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I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Devil

Re: Cisco's holes in their HR policies...

> The purpose of HR is to protect the company from the employees and since this isn't really the case

There's nothing like world-wide bad publicity - especially bad publicity relating to HR practices - to get a new HR policy in place tout-de-suite.

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Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy

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Joke

Re: I must have an old calendar here

> Edit: something weird going on with The Register's systems. First my post disappears completely, then it appears twice, and then I could not remove the second one. Then it finally worked. Bizarre. And the fact it happened on a China-related article is just a coincidence.

Did you write it on a Huawei phone?

Capgemini bags £40m to provide IT and dev support for the UK's Financial Services Compensation Scheme

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Re: Well well

> This won't end well will it ?

Why do you say that? There's no suggestion the first (Cognizant) contract went badly - just a change of outsourcer at contract end, rather than automatic renewal. It's a positive sign that the FSCS feel able to change, which is one of the benefits that outsourcing is supposed to deliver: competition.

Beijing's tightening grip on Hong Kong could put region's future as an up-and-coming tech hub in jeopardy

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Re: Anyone remember Spain?

> Hong Kong is part of China. Unlike Catalonia it doesn't even have the historical basis to be an independent state, it just became a UK posession through a lease granted as a result of colonial era pressure.

A pedant writes... Hong Kong Island was permanently ceded to Britain and, in theory, did not have to be returned. It was the New Territories surrounding it that were leased. When that lease ran out, it would have been impossible to continue with just Hong Kong Island alone so it was handed back as well.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Coat

National Cream Tea Days

> It's that time of year again when National Cream Tea Day asks the age-old question: cream then jam or jam then cream?

Neither, I take my tea with milk and sugar, certainly not with cream and jam.

Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire

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Re: Why is this allowed?

Ah, thanks for the map link. I rashly believed what I read in the article. I will go and self-flagellate for a bit.

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Unhappy

Why is this allowed?

Right question, wrong context.

Why does this campus have to be on leafy green fields? Isn't there a derelict car factory in Birmingham or Swindon that can be demolished and built over?

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: Extra flavourings

> I wonder if they have a pressure chamber to test that on the ground?

Why would they do that when they can just hop on a plane and try out new recipes under actual conditions?

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Boffin

Re: name suggestion

This site still running fine http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Re: Bigger than 13.7%

> Printing is down by over 75% where I work (~6500 users), seems to suggest it was non-essential printing

Maybe. I haven't printed anything in ages but it takes me a lot longer to review documents on screen than when printed. I assume my time's worth more than 5p / page, or whatever b&w costs these days?

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Pint

> No they're not, a point is 1/72 of an inch

Actually a point is .013836 inch, so 72 points are .996264 inches. Which didn't really matter when typesetting was done by hand, but when Adobe introduced PostScript, points were rounded up to exactly 72 per inch.

[icon: nearly a point, in Scrabble terms]

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Boffin

Re: Me too

> "referring to their weight in kilograms, which makes absolutely no sense"

> What's wrong with it? It's a straightforward linear measurement that is precise enough not to require weirdness.

I'm surprised no one here has leapt at the chance of a bit of SI pedantry and pointed out that 'weight in kilograms' makes no sense because kilograms are a measure of mass.

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Joke

Only true boffins...

> Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

Are you suggesting that MPs were voting on a legislation change which they may not have understood? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Boffin

> As an Englishman, now Nascar is the stupidest thing I've now heard of today - car racing without corners.

I might not be an expert but I think you'll find that Nascar tracks have corners otherwise they'd be straight lines.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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Re: Good riddance

> Isn't this where the art of the ambiguous employee reference comes in handy?

"I can recommend this person with no qualifications whatsoever."

After IBM axed its face-recog tech, the rest of the dominoes fell like a house of cards: Amazon and now Microsoft. Checkmate

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Re: Re:FR for the 'Chelsea Flower Show'

> For the benefit of the hard of thinking, the point of the (I suspect) tongue in cheek recommendation to impose FR on the Chelsea Flower show is that it would give the largely white priveleged middle and upper class attendees a taste of what it's like to be under oppressive and intrusive surveillance.

I'm sure that was the OP's intent but installing FR at CFS won't give the attendees a taste of being on the receiving end of oppression because their faces aren't in police databases so won't be subject to false-positive matches and any ensuing 'intelligence lead' preventative search or arrest.

And I'm sure there is plenty of crime at Chelsea: old ladies with large handbags and sharp nail scissors are notorious. I've heard one National Trust garden manager say that some bushes can be seen to visibly shrink on a day-by-day basis.

OOP there it is: You'd think JavaScript's used more by devs than Java... but it's not – JetBrains survey

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Joke

> Honestly, do you really think this counts as journalism?

Just because you're a Notepad user...

