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* Posts by Mark 85

10470 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Re: Don't need a condom.....

What I can't comprehend is what they then think when, after the event, he denies having said what he said, even when presented with the video evidence of him saying what he said. I mean... you can't be capable of independent thought, and also square away that kind of behavior'

So he's just like every other politician in the world including the "leader" here in the States?

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Crime and the media that reports it in large headlines and repeatedly. That's why. There's cities in this country where most of us wouldn't go unless we were in a tank with a platoon of Marines as escort.

Fear is a big factor and the way businesses operate for pure profit, some foster fear as a product.

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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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The original company could claim 'force majeure' as an excuse because the equipment was seized, presumably at zero notice.

I'm sure they had notice.. late rent payment mails, calls, etc. Warnings from lawyers and possibly even a court involved for bankruptcy and seizing the property. To say they no notice would be a stretch.

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Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

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Re: No, no, no, no, no

So Amazon blew the delivery address on the order?

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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So there's fanbois who don't run out when a new iphone is introduced and buy it? I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you.

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No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Re: Jackanory

Where's Bombastic Bob when we really need him?

Blaming the Democrats for this?????

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Re: Porbably not just down due to the FBI

Let's add to that.. they probably had to check out not just the computers but also the employees themselves. Two weeks does sound about right to go through the whole system, etc.

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Securing industrial IoT passwords: For Pete's sake, engineers, don't all jump in at once

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Re: Nonsense

Network is fine as long as it's NOT connected to the internet in any way, shape, or form. But, lazy or manglement wanted things "easy" for them and thus not secure. If the control network never touches the internet, it's secure.

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Bad weather, baulky booster keep ISS 'naut snacks on the ground

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No Tang or vodka.*

*Footnote. In the late 60's in a far away country, we couldn't get orange juice, but we could get vodka. Tang worked for us. Sometimes you just have to make do with what you have.

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Re: Things will not improve until...

Can't we do both?

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If that's not a deterrent, I don't know what is.

Jail time for the board might go a long way also.

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Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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Re: No mystery

The real question is: why to we as a nation allow corporations so much power that they can continue to steal from the citizenry?

They own the regulatory bodies is the obvious. Lobbying goes a long way to owning politicians and agency heads.

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spark uncomfortable questions like: why is the most technologically advanced nation on the planet providing slower speeds to fewer people at higher cost than any other comparable Western economy?

Obvious answer... "profit!"

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Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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Re: Pastafarian

Have you just beheld His Divine Noodliness?

I was under the impression that this is forbidden to us mere mortals. Am I wrong?

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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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Re: No Power Voting?

It's happened in the past. Creates headaches and sometimes a "re-vote" in that everyone affected gets to vote again.

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I'm wondering why don' they use encrypted VPN or a true private network. Or do something like they did in the past: Count the votes locally and call in the results or sent them by courier. Too late for that to happen. No internet involved.

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Mickey D serves up stump speech to settle sceptical investors

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Accountants and they way they shuffle the paperwork and numbers so that it all looks good on paper. What's the reality is open to debate.

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Re: I am shocked

Let's hope we don't learn that IBM has been making life intolerable and shitty for its workforce in a cynical ploy to force as many of them leave as possible so they can avoid the cost of laying them off.

I think that was step 1 and performed some years ago. Now they have to pay money. But it could go full circle and back to intolerable and shitty.

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Re: Don't hire us....

One of these days, there will be sweet revenge of sorts on these consultants. The consultant will probably be canned for someone younger and cheaper.

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I expect this has plenty more to do with salary than age.

Definitely. The bottom line rules the boardroom. It's not about "tech" as people who have worked on legacy systems were being let go in favor of younger workers to replace them. The IBM defense is BS and everyone knows it.

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GG n00b lol! Amazon frags support for its own games controllers

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Re: Presumably no consumer laws were broken

I would think that some sort of action should be taken. They crippled and disabled much of it's capability and then continue to sell it? I feel sorry for anyone who bought one at this point but not so sorry for anyone buying one from here on out.

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US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

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Given all the data breeches in both government and in businesses, is there anyone left who personal info hasn't been taken in the hack? The size and apparent length of most of these attacks before being detected is mind-boggling.

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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Re: In trade

And what they can't come by on their own or legitimately via license, they pirate.

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Planning on geeking out at CA World this year? Think again

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Re: Really helpful

In that case, everyone go and party without the obligatory meetings, presentations, etc.

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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@BongoJoe

I really hope that's tongue in cheek. F'rinstance I make my living now from my own bespoke applications none of which remotely resemble anything that MS offers.

You will need to be assimilated into the MS Borg factory.

