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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Software is never finished

http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-10-02

This seems relevant.

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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

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Re: Controlling landers?

You simply control through a network of small communications satellites, not directly from Phobos to the surface. Either that, or you organise your work to suit the time slots available. That's all you'd need in this first generation expedition.

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Dell forgot to renew PC data recovery domain, so a squatter bought it

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"Krebs On Security reports that the domain is administered by a third party, which forgot to re-register it in June 2017."

Whether Dell should have outsourced this task seems to be the real issue.

They will certainly have words to say to the third party.

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Roaming charges drop smacks O2 daddy Telefonica in the profits

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Re: Correction

To state the obvious, to benefit from no roaming charges you have to be outside your own location.

UK to UK is within your minutes.

France to France, Germany, or UK is within your minutes.

UK to France will cost you bigtime.

My son has Vodafone Red, pay monthly. They charge £1.50 per minute from UK to Ireland but Ireland to UK doesn't cost as it's roaming and within his minutes.

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From Vodafone's website

Calls to Europe from the UK £1.50 a minute (inc. VAT)

Calls to our Rest of World zone from the UK £2.00 a minute (inc. VAT)

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giffgaff charge 2p landline and 5p per minute to phone Ireland.

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Oh, wow, Canada: No more carrier-locked phones for Canucks

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Re: Impact will be on expensive phones

why would they want to refuse an unlocked phone?

i doubt if that would be legal.

if the customer is locked into a 12, 18 or 24 month contract, why should the new provider care that you're paying twice. maybe you want a dual-sim phone so you can use a local pay-as-you-go sim when you're over the border. that's what i've been doing for the past 3 years.

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Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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Re: Interesting....

only bad actors and state-operators would be capable of building such "safe" malware that only targetted the intruder. simply releasing common malware into the wild would be very "contra-indicated". can you imagine what the press would make of such behaviour once it got known? it's close to the concept of protecting your house, office or factory with biological booby traps.

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Malware writer offers free trojan to hackers ... with one small drawback

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Why on earth are you assuming that this is a super crafty criminal rather than being state-sponsored?

My first assumption is that {pick from the list} is not only using these low-level hackers to spread the toolkit but also building a list of who they are.

Once the toolkit is widespread enough, it will have crept into many dark corners. Why do all the hard work yourself?

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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Re: What data did DOJ seek?

They're not after specific data about a specific individual but open access to the servers.

I wonder whether if the USA Supreme Court decides that any data in the world must be made available to them that they'll have a reciprocal agreement that the Irish, British, Germans, Russians, Chinese have the same rights for data stored in the USA.

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Re: What data did DOJ seek?

The USA want to be able to fish around in the data, without a warrent.

Ireland have always offered access once a warrent is issued.

The USA Supreme Court can decide whatever it likes, but Ireland doesn't have to comply. It's a sovereign country and has it's own laws and Supreme Court.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Shades of Poll Tax.

The amount of people with no TV who would simply refuse to pay such a tax would approach 100%.

It's much more likely that the government would give money to the BBC out of general taxation which would rise to compensate or simpler still by adding to the country's annual deficit.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Channel 4 is government owned, with advertisements.

If the BBC switched to that model, the TV Licence could disappear. They do have some ads but they only promote BBC TV, radio and events.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

It's nothing to do with the equipment. That's always been true, but is even clearer since they've widened the scope to include PC's and mobile. The law's always been about streaming live programs. That's now been extended to include catchup of BBC programs using iPlayer. I'm not sure how long before iPlayer is put directly behind a paywall.

I have all the equipment, which now includes having a PC or mobile.

I don't watch any live TV as I gave up doing that about 15 years ago and haven't had a licence during that time. I've even got the letter from TV Licencing confirming that I don't need one.

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

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Re: Public Sector Employees "UNDERPAID"

"Currently, my role would attract roughly 35-50% more annual salary in the Private Sector."

Go for it.

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Re: Too simplistic

I'd be surprised if NI was earmarked in any way.

As far as I know, it gets swallowed into the general pot.

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Not true for MEP's and other EU employees. No money has been invested to pay for MP's or MEP's.

As for the private sector, there's always a way to squirrel away money for the future if you do your research or take competent advice.

