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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: So... who pays for the 3G/4G data connection?

" If you don't then holding title to the vehicle is not worth the paper it is written on."

You don't hold the title to the vehicle. The 'log book' document specifically says THIS IS NOT PROOF OF OWNERSHIP. The DVLA own your vehicle, you are simply the keeper and the driver. Driving is illegal which is why the DVLA have to sell you a licence.

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Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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Re: I had a BBC B, Then Master 128, then Archimedes

CEEFAX was amazing because it produced readable text on a TV screen. All home computers could have benefited from a CEEFAX chip.

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Re: Only the straight-A students had access to the schools computer (singular)

"We had a teletype connected to the local Tech College's ICL via a 150/300baud acoustic modem (in stylish wooden flip-top box with velvet lining) "

Someone figured out how to loop the punched tape back in so it would punch every hole. We used it to create confetti. This was thrown from the first floor window on to people.

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Re: Rasperry Pi fail

PI is a success. If you want the minimal stuff then adreno.

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Re: 3 ring binders

6809 was a beautiful 8 bit CPU with 16 bit features. I liked making program counter relative code which could run anywhere in memoy.

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Re: Made do with a C64, really wanted a BBC micro

Made do with a Dragon 32 which was £200 rather than £400 for a BBC B.

Motorola 6809 Assembly was excellent compared to 6502.

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... damning a stream (???!!!)

That would cause buffering.

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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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Re: C and C-style C++

Software became unreliable when the malloc() function was implemented. If you can write in C and use static memory allocation then it's possible to properly test a program.

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Re: C and C-style C++

C is excellent. C++ is insanity. It sounds like the insanity is metastasising.

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Docker seeks Golden State burnish for cloud container expansion

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What's the point of Docker?

In the days of MS DOS you could lift an application and it's data off the hard drive simply by copying it's directory. This is because everything was written to run in a physical container, the floppy disk.

With the advent of installers like Wise and Install Shield applications get buried deep into the computer and are no longer portable.

Docker sort of brings us back to the days of the floppy disk based application without those limitations.

The problem is figuring out if the effort of moving your system to Docker is actually worth the benefits. Some things are actually quite hard to even get working let alone containerise. If you do manage to containerise a tricky application then plenty of people will be pleased with how easy you have made it to use. However the effort may have been better spent on just sorting out the app so it's easier to set up in the first place.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Skype was excellent for years

Then Microsoft bought it and it slowly changed into crap.

Microsoft can't even keep their own products excellent. MS Access 1.0 was ground breaking. Access 2.0 was very solid and mature. From then on it went down hill until it became unusable.

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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You can't get fired for blaming it on the Russians

I don't know what happened or even if anything happened but Putin is behind it.

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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I expect this was something some corrupt people in the FBI were supporting. Having some kid from the UK mess it up probably annoyed them.

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Re: FBI is broken

I think the FBI got rid of a lot of their top liars. Other FBI liars are being prosecuted. Trump is quietly and slowly draining the swamp but it's a big messy job.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: When will people learn

"An alert driver combined with an autonomous vehicle is far safer than an autonomous vehicle by itself."

But there's the rub, how can a driver remain alert if he's not doing anything most of the time?

In order for computers and humans to drive cars together then the human must be involved all the time whilst the computer assists to make the job easier and more precise.

For instance power steering makes steering easier and more precise so the car is driven better with less effort. The 'autopilot' should be a co-pilot.

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Re: Everything makes mistakes

Computer driven cars are in the minority. The crashes are ones that people would not have. A human driver would have no problem with leaving the 101 for the 85 yet should not have allowed the car to attempt this. So it was human error to have allowed the car to do this.

All car crashes should be regarded as human error. Any time a Tesla crashes on autopilot it's the error of the driver who allowed autopilot to be in control. Alternatively someone hacked the car and murdered the driver.

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And in a final effort to pin the blame for the crash on Huang

Was Huang the driver or simply riding in the car?

The 101 is a very scruffy old road with a lot of fast moving traffic through Silicon Valley. You need your wits about you and should not be expecting a computer to drive you. Definitely can't expect your car to follow another car off the 101 onto the 85.

What concerns me is whether the cruise control failed to release the car to the driver.

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Overreach

I like the idea that GDPR is protecting us and it's amusing how the spammers have reacted. However the attempt to over reach outside EU jurisdiction is chilling. What if that actually happens? It's already happened on a temporary basis with some websites.

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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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