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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Barium?!

I 'ardly knew 'em!

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100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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Re: They’ve spelled ‘rogue’ as ‘rouge’ everywhere!

They mention pishing servers too. That said, they appear to be Chinese, so I can forgive them a few misspellings.

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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Re: Red

That's because the poor lass is constantly stuck dancing with Chris de Burgh...

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UK.gov's no-deal plans leave HMRC customs, VAT systems scrambling to keep up

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Forget administrators, there'd be criminal proceedings...

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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If you are willing to go on a very popular auction and general tat website with only 4 letters in its name, you can find an Office 2016 Professional license for about £5.

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Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

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I'm sorry, you've confused me here. I'm not sure if it is the way you've written things, but you've lost me somewhere by Venus, I believe. You seem to have created an account on here just to link to a note you have posted on your Facebook account, and you are saying that essentially 'Einstein was wrong if Einstein was wrong!'. I believe that's called tautology. Now, I could go on to Facebook to read your post, but I have no wish to log in to that site, so either post what your point is here (not sure how it is relevant regardless) or give it up and toddle on.

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: Lightening strike ?

A lightening strike? Is that where someone refuses to flip the lightswitch?

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Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking

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Re: I wonder if this is Apple or Samsung funded viral FUD...

Thank's for you input there, AC#1 and AC#2. Out of interest, when does your colourful Alphabet cheque arive?

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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Google scan app for malware, reassuring dev and end user

There have been hundreds of cases involving numerous infected apps on Google Play which have only been removed after someone made the larger comminuty aware of the problem. Now I'm not saying that any malware scanner is perfect, but Google's method for vetting apps has been derided as being very poor for quite some time.

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Lawyers sued for impersonating rival firm online to steal clients

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Yes. Overall, it was pretty optimal.

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Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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Wait a minute

So "Reality Winner" is ACTUALLY her name? It's not some weird codename for the case or some silly nickname? Never mind putting her in jail for leaking stuff, her parents should be the ones locked up for naming her that.

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

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A collection of carrots?

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Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

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"First case of solar suckage"

That is slander against my good name and I will not stand for it!

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

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Re: JFDI

You want to do WHAT to a duck? That's disgusting.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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"Rouge Techs - Damn Commies!"

Coming overe here, faking our emissions tests!

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Re: 1.6 litre!

And tonight on "Spot The Americans!"...

Yes guys, outside of your borders people worked out that you can get the same amount of power from 1/4 of the size of engine if you build it properly :)

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Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it

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Re: Is it likely

I'm sure I'll get downvoted to hell for this (as is the norm whenever you mention it), but you could always use an iPhone instead.

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As far as the gender pay gap in Britain goes, IBM could do much worse

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Furthermore, salaries for men and women in the same role at the same band are within 1 per cent of each other.

So couldn't this have been used instead under the headline of "No gender pay gap at IBM"?

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Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe

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Re: handy..

Because of the amount of hot water they would get in if a confidential document was uploaded to Virustotal as an automatic action by a browser. The lawyers would love it.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Isn't he supposed to be ...

I'm sure when it gets a bit down the line he will have extra charges added to his sheet. I'd think there's a good chance of getting something along the lines of "conspiracy to kidnap" added without much effort too.

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

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Re: Kettle

I blame the "gee, this is easy" attitude referred to by some as "positive thinking".

I believe nowadays that is called 'Agile' or 'Dev Ops'

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: CV

Have you been caught in flagante too?

I read that as 'flangegate' first, I need stronger coffee.

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Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

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"Peter Jansen of Oracle licensing consultancy Navicle told The Register"

When there are companies that exist solely to give consultancy advice to other companies about nothing else other than your licensing...

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UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Re: Well, what do you expect...

I think you completely missed his point there?

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Re: Foresight

That sounds like pretty standard broadband response times, in my experience.

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Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal

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Re: Bureaucracy rules...

...what?

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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Re: Sorry, Europe

What the hell is "soccer"?

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Surprisingly, my TV is on that list. I also have fast enough broadband to handle it. Provided I can be arsed, i can enjoy watching us crash out in the group stages in crisp 4K.

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Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

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Re: Unmentionable

Personally, I feel they have a good point. To fix this we should change it to human-in-the-middle. We can then remove the hu- prefix to shorten it a bit.

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That Brexit in action: UK signs pact to let Euro court judge its patents

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Re: Remoaners get it wrong - again

Of course not, why would he read it if he can spout off a quick comment to make himself feel superior?

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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Re: ¿Informacion?

"I expect the financial word for stampede to exit"

Stexit means Stexit?

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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I feel that if it is a personal post, then the carrier shouldn't be liable for it. So if someone is bullying Little Timmy, then Facebook shouldn't be the one on the hook for that (Sorry Mr. Hunt, I don't agree with your soundbite from the other day). I wouldn't blame Royal Mail for a nasty card I got from somebody.

However, advertisers are paying for the carrier to target people, so carriers should certainly be liable for what they are choosing to allow to be sent. In the Royal Mail example, if they send me some marketing bumf which is particularly awful and if a massive scam (and have gotten paid to deliver it) I think they should be on the hook for that. The same goes for Facebook. Honestly their excuse seems to be more "we don't vet stuff, we just let them pay to target people".

