual property lawyers "

"...Aka "The Lizards"..."

Excuse me...my son has a Bearded Dragon. Whilst cold, scaly and not actually doing much or of being any real use for anything, I'd still value his worth, trustworthiness, usefulness to society and personality several shades higher than that of most lawyers.

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Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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Re: Costly? No...

"... combined with the 'Stop sending me this shit!' messages they all contributed to for four days...."

And people still do this, like mindless sheep.

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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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From the article...

"... a system developed by Rightscorp that "identifies actual infringements and the perpetrators of these infringements (by IP address, port number, time, and date)*."

The system monitors BitTorrent and, according to the music industry, "has the capability to acquire entire files from the infringing host computers."..."

So...Rightscorp run up a BT client and note down the IP addresses...

* My emphasis because as we all know here, no one ever uses say a VPN or their neighbours insecure WiFi or spoofs IP addresses...no siree! IP addresses are ALL you need for proof positive.

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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Re: Of course it has potential

"...they applied voltage to it..."

<cough> across it...

I'll get my coat now.

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We've Amber heard a NASty rumour: Marvell man touts private cloud box

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"...

"The product is said to perform better if it is installed in front of a home router, rather than behind it.".."

How would you put it "in front" of a home router given that most people use the shite their ISP give to them which will include some kind of xDSL / PPPoE connectivity, does this thing act as a xDSL router in its own right?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

Also handy for signing docs.

One company I was in used an online document vault and you could sign right in a browser. The stylus made doing it on your phone so much easier.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Actually back in the 1990s I was at a company...

"...you might have needed to order option.."

Anyone else repair HP printers in the 90's?

They (HP) seemed to have a mandate to single handedly destroy our forests. If you ordered a replacement spring that was, say, 8mm long by around 2mm diameter, it'd come in a small plastic bag. In a jiffy bag. In a box. In a larger box. In a MUCH larger box that could usually have accommodated the entire printer!

Along, of course, with a raft of printed compliance, warranty and other such documents. In 90 million languages, just in case the repair centre they shipped it to in the UK, from the UK might have used some ancient dialect of some long forgotten (and likely dead) language.

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Re: Actually back in the 1990s I was at a company...

"...Or in really bad cases they'd lose the PCL formatting and start printing lots of pages with garbage on them..."

Or better yet, when people sent PS to a PCL printer and stood confused when the actual PS "language" was printed!

This kind of thing really does annoy and frustrate me.

And whilst we're at it, when my youngest lad goes back to school in September, he doesn't go on the "first" day back, as it's an inset day...what the actual...? You've just had x weeks off (because this seems to be a theme after every break, nowadays) and you now want an extra day to do the stuff you could have already done?

And...how come we can't bill the schools when teachers go on strike? After all, they didn't ask our permission and it often means parents have to suddenly change plans like take off a day of their own.

Sorry... /rant

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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Re: can you get updates only yet?

"...or the ability to mute the ring tone instantly by a quick tap of the power button..."

I can do that on my S7.

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Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives

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Re: Supplier markup on new hardware

"... It looks like Dell put custom firmware on their own-branded SSDs. .."

Better than HP. Since their Gen8 ProLiants you need both a genuine HP carrier and genuine HP HDD/SSD.

Otherwise you get one of two issues: the first is a fairly benign warning in the logs. The second though, is to assume an overheat condition and spin every fan up to 100%.

It sounds like the entire server is trying for lift-off.

It's a crappy way to behave and does nothing to make me want to stick with a vendor that pulls that kind of stunt.

Fine - warn me but don't make the thing misbehave to such an extent.

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Is it OK if we call $53bn-a-quarter Amazon the Bit Barns and Ignoble?

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Re: Amazon is in my good books

"...What Amazon has and I mean retail arm is an enormous amount of customer trust gained by experience. Its kinda sad that in eCommerce you great simply by delivering what you promised, when you promised and compensate customers without making them hop extra hoops when you failed either of the first two..."

This is where they win, in my personal opinion. When things go wrong they're there for the customer first in almost every case.

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Re: Amazon is in my good books

"...Well, used books are sold by retailers through Amazon. I had pretty good experiences with them as well, but also with used books stores that used to sell directly over the internet. What I really prefer is wander through the aisles between imposing shelves of such shops to browse - and then buy even more books. I need to build some new shelves....."

Ah the pleasure of a used book shop.

That quietness and calm.

But also and almost the key ingredient of it all, the smell.

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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Re: Actually, this seems proportionate

@AndyS: I tend to agree with you.

In this case, it seems that all a custodial sentence would have done would be to help to turn them into hardcore criminals and ruin any prospect of a future away from crime.

It seems that too often we forget the idea of rehabilitation and prefer the concept of revenge.

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