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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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Ex is a has-been.

(s)pert is a drip under pressure.

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Re: "The former policy wonk -

If I may quote Tim Worstall:

It's bollocks – it's obviously bollocks – but unfortunately it's influential bollocks.

(7 Sep 2014 at 13:10)

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.

I see three NHS admins read this board. (Three down votes as at 0758.)

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Re: Free NHS. Terrorism. Bombs, have shown health insurance is one less thing to worry about.

"Free NHS"

Free at the point of delivery. There is no magic money tree.

Tory, Labour, whatever - vote (and do vote) for whoever you think will be best for the economy so we can afford the NHS. (Or at least most of it, many admins could go the way of free prescriptions as far as I'm concerned.)

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Re: Typo? Looks strange

"You can't estimate things like that; a probability of 1 in 10,000,000 is almost impossible to estimate."

But it will happen 99.9% of the time.

(Apologies to TP.)

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Re: Ignorance and greed

I've used this before.

The greatest test of an engineer is not his technical ingenuity but his ability to persuade those in power who do not want to be persuaded and convince those for whom the evidence of their own eyes is anything but convincing.

Extract from "Plain Words" in The Engineer 2nd October 1959

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: OK Computer

Why didn't Microsoft and Intel consent 2 years ago? Don't they approve of you?

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: RE: "Keyless" entry

"Oh, and good luck trying to find aftermarket parts."

There are reports of my car's manufacturer refusing to integrate replacement radios legally sourced from scrap yards. (Its on the Internet, it must be true.) This is, of course, to prevent you using possibly stolen goods - nothing to do with outrageous price of a dealer sourced replacement.

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LIGO physicists eyeball a new gravitational wave

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Re: Two solar masses (in energy) escaped

"IIRC up to 30% of the mass of a black hole can be stolen by throwing crap at it and missing by just the right amount."

So a bit like the Earth and flying?

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Bank of Canada finds flaws with current blockchain solutions

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Re: Interesting...

Banks are businesses with customers. They have marketing departments. Cue whale song - "Our new account with blockchain support, so much better than ... "

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Pentagon trumpets successful mock-ICBM interception test

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Re: Just for the record ...

It did.

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Re: a senior moment here

"Because the U.S. doesn't go threatening to turn cities that are home to 10s of millions of people into a "sea of fire""

The point of a nuclear strike capability, indeed the only point, is to threaten just that "sea of fire". To deter you must make that threat and make it credible.

(That is why I just cannot understand Jeremy Corbin's statement that he wants to keep the UK's deterrent but will never use it. You can't change your mind in the middle of a crisis - that is a huge negative signal to the other side.

Having a nuclear deterrent is a political, not a military, decision. If you are running the country and don't believe the UK should have it man up and scrap it. The money released can be spent on the NHS and pensions for superannuated techs.)

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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Re: Much like my pension, which I'll likely never get.

I can't believe we have had so many comments and Gordon Brown's pension raid has not been cited. Granted, increased life expectancy and employer contribution holidays have also had an effect.

(Edit: JS19 got in first - must type faster.)

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Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment

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Re: The Deep Ones...

Just as long as the Kraken is not awakened.

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Re: It's odd

I know my own mind, just as soon as my wife tells me what to think.

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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Re: Clever Chap, Einstein

Ooh, you had the Henlightenment. All we 'ad was t' Renaissance.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Re: Or just MAYBE some company will get a bit smarter

Never confuse value, cost and price.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Really a power failure?

"The idea was to ensure people couldn't casually plug uncertified equipment into those sockets."

But they would have to unplug my heart-lung machine to find this out.

I took over as project manager for a national radio project. New broom etc I queried the cost of a double 13A socket when we only need one. For the tech's kettle apparently.

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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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Re: More to the point

If the best that Google an do is "somewhere in China" why are firms paying so much for profiles and targeted ads?

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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

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Re: I believed Jupiter threw bolts, not balls...

@ Stoneshop

I think the quote is: By Jove, she's got it.

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Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

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Re: Of course the companies like it

" ... paying your pesky workers what they're worth ... "

Are the staff in PC World paying Dixons Stores Group to work?

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US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

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Re: Sue?

@ allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

Its my boy who is Sue. You may be thinking of Sylvia?

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Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

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Re: 'end stage Socialism'

Just like when it's Christianity until Christians do horrible stuff for their religion and then it isn't Christianity.

Works for pretty much all religions and none.

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

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Re: why do I need to login to prove I have a TV license?

"Same reason you still need a TV licence if you have a device capable of receiving OTA TV broadcasts even if you never plug the thing into an aerial/STB-connected-to-aerial-or-TVOIP-feed."

Rubbish

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Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

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Re: Shiniest?

Isn't the shiniest object in the solar system the sun?

No. I shone my torch at the sun and couldn't get a reflection. My mirror, however, ....

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: Underground

I think the problem with fail safe is that there are three limits:

Theoretical: Limited by the imagination of the designer/engineer.

Practical: Limited by the budget.

Political: What won't prevent re-election.

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Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

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"This must then infer ... "

This must then imply ...

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IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

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Re: Call me crazy

"This is a class of device that does not need a cloud connection, nor worldwide remote access."

