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Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking

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RE: Here at Vulture West we're crossing fingers and toes

All 27 of them.....

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'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

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Re: Help me out here

Am I the only one that finds it depressing that this Youtube: Not the nine o'clock news Constable Savage sketch still rings true is as depressing now as it was in the 70s??

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Re: The Ms-Access Gangs Violence Matrix

MS Access?? you're giving them far too much credit I'm betting like most users in my experience, they are calling an Excel spreadsheet a database.

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Openreach v Ofcom dark fibre legal bill bounced back to Competition Appeal Tribunal

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Re: A patch

Not really Ofcom has a goverment remit making them privateers ;-)

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Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell do Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

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Scope creep??

It's all fine it's not like there has been a long history of this kind of legislation being abused by useless busybodies that have no sense of proportion right? PDF Big Brother Watch: How RIPA has been used by local authorities and public bodies

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UK.gov fishes for likes as it prepares to go solo on digital sales tax

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Re: Mihn Gott!!

Sorry I got that no 7 figure from the top search hit and didn't really look at the publisher: CNN Money: World's largest economies

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Mihn Gott!!

How very dear you sir implement a tax in a place where our lobbying dollars are not working well enough to stall all progress.

Seriously new tax or not does anyone think that the megacorps are going to walk away from the potential profits of the worlds 7th larget economy??

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I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Re: What century is this?!

A years ago I was working for a small software company that made most of its money peddling web stores to small mom and pop type companies the e-store code was an in-house POS classic asp based monstrosity that every time we got a new customer would be copied from the last.

As you would expect in this scenario it was a total mess of ancient spaghetti code and then one day we woke up to find one of the customers had been hit by an automatic SQL injection script and was now trying to download a bunch of malware to anyone who viewed the site.

This obviously needed a fix, so a proper fix would be to go through every place in the code where a variable was incoming and do a proper validation.

But that was far too expensive for the boss when you take into account we were at that point managing ~30 of these messes all with slightly different code for each customer.

So the "genius" fix the boss came up with was to look at all incoming data from the browser the global.asax file and if it saw a single quote or a semicolon it would stop processing the request.

making it impossible to receive any business from any O'leary or the like.

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: The source appears to be a small nation off the coast of Europe. Targetting now.

Dammit, there goes Cyprus now where am I going to go on holiday.

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The breeding grounds

Given that all home Secretaries shadow or not in my lifetime have been barely human swivel-eyed loons can we attempt to triangulate the source and turn it into a glass crater for the good of all humanity?

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Lucky, lucky, Westminster residents: Who better to look after your housing benefits than Capita?

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Dont Worry Dilbert will fix all!!

http://dilbert.com/strip/2018-10-30

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Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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But where is the "Best"

Richard Cheese will surely win!

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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Life Span

I do wonder how much if the "Disappointing Permanence" of the tablet market is due the analysts desperately wanting the tablets to sell like phones I've had my Xperia Z tablet since they were released in 2013 and its still going strong, in that time period I've gone through 3 phones.

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It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter

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Re: Manned multicopters? No thanks

it is a bit of a 6 and 2 threes though helicopter crashes caused by hardware failure are usually catastrophically caused by either a rotor head or gearbox fail your really lucky if its something that leaves enough of the system working to make a safe autorotation landing.

manned multi-rotors do have the possibility to be safer as each rotor can be an almost totally independent system and unless you are a total looney you won't be flying a manned quadcopter with no redindancy if you look at most of the test manned multi rotors they are using 8 or more props which should allow at least a 2 prop fail more if you are lucky with the location of the breakages.

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Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Not bad

Looking at it the price is up but not by much when you look at it as a workstation the make or break for me would be how noisy it is when you are thrashing it.

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£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data

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Mass Dialers

Is their actually a legitimate use for mass dialing gear other than to extract money from the most vulnerable member's of society, if not then just ban the lot and then use of it would be a criminal offense so the directors of these rackets companies could be held personally responsible.

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

I'm going to guess this lot came from somewhere that has some form of teaching going on the colorful one in the pic looks like the type they use to teach touch typing in schools like : LessonBoard

My bet would be on a local collage or maby prison had a refit done and somebody skimped on the disposal costs.

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ARRRG the Punnage!

Have one of these =>

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Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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128GB???????

