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Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Re: Breaks it angle

NATO said it was a policing action so wouldn't get involved, US wanted us to hand it over - something echoed by Hilary Clinton in Chile a few years back. CIA didn't care at all about us.

Coronavirus didn't hurt UK broadband speeds in March. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand...

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Call of Duty.

Pah.... 50GB was nothing.

They released dodgy patches in sequence, 1 was the full 171GB download again which crashed every 20 GB or so, then ran one after that of 30 or so GB with a 1 byte download speeds. That must have hit the ISP's more.

Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10

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Yay!

Cortana has gone. Woohooo....!!!!!!!

Next is Bixby.

If you're struggling to keep new year resolutions, try NGTS-10b, a mere 1,000 LY away. One year is just 18 hrs

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Re: The other side cold and dark?

Venus suffers from the horrendous greenhouse effect however, trapping heat..

Mercury varies greatly on the sunny side and dark side, because it has no atmosphere. A quick google and the sunny side is 430C. The cold side -180C.

I guess it would be hotter but depends on the what chemical break down of the planet is and whether it reflects heat away or keeps it.

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners

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Re: "bridging designed gaps between...engineering control systems and human interface"

To me you just grab the panamax in the panama canal (or Suez), kill all engines, drop the anchor and then scramble the codes so it can't be restarted.

Disruption alone to international trade etc. No need to ram anything, no one is hurt etc. Abillity to get close because of the sides of the canal etc.

Same with something like the Sydney landmarks, statue of liberty, oil terminal etc. Large static and high profile.

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Possibly

Anyone taking an oil rig in the UK would probably find the Special Boat Service (SBS) dropping them a 'call.' I believe they have the maritime counter terrorism role.

Being the same as the SAS in terms of role and training, that 'call' would be at the working end of some violence.

Like other tech giants, Netflix gets govt takedown demands – and impressively, none of them involve Adam Sandler

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Re: Singapore's notoriously strict anti-drug stance.

But the Doctors appointment to get the prescription is free. If it is emergency, you get it. As you don't pay for prescriptions in an ambulance etc.

Yahoo! hack! payout! nearly! approved! and! the! question! is! how! to! spend! 60! cents!?

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Yahoo

I use it everyday as my email address, have done for a lot of years. Lots of reasons, it works, people know it, old contacts can get hold of me because it is constant, it is memorable.

Why change it for something like a Gmail account so my data is given, taken, hacked, monetised and lost. Why change it to anything M$ where it is given, taken, hacked, monetised, lost and denied access because M$ suck.

Cover for 'cyber' attacks is risky, complex and people don't trust us, moan insurers

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Assuming

We have been kicked off the council of wise men (assuming we were on it)? Now the UK is out.

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

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Re: At those speeds...

So... Sounds the plot of Gravity then.

Cool.

Fly me to the M(O2)n: Euro scientists extract oxygen from 'lunar dust' by cooking it with molten salt electrolysis

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Power supply.

First thought nuclear batteries. Second thought Solar. Yes things hitting it, like flying rocks from the skies - is a problem. But no wind, rust or clouds to impede. :)

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans

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Re: yes, yes...

Er, Great. thanks for that.

Is this in response to a black screen? The EOL of windows 7 or you just happy to be finally allowed access to the internet?

Look sharp: Microsoft Blazor's gone mobile. Fancy developing mobile apps with C# web technology?

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"Will this enthusiasm last?"

No. It's M$ they will discard it in a year when the next shiny thing appe -

"Squirrel".

Tabletop battle-toys purveyor Games Workshop again warns of risks in Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP project

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Re: Great news Warhammer.

Well played Sir.

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Great news Warhammer.

.... Now where are my 'Squats'

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally

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You want that again?

Some rose tinted glasses there? Three years ago M$ forced an update onto you that basically then bothered you all the time to move to windows 10. Increasingly dubious interventions

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/01/microsoft_gets_creepy_with_win10/

To the point the world kicked back and created legal challenges and an app that killed the annoying thing they forced on the user base.

It also started the term "Nagware" which best describes their tactics and stupidity.

Some online articles quote M$ Who have said they are intending to start doing just that.

It's a no to ZFS in the Linux kernel from me, says Torvalds, points finger of blame at Oracle licensing

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Re: Hypocritical

Oooohhh... Linux = theft. That is a new angle I haven't heard before. Do you work for Oracle or M$?

Please provide evidence though, I love a good popcorn moment - All those fat lawyers could jump up and down on Linux and sue .... Somebody over it. Heck Oracle could sue Oracle as they are a supporter of Linux, that would be ace..

We need a 'feeding the troll' icon to go with the 'troll'' icon. Come on El-Reg I just filled in your survey and forgot to request more icons.

