* Posts by NoneSuch

1820 posts • joined 25 May 2010

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*

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European Union

What continues to amaze me is that Euope is still "negotiating" a settlement. The Brexit vote was over four years ago with a two year deadline and there's still no agreement. Why they don't just say "FU, you want out, yer out. That's a hard Brexit then," amazes me. It's well within their powers and authority to do so.

A surprise rake handle to the face for every man, woman and child in 'Great' Britain. Lord knows we asked for it through uneducated voters and bent politicians who will make a packet in the process.

We want weaponised urban drones flying through your house, says UK defence ministry as it waves a fistful of banknotes

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Re: Dystopian future

Some bloke tried to demo his system at Gatwick. It wasn't received well.

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

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Re: State Aid????

The Income Tax act in Canada was introduced as a "temporary" measure to finance the debt from WW1. It's still in effect today.

Politicians and heroin users have the same motivation. Except politicians need a never ending supply of your money.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

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Re: Blackmailed

"Having been threatened with having his child forcibly removed for adoption unless he identified his fellow hackers, single father Monsegur is said to have passed on information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)."

The FBI are supposed to be the good guys. Yet they threaten the well being and long term emotional stability of a child to get what they want.

I guess their motto is now Fidelity, Bravery, Intimidation.

Help. The political process is corrupted, full of lies and state-sponsored deep fakes. Now Microsoft's to the rescue

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Welcome...

... to the downfall of society. Where Facebook and Twitter posts have replaced the news. Where opinions are presented as fact without any supporting evidence. Where Fake News is just news. Where the Flat Earth Society is increasing in numbers year after year.

Monumental ignorance growing to a planetary scale.

The human race is doomed.

Dating apps swiped left on Pakistan’s request to clean up their acts, bans followed

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You are dealing with a combination of ignorance and religious intolerance. Neither can be filtered or blocked. They only want their message heard and nothing else. Their standards, their morals, their expectations.

No different than the Great Firewall of China, Russian border routers, North Korea's restrictions on any outside information or Fox News moderators deleting liberal comments from their web sites.

They are right. If you have an opposing view, you are wrong.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

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Re: Methinks

My wife had her credit card stolen last month.

I didn't report it. The guy who took it is spending a lot less than she did.

UK national debt hits 1.46 Apples – and weighs as much as 2 billion adult badgers

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Mushroom

The Math Is a Lot Simpler

It's not 1.46 Apples, it's one Brexit.

Microsoft is not the enemy, why Google still runs 'Borg', and other insights from Kubernetes founders

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Devil

Microsoft IS the enemy.

Just because they are playing nice today in a few areas does not discount they are a corporation who wants to monetize everything you touch on your PC.

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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Re: Purchase price of the application

Another fantastic money making opportunity for the lawyers with almost nothing for the plaintiffs in three... two... one...

You there. Person, corp, state. Doesn't matter. You better not shoot down or hack a drone. That's our job – US govt

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Re: Hypocritical

Another perfect example of American security through punitive legislation.

'We're not going to harden drone security, or we won't be able to gain access when we want. We're just going to send anyone who does take advantage of the weak protections to maximum security for twenty-five years.'

Ex-Apple engineer lifts lid on Uncle Sam's top-secret plan to turn customized iPod into 'Geiger counter'

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Re: Apple should launch this for the public.

"The Cupertino giant did not return a request for comment"

They never reply to the Reg. No surprises here.

Ed Snowden has raked in $1m+ from speeches – and Uncle Sam wants its cut, specifically, absolutely all of it

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One Small Point

You can't be pardoned until you have been convicted. A pardon reverses a conviction, it does not grant immunity from prosecution.

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut

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Mushroom

Re: Deep Pockets

Nuke them from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Cisco to sell everything-as-a-service – even core networking hardware – and cut costs by a billion bucks

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Re: Doesn't add up

“I'd say that it's clear that many of our customers do want to consume the technology as a service,”

Not me and I don't know anyone who does want a continuous outlay of cash for a spare switches unplugged and sitting in a corner.

Just let me buy the darned switches. I don't need someone dipping into my pocket every month. I already have a girlfriend.

