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Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player

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M$

And MS don't refund digital purchases. Winning!!!!!

GCHQ's cyber arm report on Huawei said to be burning hole through UK.gov desks

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Re: No doubt

Nah, for the daily fail it has to include immigrant in the title.

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: Answer is simple

Lets follow your logic?

A quick google shows we pay into the ESA 374 million a year.

So in your make believe world where does the funding come from for a purely UK space agency? If we do it on our own, where does it come from in a cash starved UK economy that is a shadow of its former self.

The ESA budget per year is around 6 billion (remember we pay in 374 million). https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Corporate_news/Funding

Do we cut Health, Defence, Benefits, what about the pensions? Education? Bearing in mind we need to buy the rockets or build them, find a space port near the equator, pay the country to let us launch rockets from their land like the ESA does, open a technology centre, recruit the scientists and all the other expensive stuff that the ESA currently do.

Lets look at JUST the Galileo GPS system which apparently was 10 Billion?

So in your world lets cut defence to pay for it. Our defence budget is 39 billion, from 2019 numbers. So we take 25% off defence to pay for your UK GPS system. What do we lose? Both aircraft carriers or a couple of submarines? All of the RAF?

Benefits? The largest state benefit is the pension which was 96 billion in 2019. So every pensioner takes 10% pay cut for your space GPS system (lets not count all the other required stuff like rockets and staff).

Education, how many school and teachers take up 10 billion from the education budget of 89 billion?

No amount of bravery and happy clapping will cover the fact that doing it on our own is too expensive and budgets need to be cut somewhere to pay for it.

Brexit supporters really don't get it. All bluster with no real look at the finances involved when 28 countries pay in together versus doing it alone.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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What?

Remain fanatics don't talk about the glory days of the British empire, remain fanatics realise the best way forward is to be looking at the future, not the rose tinted, conquest, slave ridden past.

I think you completely mis-understand what a remain person is. You can't champion the british empire by wanting to be part of the greater EU community.

Huawei's EMUI 10.1 update shows Chinese mobile giant hunkering down for the long haul without Google wares

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So...

Google look to have lost China and the world has a competitor too Google?

Good trade war so far.

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students

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Obligatory statement

Adobe are Dicks!

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'

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Re: Think long term...

I look forward to the Linux distro from MS as I can see 2 possible outcomes.

Either it will be as bad as windows 10 and the current crop of releases from M$ and it will need a community that isn't there to fix it. It will flounder about and show that they really can't do an OS, even with the support of all those communities. Communities made up of hobbyists who throw out distros all over the place - unlike the fully paid and skilled developers in Redmond.

Or it will be brilliant and look amazing, which means everyone will look at it and go - "So why isn't windows 10 just as amazing?"

Can't wait.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: why vital?

The same masts support the Police, Fire brigade, Ambulances, District Nurses, Delivery drivers, GP surgeries, on call rotas for many industries, and dialling home for a load of things from gas and electricity meters to weather stations and wind turbines.

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes

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What price?

With a world that's on fire and chances of jobs being around for a lot of people quite slim.

No keyboard should ever cost that much, not even if it was made of gold.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Re: @AC - Amen

I took it as a joke myself, in the theme of Monty Pythons life of brian character who adds 'Sister' at the end of statements that mention brother.

...and not the heavy politically correct slant you seem to have taken aversion to. Just a thought.

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.

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