Dixons fined £500,000 by ICO for crap security that exposed 5.6 million customers' payment cards

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And Manchester

Two if I remember correctly, 1 either side of the "spray you in the face with mace by orange faced ladies" duty free (no honest it is) shop.

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit

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Re: Mint is great

No reboots?

I have Linux mint running on a desktop 24/7.

However.

I also have it running on my laptop, which isn't

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott

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Re: 2020 will be the year of linux on the desktop!

Whaaaaaa? I play borderlands 2 and Unreal tournament native in Linux. Steam has some top tier games in there natively because of Steam OS their linux distro.

As EA are not in steam they are dead to me, but Steam and Linux live on happily.

No solitaire for me.

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Few things jump out

1, There is a battlefield 5?

2, EA still peddle games. Are they even relevant anymore?

Dell slathers on factor XPS 13 to reveal new shiny with... ooh... a 0.1 inch bigger screen

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Re: I guess I'm not the target market.

I was reading that with the Trainspotting - "Choose life" sound track in my head at the same time.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Re: another 'Google is Evil' example

Erm..

"But they canned him and the site is back to its full glory"

Didn't Lewis pass away?

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Re: Right to repair?

In Europe the Judge would give a ruling and it would change things, but probably in the member state until it rippled through over a number of years to affect the EU (Not the UK of course)

In the US a judge would give a ruling but only in the jurisdiction (S)he is allowed to, Sonos would appeal. It would take about 6 months, then it would go to another level of court that has slightly wider jurisdiction, Sonos would appeal, assuming it went against them. Or the other side would assuming they needed to. Then it would wait another 12 - 18 months before going to a top level or superior level court that would take 3 months thinking about it.

Then they would pass it back down to the lower courts to decide. But with their thoughts on the matter. Someone would appeal because apparently they can.

THEN after another couple of months the lower court would say something, but only in their jurisdiction which is probably a US state. Then over a number of years it ripples through to others.

EXCEPT where one state governor (or the president) is either related to or paid off (lobbied) by SONOS and then another legal battle starts, which can or can't replace that entire above process.

Huawei's P40 and P40 Pro handsets will not ship with Google Mobile Services, Richard Yu confirms

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Re: Huawei?

I always thought this would hurt the US in the long run doing this. It will prompt an alternative to Google all the more for the Chinese to be able to not rely on the US. Instead of natural market forces they have a blonde idiot and a stick pushing them to do it.

And now a billion spent getting development and an (in house?) team creating alternates to Googls apps.

Cisco slips on a Tolkien ring: One chip design to rule them all, one design to find them. One design to bring them all...

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One chip to rule them all

... and in the darkness bind them.

That the NSA controlled back door in Cisco kit then?

That isn't there, honest.

I'll give you my Windows 7 installation when you pry it from my cold, dead hands (and other tales)

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Sooooo

M$ have backed out of another new technology? VR isn't not coming to XBox anytime soon and MAY come to a future one, the list keeps growing on where they miss out.

Silly MS.

You can forget about that Black Friday deal: Brit banks crap out just in time for pay day

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Re: Eggs, baskets...

I do. Ironically (or not) my two banks from different groups were Natwest and First Direct.

Typical.

ESA toasts 10% budget boost by stretching ISS support out to 2030

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Re: Doomed I tells yer

Yawn!!!

PSA: You are now in the timeline where Facebook and pals are torn a new one by, er, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen

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Re: not quite

Did you forget to go anon the second time?

You are responsible for your words, yes, and if you spread lies and hate then who will stop you speaking of hate and persecution? In your example, the register check posts first, they take down dodgy ones. Amazon also take down posts and reviews that contravene rules to my knowledge.

Facebook allows people to post and make money off it. That makes them responsible, profiteering in fact if the person spreading evil, hate etc has plenty of followers. That is something they need to account for. Freedom of speech is one thing, but if it is lies (Like the Tories changing their twitter feed the other week to spread lies but doing it in an underhand way) then it needs to simply get flagged and classed that they are lies. If its breaking a law or community rule then it needs to be taken down immediately, not left for two weeks because over a million followers goes to a different Facebook department that "Decide" as demonstrated on the "behind the scenes" Channel 4 documentary earlier in the year.

Cohen is bang on in that lies are so easy to access you can't argue with evidence when so much mis-information is there. Probably why flat earthers are on the rise, certainly why Brexit is happening.

Taxi for Uber: Ride-hailing app giant stripped of licence to operate in London

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Lets hope.

Other cities follow suit.

Pencil 15 Jan 2020 in your diary: That's when Microsoft hopes you'll be at the cutting Edge... Chromium style

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Did I read it right?

But did they say we can see what the browser slurps and sends home - And the user can turn it off?

...But we still can't turn off windows 10 telemetry?

The Outer Worlds: Ever wished Fallout 4 was more like New Vegas? Here ya go... in spaaace

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Re: You Missed The Elephant in the Room

Getting sick of the lock ins by Epic.

