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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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Re: Buzzword bingo

Just what I though. The only quote in that article that was comprehensible was the last one - written by medConfidential, not the National Government Bullshit Delivery Agency.

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AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Fortunately there was this:

“It’s coming and will be a reality in 20 years,” Kott said

So that's the ever-receding 20 years characteristic of other things that haven't happened in many decades, like affordable fusion power? Only in this case I'd be delighted if it never happened.

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: "viable and tested emergency system"

I remember reading that once one was in trouble and the other "passengers" disabled his ejector seat as an "incentive" to save the aircraft.

I remember reading that the Moon landings were faked and filmed in a Hollywood studio, too, but that was also a steaming pile of BS.

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Re: Performed as expected...

the actual crewed mission count is similar to that for the shuttle so the raw metrics are pretty similar

Maybe a similar failure rate, but the presence of a viable escape process for the Soyuz makes the outcomes very different.

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LinkedIn has a Glint in its eye and cash burning a hole in its pocket

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You are the product

If anyone doubted that their "membership" of social media in general, and LinkedIn in particular, made them the product then this ought to disabuse them of that notion. Of what possible advantage to their individual members could this be?

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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WTF?

Why would anyone want to buy some dedicated Facebook hardware that replicates something they already have on their phone/tablet if they've bought into the Facebook walled garden, while being useless for communicating with anybody outside it? I just don't get it.

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First it came for your desktop, now Windows 10 1809 is coming for your Things

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Licensing v. Litigation

For those who think such patent trolls are merely suit-wearing under-bridge inhabitants found in kids' books, they are much, much worse. These trolls obtain the rights to patents and then profit through licensing and litigation rather than actually making stuff.

Personally I don't really see why it's worse that a non-producing company buys IP from a producer and licenses it, rather than a producer (like Microsoft) doing exactly the same thing. For me the issue with patent trolls is that, rather than simply license IP, instead they ambush small companies with claims that they're infringing and then effectively blackmail them with threats of litigation that a small company can't afford to defend.

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Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc

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Re: No wheel is one thing

you simply cannot achieve the precision required, or the haptic feedback needed, with a stick.

Works fine on combat aircraft, and large airliners, so I'm not sure where you got that idea.

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Well if the GRU is deliberately running a subtle distraction operation painting itself as an incompetent bunch of blundering Soviet-era thugs, then it's certainly doing an excellent job.

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NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump

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Re: Refueling Kepler

If Bezos or Musk can refuel those with unmanned vehicles for let say $50millions, it may be worth the try.

Why do you absolutely want to send a man there to do the job? It would be much more expensive and life-threatening. Such an operation should be made by a robotic mean

I know things like this are easy in Star Trek, and fanboys like to think that their heroes can perform miracles in a tenth of the time and for a hundredth of the cost that real engineers would need, but Star Trek is fiction and this stuff is hard. Very hard.

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Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: Conclusions?

At least it looks like Musk's learnt something from this - post as Anon. Deleting the more unwise posts/tweets is just his standard MO, though.

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Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban

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Not just Canada

It seems most commenters here (and whoever asked that Five Eyes question mentioned in the article) aren't aware that the UK has the self same approach, with the UK Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre.

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Great, you've caught it. Sooo.... now we have a slightly larger but wobblier item in orbit.

The orbital-hygiene types doing this aren't idiots, you know! The test has been conducted in a low orbit, such that the cubesat+net will re-enter and burn up in a few months even without any sail.

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Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)

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Re: And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines

Well, I'd rather we weren't a heartbeat away from only having 2 (if Mozilla couldn't stagger on any more). And iOS users might not be too delighted that they have a choice of precisely one engine. So whilst I wouldn't go along with your strawman of a dozen browser engines, I don't think that the current situation is good for anyone.

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And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines

Webkit, Gecko, Trident. And on Apple devices, just Webkit. Not a great idea.

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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Welcome to the real world, MS

"Unfortunately, we had to stop this work because we came across something that the previous internal testing had not uncovered," she revealed. "A team member attended a conference where internet access was provided as IPv6-only and 99 per cent of attendees could not get their VPN clients to connect on this network."

What bubble do MS developers work in that they wouldn't know that many (most?) commercial VPNs are IPv4-only?

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Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

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Re: "should not be allowed to decide what Internet users around the world find"

The only problem with that rant is that Googling "Google data protection officer” tells me (7th result down on the first page) that Keith Enright was appointed as their DPO back in May.

