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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Re: How do they do it?

You need a very large supply of these

https://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/bb/Envelopes/Brown-Business-Envelopes/Viking/N=2+1288990&cbxRefine=300901/

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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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Re: The Independent non-Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

“Adults are designed to find the young appealing/children are designed to be appealing,”

Not in a sexual way though, and for most pædophiles, it is not actually about finding them attractive, it is about feeling important and powerful.

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Re: Bureaucracy fines bureaucracy, nothing changes

"Microsoft could, dare I say it, voluntarily provide such a facility as a corporate social responsibility thing."

They already do. The default limit is set at 5,000 recipients per message, but you can change this.

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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Re: I did write to the Gates Foundation...

The worst thing I've ever heard about Microsoft as an employer is that they can be very bureaucratic.

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Two-factor auth totally locks down Office 365? You may want to check all your services...

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Re: I always love these tales of companies losing money because of a mail

It tells me that the CEO doesn't follow their own rules

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There's an easier way

Someone registered a mis-spelled version of our domain name, and used it to send an email apparently from the CEO requesting a money transfer.

Our CEO just does not do this, so he got a very confused member of staff asking what she was supposed to do with the request.

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Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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That sounds like a Curve Mastercard. However, I suspect, if you link it to a Visa, it will fail if either the Visa or Mastercard networks go down.

Just get another credit card from a different bank.

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Re: Cash is King

£100 notes still exist in Scotland. I've never seen one though.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Homœopathy != herbal medicine, and is not "the traditional system of medicine in many parts of Asia for thousands of years". Homœopathic remedies are no different to, and no more effective than placebos.

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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Re: Gas

Targeted ads should surely be "why men love curves" or something along those lines?

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If I got access to that mailing list ...

It might go something like:

8 Reasons why you should dump him now

One of them would be a link to

"Do lesbians have better sex than straight women?" in the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/09/do-lesbians-have-better-sex-than-straight-women

The answer is yes by the way

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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Re: I don't know if anything has changed

That's what apprenticeships are for.

You start off by going out with an experienced techie, carrying stuff, working at the other end of a cable and so on, and you learn on the job.

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UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

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Re: A new golden era of prosperity

Marmite is made from the waste effluent of the beer-making process, and similar spreads can be found from the waste effluent byproducts of breweries elsewhere in the world.

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You can file your MOSS return using an ODS spreadsheet, recent versions of Excel support this format, but you still need systems to extract the data from the spreadsheet, and deal with people who change the template or type stuff where they shouldn't.

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For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

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Re: Does your Project have any value other than Investment, or Ponzi

Even if the answer is yes, it might still be rubbish.

Let's take Monster Cables as an example

The problem:

People are no longer buying their overpriced cables

The solution:

Create a new MonsterCoin that people can use to purchase their cables

Analysis:

Why don't I buy their cables? Is it because I have to get out my MasterCard to pay for them?

No. I do buy cables, and I pay for them using my MasterCard, just not from Monster.

Would it be easier to buy my cables if I had to first buy a special payment instrument that can only be used to purchase cables from Monster?

No

Conclusion:

The business plan is complete b*******

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I also offer a consultancy service

It will cost you €150,000, but I do offer a much more rigorous analysis which takes 2-3 weeks, and rather than just telling you it is a load of bull, I can recommend additional services, at extra cost, to rectify any problems with your business plan. This could include recommendations of alternative technologies where blockchain isn't the most optimal solution.

Skimping on the costs for preparing the business plan is never a good idea, so you should always be prepared to pay good money for a good service.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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I’m right handed, but would put stuff in the left hand drawer, as I use the left hand to open the draw and the more dexterous right hand to move things in and out.

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Re: Captain Scarlet: Name > website / Phone No. > password

The built-in keychain works well, and syncs with your iDevices.

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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Re: Several approaches

Ask them the date of the alleged accident. That trips them up.

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I've never seen an "international" cli. I often see actual foreign numbers. I few months ago, I was getting a load of spam calls from numbers in Guinea.

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Re: "If the AI detects that a machine is calling you and you don't want to speak to the machine ..."

Why do you need an app for that?

So that your phone can cut them off for you and you don't get distracted, just like my email server does for spam email about 65,000 times per day.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: Outrageous!

Presumably +VAT which would = £1.272, still more expensive than Morrisons.

The wholesale cost of a litre of crude oil + tax is £1.141 per litre, and that doesn't allow anything for refining, delivery, petrol station running costs and so on, so they are not going to sell you it at £1.06.

Morrisons + Grenergy (oil refinery jointly owned by Morrisons and Tesco) make 5.5p per litre in gross margin which covers all the costs in getting crude oil from the oil field, turning it into petrol, shipping it to the store and paying all the wages & so on at the petrol station.

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Re: Outrageous!

120.7p per litre is the cheapest I’ve seen recently, at the Morrisons near J9 of the M6. The motorway service stations were charging 147.9p. I don’t know why anyone ever buys from them.

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European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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Not spam:

Dear MEP

I am a lobbyist working for MegaCorp. Your proposal will affect my client's business because ... .

MegaCorp is entitled to make representations, and the proposal will lead to fewer (or more) jobs or higher (or lower) prices, that is a perfectly legitimate point to take into consideration.

What is not legitimate is when they pretend to be loads of other people, who may not, as a group, share their opinions on the matter.

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That wasn't a misidentification.