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

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Re: But not for long.....

Nah. Can't be, there wasn't 'Agile', 'digital transformation' or 'Journey.'

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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It's awful

There is a bug that means if your password expires while logged in it can crash teams, putting you into a loop of entering a password, crash, enter password etc. Officially the only cure is reinstall (yes that is what I read in forums)

Another (may work) solution is to remove all your credentials for Teams in credential manager. I had 51 separate credentials as Teams never closes any down. After deleting them all I had a default 17 appear (what do 17 logins actually do???) It is just so badly written like every other MS product. I mean a password expiring is a real world everyday situation and MS can't understand that.

And they designed it so you can't copy folders, any sub-folders just get brought together causing carnage for some teams who were not aware before hand.

Mission Extension Vehicle-1 launches to save space from zombie satellites

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Brilliant

Loving this, a fleet of basically "Wall-E's" flying round orbit cleaning up the mess.

Few thoughts jump out.

1. What if someone hacks one and grabs a US satellite and pushes it into Russia etc.

2. What if any terrorist idiot hacks one and flies it into the space station.

3 Brilliant if you want to grab a dead satellite and point at Earth, start the nose dive then MEV pulls up and the dead satellite burns up.

Teardown nerds return to the Fold with word of warning: Samsung kit still 'alarmingly fragile'

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Re: Bend vs Fold

I would argue that M$ are just making a phone out of the NIntendo DS. It isn't foldable but two screens on a hinged platform. Nothing new really (like everything M$ innovates)

A foldable display would mean the display folds IMHO, not just the platform the display sits on.

Thoughts of a Surface double screen would be echoing lots of other attempts, but a foldable surface I don't see happening. I don't see real world use for a 13 inch laptop with foldable screen, much easier to break and damage etc.

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

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I for one.

Would like to congratulate Mr Torvald.

There are plenty of reasons why but this new android phone from M$ one is one of them.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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Regardless of which side of the fence you are on.

This is a massive b*tchslap to the government, reminding them no one is above the law.

German ministry hellbent on taking back control of 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft

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Re: About time.

Yeah, like the GPS replacement, or the space agency or... oh wait I see what you did there.

IBM cuts ribbon on quantum computing centre wherein a 53-qubit monster lurks

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I for one

Have no idea what this means.

UK Home Office primes Brexit spam cannon for a million texts reminding folk to check passports

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Re: Genuine e-mail, honest gov.

Fairly sure I ticked the box that said 'no marketing' and other information from the Govt. Looking forward to lodging an EU GDPR complaint about Brexit to the Passport office.

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Re: First problem, right here ...

Regardless of who is at the top of the EU, the same red lines will remain, there will still be the same stances on free movement, right to settle, custom and trade etc. They are the founding rules of the EU.

And the 27 countries haven't changed so the EU top brass who are there to represent the 27 won't change the stance, they may just chance the rhetoric.

Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024

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Re: Important!

You sound like a 'digital transformation decision maker'.

Just mention 'Agile' a few times and the word 'Journey' and we can all be sure.

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search

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Obligatory

If this update breaks the creepy little search doll you can't get rid of.

Then install it really quickly and don't let the morons at Redmond install the fix afterwards?

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...

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Re: Hooray for science!

Have an upvote for Drop bears, but don't forget the crockadillapigs.

OK, let's try that again: Vulture rakes a talon on Samsung's fresh attempt at the Galaxy Fold 5G

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Re: Why?

Do they though.

I know most people want a headphone jack and a removable battery in Samsung phones so they don't have to bin them when the battery ages. I am not sure anyone I know has ever said they want to throw 2 grand at a folding phone.

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius

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Re: Shifting a lamb

So an AU being the distance from Earth to the Sun (avge). I think you just put it into a measurement of range I can understand.

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words

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Re: This is stupid

Let me guess. Windows 10 installation function and Windows 10 Cortana installation function?

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Re: A bit out of date?

Smug? When you can get your over priced over weight Leaf from Leeds to Cardiff in the UK and back in one go without waiting for 30 mins every 150 miles. In one of the very few refuelling stations that currently exist. Then you might have a point.

But your precious Leaf can't do that. Neither can it carry four people and luggage, or pull a trailer, or horse box, or carry plumbing supplies, or help the builder, or electrician, it can't clean the streets, empty the bins, carry paying passengers, drive in all road conditions, can' help farmers, or the emergency services carry sick people etc etc. And bear in mind the VW ID range are concepts, so until proven, they are just pretty marketing rubbish.

So 'head in the sand' or practicality. Which is far more important to every day use than your belief you are somehow better for paying over the odds.

To replace what people use diesel and petrol for, you will need every shell garage to have a charging point and every Asda car parking spot has one. (not just two sat in a corner) With every charge being under a minute or two.

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