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Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

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Great idea. But first, could the digital infrastructure be put in place so my GP can get info from my Consultant and vice-versa, especially if I have moved across the country? It would be nice if the 'digital infrastructure' could be worked on so that it doesn't take 9 weeks to get a letter typed up just to say that I have had an appointment. It would be even better if I could get letters telling me that my appointment has been rescheduled for x date, but was only dated the week prior to that and arrived 3 days the appointment.

But yes, Genomics, cool.

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NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

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Huh?

MPs have voiced “serious concerns” about NHS Digital’s leadership, claiming execs paid “little regard” to the ethics of sharing patient details for immigration enforcement and are too close to government.

Members of the House of Commons Health Committee slammed the body - which provides IT and data services for the NHS - for signing a data-sharing agreement with the Home Office.

So I'm just trying to straighten this out in my head... MPs (the government) have voiced serious concerns about NHS Digital (a public organisation which is beholden to the Department for Health, i.e. the government) and say that they are too close to government?

So the government is criticising the government for being too close to the government and not caring about the privacy of 'the people'?

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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"There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers"

No silicon heaven? Then where do all the calculators go?

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US govt's final bid to extradite Lauri Love kicked into touch

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Re: Good reasons not to extradite aplenty

@David Webb "Mental health issues are not a get out of jail free card,

Actually, sometimes they are in the UK. A good example is Tania Clarence. She murdered her 3 children and was sectioned for less than a year for it because they were disabled and that was tough for her to cope with, apparently.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: Silverlight!

"And my hate, unable to use it in a domain admin account. It isn't that I want to use it, but I have to positively change defaults in order to avoid things trying to open in Edge."

Why are you opening a browser when you're running with domain admin privileges?

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Ugh, of course Germany trounces Blighty for cyber security salaries

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I'm afraid if we told you, we'd have to kill you.

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UK.gov to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

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For those wondering

This seems to be just about enough to bump up averages. £67,000,000 at £3k a connection gives 22k connections.

If the average speed for the UK is 5mbps, adding another 22k connections that can be marketed as 1000mbps will bump up the average for a pittance of what it would cost to actually improve the service to the masses.

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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Anybody look at their disclaimer?

https://amdflaws.com/disclaimer.html

"The report and all statements contained herein are opinions of CTS and are not statements of fact. To the best of our ability and belief, all information contained herein is accurate and reliable, and has been obtained from public sources we believe to be accurate and reliable. Our opinions are held in good faith, and we have based them upon publicly available facts and evidence collected and analyzed, which we set out in our research report to support our opinions. We conducted research and analysis based on public information in a manner that any person could have done if they had been interested in doing so. You can publicly access any piece of evidence cited in this report or that we relied on to write this report. Although we have a good faith belief in our analysis and believe it to be objective and unbiased, you are advised that we may have, either directly or indirectly, an economic interest in the performance of the securities of the companies whose products are the subject of our reports. Any other organizations named in this website have not confirmed the accuracy or determined the adequacy of its contents. "

Yeah, doesn't sound shady at all...

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The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

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Re: Ugh, another Java bashing thread

That's great, the problem is with keeping the thing up to date. I buy an app from a company that needs 1.8.0 u45. 6 months later we are out of date, there are security updates for java but we can't just update it on that server as the manufacturer doesn't support it for anything other than that specific version. That's a really common occurance and it is all because java is renowed for being a massive PITA for compatability between updates and versions. Security nightmare.

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IBM's homomorphic encryption accelerated to run 75 times faster

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Am I the only one who read that as

"IBM's homophobic encryption" at first? Anyone? ...No? OK, mine's the nice black one on the left.

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Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case

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On the last article about this, i said simply "she sounds like a complete nightmare". For some reason the post was deleted. I feel sort of vindicated now.

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Facebook regrets asking whether it's OK to let adult men ask underage girls for smut pix

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Splendid idea, right up until about 5 seconds after implimentation when people start using it to bully other users (kids, for example), people who disagree in debates use it to silence their opposition, people do it for a laugh because it's easy and "law enforcement" (which one do all these reports even go to??) now have a few hundred million reports to sift through.

But other than that, top notch idea.

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BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Re: Some follow-up questions to ask...

I was wondering that on emyself. Can I authorise myself to read through government systems to make sure they aren't doing anything dodgy? I would assume not. Why can a private company (even one so beloved by government outsourcing) authorise itself to do anything like this?

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Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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I prefer to think of it as a separate word used on the web. Same as 'center'. It makes me feel a little less dirty when I see/write it.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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Re: Musk Space Ship

Perhaps keep the telephone sanitisers off the ark this time?

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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said Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, and cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology

What on Earth is a 'design ethicist'??

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YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

526 subscribers • 560,146 views

Having one or two popular vids and then pretty much abandoning the platform will do that to you though I suppose...

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Usenix Enigma

I read that as Unisex Enigma first...I was rather confused.

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