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Take a pinch of autofill, mix in HTTP, and bake on a Wi-Fi admin page: Quirky way to swipe a victim's router password

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Re: Maybe?

Maybe the takeaway is "Autofill is not a good idea for anything" ?

Yes, I know - everyone here uses a password manager secured by passphrase long enough to produce a short novel, and generating 24-character random alphanumeric+symbol passwords that never touch the clipboard but are entered by hand using a randomised-layout keyboard.

Meanwhile the average person has to get on with their life, and for them using autofill with complex passwords is a hell of a lot better than "password123" for every login page they have to deal with.

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UK.gov flings £95m at public sector superfast broadband rollouts

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Re: Yeah, right

Can you actually remember what it was like when the industry was last in public hands? If you think investment in network infrastructure is bad now, think back to those days when it was under the dead hand of the Treasury: party lines, 6 months wait to get a phone connected, and a choice of either a grey rotary dial or cream push-button receiver.

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Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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Quite. Most people on the left side of the pond never have got the point of SIMs - deliberately in the case of corporates.

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Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: "Et tu Bruté"

Be insured it makes no sense at all.

Rather like your English. :)

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

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Is it really too difficult to read how Firefox's phishing and malware protection actually works or do you just like spreading FUD?

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You can't always trust those mobile payment gadgets as far as you can throw them – bugs found by infosec duo

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Re: There's a lot to be said for cash...

Because obviously there are no dodgy notes or coins in circulation...

Actually cash also gets "patched" periodically - witness our plasticky new £5 and £10 notes, and the new multi-sided £1 coin.

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Facial recognition tech to be used on Olympians and staff at Tokyo 2020

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Re: The state of the tech

If it's complete snake oil, it seems unlikely it would be used for international border control?

Given the success rate I have when using those ePassport scanners, I'd say the failure rate is a heck of a lot more than the 0,3% they're quoting for the Olympics - unless they're not nearly as worried about false positives as the immigration gencies are.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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I also have my doubts about how representative the sample was of the population generally:

For this investigation, psychology academics in Germany rounded up 85 participants – an admittedly small-ish sample – made up of 29 men and 56 women, with an average age of 22.

Which sounds rather like the mix they'd have got if they'd just asked for volunteers from the students in one of their psychology classes.

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UK slides from first to fourth in UN e-gov survey

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How convincing

In just a year countries jump up and down the rankings? And as for the NHSthe Wannacry "analysis": I'd be very interested to read more to substantiate the claims of equipment being destroyed, or where the consolidated cost estimate came from for that matter.

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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Here we go again

Microsoft warns that the functionality may not work in all browsers and recommends users having problems switch to Edge.

They don't change, do they?

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Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

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Re: Different password? Not credible.

1. Not all password managers are online only.

2. If you don't learn to tolerate the minor inconvenience of using a password manager then your "need" to access many websites a day using weak recycled passwords is going to result inmajor inconvenience when your account on one of those vital sites is hacked. Your call.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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You want to hazard a guess how much clinging to those fax machines and pagers is costing the NHS? I bet the maintenance and service contracts are eye-wateringly expensive with them being basically obsolete and with so few suppliers.

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New Pentagon CIO's JEDI mind-change trick: Controversial cloud deal paused

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Re: More Alan Turing than Francis E. Dec? More Douglas Noel Adams than Einstein?

I can say that after lying down a couple of times while part way through that I have read your post and have successfully captured the bits of my mind that had dribbled out of my left ear and put them back in again.

You've surely been here long enough to have worked out that you lose nothing and avoid such suffering simply by ignoring AMFM's posts?

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Sueball claims Apple broke hacking laws with iOS batt throttling code

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Re: What nonsense

"Damage" in this legal context doesn't have the same connotations of physical breakage as it does in everyday use.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Outrageous!

50p a litre? Why are we being ripped off so badly at over 120p a litre??

Easy; fuel duty on diesel/petrol is 57.95 pence per litre, plus VAT @ 20% on the total fuel+fuel duty.

Whether you like being taxed that way or some other is, of course, ultimately a political choice.

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Re: If only...

You'd almost think that nobody had tackled the tunnel problem before. Oh, wait...

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At last – a use for AI! Predicting an England World Cup victory

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Curried? Yum yum!

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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

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Re: whoo hoo!

Alternatively you could just train people in GDPR compliance, with maybe a footnote that there are these fudges that might cover their arses for a few more years while they sort themselves out, but be prepared to have to rearrange the deckchairs every so often if you go down that route.

