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US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

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These ads being efficient or not is irrelevant. They demonstrate there was an attempt to meddle in the election. Also, one could easily imagine these ads was the only vector use for the meddling, they were another ones, as show the bank accounts of some lawyers or ex-campaign managers.

There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees

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WTF

Factory Act established a 56-hour working week, and put a stop to children under 10 being used as chimney sweeps, and now BT has to lay off 13,000 wage slaves. I hope this socialist nonsensical law will be soon abolished!

Symantec shares slump after revealing internal investigation

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No kidding

Revenue reached US$1.222 billion, up ten per cent year-over-year

There are people still buying symantec's stuff? 0_o!

If true it's just an other sign we are close to apocalypse...

Windows app makers told to think different – you're Microsoft 365 developers, now

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As JavaScript is popped into Excel spreadsheets

What could possibly go wrong?

Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

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Let's them do try that

Seeing how GDPR is worded and how european juries will judge according the spirit of the law, FB will have a hard time in Europe. It will take years and many legal battles, but in the end FB will be (hopefully) screwed. Adding to that the latest display of "unilationism" of the US administration, Europe has no reason not to be harsh with US companies that do not respect european laws.

Africa's internet body hit with sexual harassment cover-up claims

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increasingly political body between French-speaking and non-French speaking members.

you mean English-speaking and non-English speaking members?

Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)

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The way some get money for this kind of "study" is a mystery to me.

This study lacks the proper question: in the end, whose guy gets the girl, the one with the shiny car or the one with the boring utility van? Looking at how the things works for other species, the shiniest may be the one with the better luck to mate.

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Re: Really?

neither brand is reknowned for reliability

BS - my BMWs never let me down except once, when the electric connection of the fuel pomp went down on my 12 year old E46 after running 365,000 km. roughly distance between Earth and Moon.

Most of mechanics are crooks anyway and shouldn't be believed most of the time

Courting disaster: Watchdog slams UK justice digitisation plans

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Re: Meh! What's new?

lab rats have more aptitude for learning their way round a maze ministers and civil servants have for learning about why IT projects fail.

You mean why do they still believe the BS sold by IT consulting firms? Corruption and cronyism at high level maybe?

UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat

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the technique of planting explosives in the sea to blow up passing ships has evolved a fair bit since the First and Second World Wars

Magnetic mines appeared during WW2.

Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

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Am i the only one...

feeling itches in the hand and the sudden urge to slap looking at the picture?

Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Dr. Strangelove I presume?

Bombing a country owning around 260 nuclear warheads doesn't seem a good idea, does it?

Former Volkswagen CEO indicted over emission cheating conspiracy

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Re: Something I have long wondered about...

Within a year of the original scandal, every single manufacturer of Diesel engines for personal cars in the entire world was caught red-handed.

Have you any proof about that?

engine control electronics for all engines found to be cheating were made by Bosch.

AFAIK, Bosch made it clear the software was for test and evaluation only and shouldn't be used in the wild, something VW decided to sit on it.

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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It's all because of IT

The perfect scapegoat - even if the problem comes most of the time from the layer 8.

Whoa, Gartner drops a truth bomb: Blockchain is overhyped and top IT bods don't want it

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Re: I didn't know Gartner were still relevant.

Is there anybody making predictions which are 100% accurate?

Everybody is wrong some day. The point is is Gartner mostly right or wrong (I can't reply to that one, I lack of data and time to search for them)

Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Ok, bye.

One should never give in to blackmail.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Mushroom

Will the "pro" version still be bloated with such useful things in a workplace like XBox or 'Films and TV', which are such fun for SysAdmins to try to remove?

Facebook furiously pumps brakes on Euro probe into transatlantic personal data slurping

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Re: GPDR

I bet they are hoping that they can claim immunity to it until the legal challenges have finished.

Regarding how GPDR is worded, I doubt this strategy has any chance to work

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

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Talking about EPO

Unsurprisingly, you forgot to talk about good news regarding the EPO:

- Many EPO fee are reduced

- In terms of conduct, the Boards of Appeal increased their performance in 2017, while maintaining high quality: The number of technical cases settled by the boards increased by 2.5 percent, while the number of technical cases that the boards started work on rose by 12.5 percent.

Didn't your SUEPO friends talk to you about these?

US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

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What's the point...

... of having no catapult on a heavy aircraft carrier? Her career will probably be longer than the one of the F-35, so if that plane has no V-STOL replacement, what will become the carrier?

Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

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Re: You bastard!

If only! I just had the feeling it was last year, and I'm realizing 6 years have passed...

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You bastard!

By the way, it's been six years

Now I'm feeling old :doh:

by definition you work in the (Computer Systems Frequently Go) Tits Up industry

Parodying the War Nerd, I say we should just drop the façade and call IT the Department of “Whoops!”

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: EU Army

nothing happened until the US and Russia airlifted troops into Balkan.

Not really

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.

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!

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.

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.

German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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IT Angle

Sex sells

And clickbaiting works

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

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Joke

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 ^^

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.

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

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....

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.

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.

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?

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!)

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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