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US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

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Re: When is the bandwidth good enough?

If I know you are paying so much for "up to" speed X, and then sell you a plan for twice your current price for "up to" speed X*2, when I know for a fact that you cannot possibly get speed X*2, and only occasionally even get speed X, then that's fraud. Plain and simple.

Worrying about the "up to"s is beside the point.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: Ends-Means

I think it's time to send an invoice email to the BBC, that turns into a request for Steve Wright to play "The Power Of Love" when opened a second time.

Email audit trails.. who needs 'em?

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Judges are usually not big on victim blaming. Or at least, when they do it's them that gets a new one ripped.

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UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

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Re: Actual accidents

"Oh good. My accident was fatal, but I'd like my widow to get compensation. Can you arrange that?"

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right to silence

"If I were the judge I would hold him in contempt of court until he named names."

Well you'd be a rotten judge then. A principle of UK justice is the right to silence. You cannot be convicted of anything purely on the basis that you declined to talk.

Otherwise the courts would be full of trials where people would be told "Own up to what you done, whatever it may be, or we'll have you for contempt."

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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HiisssszzzzZZZZZZZZ!

"a dual tape HIFI in my bedroom, so copying tapes was much easier"

A yes. The days you could be enjoy at parties fourth generation copies of tapes that sounded like they were recorded in a tin outhouse during a rainstorm. Also great fun if the tape-to-tape automatically set recording levels, so the quieter the music was, the louder it would turn it up until it was 90% hiss, 10% quiet bit.

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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cack-handed good intentions

Agreed. This is really an case of misguided good intentions. They mean well, but they've gone about it in a completely cack-handed way.

Just because the NHS is a government agency, does great work, and is under-funded, doesn't mean they are a charity case who'll eagerly snap up everything that any civic-minded group might do for them. They have to follow processes, just the same as any other massive organisation. Probably even more so.

NHoS are a self-appointed group who decided to appropriate NHS logos for a project that NHS England didn't ask them for. It's not unreasonable to the NHS to then worry that people might think that there is an official project, when they have absolutely no over-sight or control of it. How are they to know what kind of quality control is being applied? How are they to know that it won't turn into an embarrassing mess? Can you imagine the headlines? "Broken NHS system depends on 4 men in a cupboard."

The fact that they'd already re-branded from another name suggests that they really weren't paying attention the first time.

If they had wanted to produce something for the NHS, the way to go about it is to create it first, under a completely unrelated banner, and then impress the NHS how good it is, and it's free! Why couldn't they do that?

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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Re: Murican serfs

"Really? When the world's military is trying to get people out of military aircraft for numerous reasons?"

Military aircraft spend most of their time on the ground, where they are serviced by people.

Satellites don't come down when they need fixed, they have to be repaired in orbit.

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Re: Murican serfs

You have a rather naive idea of why military powers might want people in orbit. It's not about it being a first step to somewhere else.

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Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

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"Ain't broke:"

Unfortunately, as a long term user of Thunderbird, my experience is that it is broke, and I've just spent the last week migrating away from it. It had simply got to the point where I could no longer trust it to do its job. Emails would download and vanish into a black hole, never to return. Folders would corrupt, rebuild, and dump 90% of their contents. Search functionality became increasingly a hit and miss game of chance.

This, combined with the continued history of neglect and changes of ownership, does not fill me with confidence for a software application that I need to rely on. So I am afraid we must now part ways.

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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Congrats!

You are the first on this story about Microsoft Windows to take the time to inform everyone that you use Linux.

Thanks for sharing.

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Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

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Re: "there would probably be a nationwide riot when you see the amount of absolute rubbish"

"So people without tv's are paying tax for other people?"

Same way that people without children are paying for other people's children's education. Or people who have never wanted to go to war with anyone are paying for other people's army.

Taxes generally don't allow you to pick and chose how the money is spent.

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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Mince Pies

A fistful of wet leaves and twigs, not unlike what I raked off the lawn last month, wrapped in limp pastry and dunked in sugar.

No thanks.

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Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

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Fake news

" we highlighted sixteen of Wikipedia's "fake stories" – although it could have been 16,000."

Speaking of fake news. Where does this number come from?

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Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

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Re: 'because its 'amusing' or just because Netflix can!'

"It just makes you sound like a smug twat."

Which is exactly why they should use it. It helps other readers get a better understanding of the person using it, and a better idea of whether everything they say should be ignored.

There's a whole host of popular, supposed to be witty, tired, words used in online forums that immediately flags an opinion as best ignored. You can probably think of a few yourself. They're very helpful, save time, and should be encouraged.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

The language is only outdated if it's been replaced by newer ones.

It's not like someone can nip out there and update the hardware. So for the CPU on Voyager 1, this assembler language is the latest and only language. It therefore cannot be outdated.

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GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

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STILL needs pointing out

"UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

*English Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

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Elon Musk says he's not Satoshi Nakamoto and is pretty rubbish at Bitcoin

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Re: The clue is in the word 'elusive'

So it must be only a matter of time before some other modest, elusive fellow reveals himself to have invented them.

