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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

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This story shows how we became dependent of online apps. When the next major solar storm will hit Earth and disrupt everything, it will be chaos.

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Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan

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Demonising one side or the other really doesn't help in that regard.

Refusing reality doesn't help either. Idiots are taking over, that's a fact.

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Brilliant!

"Cambridge Anal."

Well spotted!

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The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

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Two remarks:

- Good ideas are built on other good ideas - they rarely come from nihil.

- European countries are not good at exploiting industrially and commercially their ideas. They've got plenty of ideas but others make money with them.

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Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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WTF?

If I get it right,

Everyone is spied, but only FB users can know about some of the data collected about them?

But as a non-FB user I shouldn't be worried been spied on, it's all about security... Thanks Mark to take care of that for me.

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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IT Angle

Sex sells

And clickbaiting works

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Re: When "off duty" and out & about with the Wife ...

I didn't talk to my wife for the last 10 years. I didn't want to interrupt her ^^

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You're just substituting digital interactivity with real-time passivity.

Hmmmm....We don't go to the same kind of concert then - At this one I lost 3 kg in 2h, despite the regular ingestion of beer to avoid dehydration ^^

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Russian regulator asks courts to disconnect Telegram

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Shoot the messenger

Just in case shooting anyone who complains or opposes is not enough.

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Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

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Re: Ariane 5 vehicle has proven.a.. reliable workhorse,..92 launches out of 97 attempts.

'Vega': 11 launches, 0 failure - 100% successful

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Re: Reusable?

"Even though it actually is rocket science, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the formula, Reusability = Reduced Cost."

https://gillette.com/en-us/products/razors-trimmers-and-blades/disposable-razors

http://www.globalsources.com/manufacturers/Disposable-Lighter.html

https://www.indiamart.com/aimwritinginstruments/disposable-pens.html

There are a lot of examples of things being less expensive when being disposable rather than reusable

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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BOFH excuse generator is handy in those cases.

When I face people fearing negative waves, I explain it comes from the dark spots on the Sun which emit a lot of negative energy....

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Re: So, if NK is going to nuke UK

All of its neighbors who had to endure a russian 'liberation" at one time or another.

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GCHQ struggles to retain "cyber-staff".

Belgacom will be happy to hear about it!

North Korea could nuke Britain "within a few years"

Why do people believe a rocket is required to transport a nuclear device? One could be easily hidden in a shipping container for instance. There could be already a NK A-bomb somewhere in a British port waiting to explode.

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Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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If they say so then it must be true

Also pigs fly and IBM cares about its older employees.

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We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

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Reading the reviews about pictures quality, I get the feeling that it's more about one's opinion rather than using objective criteria. Some like the pictures, others don't... Ok, it's what you think about it, but can we have more numbers, more data, more objective measurements rather than bullshitic artistic opinions?

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Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

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Hugh Dowding and Keith Park were very unfairly put aside by Leigh-Mallory's maneuvers when they were the ones who made Battle of Britain victory possible. It's good to see they do now get the honors they deserve (at least one of the two!)

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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BTW

Any French drinking tea should be shot for treason.

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The only thing going for the hot air balloon is that it is, in a very practical sense, the only full autonomous vehicle in actual use around the world.

Can we consider this one as an autonomous vehicle?

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Cambridge Analytica's daddy biz had 'routine access' to UK secrets

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Black Helicopters

It's dead Jim

Military involved?

Ok, end of the game, everybody moves on, now!

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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

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"Men should wear a jacket and tie"

They should also consider wearing trousers, if the jacket is not long enough.

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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When I read...

... "We are committed to ", I know a big load of PR BS is coming.

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NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020

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Inches?

none bigger than four inches.

I thought that since the Mars Orbiter fiasco NASA had learned and stopped to use these medieval measures.

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Apple turns hat around, sits backwards on chair, pitches iPad to schools

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Studies show...

...that computers 'do not improve' pupil results. However, it does improve computer and software makers financial results.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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How dare you underlings?

Asking for the Supremo to come to you, are you insane? Who do you think you are, the US congress? Muahahahahaha!

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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we develop our deep and special partnership with the EU

Elbow-deep.

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UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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"Open that door! Not now but in seven days!"

"warrants issued under Blighty's Data Protection Act must by law, in most circumstances, require those on the receiving end be given seven days of notice of the intended swoop in writing, and be given a chance to argue against the warrant if they so wish."