Pound to pinch of the proverbial that the class will have cloud and world wide access. This is because:

The manufacturer wants to collect profile information (for service optimization obviously).

The "engineers" just got it wrong.

The PHB curtails development at the first opportunity.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Re: T&C

Of course Vegemite would make a trademark claim - just as soon as the publicity from the naming process died down.

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NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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Why?

Haven't they switched it off then on?

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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Re: It's a mistake

4711 eau de Cologne (4-7-11).

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Re: Inevitable

Yes, but if the crypto is back doored all I need to do is ring NSA/GCHQ, problem solved!

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

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Re: infuriated those people who know a thing or six about encryption

I'm glad that my post ignited some discussion about compromised crypto systems. (Bet you can't guess my views?)

Still no citing of a proof one way or another. That doesn't surprise me, if there is one it is probably highly classified because it will reveal state of the art of whichever state funded the research.

Key escrow is a perfect theoretical "back door". However in practical implementation it is vulnerable to: hacking; espionage; incompetence; idiocy; political expediency; bad programming; unpatched systems; etc.

I also make the point that even in "liberal" Western democracies the protection of the law is not a given.

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infuriated those people who know a thing or six about encryption

Is there any one out there who knows six (or more} about encryption? My limited scientific and mathematical take on back doors is that there is no way that one would be compatible with secure encryption. What I want to know is whether there is a peer reviewed proof that a secure back doored system is impossible? Conversely is there a proof that a secure back door is possible?

My proof would start and end with something along the lines of: "Its bleedin' obvious that a secure back door is impossible."

I am also convinced that even if a theoretical system can be designed implementation will be practically impossible.

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Could US appeals court save us all from 10 years of net neutrality yelling?

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... some law that was less than a thousand pages (incl. 900 pages of pork) and clearly set forth ...

FTFY

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Another IoT botnet has been found feasting on vulnerable IP cameras

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Re: "more than a thousand different internet protocol camera models."

"What ports are open on my machine?"

I'm sorry, can you say that in English?

Expected answer from >99% of a random sample in the UK.

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Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

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Re: I imagine if that the tobacco industry were to cease operation...

Sadly we are where we are. We know where we want to be. Betwixt these two is 50 years of damage from past smoking to deal with. I say ban it but no government will forgo the tax take, not if they want to be reelected. Then of course there is the slight problem of the efficacy and results of a ban. Prohibition worked out so well and as for the war on drugs ...

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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A down vote I see. My immediate reaction to the article was to make some comment about at least being able to understand the call center after the move. I nearly said "funny comment" but quickly realised that I would just be relying on stereo types for a cheap laugh.

So I went with a historical comment. Frankly I expected more down votes.

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Well Wales is still part of the English Empire.

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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

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Re: Appealing to the individual voter?

"Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-

I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,

cut a little swathe and lead the people on."

The Greatest Little Whorehouse in Texas

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It's been a few days, so what fresh trouble has Uber got into now?

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Re: How's that gonna work?

What they need is a system like the EU mandated cookie warning - you know, something really useful.

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America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

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Re: it is unlikely that it carries any weapons... cough... cough...

" weren't rifled because rifling was expensive "

There were two other reasons why muskets were retained past their sell by date.

Training for a musketeer was quicker and simpler.

The tactics of the day emphasized relatively short range mass fire. A bludgeon, not the scalpel of rifle fire.

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IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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" useless hour-long meetings "

Ooh, you were lucky, when ...

You know the rest.

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

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Re: Accuracy of the highest order

In this matter gross oversimplification is good, at least for me. YMMV

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AWOL Payroll outfit Plutus says it's very solvent, but can't say when it will pay workers

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Re: I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

Employees cost money. It also costs money to give them this money. Then there are the compliance and direct costs of tax and employment, equality legislation etc. It is no wonder that the smaller companies out source these aspects so they can actually get on with running the company and making the money needed to keep afloat.

There are, of course, risks in outsourcing. Never run my own company so can't really make any sensible comment beyond if you do do it, go to one of the big boys and employ someone to monitor their performance.

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KickassTorrents kicked out again, this time by Australia

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Re: In related news...

"The film industry is always loosing money."

I thought that was the point of Hollywood accounting?

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Rule one of tea club

"I'm doing it wrong"

Where's Steve Jobs when you need him?

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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

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Re: Hadecs 3 Cashcow, it's worth reading up on them to save yourself £200.

" ... failing to turn on the overhead NSL (National Speed Limit) sign ... "

It is the national speed limit, no signs needed. The round white disc with a black bar denotes the end of a lower speed limit. If the NSL sign is not displayed then the existing limit still applies and they are doing you a favour by setting the cameras to 70 mph.

The concept of the NSL and disc sign allow changes to the limit to be made (up or down) without spending £lots on new speed limit signs.

However, I am by no means convinced that speed limit enforcement in some areas is entirely, absolutely, 100% to do with road safety.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Re: Trump had better hurry up and ban Mint

And don't forget Trebor, Polo, Fox's, Tic-Tac etc.

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Brit behind Titanium Stresser DDoS malware sent to chokey

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One assumes a Proceeds of Crime application. This will be judged on civil levels of proof, ie. balance of probabilities, so a successful appeal may not prevent Mudd having to pay up.

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