Then we'll appreciate how bitcoins are smart, he is smart and PROBABLY the smartest person you know. Bitcoins are going to be yuge. All other currencies are failing and over-rated.

If only there were any clues to who that might be.

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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Re: Frequent changing of strong passwords

plain white = bleached.

You want the off-grey ones.

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*Really* *really* smart ones follow the Fibonacci sequence.

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Looking for scrubs? Nah, NHS wants white hats – the infosec techie kind

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How often does this need explained?

"UK's National Health Service"

*England's National Health Service

"the safety of staff and patient data nationwide"

*England wide.

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Re: What do they need this for?

"Your welcome"

My welcome what?

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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Classic software

I still use a version of Paint Shop Pro, pretty much on a daily basis. Version 1 released in 1990.

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Re: Who invented it?

Anything to back that claim up? As far as I'm aware Excel was an inhouse development from the very start.

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: I really don't see the issue..

You don't see the issue because, amazingly, you're not aware that many people don't subscribe to Sky, Virgin or BT.

I get the BBC through this amazing device called an aerial. Consequently I pay nothing but a licence fee and no-one has any idea what programmes I watch, and which I don't. If the money is paid through subscribers instead, does that mean I get my BBC for free?

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Re: And hence......

.. because the BBC is a public service and many people can't afford to pay £60 a month, never mind willing. But I suppose no-one cares about them.

The BBC is also broadcast over the air. How do you build subscription charges onto that?

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Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

"Netflix make better shows than the BBC"

Netflix don't make "shows", they make drama. They also don't make news programmes and pitifully little documentaries. They don't make radio programmes or have radio channels. They don't make soaps. They don't make educational programmes, natural history, science or history programmes.

Suggesting that Netflix is in any way a realistic alternative choice to the BBC is suggesting that we just watch episodes of fictional dramas, and do without all the rest.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Re: Rotten to the core

You still don't understand. Uber is a self appointed "disruptive innovator". That means all the old boring laws and regulations don't apply to it. Stop trying to cramp its innovations! Laws are for squares and corporate suits! Get with the revolution!

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: "When it's political, technology cannot do anything."

"The problem wasn't Linux, it was lack of standards across all departments."

And it's a big "Hello There!" to the Linux fall-back excuse #1! "It's not Linux fault, it's the users"

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

This set of priorities is all very well, until we get down to determining the order within the human subset.

Does the car kill the occupants of the car, or those of the other car? Or those pedestrians?

I predict that no-one is ever going to buy a car that doesn't put their life at the top of the protection list. At that point the production of robot cars becomes an arms race. The car that has the quickest and smartest AI to anticipate what the other is going to do, wins in any collision. Driving last year's model? Tough luck, you're going to die.

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Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

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Re: How to avoid the fake calls

"Our software will fix that for you. It can connect to your computer remotely and remove ransomware. What is your credit card number?"

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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Which is it??

"WannaCry cyber attack and the NHS in England, focused on the impact on Britain's health service"

Did no-one spot the obvious mistake in this statement? Which was it, England or Britain?

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Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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Better justice is the difference

Surely the most important thing is that the camera records an accurate and unbiased record of events? If people's (meaning police or public) behaviour doesn't alter because of the camera, then at least we can be more certain that they will better held responsible for that behaviour.

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

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Re: Support your NHS

"WTF are they still using paper for anyway?"

Do IT professionals still need reminding that a significant proportion of the population are either not equipped to receive email and sms, or are not interested in doing so?

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VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds

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Re: She deserved it (really?)

"OP never said "She deserved it""

Indeed. OP said;

"but what did the roomate do to drive him this insane? "

Meaning it was something the room-mate did that was the root cause of this, otherwise he wouldn't have been an insane stalker. This is what is called "victim blaming" and just one step away from saying she reaped what she sowed.

This question is, of course, exactly what the victim has probably asked herself a million times. "What did I do to cause this vindictive, crazy behaviour from someone I thought was a friend." And the answer in most cases is; absolutely nothing. You were just unlucky to cross paths with someone with a deep personality flaw who became obsessed with you.

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NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

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Re: Descent?

If it deployed too soon, then it also deployed at the wrong height with the wrong atmospheric density.

If so, then the test only shows that the Earth's atmosphere at a lower altitude is denser than Mars' and parachutes are much more efficient. But I think we already knew that.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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Re: "To model just a few hundred electrons needs a computer bigger than the universe"

The correct answer to this statement should be; "So?" If we are in a simulation, we have absolutely no concept how much bigger the environment is outside of the simulation.

Plus the whole point of models is to simplify things. Electrons are models. Effective models, because the mostly explain the behaviour of what we know of electrons in terms that we understand. But you don't complicate a model with information that you don't need for the immediate task at hand. Simulations are no different.

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

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Wood yew people stop that. It's making me sycamore.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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Re: I can't understand why anyone ever thought it was a good idea...

