* Posts by All names Taken

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Nvidia says regulators will be 'very supportive' of $40bn Arm buy despite concerns about chip designer's independence

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Deepen the divide?

Someone on BBC world service said something like "it is easier to create a problem than to solve one".

A few billions to have mega-control of a truly remarkable organization (ARM) is a price worth paying especially for the control it brings. Maybe they know something lesser mortals have no idea about?

Nvidia to acquire Arm for $40bn, promises to keep its licensing business alive

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Tst - Its all politiks silly!

Trump is oh so readable.

First of all accuse a big powerful country somewhere in the world of doing stuff that el Presidente knows the US is doing and wants to continue doing.

On the downside: is the UK now officially a vassal state of the US or is it trying to pretend it never was?

Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows on Arm usable at long last – but, boy, are you gonna pay for it

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Hmm interesting?

Who wants a computer for Word or Excel any more?

Any one?

On the other hand who wants computational blingware or trashware?

And these seem to be Apple and/or google/Amazon owned arenas.

Soooo .. what is left for the big MS to do?

Maybe this foray into Windows on ARM is just MS way of saying "Your providers of hardware/software are our customers now" and get out of the end user market altogether.

Just wondering thats all

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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A dash of realism?

Parliament is really all about collecting and spending revenues. It really should not be a shock that some spending was a bit wasteful. It is something that happens in every household.

A major difference is that in every household some persons are accountable for it - at all if not most levels of accountability. The shame about UK system is that those people are not held accountable and that really is a shocker?

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Money laundering?

Maybe it is merely money laundering on a national scale?

Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*

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Get real, get pragmatic?

Some time things happen. And the happening should might not be in any one's KPI good list but it happens.

Why MPs should try to anti-eulogise on this theme seems a bit daft to me.

US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court

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Hmmm second thoughts?

Maybe if legal ownership is important it means that U S grub mint authorised reading of emails has uncovered something of interest that lies outside the authorisation conditions?

If so acting on those unauthorised authorised observations, if you know what I mean 'arry, requires grub mint ownership due to the diverse nature of the observations?

Just wondrin thats all

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Read the small print?

Maybe it is just a blast of nonsense or even supercilious nonsense. After all we seem to be in the era uf superheroes and superbaddies but I stray from the path.

The emails will not be handed over to FBI ownership because they can read them when they want anyway? What use is ownership in IT terms?

I mean do I own - however transiently - the information in this computers cache that was created elsewhere and probably under IP ownership?

And what about my t'internet tele's little box that can show all manners of grossingly IP'ed (Hmmm IP'ad?) stuff in cache - maybe even multiple caches?

Course I don't

National Audit Office: UK's military is buying more than it can afford

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Like the brilliant Tony Benn (RIP) once said, "If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people."


That observation is probably the one that started SALT talks and could possibly lead to the human race surviving.

Didn't Stephen Hawkin predict extinction of our species within the next 1000 years or so?

Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

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Another factor in the mix?

Given the President's outspoken-ness and honesty that would make him a "loose cannon" in UK civil-service-speak. Basically implying he is beyond acceptable Whitehall influence.

If on t'other side of pond US civil servants are taking a similar approach then all of these leaks have to be considered that US civil servants, like ours in the UK, first priority is personal interest, second priority mutual self-interest, third priority is extended mutual self interest, ... and at the end of the line: doing what the job entails.

And if that supposition is true aren't they acting as traitors? Undermining a new President and abusing powers to do so? It is totally un-American I tell you?

Daft as it seems unless something appears otherwise the President is the will of the people in action. I don't like the choice they made byt t'President is t'President isn't he?

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Never! I don't bleev it!

It looks like their civil service is as bad as ours (uk I mean).

C'man ABC and Sen XYZ are sending things that we cannot look at!

More realistically: who leaked the story?

We're not quitting the UK: Microsoft quashes Brexit fake news

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It is all a cunning ploy!

It is just Whitehall's way to get its hands on your pension pot hahhah?

UK courts experiencing surge in cyber-crime case load

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Has anyone ...

... estimated return to the Treasury were cyber-criminals taxed tee-hee

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

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C'mon el reg - get real?

The main reason that pixel count counts is because there is chipset ways of doing stuff = so what?

(And maybe that too is something to do with powercell cooking up?)?

Hungarian bug-hunters spot 130,000 vulnerable Avtech vid systems on Shodan

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Shock! Horror! Shock and Horror!

Does that mean Mission Impossible and 007 dreamlike stuff of instant onscreen, realtime video from video cam(eos?) on a worldwide basis in public/private spaces is not really an event and just a, well, fantasy?

Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

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After watching Les Miserables, or at least part of it, courtesy on Now tv I'd say that there are far worse things than the abstraction that is robotic in sense.

In interim conclusion may I state the usual stereotypicals?

Je m'apelleJean Valjean.


No, I am Spartacus!