What looks like a global pay freeze, sounds like a global pay freeze, but isn't a global pay freeze? Ask IBM

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Re: Translation...

I had my annual review and pay rise on schedule (conducted over Teams), along with a hefty bonus for my efforts in supporting our remote workers through COVID. So where there's a will...

Not sure what IBM execs are sniffing. Sounds like a good excuse to improve their bottom line.

Police face-recog tech use in Welsh capital of Cardiff was unlawful – Court of Appeal

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"cameras may have to be optimised"

Sir, the cameras do not need adjustment, they need to be destroyed. A false positive can result in you being detained in custody for up to two weeks without charges. All for the egregious crime of popping down to the shops. And if it happens once, it will happen repeatedly.

Fun and games until you are the one being held behind bars.

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How long you can be held in custody

The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they have to charge you with a crime or release you.

They can apply to hold you for up to 36 or 96 hours if you’re suspected of a serious crime, eg murder.

You can be held without charge for up to 14 days If you’re arrested under the Terrorism Act.

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/arrested-your-rights/how-long-you-can-be-held-in-custody

Can I get some service here? The new 27-inch iMac forgoes replaceable storage for soldered innards

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Re: Thing is, would you even want to buy it?

All true, but it has an Apple logo on it which guarantees millions in sales.

If they bought products based on reliability, self-maintenance and value for the Pound, they wouldn't be buying Apple.

Uncle Sam says it's perfecting autonomous AI-powered drone, vehicle swarms to 'dominate' battlefields

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Big Brother

Just Wait Ten Years.

Whenever you walk out of your house, you'll be tracked by a half dozen drones. Where you go, what you do and who you talk too will be dumped into a huge database. Not because you are a terrorist. Not because you are suspected of a crime. Not because there is a warrant with your name on it.

Just because they can.

VMware discontinues Datrium hardware and hyperconverged OS, effective immediately

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Big Company Buys Small Company...

...then guts it, replaces talented staff with bureaucrats and then wonders why everyone is ticked off at them.

Never seen this before...

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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Big Brother

Don't Feel Bad...

Everything breaks US law nowadays.

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

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Mushroom

Re: Please keep this story updated and on the front page, if accurate.

People did nothing when the Snowden revelations came out.

People did nothing when the NSA lied to Congress.

People did nothing when millions of phone calls were monitored and recorded.

Now there's nothing you can do. You've just been sold into slavery for the price of your indifference.

If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims

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Re: Windows has always had issues with networking

You could have stopped at "Issues"

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Devil

Re: Cortana can't be activated

Where do I get this bug? :)

Cambridge student rebuilds Polish Enigma-code-breaking box that paved the way for Turing ... and Victory!

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Mushroom

So close cooperation with other European countries helped defeat the Nazi's.

You'd think such a lesson would be remembered by the BREXIT Crowd.

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

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Devil

"Instead, Cupertino advises users to rely on the built-in features of macOS, such as limiting what applications have access to the webcam through System Preferences. It also suggests users keep an eye out for the green camera indicator light."

Strip of black electrical tape does wonders. Of course, not buying it in the first place saves you all sorts of tears.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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Re: Free

Free for people

Buy support license if a corporation. No issues with that. RedHat has done it for years.

Social media giants move to defy Hong Kong's new national security law

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Re: The equation to be evaluated ...

"Remember: it is not just China, other oppressive states also exist."

Many governments are calling for facial recognition, encryption back-doors, license plate readers, warrant-less surveillance and universal searches of electronic devices. In fact, only Canada seems to be the exception and that can change with the next government.

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up

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Mushroom

Re: So...

"though the UK state is notably hostile to the idea of encrypted comms that its agents can't read whenever they feel like it."

When the people oversee the government, that's democracy.

When governments oversee their people, that's oligarchy.

NASA mulls going all steam-punk with a fleet of jumping robots to explore Saturn and Jupiter's mysterious moons

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Gimp

The full quote.

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

HPE chief Neri: I've got COVID-19 and am staying home for the next fortnight

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Question...

If HPE failed to meet stated expectations, why don't the executives who made such wild miscalculations get the axe? Surely their salaries are larger than the poor 9-5 common men and women who normally get the boot.