I know I am not the target market for this but even as a base model 128GB of SSD seems really tight, given that I can buy a 256Gb M.2 for £46.98 that's pretty awful when combined with the lack of an sd slot for expansion.

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Budget 2018: Landlords could be forced to grant access for full-fibre connections

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"but a lot of landlords, especially those with blocks of flats just ignore them"

We were recently looking at setting up a new satellite office in a tower block as part of the requirement was at least a 500mbs line which we could not get the best the building had installed was up to 100mbs Down and 25mbs up per office. after many frustrating hours on the phone, we got to the bottom of why.

The first reason is money if you get a line installed from outside how is the management company going to get their slice.

The second is that the cable risers in the 1960s tower block were stuffed to capacity, I saw inside there was no way you could sensibly put anything else in there without tearing out ~50 years of cabling mess first.

I don't see how any legislation is going to help with either of these problems that I am willing to bet are repeated across an awful lot of post-war tower blocks across the country.

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Americans' broadband access is so screwed up that the answer may lie in tiny space satellites

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"And then what happens to them?"

In an orbit that low and given the small mass they burn up, you have to be well above 400km to have a long-term stable orbit.

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If you saw a Google ad recently, know that it helped pay off one of its 'sex pest' execs $90m

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Re: different rules

Putting a new and icky spin on Scroogled!

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Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is high-speed data going round the twist?

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Re: Copper is truly dead

Not unless the rules of successful business change, sweat those assets!

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Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

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"You are responsible for ensuring the roadworthiness of your own vehicle"

This is firmly established in UK law at least see Father jailed after four of his children died in Land Rover river crash

I remember all of the gnashing against this case if the Land Rover community at the time but the report of the state of the vehicle involved was damming.

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Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Chuckey Egg FTW!

Ahh the number of hours i must have blown on my Amstrad CPC 464 play Chuckey Egg

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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Re: Am I Missing Something?

The contracting houses will always win this game, the people they put in on their side of the contract negotiations are better-paid more competent and much better motivated than any civil servant will ever be,

combine that with the tax office using IR35 to chase off any talent they can get their hands on and the government is always fighting a losing battle.

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"Don't government contracts have some sort of get-out clause"

That would require both a lack of political interference and competence in the civil service which is about as likely as my cat marrying next doors Rottweiler!

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: VPNs

"because what 14 year old can afford a decent VPN?"

Who said anything about a decent vpn there are plenty of crappy ones out there that will do and that's before you even mention the TOR network.

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Re: Leisure Suit Larry

LOL that's a blast from the past my father had that game it took me about an hour to brute force all of the answers!

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Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals

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Why is it relying on voice at all?

The thing I don't get about this entire mess is why is it not a platform agnostic IP based service stuff 4g if you can get better than 1kbs of bandwidth (see Codec 2) you can have bi-directional voice over ip that can be done over 2g.

Just have a handset that has triple sim support so it can talk to all 3 UK networks at once and just use the strongest available signal.

I mean for pity's sake I had VoIP working happily over the then cutting edge 33.6 kbit/s modem in the 90s

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Internet of S%!£

"GCHQ hopes that by getting large industry players on side, consumers will have less to worry about in future"

I wish them luck but the bulk of IOT gear I've had the misfortune pleasure of encountering has come from brands so no-name that I struggled to locate a website for them leave out a patch for their products.

Given that heavyweights like BMW can't even get the basics right a voluntary code of practice is a nonstarter.

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: Corporate Risk

"Well, I was never a customer of theirs, and now I certainly won't be."

I work in the finance industry HSBC are A$$holes but they are not that far off par for the dirty industry they are in and are positive pussycats compared the specialist hatchetmen like the Great Vampire Squid.

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Corporate Risk

I suspect that part of the reason why they are struggling to find large sponsors is the risk of the driver going splat live on telly whilst wearing the companies colors.

I say this as I have direct experience of this thinking I helped organize a sponsored row across the Atlantic and HSBC would only allow their logo on the boat if it was removable and applied only within sight of the destination.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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I love sprouts!

But the sprouts don't love me, I can clear the top deck of a bus after eating the blighters ;->

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Got to be a scam??

Haven seen the guts of one of the perv scanner's under repair when I went on holiday last year I would love to know how this guy managed to shrink a couple of hundred kilos of cutting-edge radio gear into a ~1kg handheld!