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Constituents generally don't contact MEPs about anything, so they know it is either spam or lobbyists.

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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Re: "An email address is unique to a person. "

Companies that have separate toilets for women and men and wish to send emails about them.

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Re: "An email address is unique to a person. "

Or, it can be:

For example, at work, I have a personal email address that reaches just me. There there are various group email addresses that reach me plus other people, for example, there is one for all the women in the company (and there is another for all the men), then there is one for everyone in my department, then there is one for all the managers, and there are ones for various projects which reach all the people across different departments who work on that project.

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Re: Storm in a teacup

You are entitled to refuse permission to have your details in the phone book, and these days, in the UK anyway, most people do refuse permission.

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If I contact my bank and ask them to delete all references to the loan agreement I signed (and haven't yet repaid), they are not going to oblige, and the GDPR doesn't require them to. If I paid it off more than 6 years ago, or 12 years ago in the case of a mortgage, then that would be a different matter.

The key server exists to prove that documents I signed do bear my valid signature, so presumably that has to be retained for the same reason. I could for example have signed the aforementioned loan agreement using such a signature.

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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I don't get any hotmail spam these days

The only thing I use it for is my domain registrations, and while it got loads of spam about 20 - 15 years ago, now, I don't get any. GMail and Yahoo however, get lots of spam.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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What's the battery life like?

and is the screen any good?

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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If you are looking for 5 people out of a population of 2,000,000, then a system that was 99.98% accurate at identifying them would would have a 98% false positive rate - it would pick out 250 people, and your 5 suspects would be among them.

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A fine vintage: Wine has run Microsoft Solitaire on Linux for 25 years

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Re: Killer App

Word, Excel & PowerPoint work reasonably well, but not as well as LibreOffice. Access and Outlook don't work so well, and they are the two office applications that don't have such good alternatives on Linux.

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Re: 'The seemingly misbehaving app is the default messaging tool on Samsung's Android devices'

I remember about 20 years ago, Mike Corley was spamming usenet with claims that MI5 and the BBC were spying on him via his TV set. Everyone thought he was completely crazy. Now, if someone said that, people would just nod in agreement and think it is a perfectly credible claim.

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Re: Or you're worried about the bill?

O2 charge 50p per message or £5.11 per month for a 50 message bundle. I'm pretty sure nobody uses it.

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: type 'reboot' in the local console instead of the remote one

[katrina@naoto ~]$ uptime

12:03PM up 174 days, 14:33, 2 users, load averages: 0.15, 0.19, 0.17

Time with girlfriend, 4322 days, 2:38

So I guess I'm not a sysadmin

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Re: Trolling for comments

But they did rename Lync as Skype for Business.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: Legitimate business interests

"For example, I have a legitimate interest in anyone trying to con me out of my personal information being force-fed a large bag of plump donkey dicks until they explode."

Seem totally reasonable to me.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Re: No Contact

No, Apple have only ever responded to El Reg on one occasion, and the intern who responded was sacked shortly afterwards.

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So woke: Microsoft's face-recog can now ID more people who aren't pasty white blokes

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Google's version couldn't tell the difference between a human with dark skin and a gorilla most of the time, never mind tel the difference between different humans with dark skin.

Whereas, it was able to tell the difference between a gammon (racist, foaming-at-the-mouth, sunburnt white man) and a pig

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UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy

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London is a bit further north than the Canadian border.

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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

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Re: Learn to Read!

Can I put money on, they keep the existing infrastructure, and change the name of it to make it part of the Azure family.

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Re: Not just HMRC

The DWP tried that to detect benefits fraud, and they found that it didn't work at all.

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Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

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Have a look at the court cases at Reading Magistrates Court.

Several Über London drivers get prosecuted there every month for driving without a licence or insurance, and Über were refused a licence to operate in Reading. They could use their London licence to pick up passengers who want to travel to London. London firms who specialise in the airport market do this, but people generally book their travel to the airport at the same time they book their flight tickets, and Über aren't geared up for that.

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A volt out of the blue: Phone batteries reveal what you typed and read

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If you had taken the phone to bits to install a spy chip, then surely you would have better options than the battery, like maybe the screen?

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Amid 'idiotic blockchain phase,' EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts

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One thing to remember

A "smart contract" is simply another word for a computer program.

Yes, computer programs can be better than doing things manually. That's the whole reason why Microsoft is in business. It might have been newsworthy back in 1975, but not now.

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Re: Blockchain != SQL

Yes I know

Blockchain == linked list

Linked lists were invented in 1955

Relational databases were invented in 1970

SQL was invented in 1973

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Dixons Carphone profits drop 24% amid hack 'n' high street struggles

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Re: That's just business

Some people still buy them, but Monster are making huge losses, so obviously there aren't as many idiots as before.

When I saw the headline about Monster getting into blockchains, I initially assumed they had made an ethernet cable that was optimised for blockchain transmission, but no, they have pre-mined a load of Monstercoins, and apparently you will use them to buy your overpriced hdmi cables in future. It reminds me of the sort of dot.com business plans we saw 20 years ago that failed.

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Accountants HATE them: Microsoft's Xbox harnesses blockchain to pay games publishers

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Why blockchain?

What is wrong with SQL Server, and why would a blockchain do it better?

You can substitute SQL Server with your favourite relational database system, I’m choosing SQL Server because Microsoft are unlikely to use a competitor’s product.

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