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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

I think anyone who has set up Scalextric tracks will have some ideas for jumps and banked corners.

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Go Team RED

AMD and Ferrari.

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Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

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Re: FIVE NINES!!!!!

There was a time when Microsoft were advertising their service was FIVE NINES. That lasted a month and then never seen them claim that again.

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Re: Outlook.com email was screwed up on Sunday night/Monday for me

You could easily build a ClearOS server and keep your emails at home. Just use Hotmail for porn... actually no, you can't do that any more. Just don't use Hotmail.

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Re: What a great advert for ...

WINE, Crossover Office are experts in this area.

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On the Plus side

maybe they will upgrade to business service?

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O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

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Re: My mom + BT competitor offering real/pure/full fibre solution "door to door".

"We need to stop looking at Italy for corruption, and look a bit closer to home and remove all those links inside the regulator Ofcom back to BT."

Yes BT are corrupt and protect their own business at the expense of their customers needs.

When running a WISP in 2003 we applied to EEDA (East of England Development Agency) via their Broadband NOW campaign to get our service funded for various villages. The rule was EEDA would only fund areas of "market failure" which translated means areas BT were not going to install ADSL. The amazing thing was that when ever anyone proposed an area to EEDA then BT would suddenly put this area on their list for ADSL rollout meaning no funding for us.

The result was to stifle competition at the expense of the customers. Nice one BT.

Frankly this 5G stuff is BS. It does nothing that can't be done with existing WiFi a lot better. All that's needed is an improved public WiFi protocol added to home routers for mobiles to use. The Internet use can be separated from the home owners Internet use.

BT have sort of got this with their FON network but it needs to be more transparent to the mobile phones to use and public.

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Re: As always...

"And rural locations are generally short of street lights anyway."

And long of trees.

Wonder why they are chopping down trees in Sheffield?

Trees are taller than street lights so in order to make GHz signals work you either have to raise the antennas or lower the trees.

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Re: As always...

"You mean 100Mbps surely?"

In villages surrounding Ongar Essex they have bugger all ADSL but 40Mbps WISP and 1Gbps fibre to the homes buried a few inches in the ditches and under hedges. The one I tested only did 150mbps and the support man on the phone was disappointed since they normally get at least 700mbps there.

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Re: RE: Crossrail

"Now here you are almost certainly wrong. The computers cost nothing compared to the engines."

Totally missing the point.

It's not the cost of the computers it's that 3GHz computers can allow the rocket to land.

If that's the case then how did they land on the moon?

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DVLA denies driving licence processing site is a security 'car crash'

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Re: SO MY FATHER WAS ABLE TO DO THIS ONLINE WITHOUT A CHECK

Obviously your father feels his driving is up to standard. If my son was like you I'd ignore him.

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World's biggest DDoS attack record broken after just five days

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Re: ISPs could mitigate this - car MOT

David, if you read handleoclast's post properly you will notice the real thrust is not for an MOT but for defensive driving.

Devices should be built with security on as standard. Users should be responsible to ensure their device is secure.

BUT you should have some firewalls and suchlike to protect yourself from irresponsible Internet users.

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10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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The Dragon 32 was good for programming. The BASIC was fine and with an Assembler and text editor the 6809 was much nicer than Z80 or 6502. The only problem was no sound chip and poor video chip. If it had a couple of chips out of the BBC B it would have beaten it. Half the price at £200.

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?

Cynic_999 "accidentally hits the accelerator instead of the brake"

It's not the same at all because the driver is using all the controls constantly with no problem. To catastrophically make three errors all at one and persist with those errors until people are run over is nothing like being a bit late on the brake peddle.

There is a video where a man is chased into a layby onto the pavement by a bus which smashes through the front of a shop. The man managed to escape but the driver claimed he hit the wrong peddle.

From what I can remember about driving (have not driven since yesterday) you don't hit the peddles with your feet you gradually press them to cause the amount of acceleration or deceleration you need. You begin doing this in plenty of time and you can press the peddles harder if you need more effect.

In a rack of servers it's an easy mistake to be looking at the wrong server, hence the little button that lights up so you can figure out which one you want to work on.

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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: time to get the frilly frock...

Dolly Parton in 9 to 5.

