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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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got there just before me

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the infamous Stroustrup 'interview'

http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/susan/joke/cpp.htm

Nuff said

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

two 24x7x365

how do these differ from 24x7 mutts?

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Comey does appear to have been a somewhat dangerous, out of control individual in a position of great power who abused his position. Mayben Donald learnt from him?

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Let me commend this BBC 'Secret World' sketch (from several years ago) that includes William Hague (Tory politician) running a corner shop - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kv277

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Scammers ahoy! International police operation harpoons 74 email whaling suspects

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and those nice people at the FBI only charge a percentage of the money recovered to cover their costs.... They even take it out of your account autimatically. Now that is service.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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How did the Heron get in to access the fish tank?

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Japanese fashion puts the oo-er into trousers

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Re: Not the place for your mobile phone

The TSA (in the US) don't need more encouragement.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Oh, Shanna. Get out while you still can

before you are committed for fraud.

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Australia wants tech companies to let cops 'n' snoops see messages without backdoors

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However, he said, law enforcement needs access to the “data they need”, and added that he wouldn't go into the technical details.

There is are many reasons why the the twat won't go into techical details.....

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Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

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And despite the lack of hardware announcements – sorry, no augmented reality goggle

And no decent keyboards that don't fain at the slightest hint of dust either......

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Telegram users get their stickers back as Apple passes update

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Ahh a new use for ----------------------------->

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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I don't think so although the phrase does seem familiar - probably a Douglas Adams quote :-)

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'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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Re: The fundamental problem of self-driving cars is deep learning

That surely depends on whether the designer was a Star Wars fan or hater?

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Re: Teslas don't LIKE firetrucks

Was the fire engine painted yellow?

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Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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I suspect that this is just part of an ongoing Amazon rearguard action on being forced to gather tax where it is due. Basing a levied tax on the shipping address really can not be that difficult and generally very reasonable.

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Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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It did eventually (and occasionally)

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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<insert brand here>

Nokia 6310i

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: keeping the water out

And taking the Underround story a little further.

When trains were updated, the maximum dimensions were calculated (important in tunnels :-)

Then new trains were designed to conform with the maximum. Unfortunately when the original train/tunnel pairs were designed, engineers had realised that they could push air through the tunnels to improve air quality. This was something that does not seem to have been documented (or the origibnal documents were not read correctly). The new designs, while not hitting tunndels were also far less efficient at the 'push' and air conditioning needed to be installed/upgraded to make up for it, at some considerable expense.

Interesting analogies with modern IT systems and requirements capture & analysis.

Mines the one with a G scale garden railway ------------->

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Re: Maybe.

So Virgin(a) is (are) innocent

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'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

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Re: Sigh

remoras suck - as we all know

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How much is the drone biz worth to the UK? How's £42bn by 2030 sound? – PWC

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Re: Drone > Telecoms!

It might be more accurate.

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

Not really - just any business that wishes to do business within the EU

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Softbank's 'Pepper' robot is a security joke

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Re: Security is critical, but

I would not be covncinced of that - culpability goes beyond simply informing management, and where the federal authorities are concerned you might be in trouble,

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Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life

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Quite - a toaster is generally quite compact - althogth YMMV on their ability to toast and not burn.

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Apparently a toaster-oven is a thing. I had to Google exactly what though.

About the size of a microwave, give or take.

well even with my 4 slice toaster it is an awful lot smaller than an oven (say small mirowave) - say 50% reductiuon in dimensions). That makes a lot of difference if you are lofting it out of planet (which obvioulsy also a major factor - but then only size is mentioned in the headline). My oven will toast but it is massive!

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Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Re: No Char

Of course the problem is that the average Bratwurst is also pretty crap...

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'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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Re: Microdrives.

As do those on my ICL OPD

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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

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Re: No need for a shark

You might want to equip it with roller skates for the living toom though. (and maybey a muzzle and waterlung)

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Re: FTFY

well take out the even more and you hit the spot....

