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1174 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014

Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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Re: Is this what is known as...

Being paid for sex is legal in the UK. It is the peripheral elements of the industry that are illegal: running a brothel; living off immoral earnings; soliciting; kerb crawling; etc.

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'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

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PDF BACKGROUND

Is it possible that the change of background colour is a part of a suite of changes that hide the addition of "not"?

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LOST IN SPAAAAAACE! SpaceX aborts Space Station podule berthing

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Re: In space ...

"Recalculating route."

is always better than,

"Unexpected item in bagging area!"

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Re: How's this stuff signed for then?

"Or even dropped off securely?"

Don't worry, once your expensive new tech has been smashed by the fall no one will want to steal it.

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Big data should be 'part of UK's core national infrastructure' – Civil Service chief exec

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Services driven by open data ...

So why not put my paid for data (Ordnance survey, Post Codes etc) into the public domain?

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EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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Deleted personal data is the only thing that is properly backed up and always recoverable.

Trigonoceps' First Law of Data Storage.

If you want to make sure that your raid never fails ensure there is a deleted personal data partition on it.

Trigonoceps' Second Law of Data Storage.

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EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons

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Re: Yet-to-be-patented technology

"Kites are worse! Also been used since radio was invented."

I have a WW2 box kite used by downed airmen to elevate a rescue beacon antenna. Flies really well.

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Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

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Re: Power optional

The Chinook, the Khamsin, the Mistral, the Freemantle Doctor - now the Goldilock.

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BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn

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As property value can go down as well as up, a minority will have been overpaying.

FTFM

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Any tax based on a property value needs some form of "agreed value" as its base. This to avoid fluctuations in tax take and constant arguments about the instant value. When there is an election due it is politically expedient and all too easy to postpone the revaluation. When the process if finally undertaken the result is a vast hike. Those affected forget that they may have had several years underpaying. As property value can go down as well as up, a minority will have been underpaying.

For what it's worth one of the drivers for the change from domestic rates (a property tax) to the community charge (a personal tax - poll tax to some) was the pain of the great increases expected in ratable value. Ratable value was calculated according to some arcane formula base on the rent that may be obtained at some time in the past. Rates were neither fair nor transparent.

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New EU rules on portability of online content services move closer

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BT/BBC

The BT TV boxes that I have seen require a terrestrial TV antenna to play the freeview channels "live". Don't know about Virgin but Sky is, of course, satellite transmission.

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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iPhoeniX

Isn't that Samsung's new 'phone?

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MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

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I Look Forward to

The EU's 303 Laws of Robotics.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

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Re: IPV6...

It's the Klingon of the Interwebs!

FTFY

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You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

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Re: Former libertarian

@ Charles 9

Ask Jeremy Clarkson, I think he has an inkling.

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Forget quantum and AI security hype, just write bug-free code, dammit

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Whitfield Diffie

one of the inventors of public public key encryption,

FTFY

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No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security

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Re: These aren't the Republicans you're looking for

Big John

You know, I was in total disagreement with you, right up to the Wikipedia reference you used. You convinced me that you were right and I was wrong by using the most irrefutable source of reliable information.

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Australia finally passes mandatory data breach reporting legislation

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Re: Weasel words

No, they mean "up to mandatory." This is the Internet after all.

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Bloke, 27, arrested, tech gear seized by cops over UK Sports Direct hack

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Re: Incoming: Harsh action from ICO?

"... as they'll obviously promise to try and do a bit better in future."

Oh come on, that's no good. What about learning lessons?

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A non-Standards Soviet approved measure of weight? Sod off, BBC!

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Re: Whats the strangest thing you have used to measure something?

@psychonaut

That's funny, I only use a third of my cock.

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Hello? Police? My darknet drug market was just hacked by criminals

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"The brightest minds do not look at a police salary and think "yes ! this is my ideal career path"."

Not everyone is just a venal free-booter. You do disservice to anyone who just wants to help society in general and policemen in particular - some of them clearly brighter than you are.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Can't be a single movie

"Who knows, Trump might even ban it."

Thus ensuring it will be an outrageous box office success.

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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Re: Trust? Who, me?

Professor Jimmy Edwards DFC please.

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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Idi Amin

" ... one-time Royal Military Academy Sandhurst officer cadet ... "

Are you sure? I ask because I knew the man who claimed to be the first of his tribe (and tribalism was still rife) to go to Sandhurst. The reason he was selected was that he was of Idi Amin's tribe and not, like all the previous Ugandan cadets, one of the just overthrown Milton Obote's tribe.

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Free smart fridges! App stores in fountains! Plus more from Canonical man

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Re: Welcome to our new Fridge Overlords

Only if it makes it to the first service unbroken.

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We see you, ransomware flingers, testing out your baddest stuff on... Germany?

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Re: Occam's razor says...

May be it is the well known stereotype of a German. If the policy is not to open unknown links in an email a greater proportion of Germans will comply. If you can get your ransom ware delivered to a German company then change it from v0.9 to v1.0 and you're ready for the big time.

