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1211 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014

Naked Androids to rampage across Russia

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Re: I hope for the same ruling in the EU

Google will be obliged not to restrict pre-installation of any competing search engines and applications (including on the default home screen)

Oh good! Now I'll have 14 search engines, 30 media players, etc. on my handset that I can't uninstall. I suppose we can hope that Google will allow any app to be deleted, not just the non-Goggle apps.

Pigs at the end of the runway as I type.

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Feel guilty for scoffing Easter chocolate? Good news: Scientists have made NEGATIVE mass

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Re: limited context

Cutting edge physics:

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."

Alas for the Newtonian Universe.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Click this link (don't fret, nothing malicious).

Yes, and I'm a Nigerian Prince looking for somewhere to lodge £380 million or so, no, honestly.

Good opening line for a tech site!

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: Why does the US care if people own bits of the Moon?

"stolen government property"

Is it? Doesn't some UN agreement or other prevent anyone claiming the Moon? I'd like to see this argued in court. If I buy some transparent paper weight with a bit of Moon rock, the rock being owned by no one, can I be dealing in stolen property?

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We have good news and bad news about metadata retention

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Open Metadata

Why not publish the retained data? That way I can see what information is being made available to security, police and civil litigants. If I don't like it I can modify my browsing and telephone habits.

I know this is theoretically possible but even those at the designer tinfoil hat end of the spectrum will find it practically impossible. So, what is better, limiting access to the data to police etc, various hackers and those collecting flash drives from bus seats, or allowing an open publication so we know what is going on?

The answer is to insist that ISPs and Telcos retain only the data they need for billing and service monitoring for only as long as necessary. The police, security services etc should be made to do their job. If I am person of interest then get a warrant and bug or hack me or my kit.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: Institution unknown

The West Lothian Question was identified by Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP for the Scottish constituency of West Lothian. It is specifically the right of Scottish MPs, as opposed to MSPs, to vote on bills debated in Westminster affecting England only but have no right to vote on bills on the same matter in the Scottish Assembly. English MPs have no rights to vote on Scottish devolved matters, as is reasonable. There is a democratic deficit inherent in the arrangement that one day will have to be addressed.

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DTMF replay phreaked out the Dallas tornado alarm, say researchers

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Re: Yes, it's quite simple, really

" ... based on security by obscurity ... "

I doubt that any one with a bit of technical training involved with the sirens is a hard and fast obdscuritatist. Rather I think that there is a belief that no one would be such an arse as to set off the sirens just because they can. The "hack" is so simple that I can't imagine that there is much, if any, kudos in being the perpetrator.

I can only hope that the perps get shopped for bringing what ever club, society or group they belong to into disrepute.

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Radio hackers set off Dallas emergency sirens at midnight as a prank

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Re: off and on, and off and on again

"I'm still unclear after reading the article as to why after going around and switching them off, they turned them back on."

Why? They rang the help desk.

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Re: Just a matter of timing

" ... and an electric plane would presumably be quieter and could be carbon-free."

So, no carbon fiber then?

(Yes, I know what you mean, I'm just a perverse bugger sometimes.)

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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I recall that a TV company built a replica of the Colditz glider. It flew quite successfully, at least once.

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Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag

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Re: Dosh?

"but there is no adaptor to fit a full-sized SD card into a microSD slot."

Never worked on help desk?

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We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

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Re: IANAS

"Makes everything else look like tiddlywinks."

I believe the correct pastime is "stamp collecting".

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Amazon looks between the couch cushions for US$70m for kids' in-app spending spree refunds

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Re: The real problem

As an experienced parent allow me to recommend violence and drugs. If you are too squeamish just stand well away, look at your screaming offspring and tut loudly once or twice. This works better if you have trained them to run up to a random stranger and shout "Daddy" (or Mummy).

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Australian Tax Office stays schtum on whether HPE outages report is complete

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Re: redactions are an enormous strain

I know they're a long way away but, surely, they know the correct way to redact a document is to change the background to black?

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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Re: Good

"The entire idea of one GUI to rule them all is bonkers."

Next the design of web pages please.

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

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Re: Dinner Bell for Hackers

"every second you donate £1"

Just take £1 once and fly under the radar. There are many who can "donate" out there. When funds run a bit low, you're down to your last but one super-car say, just repeat. Most won't try to chase down a £1 debit they don't recognize.

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Lightswitches...

Most capital cities that are not Paris are not in France. There, I said it.

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Ofcom wants automatic compensation for the people when ISPs fail

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Nonsense, they will pay "up to £6."