UK.gov announces review – not proper inquiry – into Fujitsu and Post Office's Horizon IT scandal

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Re: Dodged a bullet

No you didn't dodge a bullet because your employer appears to have taken the bid process seriously. If you had won then you would have had time to build and test your system properly and the whole sorry saga would never have occurred.

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Unhappy

> The system is allowed it to be done is devised and run by the civil service,

Sort of.

The system that allowed it to be done is supposedly controlled by civil servants. But they rely on expert companies to help devise the standards. But experts in something detailed and specific like construction cladding tend to work for the cladding manufacturers themselves. So you end up with the industry marking its own homework. After a couple of years, the civil servants move on and there is no longer any expertise with which say 'hold on, you can't do that'.

A similar example has occurred over the years with abattoir rules. One particular rule requires a vet to be present on premises at all times during slaughtering. This is an utterly pointless waste of time for a skilled vet but has the benefit of being very expensive - so large abattoirs running at industrial scales can absorb the costs and small, family-run abattoirs have all been forced to close. These rules were promoted by the large operators ostensibly on grounds of animal health[1] and it was purely coincidental that it eliminated cheaper competitors.

[1] And animal health is actually worse because the livestock have to travel a much longer distance from the farm to the abattoir instead of a short distance to a local place that previously may have only operated part time.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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Joke

Re: Here we go again...

So a stated benefit is not having to wait for the oil to heat up, instead you will have to wait for the battery to cool down from the rapid charge.

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

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Joke

> Three years free board and lodging

I feel sorry for his future cell mate - 23 hours a day having to listen to his nonsense.

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

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Linux

"Europe has no notable operating system developers"

Poor Linus, ignored again. Sorry mate, have a virtual hug from me.

OK Windows 10, we get it: You really do not want us to install this unsigned application. But 7 steps borders on ridiculous

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Happy

Re: I thought containers were a thing now

Thanks for the link - that's good idea.

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Re: I thought containers were a thing now

> Intermediate levels are used for banking, work, and personal computing

Can you set the browser in the 'banking' level to only go to the bank's website and nowhere else? So that you can't absentmindedly forget and go to El Reg from the wrong level, for example.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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> One aspect to look at here is how well informed those witnesses were.

The Post Office were taken to court by the sub-postmasters and a settlement was reached. The trial judge, Sir Peter Fraser wrote in his official judgement:

"Based on the knowledge that I have gained both from conducting the trial and writing the Horizon Issues judgement, I have very grave concerns regarding the veracity of evidence given by Fujitsu employees to other courts in previous proceedings about the known existence of bugs, errors and defects in the Horizon system. These previous proceedings include the High Court in at least one civil case brought by the Post Office against a sub-postmaster and the Crown Court in a greater number of criminal cases, also brought by the Post Office against sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses.

After very careful consideration, I have therefore decided, in the interests of justice, to send the papers in the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Max Hill QC, so he may consider whether the matter to which I have referred should be the subject of any prosecution."

Basically the Judge is confident the Fujitsu witnesses lied in court on multiple occasions.

Have I Been Pwned breach report email pwned entire firm's helldesk ticket system

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> So if it was written in Perl (Other languages are available) it would suddenly be immune from programming errors?

Maybe. Perl has a very useful taint mode whereby you have to explicitly 'untaint' values received from external sources else they cause compiler warnings.

Sure it's easy to overcome if you wish, but that's the point - you chose to override it and added code to do so.

IBM to power down Power-powered virtual private cloud, GPU-accelerated options

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Joke

Re: Couldn't they have waited until the streamlined POWER offerings supported Linux?

If only IBM had bought a company with decent Linux credentials then they might have been able to avoid this embarrassing situation.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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> Bomb threat? I'd call plod, then mostly ignore it, anyone in a 'special' job will follow the procedure they were given for these events.

I once worked in a place that had a bomb-threat procedure. There was script card you could print out from the corp Intranet and keep on your desk next to the phone, just in case. There was also a clear desk policy...

Boffins step into the Li-ion's den with sodium-ion battery that's potentially as good as a lithium cousin

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Headmaster

"Sodium does provide better environmental benignity..."

Oh the indignity!

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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> No, that's an old typesetting thing - a perpendicular problem to cards - the typesetter can gather the letters and hold them as a line between thumb and forefinger for placing in the press

I don't think typesetters ever held type between finger and thumb (too much risk of dropping the lot) - they just slide it off the composing stick into the frame.

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions'

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Interesting viewpoint. My view is that an opposition party's job is to get the party in power to implement the policies of the opposition party (by amending, extending or blocking legislation, cajoling, appealing to public opinion etc). They shouldn't be sitting there going "you're shit"..."you're shit" ... "you're shit" until the next election.

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FAIL

Agreed, particularly the NEOS party leader jeering the finance minister for missing a detail that she herself had also missed.

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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We asked Upton when we might expect to see a 16GB variant, but have yet to receive a response.

> We asked Upton when we might expect to see a 16GB variant, but have yet to receive a response.