What's the point of such a law if not giving corporations all the time they need to clean the mess?

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Cambridge Analytica seeks data protection assistant

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Small prints

"If you are being caught, Cambridge Analytica will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This contract will self-destruct in five seconds"

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Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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Eaton connection

CA bosses just needed a little more time to be sure the compromising papers were fully digested... thanks pal!

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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

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Idiocy, Bullshit, Malpractice.

I swear we won't never ever buy IBM stuff or service again as long as these bastards will keep that policy.

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Zucker for history: What I learnt about Facebook 600 years ago

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It was better before!

"Every generation always thinks it was better before, and I think people have been saying this for probably thousands of years."

I see a difference between the Berg's. Gutenberg invented the medium but did not use the data for his own profit, when Zuckerberg did all the opposite.

one of the men who had him unjustly imprisoned before he had an opportunity to take a ride in his Mercedes.

What a brilliant pun. I'm amazed of the deep knowledge of French culture Mr. Dabbs has.

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

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Re: It's not RAF nor UK It's Nato ...

we count all F-35's in NATO & Friends then we can deter the Russians, Chinese or booth ...

It is not the role of conventional forces. There are nuclear weapons for that.

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No, because aircraft carriers can be used against low-tech countries only anyway, or else they would end like submarine palaces for marine fauna.

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US Senate green-lights controversial anti-sex-trafficking law amid warnings of power grab

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Sex = bad - Violence = good

US Senate is much more prone to control sex-related activities than sells of AR-15 to commit killing sprees

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That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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We are deeply committed blah blah blah

and now look the other way and let us do our dirty business as usual.

If only at first people were not dumb enough to put all these data online... dream on!

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A ghoulish tale of pigs, devs and docs revived from the dead

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Plan F

Plan F is the one in which you screengrab thumbnails of lost documents from the CMS browser window

Nice. Our plan F is to kill all witnesses, throw the bodies to pigs (after removing teeth) and pretend nothing really happened in our space-time continuum..

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British military spends more on computers than weapons and ammo

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Auxilia

Militarily speaking, UK army is an auxiliary force for the US Army. It is used only when the Big Brother asks for it. Throwing so much money in it is quite unbelievable, I suspect a lot of that money is diverted for other hidden uses.

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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Belgium would be dumb to buy an interceptor when a multirole combat aircraft is needed.

The article didn't mention the possibility for Belgium to buy Rafale, by mistake IMNSHO.

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Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

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Re: China

And Siemens makes IGBT too, probably using them in their high speed trains. Let's do it the propaganda way: "Connect the dots, it's because of Siemens if China can make railgun!"

Or not.

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10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Ah, memories...

The 16KB extension was a PITA because of its frequent disconnections when the computer was accidentally moved, as was the tape recorder way to save and load programs...

Nonetheless, we spent many hours as teenagers with a friend on our ZX-81s learning BASIC first and Assembler programming next, many hours of fun and wonder discovering programming. Not surprisingly, we both became developers in the following years. Thanks ZX-81, you little box enabled us for a reasonable price to discover a new World! I still have you preciously stored in a drawer, next to my beloved ATARI-2600.

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Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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After the war, the Spanish had continued to use Buchons and even Heinkel 111 bombers

IIRC, Spain had very few He 111, the ones used during the civil were lended by Germany but left behind afer the war. Spain made its own variant of the bomber, the CASA 2.111. Those are the ones shown in the movie "Battle Of Britain", easily spotted from He111 because of their Merlin engine.

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Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

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Usefulness of meeting is inversely proportional to the cubic number of participants

And I don't tell that because I just attend a meeting with 20 other people *yawn*

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Now Europe's largest trade union squeezes Euro Patent Office's pips

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You like to write about EPO, why don't you mention this?

EPO President proposes fee reductions for European patent users

EPO’s President Benoit Battistelli has tabled proposals to cut several fees related to the European Patent application procedure: if approved, they could save users almost 50 mln euros in 2018 alone.

Would it be because you have a personal grudge against the man?

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This week, Europe's largest trade union, the Union Syndicale Fédérale (USF)

Not really. USF is the biggest union of federal public servants of the European Union. It is far from being the Europe's largest trade union, which is the European Trade Union Confederation

ETUC represents almost 45 million workers across Europe, compared to 44,000 federal public servants.