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Re: If it wasn't for peeps like me, you wouldn't need diversitee

"Primary purpose of this minor deity - to ensure that the bosses tantrums, jerk attitude and overall arseholeness is buffered and tuned down"

I remember hearing a secretary explain to her boss that 'bollocks' was not an acceptable word to use in a formal communication.

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"Whatever happened to the idea of hiring the best person for the job no matter whether they are white, black, brown, or little green men from mars."

What if you hate blacks? You should put that in the advert; "To meet our ethnic purtity target we are only hiring white men"

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reverse discrimination is illegal

No, discrimination is illegal.

It's discrimination if you hold someone back or if you do the reverse and promote them based on sex, race, religion etc.

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Re: Reverse discrimination is now political correctness.

tfb " it's because, you weren't good enough, like me"

Well that might be the reason but we now know that there are other reasons such as you are fucking cis white male and they're not hiring those. If you cross dressed you might improve your chances.

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Re: Political correctness BS

"Its not madness tho' is it, centuries of racism, sexism and bias".

I like your proposal, only hire the races you want to hire. So for example if I don't want women in my company because they undermine the power structure I can simply put a hiring ban on them.

However although you propose discrimination you also seem to be against it. Make up your mind. If you don't want white and Asian people in your organisation then just say; No Whites, No Asians. Simples.

The only problem is is against the law and it pisses off people of whatever groups you are discriminating against.

If you want some support to change the laws so that racism and sexism are OK again then I'll sign your petition. I know what you mean about some of those nerdy Asian men but they maybe worth tolerating if they are good at the job. Just pay them less and it won't seem so bad as you're getting a bargain.

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Well at least

In Colchester we have a Maplin and the home grown Rapid Electronics. Rapid is now what Maplin once was at it's best. Rapid are both Trade and Hobby with a great shop and massive warehouse.

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Re: See also Tat R Us (gone today) &

Yes American companies will suck money from their British subsidiary to keep the home fires burning. Block Buster had this.

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4G found on Moon

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Re: ...Morris Minor

A Morris Minor requires air and petrol. Elon Musk sent Top Gear Stig into space in an electric car that requires no air and can be solar recharged.

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Re: What could possibly...?

Orv, the problem with the bank refund is that it's the sellers money the bank is taking. The crook still got the goods. Crime pays.

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Re: What could possibly...?

"Yes, I keep a paper bag over my head at all times to ensure people can't skim my likeness as they pass."

Which is the problem with biometrics. If your face is your password it's hard to change your password. As for fingerprints, you leave copies of your password on everything you touch.

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Re: What could possibly...?

Actually people are getting done over but the card companies refund by stealing from the seller.

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Re: What could possibly...?

Accepting PayPal payments is risky. If a scammer pays you then PayPal will pull the money back long after the deal is done. Maybe a week, maybe a month, maybe many months.

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

Linux gaming is a lot further along that you know. Vulcan is available on Windows and Linux. Games are using Vulcan. AMD has made huge progress on Linux. Yes you're probably safer with Windows but that's changed so much and continues to progress.

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

"Depends on your purpose."

I work most of the time on my Linux Mint laptop but I still need some workarounds.

I have VirtualBox Windows XP for a MS Access App as no way can Access work in WINE

I use WINE for little Windows tools. The ones that work in any version of Windows seem native on Linux using WINE.

Crossover Office when it's too hard to make WINE work yourself.

And I have a Windows 7 laptop for when nothing but Windows will do, VPN into a network with the same LAN IP range.

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step... WINE

Crossover Office have figured out how to make stuff work in WINE. Lotus 123 works well.

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Re: Don't forget to sue them for time lost...

Windows 10 does seem new and fast but unfinished with a lot of the old screens still needed. Potentially better than Windows 7 but default settings need to be different. No spying for example, no forced updates.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Is it Legit?

Secrecy at Apple? Funny how Apple and GCHQ both have the same type of round building.

Funny how Android comes from an Alphabet agency.

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Re: My device - I'll jail break it if I want to ...

Peter DTM, getting apps outside of the Apple Store is so discouraged there is practically no market except for very determined people wanting very useful tools. So yes there is something stopping you.

Compare that with Windows where you can download anything from anywhere and install it.