He probably hasn't replied because his eyes are still rolling. Couldn't you think of a better question to ask?

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'

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Joke

Re: Strings

> More annoying perhaps, is the lack of flags on command line tools in windows combine this with the prediliction for localisation on Windows and reliably getting system informatin becomes a chore. Though I've just found that systeminfo /FO CSV returns something nearly usable.

Surely Microsoft provides an API into its telemetry database so that you can easily query what your own machines are running?

Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport

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Joke

> A remote hospital is highly unlikely to have the personnel, expertise, facilities or equipment for organ extraction and subsequent action.

100KG load on the larger drone - just stuff the whole body in. Fly above a couple of thousand feet and no refrigeration required!!

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Re: .. deliver coronavirus testing kits to a remote Scottish hospital

> Looks like another bloody excuse for Dominic Cummings to go on holiday to me.

"No officer, of course I haven't gone to Oban for a holiday. Actually I'm checking my eyesight using this beyond-visual-line-of-sight drone..."

[Icon: if he'd gone to an optician he'd have been asked to cover up one eye at a time.]

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> Likewise, how often is a delivery so urgent that they need an unmanned drone?

Now that organ donation is presumed rather than consented to, potentially there is an urgent collection every time someone dies of something other than disease or old-age in a remote hospital?

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Joke

Re: Ooh, fun!

> Can we also start seeing something similar on UK Govt & Tory tweets, and anything from Cummings.

Good idea. It needs to be something that warns people they should look closely... #eyesighttest perhaps?

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Unhappy

Fraud is a big issue yada yada...

Presumably a lot of eBay fraud is fraudsters buying an 'eBay fraud kit' on the dark web which provides handy features for defrauding buyers and or sellers. So I fully expect that an updated version of that kit was released about 5 minutes after eBay first started doing these scans.

As always, it's us that suffers - the fraudsters won't be impacted in the slightest, except a one-off upgrade payment for the updated fraud kit.

HPE's Black Thursday: Staff face pay cuts or the ax, office closures to save $1bn+ after coronavirus slams IT titan

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Joke

Re: W.F.H

> Have been W.F.H since the end of march and so has my wife. Now that we have got used to it it is ok, we go for a walk at luchtime together.

I read that as lurchtime and I wondered just how early you started drinking ;-)

Competition? We've heard of it. MoD snubs cloud rivals to hand Microsoft £17.7m Azure hosted services gig

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Megaphone

Only the beast of Redmond could meet 'data sovereignty and reliability' needs

> Only the beast of Redmond could meet 'data sovereignty and reliability' needs

What's this 'beast of Redmond' nonsense? Hasn't the Micros~1 memo done the rounds yet?

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To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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> Yes it's bad they didn't recognise the domain change

It's only bad if there had been a previous 'all staff' directive that said something like "genuine requests from the IT dept. will come from domain xxx.gitlab.yyy.'

Anything else gitlab.zzz just looks like the marketing department were allowed to let loose another bright idea.

DNS this week stands for Drowning Needed Services: Design flaw in name server system can be exploited to flood machines offline

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Joke

> I sense a new El Reg unit of severity coming.

A scale from 1 to 5 like the you-know-what scale:

Level 1 - Safe. No need to worry. Feel free to worry more about rogue apostrohe's and double spaces after full-stops.

... through to ...

Level 5 - Critical. So severe, even Apple will respond to enquiries from El Reg

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed

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Joke

> COmplex VIDeo

> I think I can see what has happened here!

Does that mean my new app for the Witchfinder General – COVen IDentifer – will get rejected?

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: We took immediate steps to respond to and manage the incident

> "We took immediate steps to respond"

Yep - we immediately waited 3 months before telling customers.

NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch

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Re: On the negative throught

Saying "I judged it necessary to fulfil our mission" in the leaked letter, covers a multitude of possibilities.

It could be a QA / testing short-cut to allow a subby to meet a deadline.

It could be agreeing to pay off a sexual harassment suit in order to keep someone key to the team in place.

My money's on something non-technical. Whatever it was, it sounds like it's about to become public.

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

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Re: @jonha - Why do you believe this ?

> Actually anyone who knows the word "kernel" is a weirdo

and people outside of IT who know the word "kernel" are nut jobs.

Honor launches new UK store, laptop, kettle, er... toothbrush?

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The girl in the picture knows more than she is letting on...

Apple were there first - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/19/apple_colgate_ai_toothbrush/

And the same girl in the same picture was similarly surprised! You'd think she'd be used to it by now.

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Joke

Re: 8.3

> Also, Micros~1 is 8.0 not 8.3

> Micros~1.exe or Micros~1.com might be more effective.

That's the beauty of it: if the story is about .NET then it's Micros~1.NET, if about Office then it's Micros~1.DOC and if about security then .NOT

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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Re: The language might be super-safe, not so sure about the installer

> Just like installing any 3rd party software then really

But without the checksums, code-signing or even version number.

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