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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Re: Looking forward to Episode XVIII

Personally I can wait for "Jar Jar Binks - His Life and Times." A long time, a very long time, oh so long, please, pretty please.

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

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Re: What am I going to blame random outages on now?

Sporadic E always worked for me.

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

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Re: Quite ironic

" ..has made it so damned easy to restore Apple's data ... "

FTFY

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'Australia Card 2.0' is dead: Government ditches plan for one ID to rule them all

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Just replace "Standard" with "ID"

https://xkcd.com/927/

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Re: Slow moving targets only

The laser weapon was used to dazzle the Argentinian pilots at low level, say on a bombing run over San Carlos Water. It relied on the light being diffused by the canopy. Very similar to the prats who point lasers at airliners.

As I recall lasers used as blinding weapons are banned. Range finders, target markers and anti missile systems are OK, any of which may damage eyes as a collateral effect.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: @GATTACA

6:1 against me. I didn't make myself clear and if I offended anyone I apologise. Collection of DNA by companies is only OK if they are under a remit to help those unfortunate to be discovered harbouring a genetic disease, or disposition to disease, beyond that given to the fortunate majority. With power comes responsibility.

Any and all excuses will be proffered as to why a company should only take the benefit, I offered only one. If I was not able to impart my views that is a fault in my use of English.

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Re: @GATTACA

@Unicornpiss

So the companies can help the unfortunate employees with extra pay and medical cover. Oops - that would discrimination against the healthy.

There is no prize, none, nada, zilch for correctly guessing which side of the line this will fall.

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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@ thesykes

Every time someone makes that comment I remind them about the way that Robin Hood airport was saved by checking social media.

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ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

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"Last time I looked, "we" are more than happy to sell arms to dictatorships and oppressive regimes."

Yes, but they're our dictatorships and oppressive regimes, bought and paid for - this can be a problem because someone with deeper pockets may always come along.

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Come in King Battistelli, your time at the Euro Patent Office is up

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Re: He's probably got a patent on

"All other units can only ever be fractions of B"

Wot about the Trump, surely 1B must be a fraction of 1T?

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Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

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Re: General Protection Fault?

Is that because Major Fault wants to prosecute Private Data as he failed during the RAID?

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

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Re: @ Mister D

You are at liberty to use "tv reception equipment" as a monitor or to play DVDs for free. It is reception of, or recording at the time of transmission, broadcast TV, or the use of iPlayer (but only iPlayer) that requires a TV Licence.

It is in the interest of the BBC to maintain, without actually lying of course, that mere possession of TV receiving equipment needs a TV licence. Vulnerable people will be more inclined to cave in.

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Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'

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Re: Two words spring to mind...

@Dan 55

"What's wrong with configuring your own parental control software ... "

Because my children and their partners wouldn't have a Scooby. In any case I suspect my 8 year old grandchild can get around any blocks they put in place. Often said but none the less true. I can offer only limited help, sometimes I get the "Dad's got his tinfoil hat on again" look.

Fortunately they are able to make sure that their children get the correct advice and help about social media etc. They will see nothing wrong with the government mandating blocks on content - partly because they understand their technical limitations in this area and because they have already sold their soul to Google, Facebook etc. It is just part of normal life to them.

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NSA snoops told: Get your checkbooks and pens ready for a cyber-weapon shopping spree

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Re: Citizens paying taxes to be spent on spying on them

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all advertisers are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Personal Data, Legal Immunity and the pursuit of Profit.

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Toxic Uber sued after driver allegedly tried to rape passenger in car

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Re: Not an Uber fan, but

" ... but they are the worst offender ... "

Are they? I don't know one way or another, do you have a reference that is reliable? Like them or loath them, unsubstantiated adverse comments don't advance the discussion.

(I know this is the Register and some leeway is expected but really only works in technical area where we are more or less expert.)

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Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Funny old thing, I copied that phrase in order to make the same comment. I thought I would be lucky to get in first, I wasn't.

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Re: Stern carving.

The Elgin Marbles are just as much a part of our history as that of Greece. Whether that means we should keep them or hand them back is a can of worms I do not want to open.

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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In the UK Insurance Companies, through the MIB, pay out when uninsured drivers are at fault. They are free to recover from the "guilty party". Quite often the guilty party has no funds but the victim still gets a payout. Of course the law abiding, insured drivers are paying for this one way or another through increased premiums.

I imagine that something equivalent will apply to autonomous vehicles once they become popular. It should apply if the software is out of date, just as the MIB is on the hook if some prat has doubled the power of his car and left the brakes as standard.

(Simplified statement of the MIB responsibilities.)

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Re: 30 years....

Maybe I need to update my Satnav?

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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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