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King Battistelli tries again to break Euro Patent Office union

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Re: More worrying

The EU has form for that, the whistle-blower who pointed out the inconvenient fact that the accounts had not been signed off for several years was sacked by Niel Kinnock.

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What are your stretch goals? A particularly gruesome and expensive death or another target?

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Want to bring down that pesky drone? Try the power of sound

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Re: Sonic Weaponry?

Just play Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call."

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'Alexa, manage my enterprise storage'

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Pleae State Your Name!

"Bobby Tables"

(xkcd.com/327)

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

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Re: Android vs age

I have heard that an auto manufacturer (Ford?) had an "Old Suit". Young, svelte designers were made to ware it during development. Joint movement and stiffness could be set for typical of age, say 40, 50, 60 ,etc. Did wonders for practicality of cars.

We need some IT equivalent, say:

Various specs to blur and restrict vision

Vibrators on arms to simulate various tremors (no potential for misuse what so ever)

Ear muffs

Semi gags to modify the voice

A bag connected to a tap that needs emptying every half hour or so

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Re: Current pet peeves:

"* Speaking of fonts... what the eff is up with the gray50 (or even lighter) text on white backgrounds?"

There was a fashion for light blue text on a dark blue background in the '80s. This was done because the then state of the art in photocopiers prevented copying tech handbooks etc. There is some woeful ignorance of UIs if that is a current anti pirate measure. I want to add 2 or more effs.

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With net neutrality pretty much dead in the US, your privacy is next

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" ... as long as we fight to stop them ... "

Glad of Amendment 2 to the Constitution?

(Yep, you got me, just +/- vote bait.)

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This bot shorts stocks when Trump tweets (don't fret, the profit is used for good)

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Re: Not very future-proof...

@ Marshalltown

So after some 200 years of predicting US Presidential elections the pollsters have not yet realized that he is not directly elected and that there is an Electoral College. No wonder they got BREXIT so wrong.

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Forget Tony Stark's Iron Man – exosuits of the future will be spandex

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"enhancing recreational activities"

Insert Comment Here:

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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

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Re: Maggy what have we done...

"in fact the whole armed forces would rattle around in Wembley stadium and not be able to man all the entrances far less defend it."

Yet they managed to pull G4S's balls out of the fire in 2012.

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Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

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Re: Tubes are cheating

stooooopppppp!

He needed Jenny Agutter and her knickers!

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Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans

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Re: There are none so blind...

“entirely responsible and appropriate”

I think he has been caught in flagrante de-facto.

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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Re: The USA way of doing things

"Plus there is suppose to be a problem with flakes of graphite causing electrical problems."

Don't forget that the US space capsule had a 100% oxygen atmosphere. Small particles of graphite floating around were not a good idea. Apollo 1 tragically demonstrated the effect of a capsule fire.

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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Siri

"What's happening in Linux today?"

"Finally its on the desktop."

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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HARRY LIME

You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The Swiss Cantonal Observatory of Neuchatel.

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Re: The heroes of my youth

https://xkcd.com/893/

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Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

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Re: Telegraph pole?

@Ole Juul

Reading room of the British Library.

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Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

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Re: Not My Fault...

"but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties."

As in "Show me the money!"

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Ransomware brutes smacked 1 in 3 NHS trusts last year

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Re: HR Issue

"The majority of NHS staff are not IT literate."

That's a bit like saying "Its OK, the driver who mowed down the bus queue of nuns was only a chit of a girl, she didn't know any better."

IT is a tool of the job, if the staff aren't up to using it warn them, train them, then sack them if necessary. Same as a surgeon and a scalpel.

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

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Any Ideas?

I'm a technophile, an electronic engineer specializing in comms and IT, an early adopter of the Internet. I know what is out there, well perhaps I don't know the really uncharted frontier of the unacceptable, illegal and obscene. I am fortunate that my children got through puberty and into adulthood before the time of 24 hour access where everyone has one, two or three Internet devices. There was one computer in the house and it was in a public area.

Now I have grandchildren. Shortly the eldest will be wanting a mobile phone or pad. Forget net neutrality, 5G, fiber to the premises etc, the one thing I want is some way to ensure that they are protected from even the nearer edges of the Internet. Not only pornography but also, topically, false news. Some of this will be done with education by parents and schools. However when on their own, under the blankets in their room, they may see and hear things that are not good for them.

Something must be done! Sadly all my training and experience makes me doubt that there is a solution that is more than just window dressing.

Has anyone a solution?

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: 'Smart guns' - an inherent failure

Owning a killing machine

or

Owning a tool

Take your pick, mine is:

Owning sports equipment

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

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Re: Rogue Engineers?

And Google.

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Ask Them

We wonder if Apple will admit to its self-driving car program or just pretend it's there for the coffee and cakes.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: Weigh the coins

There are upper limits on payments in the UK, £2 in low denominations (1p and 2p) springs to mind. No doubt Google and Wikipedia can help you find the details if you need them.

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