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That's how it might work with some companies, if you work your entire life for the one company.

I was told by one former employer that I needed to have worked for the company for 5 continuous years to receive any benefit.

Another former employer told me that the money paid in on my behalf was frozen at the time I left (1977) and was not invested in any way.

In your ideal FS world, not only does the employer work for the same company but the same company still exists. If it goes bust and the funds were invested heavily in the company itself, you lose. If it gets bought by another company, the existing fund will likely be frozen and a new one started or you pay into the new company's scheme.

In another scenario, which I avoided but other colleagues fell into, the company insisted that people had signed that this pension was discretionary. Later, the company quoted that clause and paid nothing. We were told that if it was non-discretionary, it would be regarded as payment-in-kind and subject to income tax. I avoided that by refusing to switch to the new scheme, certainly until I could read the new Terms and Conditions. That hadn't arrived by the 6-month time time limit where a choice had to be made. A year later, I was let go. I actually rejoined the company 10 years later but made sure that the company paid into my personal pension on my behalf. No income tax and no National Insurance Tax. That has worked very well for me.

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: Information is a dangerous good

What on earth makes you think that's *not* being done?

The thing hampering the Spanish (Madrid) side is that it will be harder for them to push the united side of the argument on Catalan-language websites, newspapers, magazines and books.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Hmm..

when i worked in the netherlands, my colleagues (all fluent in english) were jealous of the ability for english to use nouns as verbs. their example was "to helicopter people out of a disaster area".

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Re: Hmm..

when i worked in the netherlands, my colleagues (all fluent in english) were jealous of the ability to turn any noun into a verb. the example was 'to helicopter people out of a disaster area'.

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as i understand it, in the usa a company must vigorously defend their brands or lose the exclusive rights to them.

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Re: Comma with God.

Ayn Rand especially, as she was a devout atheist.

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Re: September 13, 2017

i think you mean iso date format rather than unix.

if you're going to put the day after the month then the year should go before them both.

while we're on the subject, iso time format should also be preferred. am and pm are anathema in my book.

date-time should always be in gmt, obviously. (i don't refer to it as utc as i'm from greenwich). zulu rules, ok.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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Re: Another duckie?

Or ducks created the universe.

Or was it a rabbit? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit%E2%80%93duck_illusion

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FTC wants AT&T to kick in $4bn to help balance US budget. Why? Some dodgy ads or something

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Re: A Cancellation Fee of $20 per month?

It remains theft.

The consumer isn't being offered a refund.

The government is simply putting the money in its pocket, according to the article as written.

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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thus the Low Confidence

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Is that Pacman I see before me?

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Re: Handy . .

Now, what did daddy tell you about stereotyping people?

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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Re: "Customers holidaying in tax havens...... will be charged £1 per minute "

Not if the said tax havens (low tax jurisdictions) are included in the provider's bundle of countries.

Vodafone include the Channel Islands in theirs.

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Re: High HIDDEN COST for calls INSIDE a roaming country

It certainly not true with Vodafone's UK service. They treat it as one big marketplace and include many countries outside of the EU. I live in the Channel Islands and use my 16GB of data and unlimited calls or texts. My only complaint is that they charge me VAT, which we don't have.

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Re: Typical.

Almost, but not quite. Vodafone UK isn't the same company as Vodafone France or Vodafone Germany. Within one country, there are long-term arrangements in place to allow phone-users to connect to any mast, but such arrangements between counties hadn't existed in the past. I assume such agreements have been negotiated and are now in place.

This isn't an EU thing as different providers have mixtures of countries in their free-roaming offerings.

Vodafone here is just an example. It could be Telefonica or any other multinational. I happen to use Vodafone as it has a very good Global Roaming offering this year.

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Re: Typical.

The EU politicians were the ones who reacted because it's very visible to them and their families as they trot around between their home country, Brussels, Strasbourg and other places of jollification.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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the money goes to the copyright holder.

occasionally, that's the artist.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: Of course there's a right answer!

i miss punched cards.

they were perfect for serving slices of cake around on someone's birthday.

the boxes to hold 2,000 cards came as flatpack and needed to be folded before use. we had competitions to see who could fold one the fastest. i won in 29 seconds, but i was a computer operator with ibm at the time.