Until I see actual proof I am going to assume this is just the raving of a dumber than average con man!

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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Every one spies

The problem with the current kerfuffle with the Russian intelligence agencies isn't that they are spying everybody does that, its the getting publically caught with their pants down.

If the Skripal's had died in an apparently botched mugging nobody would have done a thing its just business as usual in the world of cloak and daggers it's the deliberate and blatant attempts to scare anybody who has ever P!$$£d off the Russian government.

That this tactic has backfired on the Russians seems to be confusing people who are playing the game in 2018 by 1980's rules.

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Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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3 steps forward and 3 paces back

I can't make up my mind which is worse a bunch of legacy system's that don't talk to each other or 1 "Modern" system that is just a fat target for abuse.

Either way, the home office's continuing position that innocent just means we have nabbed you yet has no place in a democratic society.

Sadly this I don't think this will change as in the all the time I have given a dam about politics the home secretary has always been a loon regardless of what colour rosette they wear.

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Good Luck

The digital B@$%"&$s won't go quietly into the night, I predict that if this starts to grow a wave of "Think of the children" or the classic "But Terrorism" F.U.D. will be peddled to try to bring this down before it can grow into a real challenger.

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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Why Just 4G???

Given that you can get mobiles off the shelf that have three 2-4g modems built in why can't you just use something like that so each unit has a live connection to the 3 physical mobile networks in the UK and then just route's over the strongest available signal.

Couple that with a local area mesh network based on IEEE 802.11s to offload the bulk of local traffic and I really can't see why this is so expensive??

I understand that 4g is the first generation of mobile network that supports emergency traffic priority but it seems to be a very crap trade-off.

You could take it even further by placing high power repeaters into the vehicles.

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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True giants of science!

Thank you Dr Garry for your contribution to science and humanity and to El Reg for going out there and getting such an interesting interview, more of this kind of stuff pretty please.

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Brit airport pulls flight info system offline after attack by 'online crims'

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Re: The weakest link....

It is definitely possible, and in my experience there are too many people who click on links automatically and regret them immediately afterwards.

We had one very memorable incident like that that once the dust had settled the idiot involved was asked why he clicked the link on what was a very obvious fishing email.

he had been briefed to avoid stuff like this in an infosec for users course only a couple of weeks ago.

His answer he thought it was a fishing link but wanted to make sure before he wasted IT's time....... DOH!

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Dear Microsoft

Please Bug off and take your POS browser with you.

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Law firm seeking leak victims to launch £500m suit at British Airways

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Re: Fees?

Could be a lot worse in the states the current trend for class-action suits if for the award to be paid to crony friends of the offenders via "cy pres principle" clauses.

https://cei.org/blog/google-settlement-how-class-action-abuse-gives-money-attorneys-and-third-parties-leaving

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MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

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Sweep stakes anybody??

Days until this gets compromised and turns into yet another government IT disaster.

My bet minus several months either nobody has cottoned onto the disaster yet, or Whitehall is doing its best to bury the mess before to goes public.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Wack a Mole

Even if they do make good on the (probably empty) threats to force through crap legislation forcing companies to break security how do they expect to keep up with people just moving to other platforms in countries that are sensible?

I migrated over to Protonmail after the Yahoo debacle and I can't see the 5 eyes successfully forcing Switzerland to drop the privacy legislation that protects it.

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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I Wish You Luck

Anything that steps away from a monoculture is a good thing in my books.

Chipzillla desperately needs more competition if for nothing else but to motivate them to be better, Sadly I don't think AMD has what it takes to be any other than an occasional annoyance.

Give the rise and collapse of the Bulldozer architecture I am forced to anticipate the pattern to repeat itself with Rizen.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Management Headaches! even at NASA

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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I think you just put yours in the shredder

Meh, I honestly feel that letting stuff like that slide and not speaking out is one of the root causes of a lot of the problems in the world today, as such I seldom feel the need to hide my opinions.

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Heads up: Fujitsu tips its hand to reveal exascale Arm supercomputer processor – the A64FX

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Re: So the A64FX is officially at 7nm engraving

Probably if you look at the pin out of a modern CPU package the bulk of the pins are ground's for interference suppression the less power you are pulling the easier it is to resolve these issues so the fewer pins needed to do the job.

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