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Re: As long is there's no third party

Goernment == state agencies == (often) criminals == (frequently) Ad industry == (sometime) 'perverts'

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Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

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In a phone interview, Jeff Talbot, public affairs officer for the Washington County Sheriff's Office, which has also been testing Rekognition, said while it's difficult to make a definitive statement about system accuracy because every photo fed into the system is different, the technology has proven to be useful.

"Anecdotally, we have made a number arrests based on this software in the last year," he said, citing various low-level offenses.

And in a quick statement summarises why the analysis of evidence should inlude at least a few experts :-) It's difficult, but anecdotal evidence supports our case. Really.....

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HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag

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Re: No Headphone Jack, No Sale

Well as I have happily given up a tangled life for wireless headphones, the lack of a headphone socket (accumulates dirt) doesn't worry me - although I agree that many people would want to konow.

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NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

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Ahh - the 'hit it with a big hammer' approach to sensitive hardware

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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This has always struck me as odd because my own loos at home are notable for their lack of written instructions.

Ohh I think you might be missing a trick. I have a small bookshelf in mine - short stories in the main naturally, but War and Peace for the truly challenged.

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LocationDumb: Phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking

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Re: carriers sell the data to services

limited definition of the 'individual' though - they can not be jailed or given ther death sentence though (I might even support it for some corpoations)

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Topper

Or read 70's kids comics (in the UK)

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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Well in the UK at least surely they are covered for this (other than accidental damage) under the sale of goods act for rather longer than Applecare?

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Re: IBM Model M Keyboards...

CLICK CLICK CLAKETY CLICK

love mine!

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Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday

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Re: I wonder ...

I would suggest one of those chairs with a convenient opening on the seat (and a suitable receptacle below) - but that only if he had any shame

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Sort your spending habits out, UK Ministry of Defence told over £20bn black hole

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Re: Simple solution

Bloody Celts - us Beakers got a bad deal.

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Oh and that *would* go on fire if the paper jammed.

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One of HPs experimental high speed inkjet printers (never got into production as I saw it) was rechristened 'SteamJet' - and it did.

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Collateral carnage as ZTE sanctions see Australia’s top telco dump mobe-maker

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Re: Last laugh

see Iran I suspect.....

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New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

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Re: laws vs laws

They are simply guidelines as tio what the TLAs must be publicly seen NOT to be transgressing.

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Mike Lynch's British court showdown v HPE pushed back to 2019

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Re: Caveat Emptor

HP just doing as HP does - the rot set in when Lew Platt (extremely sharp and very pleasent) left.

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Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you

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Our core mission is to make information more available and ultimately more profitable”

TFTFY

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UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat

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While the idea of sea mines probably invokes that scene in cult classic film Hot Fuzz**

I don't think so - at least not to anyone with any slightly broader knowledge.

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Re: Nope

Yes, with enough force, you could get them into the drive the wrong way round, it was damned hard work...

It goes along with many things. My much abused battery in an (old) MBP was misbehaving a little. I asked our admin to get it replaced. Not quite understanding the battery catch (as I said an old Macbook) she decided to use a screwdriver to help it out. She was extremelty competent in most things and certainly worth while bailing out.

The replacement machiune was 'siezed' by de Kops (I was away at the time and I never got an adequate explanation - even a plausible one) as to why our personal machines were searched. Being away, for, again, reasons that remain murkey even new (it was only 10 years ago), no one asked for or demanded a password or even tried to ask me. However they obviously decided that trying to clone or at least look at the disk (encrypted anyway). Some plod did the same thing - assuming the battery was a disk. Hum de hum. Obviously embarassed they paid up for my and five other machines with similar case smtoms without a peep.

Almost unbelievable... And the f***ing things even had screws to dissasemble them then.

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NSA sought data on 534 MILLION phone calls in 2017

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Securing 1,437 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) “Probable Cause” Court Orders that would allow electronic surveillance, of approximately 1,337 targets, 299 of them Americans;

12,762 National Security letters that would allow investigators to obtain phone, credit, or financial records;

33 authorisations to use electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes;

77 requests for business records

Ok, so that deals with Trump, his administration and associates. Now what about the rest of the US?

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