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H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

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Re: More analysis required

Most of what you say is valid, but that's the way the world is moving.

India and China still have lower living costs than the USA or Europe but in most cases nowadays the physical location of the skilled worker is relatively unimportant.

The "disaster" has been coming for a long time and won't end until living costs and salaries are relatively level across the world. That's not going to happen any time soon but India and China are now becoming true developers and we should expect them to create most of the world's patents and copyrights as well as consume the resultant products.

PS I've worked in many places worldwide and have worked closely with outsourced developers for the last 15 years. Fortunately, I'm now living a quiet life in semi-retirement.

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

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Re: Orbiting the object?

Any two objects can orbit each other. It's only a question of mass and distance which determines the orbital period. They've been orbiting comets quite happily.

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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

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Optional

Seems to me that Schiaparelli got dizzy.

In IT, developers often don't think about such 'edge effects' including texts for overrun, underrun and divide by zero. Testers are needed who's job, and great delight is to break the system.

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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Re: Google don't even Support Nexus

Or a Windows phone. Works for me on my Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM. Latest Windows 10 release and only one app has failed, but Barclays are working on it. Started as Windows 8 three years ago.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: Ugh

I assume he wasn't flying to the USA.

It seems he's used to being stopped. Why carry any sensitive data in that case. I'd simple have it heavily encrypted on a microSD card and only open it when I get where I'm going.

This comment doesn't make any assumptions about his motives except that if this is the 20th time he's been questioned, maybe he's trying to make the point that he shouldn't be stopped.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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I saw a suggestion by a user on the Dell support site to try booting from a USB stick.

I'd also suggest booting from a DVD or other device.

Disconnect all attachments. Normally, this is a suggestion suitable for driver-level problems.

Since the power light comes on, somebody's home. I suggest adding an external screen (VGA, HDMI, DP etc) in case it's simply failing to reach the laptop screen.

Delving deeper, plug in a simple working hard-drive in place of the built-in one.

It's certainly the responsibility of Dell but that takes time and effort.

A replacement or re-flashed BIOS chip should fix this, rather than a new motherboard. Swapping a motherboard is a non-trivial task.

What's the second-hand market for such machines?

Disclaimer: I've been very pleased with all my support from them in the past.

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Re: Plenty of blame to go around

The individual trusts are certainly to blame. I assume that Hunt has been nagging them to get their act together.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: I said it before

Not only porn.

New movies by Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, etc.

The Queen, indistinguishable from the real thing.

Younger versions of older actors.

You, starring in your own game alongside your favourite character. Even easier if done as an animation.

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

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Ownership is where the owners (shareholders) live. Decision makers (directors) usually live where the head office is registered. Where the smart and grunt work is done are usually scattered.

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Re: Technology to save lives

Why publicly owned? Uber want to provide that, efficiently.

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Screw EU! Apple to fight back over €13bn tax bill

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Evidence?

Where did you buy your iPhone without paying VAT? I'm curious.

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The EU contend that Apple has received preferential treatment.

As I understand it, the Irish tax rules apply to any company and that many other international corporations are using the same financial arrangements as Apple.

There has been no suggestion that Apple have evaded tax. The argument is that they have used aggressive tax avoidance methods, but that's a UK law. All rules were cleared by the Irish tax authorities and by very heavy-duty lawyers.

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Re: To reduce the legal delays and sheningans ....

So you're advocating that the EU police invade Ireland and seize private property there?

The Irish Government and Gardai might have something to say about that.

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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Or TV's in the UK. It's a legal requirement for the seller to notify the government, on behalf of the BBC.

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU)

With the UK leaving, Ireland will be bullied into accepting it even if they have to have multiple referendums until they get the "right" answer.

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Boffins boggle, baffled by blobs deep inside the Earth

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Indigestible protoplanets?

I wonder if these objects are the cores of old protoplanets that accumulated in the earliest days and what we're seeing is the undigested parts of those protoplanets.

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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Re: Bit late but..,.

To reverse a referendum to join the EEC, or to reverse the conversion from EEC to EU, or to reverse the referendum on the EU Constitution (re-badged as the Lisbon Treaty) that never happened?

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