The author should also mention that SUEPO, the union he supports is part of USF.

that the EPO was recently and repeatedly castigated by the International Labor Organization (ILO) for its treatment of a former Boards of Appeals

Let's have a look to the decisions of ILO regarding EPO in 2018:

Judgment 3981: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3980: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3979: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3978: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3977: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3976: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3975: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3974: The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3972: The EPO shall pay the complainant 20,000 euros in moral damages, 1,000

euros in costs. All other claims are dismissed

Judgment 3971: : The complaint is dismissed

Judgment 3970: The EPO shall pay the complainant 2,005 euros in material damages, It shall pay the complainant moral damages in the amount of 5,000 euros. It shall also pay him 176 euros in costs. All other claims are dismissed.

Judgment 3969: he EPO shall pay the complainant 30,000 euros in moral damages, The EPO shall pay the complainant 8,000 euros in costs. All other claims are dismissed

Judgment 3968: The complaints are dismissed.

Judgment 3967: he EPO shall pay the complainant 8,000 euros in moral damages. The EPO shall pay the complainant costs in the amount of 3,000 euros. All other claims are dismissed.

Judgment 3966: The EPO shall pay the complainant 6,000 euros in moral damages. The EPO shall pay the complainant costs in the amount of 3,000 euros. All other claims are dismissed

Judgment 3965: The EPO shall pay the complainant 20,000 euros in moral damages. The EPO shall pay the complainant 8,000 euros in costs. All other claims are dismissed.

Judgment 3964: The EPO shall pay the complainant 4,000 euros as moral damages. The EPO shall

pay the complainant 1,500 euros as costs. All other claims are dismissed.

Judgment 3963: The EPO shall pay the complainant moral damages in the amount of 3,500 euros. It shall also pay him 500 euros in costs. All other claims are dismissed

Judgment 3962: The EPO shall pay the complainant 30,000 euros as moral damages. The EPO shall

pay the complainant 8,000 euros as costs. All other claims are dismissed

Judgment 3961: The complaint is dismissed, as is the EPO's counterclaim

Judgment 3960: The EPO shall also pay him moral damages in the amount of

15,000 euros. It shall pay him costs in the amount of 5,000 euros. All other claims are dismissed

Judgement 3959: The complaint is dismissed.

Judgement 3958: the EPO shall pay the complainant 10,000 euros in compensation for moral injury. It shall also pay him costs in the amount of 5,000 euros. All other claims are dismissed.

Judgement 3957: The complaint is dismissed

Judgement 3956: The complaint is dismissed

Judgement 3955: The complaint is dismissed

Judgement 3954: The complaint is dismissed

Judgement 3953: The complaint is dismissed

Judgement 3896: The application for interpretation is dismissed.

29 judgments, EPO condemned 11 times: 37% of complaints are judged in favor of complainants.

In other Labour Courts like Conseil de Prud'hommes, the ratio is twice higher, around 75%. One could suggest that complainants against EPO are litigous ones.

Once the author's nemesis will leave the EPO presidency, I wonder what will be his next whim?

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Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

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"At the other end of the spectrum are population characteristics like ethnicity and religion"

Why the fuck would a government need to know about one's ethnicity or religion??

Does the government also have to know about political preference or sexual habits?

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IBM gives Services staff until 2019 to get agile

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Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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Re: The Land of the Insane

the USA has more gun deaths individual guns are quite unlikely to cause a death. The likelihood of any particular gun killing someone is roughly identical to Japan,

Japan is a country of more than 127 million people, but it rarely sees more than 10 gun deaths a year.

On average there are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the U.S.

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The Land of the Insane

Everyone outside the US knows this is insane to let so many guns going in the wild and that will lead mandatory to more deaths by guns . Which is a beginning of a solution by reducing the number of gun carriers, so sad so many innocent people are among the victims.

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The Great Bulgarian Streaming Scam may well have been scummy, but Spotify got paid

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Right holders != artists

no wonder musicians are starving

Oh, the poor little ones!

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Veritas insiders: Job cuts? There will be blood

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Is Veritas loosing money?

It doesn't seem so. People will be fired only for investors to get more money. Short term view that will lead to demotivated workers, service quality going down, best talents going away....

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