The poor seem to have a very disproportionate rate of sufferance

Kodak teases smartphone

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Isn't that just a hormone-less brand name from a bygone era?

Startup dusts off rent-a-box on-premises corpse, adds ARM muscle, cloud brains

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Additional addin?

Amazon API?

Who'd a thunk that?

Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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Didn't they well , you know, ... , that sort of thing was done by secretaries, personal assistants and deputies.

Now computers do it only the big gaffer can get someone in the office to make an internal/external phone call with intro and then pass the call on to big gaffer? No?

UK.gov is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

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Tsk! Silly-billies?

Perhaps we have it all wrong?

I mean - most posts start with the premise that the guvmint and Charlie Whitehall are there to provide public service usually based on public tax quids. But that premise might be inaccurate?

Try this premise: public exists to serve guvmint and Charlie Whitehall.

See - it all makes sense now.

Public dosh to do guvmint n Charlie Whitehall whims?

Public blood to be spilt in some far away lands over the horizon?

And to be fair to some of Whitehall's Departments perhaps they really, really don't have a clue because Charlie Whitehall has made decisions for them and all they have to do is cough up required amount out of their departmentals budgets?

Hmm-hmm? Just wonderin thats all ...

Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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Dreaming on?

The guvmint announced options of extra savings or a one off payment to UK subjects/residents by scrapping its £11 billion plan to roll out smart meters.

A guvmint spoeksperson from Whitehall said that the guvmint will comply with Whitehall wishes to adopt an evolutionary roll out of smart meters rather than a forced £11 billion meter update indulgence?

Patch AGAIN: OpenSSL security fixes now need their own security fixes

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Oh no! No! No! No!

Oh no Microsoft! No!

Email arrived from Microsoft Windows Store:

Click here to download your tax invoice pdf

Invoice Tax Reference mghfggyugyvjluhghbhuujbh

How could they do that?

All it takes is one click on a dodgy link and ... well maybe that is the intention? Software sales down, compromise Windows Store user accounts and encourage users to buy new kit?

Edit: apologies for usurping the post but it seems relevant in terms of consequences regarding online security: best systems in the world can be cocked up by dodgy practice?

Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

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Re: Come on.....

No - I don't think they are like that here.

I mean they will post it eventually but it takes, well, you know, ..... time?

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I can see why it was referred to as 'she'

Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

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Re: Democracy

Are you an anarchist?

Are you the antichrist?

Have you thought of .... lol

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Re: Politicians...

Well, I may be mistaken, but in the UK politicians will not really target anything apart from the plans drawn up for discussion, ratification, ... and all that.

MPs and ministers are not really day-to-day managers of any of the public services. And if there were any chance of that Whitehall employees would probably riot?

Mps and ministers only take the decisions presented to them by their (Whitehall?) staff based on papers writ by same staff?

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Points of order sirrah!?


There aint no sense of popular democracy in the uk. Why do you think your local council are "strategised" by members elected from local political parties that are lucky to have more than 20 people attending local party meetings on a regular basis? Why only local political parties? What is wrong with the Swiss model of popular local democracy?


It is imperative to move away from the taxation lead funding of services. All it means (ultimately) in the UK is that more and more of GDP swirls and washes about in the confines of Whitehall and its Treasury. Basically there is nothing leftover for free enterprising spirits as there is insufficient free dosh to pay into the sector?

Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

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Almost rant - part 2

or even


The fickleness always seems to be what catches the public's eye, attention, purchasing aspirations and then: hard cash.

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I saw this and ...

... thought of u

The link goes to a smallish, cheapish and probably not very goodish computational device.

See, one problem with streaming is buffering - Windows store lets you download a movie but Windows, as yet, will not cast to a tv box and it is the same for Store streams. Partial solution? A windows box that has hdmi out for HD downloads straight to your tele with Android contingency well, just for fun and: what - is - wrong - with - that?


(well for a start anyway)?

Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Well, that's what they get for running with the 'nix crowd no?

'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Was it a dream?

Is it really BT?

The same BT that would wait 3 months to reconnect a residential phone line?

If so, perhaps it has caught up to the 21st C?

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History or potential future?

I wouldn't like to comment on past stuff no matter how laughable but! And to do it more justice -


It seems that the distribution of utilities may be switching from centralist control to IoT upon demand control. Now that looks interesting, hopeful and not without challenge.

Here you go IoT link:


Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Postive upvotes there then

Postive upvotes there then

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An interesting challenge?

I'd guess that slower transport can cost more that faster transport purely on business hours of the journey itself.

An automatically smart guided airbourne cargo carrying vessel sounds good and good use of national resources (meaning: smart people, smart technologies, efficient costings and profitable margins allowing for returns on all of these emerging technologies?)?

Interim conclusion: Go Ruski GO! Go do it - be a world first pioneer?

Microsoft lures top Linux exec from Oracle to Redmond

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Seems fair...

feels fair

And in a sense the raw dynamic energies of IT/Software/Hardware startups in competetive alliances chasing guvmint, enterprise, organisation and end user client bases of the old days can be forgiven to an extent?