This is equally my problem with BYOD as an employee. Unless you're going to have separate devices for work and personal use (and who is going to bother with that?) all you are doing is layering your work's business all over the top of your personal business in such a way that where one ends and the other starts is difficult to see.

Employers, and particularly the self-employed, might be ok with that. It doesn't harm them if their employees are, in effect, never away from their work. But why would an employee agree to that? Especially if the arrangement means that your employer has access, and the right, to all your personal files?

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From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

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Re: The problem is...

"I couldn't watch the rest of the interview after that. Easy to say when you're as bright as a button."

I can fully appreciate how many might feel the cloud is a threat to their current job, and maybe it is. But unfortunately, ignoring it will not make it go away. So your choice is either to become someone who has the skills to earn a living on the cloud, or become someone who find their skills are no longer required. The surest way to become one of the former is to be actively involved in a project moving to the cloud.

There's a lot of very experienced IT professionals who should know better than to sit on the sidelines and scoff at new technology, but are doing it all the same. "The cloud just means someone else's computer." "Nothing is as secure as my server in my server room." "It''s just Microsoft plotting to make more money."

Remember all the old systems that you were involved in replacing 30 years ago? Remember all the stick-in-the-muds who simply refused to use a computer/email/internet? Did their derision and refusal to be involved stop it happening?

I can understand how you feel. I can sympathise with your dilemma. However that's not going to keep you employed in IT. That's up to you.

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Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

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Re: I believe the word we are all struggling to vocalise is ...

"Doubly stupid if you have something to hide."

Triply stupid if you're doing it for a beard competition.

- "Nice beard you got there, bud"

- "Thanks. Yours too. Not as nice as his, though"

- "Yeah, his is bushier. Give him a prize."

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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

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"How often do you really wash your jacket?"

Not very often. But my experience with these sort of things is that when the advertising says "up to 10", it means in reality "5", after which it'll be increasingly rubbish and temperamental to a degree that makes it effectively useless and you'll stop using it.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

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Re: Irrelevant

Uber can't be a monopoly, regulations will not permit that. However, it's their efforts to dominate the market in as near monopoly as possible that will kill any competition. This is not good for the consumer.

We've already seen this in the bus industry. Large national company floods into an area with buses, undercutting the fares of established, smaller competitors and making a loss with every passenger. Continue doing this until the competition has to withdraw or go under. Then cut the number of buses and hike the fares to regain healthy profitability in a near monopoly position.

The unions' problem with Uber, whether they are pulling strings or not, is their disregard for hard-won labour laws where they treat their drivers like hired serfs. Frankly, I'm ok with the unions having a problem with that.

This is Uber's behaviour, quite apart from its usual 'bending' of the rules because it's a special "disruptor" company which thinks the rules don't apply to them.

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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Re: People who want to kill other people for stupid sky fairy reasons are not clever

You are confusing the reason with the justification there.

Like all "religious" conflicts, the actual reasons for the killing are the usual ones; power and resources. Religion is just the tool used to recruit the cannon-fodder.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: Inaccuracies from those who should know better

All it proves is that the NHS, like most public sector organisations, are not free to hush up instances of their IT going tits-up.

There were probably plenty of other organisations that were equally badly hit, but they weren't providing life-saving operations and didn't have any obligation to tell the world how badly hit they'd been. There is only a legal obligation in the event of a data breach. If you get all your files encrypted in situ, it's no-one's problem but your own.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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If every 3 months is secure, every 30 days must be x 3 as secure! Right?

"Don't force password changes."

Unfortunately this message has not got through to many system developers. You still encounter new systems that force you into regular password changes. Sometimes at ridiculously short frequency.

And the frustrating thing is that if you asked them why they were forcing this on their users, they wouldn't be able to give an answer. They're just copying what they recall seeing elsewhere. No idea why it was done, or whether it is best practice.

And the same goes for the ones that have simplistic "how many 'special' characters do you have?" rules.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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"If an internet giant like YouTube can..."

Identifying a copyright movie, TV programme or song is completely different from identifying something that might be classified as terrorist content.

No-one has a database off all possible things that a terrorist might say, and how. So unless we can get terrorists to adopt a theme song, by which they must start all videos, it's simply not that easy.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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"what will happen after actual Brexit will all turn out to be a bit of an anticlimax as it's already been decided and priced in."

Except nothing has been decided, because those responsible for this almighty mess can't make their minds up on what they're doing, don't know what's going to happen, and have no idea how it might all turn out.

The idea that everything is settled already in advance by the market is extremely naive. The market can't predict the future anymore than anyone else and frequently gets it wrong. Particularly when those who are supposed to be in charge are running about like headless chickens and can't tell the market where they intend taking us. Other than to hell in a handcart.

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Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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Re: What price security?

"Why are huge companies with $billions skimping on security and storage costs and dumping data into the "cloud"?"

This is not a cloud storage vs server storage issue. Badly configured storage is just as likely to happen on either. Sloppy security is sloppy security, whether on a client desktop, in your server room, on a hired VM, or on a enterprise cloud.

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