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@boltar,

It's even more amusing that you got Rick Rolled and are annoyed by it.

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Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

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Re: Don't care about how their applications do what they do?

An excellent point about Lotus Notes. That tool allowed people to use computers to do their job. Say a secretary wanted people to fill out a questionnaire. These days she would write it as a word document with boxes for them to fill in with a pen and have them scan and email it back to them.

In the old Lotus Notes days she would create the form in Notes and email it from there. When the recipient filled in the form their data was automatically being entered into a table. The secretary could then see all the answers tabulated and could perform statistics and graphs with the data or put it in a spreadsheet.

IT has gone backwards since Notes was murdered. I did not like Notes because it was a competitor to my MS Access development work. It seems secretaries could develop apps in Notes but could not manage MS Access.

Serverless seems to be a re-invention Github but for the Dragondrop croud.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: "neither Meltdown or Spectre is much of a threat to a home user"

If scripts don't run on your browser then a lot of websites won't work properly. OK so perhaps you could live with that but until it's widespread that scripts don't work then websites will continue to require them.

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Re: The bug is better than the buggy fix !!!

PaulF, Perhaps you don't use your computer for banking but most people do. A baddie does not need to access your whole computer just a few bytes when you're typing your banking passwords.

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Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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No more security updates

That sounds like more of a problem than Meltdown. A lot of people will be upgrading their hardware to regain lost performance. They will be buying AMD.

Conspiracy Theory; this is a plot to boost AMD. They want AMD to beat Intel, which AMD has been doing in the last year.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Extraction rate is a function of RAM capacity.

Dwarf, you're thinking like a monk transcribing the Bible. The printing press was invented and then the computer. It's not going to take a computer very long to sniff out the password and keys from a big memory dump.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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I think they want the Russians to cut off Twitter and Facebook so they can't re-elect Trump. As we know Russia caused Brexit and Trump.

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Pickaxe chops cable, KOs UKFast data centre

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Re: DR Testing Failure

"There is no substitute for randomly[1] flicking breakers, PSUs and HVACs on a routine basis"

Break the thing on purpose so you're better at fixing it. That could annoy a lot of people but they to will get used to coping when it breaks so will be less affected when it breaks for real. It's only reliable things which cause a massive problem when one day they break.

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Re: Not entirely true

It would be nice if this was scaled down into APC UPS. Those things cook batteries until after 3 years they are no good. Compare that to the life of a car battery, those last 10 years and do a lot more work.

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I want a Bloom Energy Server at home now :D

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: Weighty subject ---> AR88 !!

Agruilla, I think at your age you're supposed to say "I'm 77 you know" and make sure you tell everyone you talk to. It's the lore.

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Re: "Cut the red wire..."

There is a wire that the bomb must have in order to explode, that's the one powering the detonator.

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Re: Lathes

I think the main problem with machine shops is gender neutrality. It's such a masculine subject that rather than try and force girls into doing for the sake of feminism it they just ban it.

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I was leading a horse into a horse box and tied it to the ring behind me. Before the ramp could be shut the horse decided to back out. The nylon rope stretched longer and longer until the brass loop on the horses head collar snapped. The catch on the end of the rope shot past my head and punched through the sheet behind me pulling the rope through the hole.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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Re: People's behaviour

Adam 52,

I guessed you'd be some virtue signaling Emergency Services type. If your job so terrible get an easier one. Oh no you won't because you won't be able to do the "Look at me I'm a big Hero" and the "You'll thank me when I save your life" speeches.

Just because you chose to do a tough job does not mean we should give up our liberty and be treated like criminals. If you're not up to the task, resign.

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Re: If they are going to make it easier for them

Sir Alien,

It's not really so much that they are watching but that they feel we need to be watched. If it's true that MPs are exempt from this then the very people who need to be watched are not.

It's like when we had Sexual Harassment Training in a big corporation. Us contractors felt insulted when they only wanted to train the pemies. "Hey, we're capable of being sexually inappropriate too you know". Fortunately they relented and agreed we could be trained in the art of Sexual Harrassment too.

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Re: Yawn

Watching TV is illegal but many people pay for a yearly exemption. However they are funding paedophiles which is a crime with actual victims.

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