IT/Software/Hardware were new, raw, unknowns (eg business model own direct or own licence to use? ) and kind of dynamic event space means things are different from now. Perhaps with a greater emphasis on co-operation due to economic rebalancing?

So MS perspective is: we own our own environment (Windows event space) we can expand into other event spaces such as linux if that is where future business is?

Jus wondring thats all...

Chinese crypto techie sentenced to death for leaking state secrets

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Tomato, Tomato

Potato, Potato

Well as the song goes ...

There does appear to be a missing sense of formality though?

Perhaps in the West there is a very high chance of nuisance individuals getting in the way of stray bullets or ... ?

FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

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If the tool leaks either into the open or into the wild will the aforesaid mentioned organisation accept full and absolute responsibility and for any damages incurred or ensued?

Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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Within el Reg's remit?

Would it be within el Reg's remit to compile outages, crashes, downtimes, ... , other abominations on european or world wide basis?

Maybe there are indicators in the downtime metadata to show trends?

Equally if some organisations are already doing the compiling could el reg gleam it for wider perusal?

Just asking that's all.

US government updates secure email guide for first time in a decade

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The best of it is?

That here in the UK central guvmint, local guvmint, voluntary sector, ... organisations tell you that your data are confidential.

Then say "Can we email you that (confidential) report."

Or even worse still?

"Yeh, I'll scan it and send it to main office/sub-office/partner/ ... by email attachment.

If asked do they use encryption

"What's that? Oh password protected - no we can't send or receive any password protected emails - policy innit"

Sort of undermines Private & Confidential stamp that they put on things no?

Or is it just me?

PS: my insurance agency at least makes the attempt to password protect documents that I give permission to be sent by email attachments.

Former FBI spy hunter: Don’t trust China on ‘no hack’ pact

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Tsk! Cynical me?

So, a professional cyber spy hunter is advocating more business for cyber spy hunter businesses?

No *hit Sherlock?

Courts cry over cunning call-center criminals crafting convincing cons

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Re: a number of indian IT ...

a number of indian IT professionals in our office

Maybe it would be a good time to data-mine the telco, its staff/employees/temps/ ... professional and personal comms and bank accounts?

As a PS one of my big fears is that BIG powers left in little hands without proper scrutiny (equally too much improper scrutiny) can just be a means and method into self interest. No?

But maybe that always was the intention (eg FBI on the Apple)

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But what are the meta-implications?

If we assume that the only successful scams/attacks/frauds/ ... / ... are the popular ones isn't it telling us something about the weaknesses in the system and meta-weaknesses too?

So should some well funded organization just make it easy to authenticate something as important as a legal document/message and email system to spot lack of authenticity?

Oh wait ...

William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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Same old same old?

In the UK we should be wise to these things now - privilege and disparagement is one of the tools used by both the under and over privileged in the UK no?

What he merely meant was that widespread use of crypto (whatever that is) should be limited to the privileged few and in the minds of the under-privileged many it should be perceived as "destroyed".

But there again it might just be me - just saying that's all.

US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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“DOJ says method used to break into San Bernardino shooter's iPhone only works on this particular phone.”

I wonder if that is double-speak, legalese, ... for:

We got his password?

Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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If ...

If the FBI could get NSA to do the job why is there all this pressure on the Apple and all this fuss?

UK.gov says it's letting 1,000 SMEs push digital wares at civil servants

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If Whitehall does not like the idea then it will not happen?

Whitehall will never ever say so directly?

Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

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Forgive me but ...

... because I have not researched the theme.

Only 12 per cent of the British public believe the Home Secretary has “adequately explained the impact of the Investigatory Powers Bill to the UK public

That said there are differences between adequate explanation and/or adequate press reporting of an explanation.

Doesn't Hansard still do its parliamentary reporting stuff

How a Brexit could stop UK biz and Europe swapping personal data

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I think the main stumbling block is UK grasp on privilege. It is gripped hard with white knuckles and greasy fingers and for good reason. Would you wish to lose your privileges?

e.g. North Sea Oil (probably the real reason Northerners cannot get independence some seek?)

While in the UK revenues from NSO were used to clobber part of UK peoples similar revenues were used to fund Norways peoples.

Rumour has it that everyone (?) in Norway is due over £20k this year as their share of oil revenue profits.

That will never, ever happen in UK as it presently is as the Brits just don't think or act like that?

Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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You know ...

... how easy it is to get to, for example, Manchester.

And to work in Manchester, go shopping there, see friends and relatives there ...

Well imagine:

the only people who could work in Manchester had to live in Manchester

the only people who could shop in Manchester had to live in Manchester

the only dah-de-dah-de-dah ... Manchester

That's the future folks but UK power people aren't bothered because as all the stats and anecdotes suggest; folks in upper income brackets are more insulated against such shocks?

Jus askin that all.

Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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As the bard spake

Methinks the lady doth protest too muchly