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Re: Testing - half baked or well thought out for profit?

This will give them the chance to bork millions of machines at once with a cobbled patch and get paid for it. Saves on testing costs and at some point, will give them a lock-in to apps, etc. much like Apple does.

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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there will be only time for “temporary sticking plasters”.

Which will become permanent due to "cost impact on profits".

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Re: Anyone else being asked by agencies ...

Yes, but they're all busy smuggling people into the US. Or so some folks would have us believe.

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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

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Re: RE: asynchronous nature of geo-replication could have led to data loss

Sir Loin Of Beef says it all.... Manglement forgets about what happens when you put your data on other peoples' servers. Maybe they should forget that also when it comes to profits, bonuses, etc. I'll be glad to hold all their assets for them.

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Pai said "If individual states like California regulate the Internet, this will directly impact citizens in other states."

And this is a bad thing? The other states might just follow suit and some are in the process. A bit of revolution by the States would be good thing in this case.

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Needless to say, after the *third* time that happened, they plugged the floor drain. Not sure where it goes to now.

The admin offices? If it were a corporate, I'd assume it went to Marketing.

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Re: "Snoopy characters"

More like "ego" of the star and since the producers wanted the "star" they went along with the name.

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Boffins ask for £338m to fund quantum research. UK.gov: Here's £80m

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Re: Quibbling

creating more innovation centres.

I've never quite grasped the concept of "innovation center" or "center for excellence" other than a buzz phrase meaning "we'll toss money into this hole and then someday put the dirt back in after we have enough money to retire".

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NHS smacks down hundreds of staffers for dodgy use of social media, messaging apps

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Re: deeper than that

Ewwww..... a teapot? There's a mental image requiring several gallons of mind bleach.

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Re: Meanwhile

Indeed. They need a stand alone (not public like Whatsapp, etc.) that is fit for purpose. If they have a stand alone app that no one can use, then users go to the next best thing.

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Re: Oh dear

Here in the States, my doctors use the tech. Patient records are in a central repository (mychart, I think). Yet, every office has a fax machine because some doctors don't use the computer and hand over their chart notes to a secretary. When he/she gets around to it, the chart notes get entered. The nice part is that patients and medical staff have access when needed.

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Re: Easy for internal

A good solution and one of many in the comments. Doctors are not techies. Many can barely use a computer much less anything else tech related. Change for them is hard in this area even if they're keeping abreast of the latest medical publications (which they prefer to be paper based). It's going to take the profession another decade or two before they catch up with the rest of the world.

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Re: But... but...

In the distant past it was print and snail mail or print and courier. We've traded speed for security. Speed is faster, security not as good.

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Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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Fire Sale?

Meredith Corp bought it for almost $3 BILLION and is now selling it for S190 MILLION. Sounds like a fire sale to me and they found a sucker to buy it.

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

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@Milton -- Re: Bad managers are like knotweed

What you said applies to the US as well and probably other places.

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I'd agree with you on the PHB. Check for new car, recently remodeled house, or new swimming pool. Maybe a trip out of town regularly. This does have the feel of something not quite right there.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Media? Does he mean news reporting, cause it's not the same.

Here's Snopes take on it.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fox-in-box/

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It was obvious from the beginning that trump is an incompetent con-man and all around dirt bag.

Just Trump? I thought that applied to almost all politicians.

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The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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Re: I'm sympathetic

So, I'm sympathetic to the perspective of those who consider the internet to be a net minus, and have a bit of a hard time coming up with a great counteragument to that view.

It could be the isolation factor mentioned in the article or the being burned by trolls, con artists, etc. While the internet is a good thing in many ways, there is much bad out there and it seems to be getting worse.

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US Treasury goes after IT shops for funneling cash to North Korea

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Park Jin Hyok?

Code name for person or pesons? Or he's disappeared? Gone invisible? Name change? Or life changing event? We'll never know.

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Re: apps

I think is part of outsourcing. The app writers (certainly can't call them programmers) attend a few classes, get some paper that says they graduated, and suddenly are not working at outsourced jobs with no clue about what they do. Second thought.... they have a clue. They get to sit around, drink tea, and call home to the family and get paid for it. Any working code is shear luck.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Re: Commentads

As the 3 Stooges used to say: "I resemble that remark".

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I also just noticed the "forums" have changed : https://forums.theregister.co.uk/

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I don't like change. Please, no. I don't like change.

But we're in IT. We're supposed to love change. I guess we should all go install Win10 if we haven't already.

Side note.. I miss the "hours" for post (posted X-hours or X-days ago). GMT Is not my cup of coffee/tea/adult beverage. I note that the articles "time" isn't in GMT... yet.

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