Maybe a few of the "leaders" losing their positions will smarten the rest up so expectations are met or even exceeded next year. Stockholders, take heed.

How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!

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Speedy Justice

The downside of using Zoom for trials, you only have one hour before the session cuts off.

-Also-

"Warning: Your sentencing cannot continue until you update your Zoom Meeting plug in to the latest version."

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Linux

Re: If only!

Ahhh, the Linux kernel with telemetry at no extra charge. Whatta bargain.

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards

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Devil

At least the lawyers and banks are taken care of.

I do worry about them with just a few hundred billion to scrape by on.

Maybe we should have a whip round...?

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

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Mr. Bray. Thank you. I've no doubt you'll land on your feet with a conscience like that.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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Solid SSH Keys

I'm betting the Russians have a new drone to study after figuring out the drone had a powerful password on their radio link of 1234 or some such.

"No need for security; it's not in the field yet..."

It just wouldn't surprise me.

Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'

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"Now, all this sounds very worrying, but the research, sponsored by Microsoft services company Core, does come up with some solutions."

So a MS sponsored study says to invest in more cloud computing? Wow, taking that seriously, I am not...

California man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Don't forget the Trump defense

"Both restraining orders mean that until a court says otherwise, Sharma cannot own, buy, or try to buy firearms or ammo under Californian law."

Unless he crosses the border into Oregon or Nevada, of course.

Need a new IT role? These orgs are hiring engineers, leaders, analysts – see inside for more details

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Childcatcher

Thank you Reg

No snark, just jobs.

Leave it up to you guys and gals to figure out what was important today.

5 Stars.

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Big Brother

Then after...?

Who decides when the emergency is over and tracking ends?

There's always some sort of bug going around and governments LOVE mass surveillance. This seems to be the latest crap flung at the wall, but it's actually sticking.

The shelves may be empty, but the disk is full: Not even Linux can resist the bork at times

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Re: This can't be Linux

No OS can survive inept admins. Linux is no exception.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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My word...

Politeness from management and a hesitancy to interrupt IT staff on their days off? A thank you and bottle of wine for services rendered?

Look how far have we fallen...

Data surge as more Brits work from home? Not as hard on the network as their nightly Netflix binges, claims BT

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Wait until everyone is at home with full business links open AND starts watching NetFlix.

In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...

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Let's Hope...

...That one of them is called Rama.

Ex-director accuses iRobot of firing him for pointing out the home-cleaner droids broke safety, govt regulations

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Re: Safety?

The bean counters I worked with would calculate to four decimal places of a penny.

Borklays soz for the ailing ATMs but won't say if fix involved a Microsoft invoice

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Mushroom

Yes

It's never the penny pinching VP who gets the sack for not investing in infrastructure. It's the PFY who gets the shaft.

Sad, but true.

Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'

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Joke

Ahem...

You never turn your nose up to an Escobar product.

UK Defence Committee probe into national security threat of Huawei sure to uncover lots of new and original insights

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Re: Many layers

Putting actual facts in front of the politicians creating the laws of the land.

Madness. Where's the spin? Where's the hype? Where's the outrage? Won't someone think of the children!?

Your opinion does matter to this Jordanian telco... only it's experiencing some technical difficulties right now

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FAIL

Idiot PFY set up a Blue Screen screensaver as a larf. Worked so well that no one actually noticed when that machine did crap itself.

It was removed post haste.

You've duked it out with OS/2 – but how to deal with these troublesome users? Nukem

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Users today have 430 character file paths on our system.

\\domain\folder\Fax Scans received from ABC Company\Fax Scans Saved by Doug R\Doug R scans for ABC Company with finance info for 2017-2018 calendar year including errata and recalc of invoices\Adjustments for ABC Company - Dorothy P - Sandra S - Melissa C rework of schedule VIII Excel Workbook 9.1\ABC Company year end ending May 31 2018 - NO payroll adjustments - See Bob P for that\Sheet4XXXXXXXXXXXXX_2017_18.xlsx

File path shortened as I shrank last names and edited a few things out.

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