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China wins one, loses one in US trade spats

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Do they know what an MVNO is?

I'm guessing they do, but it's just that this is more China-bashing from the US Administration, and so they don't care. All an MVNO is going to get their hands on is billing-related data, which is hardly some grave national security threat.

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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More non-Western models here, please

Large screen, massive battery, 3.5mm audio jack, sub $400. They probably have dual SIMs and micro SD cards, as well. For heaven's sake, can we have more of these sensible phones, but with a current OS, and less of the razor thin, notched, low battery-lifed, porn-star smooth port-less $1000+ fashion items that for some reason seem to be prized here?

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NHS systems fell offline for 1,300+ hours over 36 months, cyber-nasties fingered – FoI study

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Re: 85% uptime?!

Oh, for god's sake - that's the downtime of any part of the NHS over that time period, not the whole lot grinding to a halt. At least think for a short period before posting, or maybe see your GP if you can't see what your cognitive problem is.

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Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program

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Nominative determinism in action

Many suspect that Loon will also join the list of projects that seemed like a good idea at the time but really weren't.

More like the equally long list of projects that seemed like a bad idea at the time and really were. Naming it Loon suggests that somebody thought so, anyway.

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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: Isn't he supposed to be ...

I'd think there's a good chance of getting something along the lines of "conspiracy to kidnap" added without much effort too.

I reckon a conspiracy charge is just about the only one he won't eventually find himself facing, given that apparently he was acting alone.

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: Those were the days my friend.

Difficult to believe now, but those were also the days when punters still queued up at the local computer store to get their hands on a boxed retail copy on release day! A bit like Apple in recent years, but without the yays, high-fives, and eye-watering credit card bill the following month.

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Enjoy this while it lasts

Give it a year or so, and looking back this will seem like a period of calm. God knows how this administration will lash out once the reality of its trade wars becomes obvious, with American consumers paying higher prices due to imports being blocked and less competition for domestic suppliers, American jobs being moved overseas as exporters move production to the other side of the tariff wall, and sporadic shortages of goods due to transnational supply chains being disrupted. MAGA it won't be.

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A volt out of the blue: Phone batteries reveal what you typed and read

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Re: If someone is able to open my phone

If they're specially modifying phones to skilfully force on their target at the right moment then I'd suggest there are a hell of a lot more effective things they could do to turn the phone into a spying device than put in a dodgy battery and rely on this pretty feeble exploit.

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Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp

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Re: Clearly illegal data-gathering

GDPR would prevent them collecting personal data, not the simple fact that an installation occurred and the anonymous user opted out.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Really?

A lift fan that rotates its thrust through 90 degrees? Based on Pegasus technology? I think the author's talking about the wrong engine.

I'm not convinced that details of the engine design would help with working out anything about the airctraft's radar or infrared signatures, either. Maybe if the guy was involved in intake design, but he wasn't.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Sigh ...

There'll be worse to come if Musk is serious about the next software update being able to:

begin to enable full self-driving features.

WTF? You can't roll out autonomous driving - the vehicle's either fully self-driving, or it isn't. Continuing this pretence that drivers have to always be prepared to take control, while progressively taking them out of the loop, is borderline criminal.

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Re: Really...

With simpler cars you don't have to - my Golf only has a simple radar for its ACC, but it's perfectly able to detect bicycles and slow down behind them. Tesla seems to be coming undone because of its reliance on vision systems and their failure to correctly interpret the scene in front of them.

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Facebook tells users to report crappy customer service from advertisers

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What could possibly go wrong?

So what's this going to play out as: Diss Your Competitor As A Service (DYCASAS)? At least Amazon goes to the trouble of making reviews as being from a Verified Purchase.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: Throw in others and...

Personally I've found .date to be the worst, although sometimes it's difficult to tell amongst the swirling mass of turds that encompass .info, .work, .loan, .shop, ... Basically any of the pointless new TLDs.

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IoT CloudPets in the doghouse after damning security audit: Now Amazon bans sales

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"Pressure by pocketbook" is wishful thinking

These companies know perfectly well that their customers don't have the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision on the security of these products, and will only get to hear about any issues if they blow up enough to make it into the mainstream media - neither of which is a big risk to them, so they just don't care.

Consumer buying decisions aren't going to improve this woeful state of affairs, only effective regulation can. And I don't see much sign of politicians having the understanding or will to make that happen, either.

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