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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.

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?

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"

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Headmaster

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.

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*

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?

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?

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.

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!

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....

Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'

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What a wanker

The court said nothing new, that ruling exists since 2006.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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Re: What job will last forever

Amazing, still fits!

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What job will last forever

Lawyer

Hitman

Insurer

Banker

I see a trend here: it could be any job based on a special sense of morality.

HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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An illustration about what's wrong in today's musical world

"This video contains content from WMG. It is restricted from playback on certain sites or applications"

Epic spacewalk, epic FAIL: Cosmonauts point new antenna in the wrong direction

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Pigs indeed fly, in space

rather than hauling the old electronics unit back into the ISS, the cosmonauts gave it a shove in the direction of Earth,

What a jerk.

Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

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Coffee/keyboard

Congrats to Mr Leyden...

... for the title.

Now, let's talk about the new keyboard you owe me...

Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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I miss Altavista

Using boolean operators, I was able to find what I was searching for... now that search engines are optimized for IT-illiterates (aka the users), finding exactly what I am looking for becomes quite from impossible...

And the song was cool! It sounded like the internet-era version of the Buggles' hit

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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You're really lucky!

When you are unlucky, things break down one day or two after the warranty expires :doh!:

Brit escorts: Without the internet to keep us safe, we'd be totally screwed

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Real perversity

In a series of prosecutions online marketplaces have been shut down and their owners prosecuted, and this trend seems likely to continue despite eh detrimental effect on the lives of sex workers

Repeat after me: "sex is bad, violence is good. sex is bad...."

Intel alerted computer makers to chip flaws on Nov 29 – new claim

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Coincidences, chances and fortuitous elements

How dare you to pretend that a CEO could be dishonest when they are a moral compass in our societies?

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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If somebody does not understand...

then the one who explains does not his/her job correctly.

It's up the teacher to find the way to be understood, whatever his/her audience. A teacher unable to do that should think about a quick carrier change, it would be the best for his/her poor students.

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Cold calling director struck off for ‘flagrant’ breach of duties

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Jersey and Isle of Man

Does this condemnation also extend to these tax heavens?

'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

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O..M..G

Each time I think to have fully embrace the stupidity of the Human Kind, there's another story to prove me I'm wrong.

President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

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Trumpy the clown striked again

The country of "Capitalism über Alles" and "Market is always right" is now saying that protectionism is good.... I tell you, this country is beginning to become COMMUNIST!

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Re: Market distortion

Biofuels cheaper than kerosine due to political taxes on fossil fuels - very bad. Market distortion for activist reasons is never good.

BS. Because "Market"' doesn't take into account the long-term consequences of using fossil fuels, as the millions of deaths worldwide each year caused by pollution.

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Hushme

Ot looks like a ... oh I see. As long as it's used with consenting adults I do not any problem with that ^^

What to do with all that junk unused marvels? Sell them through Craiglist, or whatever the free classifieds most popular website in your country. It's better than throwing them out and it gives all these items a second chance to fill somebody's else cabinet be usefully used.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

I'm fairly sure the French bailed out of the Typhoon programme to develop the Rafale when it became apparent they weren't going to get to lead it.

Nope. It was bailed out because the Typhoon was neither a multirole combat aircraft nor was envisaged a naval version. Looking at independent reviews , France got it right.

Hospital injects $60,000 into crims' coffers to cure malware infection

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Now that hackers know this hospital pays ransom...

... this hospital can expect to be heavily under attack. Because they let RDP servers in the wild, one can suppose there are other major vulnerabilities to be exploited.

Paying the ransom is like screaming "please attack me again!"

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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And this is a problem? why? The man is into kink, so?

What would be more worrying would be his inability to protect his children from having to deal with his

sexual behavior.

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Any mention of self driving dildos?

If it can also take the dustbin out, it's called 'a man'

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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Megaphone

Crow(d)funding

I've got a project to sell: to protect your privacy, buy a drone killerz (TM) ! This defense drone is specially designed to eradicate any threat above a specific area. Equipped with R/F detection and visual sensors, it can detect any drone over your house and disable it by several means: net throwing, rotating blades... It can even hook the peeping drone and bring it back to you!

For the small amount of $999, you can buy already one! First deliveries expected in 2027. Anyone interested?

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Re: 410 Shotgun is your friend :)

Problem of firing upwards is that unless the ammo reaches satellization velocity it will tend to come backwards, possibly on an innocent bystander...

Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

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Haha!

"Department for Transport, which of course has nothing to do with spectrum and phone regulation."

Even if RFC 1149 is implemented?

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