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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Optional...

Lots of US readers on the reg these days. :)

What do you need a gun on a mars rover for, that in case you find life?

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Comparison

POTUS does not necessarily get what he wants no matter how much he rants. You're vote is not represented by one person alone.

Thank god.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Re: Backups?

Thats like saying you are to blame for lax personal security if you get shot.

Its possible to take all due precautions and still get shafted.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support to arrive in Linux 5.1

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Re: Mint?

The fact hat Linus considers rpi a standard platform is weight to the argument that Mint should support it too. But does not help with the effort needed.

Huawei's latest smartphone for the UK market costs £1,299. And yes, that's without Google apps

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Re: Nearly spat my tea out

I'm not interested in any Huawei phone news until Reg's pun-o-matic headline generator is let loose on the Huawei Five-O.

Missile systems software dev leaker has sentence almost doubled after UK.gov says 4½ years was too soft

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Re: "The sentence for refusing to hand over his password was increased to 2½ years"

Innocent until proven guilty by a copper.

I think this has been the case since 2000AD.

UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

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Re: 10 posts in and no one has pointed out that it seems Lord Adonis is flexing his muscles?

Flexing his muscles,

or stiffening his upper lip.

We've heard of spam filters but this is ridiculous: Pig-monkey chimeras developed in a Chinese laboratory

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Re: Is this really necessary ?


If someone cracks manufacturing o-negative human blood in pigs its going to be a game changer for lot of diseases.

You might live to see it.

Signal sends smoke, er, signal: If Congress cripples anonymous speech with EARN IT Act, we'll shut US ops

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Wasn't there an email provider that shut up shop all of a sudden and everyone presumed it was because they were asked to backdoor and not tell anyone. I forget the name.

Linux kernel's Kroah-Hartman: We're not struggling to get new coders, it's code review that's the bottleneck

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Re: Linux and more

I call them SBO comments, "Stating the Bleeding Obvious", this works for me as a rule of thumb for what, and what not, to comment.

Systemd 249 release candidate includes better support for immutable OSes and provisioning images

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Re: Thinks I like about systemd

I think the phrase should be "a poor craftsman does not understand his tools, rewrites them, and insists that everyone uses his tools" .

Donald Trump thought-bubbles an Alibaba ban as Chinese clouds clam up about Clean Cloud plan

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Re: ban Chinese tech giant Alibaba.

Churchill did a back of an envelop analysis to see who had access to resources to win the war: and set about securing them.

Trump banned envelopes.

Cosmo Communicator: More phone than the Gemini, more pocket computer than phone

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cursor would be nice

The little ball on my first android phone worked wonders. That gadget would fit on any modern phone and would improve editting text significantly.

Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation

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Re: free version works for 10 minutes

I call bullshit on that Morten.

Ardour Free Open Source Software. Free as in beer and free as in speach.

As many as 100,000 IBM staff axed in recent years as Big Blue battles to reinvent itself from IT's 'old fuddy duddy'

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Re "half of its total workforce are millennials"

Millennial means under 40 years old, 50% is about right if employment range is 16 - 65.

Must stop using millennial to mean whipper-snapper.

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

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Re: DNS-over-HTTPS will take care of that

DoH centralises the data, and removes caching, so every lookup is tied to an ip address.

It is the most crazy privacy fail.

Rust 2021 edition to arrive in October with 'more consistent panic' and other new features

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Re: I don't know why they called that function panic()...

it's means please crash now, but in a manner that does not open up a bunch of wierd security issues.

UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet

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available for download

Text like that I'd highly suspicious, UK. gov mandate certain news articles be written, when and sometimes text to include.

A false flag op, or a cover up ;)

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'

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Re: Watch

Could do with actually fitting over your nose and mount. surely airborn viruses will not be blocked by this thing at all. Have the tested it or just decided it looks nice?

Suck on this: El Reg forces dog hair, biscuit crumbs, and disconcertingly sticky stains down two mini vacuums

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Re: Why an app for the upright?

it's potentially easier to do that with fully qwerty 105 key and a mouse.

user input on any app is universally poor.

sent from my iPhone.

China pushes back against Exchange attack sponsorship claims

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Re: What did everyone expect?

Thats about right, except Finland: who have the technical ability but don't do it.

Everybody else is doing it, has never been a good excuse for behaving badly.

And we're back live with the state of the smartphone market in 2019. Any hope? Yeah, nah

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Re: Perhaps there is a positive story here as well?

Maybe el reg should just print the numbers and let comentards do the analysis.

Gartner's analysis is clearly nonsense.

And we're back live with the state of the smartphone market in 2019. Any hope? Yeah, nah

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Re: Only 3 years late ..

Hang on, your admitting to calling it 3 years early. Anyone can tell you that eventually the market wil decline the important thing is when.

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code

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Re: Since the 1990s...

Wow, there has been a lot of fake news about Huawei the Lads, but Cisco code in their products really paints them in a bad light.

Thinking about upgrading to Debian Bullseye? Watch out for changes in Exim and anything using Python 2.x

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Re: Sigh

fear not my friend, python 2.7 to 3.0 is pretty much automated.

Naturally ymmv but chin up, it is nothing like a perl to python lift.

Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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"As our new CEO has said, " == we know we made loads of money out of organised crime but we are nice now please dont take our ill gotten gains.

China pushes back against Exchange attack sponsorship claims

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Have you forgotten Snowden already? They didn't stop when Snowden revealed the scale of what they do, and that they do it as a service for other nations.

BOFH: On a sunny day like this one, the concrete dries so much more quickly

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Re: Informal poll on whether you've ever had to do something like this

Why is it Up for having to do this and Down for not?

Mystery database left open turns out to be at heart of a huge Groupon ticket fraud ring

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Including groupon...

Buying in bulk for a discount and selling for more than that, is the biz model of both groupon amd the "fraudsters" in this case.

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: higher than expected reboots

You miss the point, "reboots" is Intel marketing bullshit for "crash the whole system but we didn't actually brick the hardware and it can be restarted".

This better not be a cruel prank: Microsoft promises 99.99% uptime for Azure Active Directory from 1 April

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Re: Paying customers only?

So what this says is, if we sell you something and don't deliver it at all, you get 25% back.

Thanks Microsoft, would you like to buy my car?

AWS sends noise to Signal: You can't use our servers to beat censors

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Re: Block of flats

The domain name in a tls connection is only exposed if you use sni. Anyone know why they can not just use https without sni? Apple app policy perhaps?

'We're finding bugs way faster than we can fix them': Google sponsors 2 full-time devs to improve Linux security

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Re: Convenience

Their internal OS distro is debian I heard.

Given they invented k8s and go I would imagine they run many kernels pretty bare in terms of what's around the kernel.

Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts

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Re: virtual desktop.

Microsoft may drop windows Server support if you are off Azure, imho it'll be a long time before windows desktop is not an import part of Microsoft.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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Re: New Normal?

"Perhaps leadership courses for manglers would be money better spent?"

No. No. No. Defo spend the money on booze for the troops.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Re: Numpties, the lot of 'em.

Any one want to join my setting up the CyberSpace Force. I suspect we can secure a decent budget for playing war games and flight simulations in cyber space.

Mystery database left open turns out to be at heart of a huge Groupon ticket fraud ring

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Yeah if you are _a criminal_ it makes perfect sense to knock out tech as fast as you can spending as little on security as possible until...

Hang on?

Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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63 billion

Thats too much money.

Talk free market, walk Monolpoly.

Selling phones is not a natural monopoly. More and more the device that uses the internet _is_ the market.

How do you do, fellow kids? Facebook now Boomerbook as British oldies outnumber teens

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Re: "Young people are just smarter" and here is proof

Young people may be smarter but old people have more capital.

If the let him, Zuck will buy up competition.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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Re: Good, good.

"the reasons why these EU citizens were forced to leave"

Because uncertainty is more scary than a known danger.

Thats why im leaving the UK for good.

Staff in a huff, personal call with Trump, picking fights with Twitter, upsetting civil-rights groups – a week in the life of Facebook's Zuckerberg

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Re: I still, to this day

I'm with AC on this one.

I have always found it suspicious how badly targeted Facebook ads are. The politics is well targeted.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

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Some photos of Cairo in the snow


Unprecedented: except when it's not.

Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive

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10% is ridiculous and totally unjustified. Prices should drop.

Interested to know what percentage they are paying on the load they take out to buy .org.

I doubt they really have any capital.

Franco-German cloud framework floated to protect European's data from foreign tech firms slurpage

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Re: Megalomaniacal Europeans try to rule the World: GAIA means Earth (mother)

Not sure how OPs mind linked Gaia with megalomania, when I hear Gaia I think intelligent mum. Or perhaps drippy hippy.

A-high: Prototype drug squad bot to patrol Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, etc for dodgy ads for opioids

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Re: Simpler solution : Post adverts for ibogain treatment

You assume a oulution is sought by the powers that be. The US developed an opium addiction shortly after the CIA started operations in Afganistan.

Jus sayin.

Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Surely overtaking on the wrong side is a problem for wetware with one set of eyes but no different for a self-driving car?

Or am I missing something?

Perhaps it was British software?

Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

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We are absolutely sure that no Google tech is in our cars but we haven't seen it ever. Oh really.

Can't they have him for purgory just on those two conflicting statements?

Chrome spends a week at the top of the browser charts

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Re: Untick

that would be great.

I assume you mean total IE share to have the same market share that windows on arm has of the tablet/phone market. :-)

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

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Re: Where will the bits go?

Trick question? The speed is different depending on distance fron the surface of earth.

i.e 0 at 0r 2pi r on the surface.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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They might think twice about that, with the vulture circling.

Well done. As a .org owner, thank you.



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