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Arm China brands itself a 'strategic asset', calls for Beijing's help in boardroom dispute with Brit HQ

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Re: Well, that does it for Western companies investing in China

And steal whatever technology they want

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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What about "hardware and software"?

Hard and soft are offensive terms in a sexual sense and are also offensive and discriminatory to men with erectile disfunction

Oh deer! Scotland needs some tech smarts to help monitor its rampant herbivore populations

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Re: Export them!

Most sheep exports to the middle east go as live cargo - an awful situation, whole shiploads overpacked into sweltering tin cans.Tens of thousands at a time.

UK legislation would never let you do it, and the deer would die of fright anyway.

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The answer is..............

Predator (drone) + thermal imaging + Hellfire missiles

Reduce the deer population, give the RAF target practice, and rent out killing sessions to armchair bloodsports enthusiasts. Kill things by remote control - save on pollution and traffic congestion in the Highlands

Bad: US govt says Chinese duo hacked, stole blueprints from just about everyone. Also bad: They extorted cash

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Re: Students.............

May be long term, but a lot of research projects are long term and you'll get better espionage results from someone actually embedded in that research team. They get to live and learn the project and can replicate it when they return home.

Stealing the data is one thing, stealing the staff from the project is something better

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Re: Students.............

And the massage girls............

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Its time to understand that the plethora of Chinese students that our universities are so worried about losing the cash from, are all potential or actual sleeper agents.

They come here as undergrads, then stay either as postgrad researchers, or working in high-tech industry. With the numbers involved even if only 1% progress to becoming industrial spies the Chinese will have managed to steal a considerable volume of research.

Time to send them all home. We can't run the risk of Chinese nationals in our key industries

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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Capita = Success

Using Capita to run projects such as this is a long established way of cutting government department budgets without announcing cuts.

If you can't recruit staff you don't have to pay them, so cost savings achieved.

Incompetence breeds success, thats why the Tories love the

Alibaba's financial arm, Ant, files for monster IPO ahead of march on the world's merchants and shoppers

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What an amazing investment..............

For the Federal Reserve and Bank of England, jointly.

Done right they could really screw with the Chinese economy - excellent threat to hold over the heads of the CCP

An axe age, a sword age, Privacy Shield is riven, but what might that mean for European businesses?

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Emis GP medical records?

Where does this leave Emis and its migration of GP medical records to the Emis-X system, based on Amazon Web Services?

Something like 60% of UK GP records could be affected

The Devil's in the details: Church of Satan forced to clarify that no unholy rituals taking place in SoCal forest

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Its in California where..........

everything is satanic

It has to be, that's why the film studios went there

Four years after swallowing Arm Holdings, SoftBank said to be mulling Brit chip biz sale

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Only one possible buyer............

The Chinese government will buy it

Taking the company over would be both a military and business strategic advance for the Chinese. We have to hope our government recognise this and prevent any overseas purchase. The company should be nationalised NOW before any more secrets are lost

Microsoft says ciao to Xiaoice: Formerly unpatriotic Chinese teenager sim flies the nest

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Re: Retreating from future conflict?

A bit like IBM (or its previous identity) and its German tabulation business and calculating machines

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Retreating from future conflict?

Is this the first step of Microsoft withdrawing operations from China in advance of the looming technological and trade war? At some point the trade embargo is going to block its normal business

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: Windows 2000

came out in 1999 from memory...........with preview releases earlier?

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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So whats the speed of gravity at the purported black hole

And why aren't we inside it?

We'll pay £400k for a depth charge-proof robot submarine, says UK's Ministry of Defence

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Gerry Anderson did it again...............

what they need are something like Titan's Terror Fish, though only optionally manned


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Thats our whole navy ...................

So that will be our entire serviceable navy in that fleet in the South China Sea

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

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We've been here before

Who remembers Star Office?

That's the original commercial version. And its dead as a Norwegian Blue

Or the Lotus Symphony suite, also dead

High-flying Microsoft exec jumps to Magic Leap as CEO. No, we haven't got that the wrong way round

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So what do Microsoft know that we don't..........?

My guess is she's been put in place by Microsoft to ensure an easy takeover, shades of Nokia and Stephen Elop.

The question is, what do Microsoft see in the business that's worth acquiring? Is there something in the technology package that fits into Microsoft's future plans

Psst: Want to know who else has their snout in the Copernicus trough? (spoiler: it's not the UK)

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Is the MEV going to be launched by the Zero-X?

Microsoft to take a break from Edge releases: Hits pause button to align with Chromium

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bloody edge..........

Microsoft are even pushing Edge out onto WIndows 7 machines, quite annoying really

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150

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which Nokia

so is this from whatever part of Nokia wasn't taken over by Microsoft, or from some random chinese company who just licenced the name?

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Not prussic acid, its Amygdalin - which can release cyanide

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foxes are trivial compared with............

the Drop Bears

what are the ozzies doing about those?



Internet blackout of Myanmar States that are home to ethnic minorities enters second year

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Re: Puzzled

The daughter follows the father..........

don't forget that during WWII he was a pro-Japanese terrorist who hated the pro-British elements within Burma - especially the Muslim groups and tribes.

Of course he became pro-British when Japan started retreating and losing........

He was a violent hypocrite, she's the same

845GB of racy dating app records exposed to entire internet via leaky AWS buckets

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Re: Herpes Dating?

And I bet he thought he was Invincible

Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

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sounds like an old problem first seen in Office 2010

sounds like history repeating itself - this was a problem in Office 2010, especially with the virtualised starter edition


Arm wrestle round two: Chinese outpost says it's fired the replacement CEO foisted on it by HQ

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Re: First thing I thought of


Chinese law prevents companies having a majority owned overseas, and also prevents overseas based companies operating in China

Basically you can only operate via a majority-chinese owned (and based) JV, and you must make significant transfer of technology to the JV. Essentially the Chinese expect to be able to control the company and steal the technology in the event of a dispute or tension.

And at the moment there is a big dispute between the UK and China........you can expect this to end with the JV declaring UDI and ARM forcibly losing control with all the licencing revenue staying in China. You can expect other technology businesses to be attacked in the same way.

Its the beginning of a long game

What could possibly make a cranky crocodylomorph more terrifying? How about one that chases you on its hind legs?

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They're fake tracks planted by David Icke

We have Huawei to make the internet more secure: Dump TCP/IP to make folks safer says Chinese mobe slinger

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Cut the cables..........

China only uses the internet to spy on the west...............lets just cut the cables and isolate them. Then they can do whatever they like without pinching our secrets.

If their international trade gets damaged as a secondary effect, then tough - that'll teach them not to bootleg our technology

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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"Unreported truths" sounds remarkably like a euphemism for "false allegations and downright lies"

I assume the book has not been peer-reviewed by real scientists???

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: It was *supposed* to turn the aeroplane

It would be fun trying to land at somewhere like Turin, where the plane has to fly a corkscrew path to get down

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reminds me of a bug in the radar of those Australian-built high speed catamaran ferries....................apparently if you go over 20 knots the radar reports distances at half their real value. Bug has been there since the first Seacats were built and I understand has never been resolved

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Looking for liquidated damages.........

Looks to me like a deliberate attempt to make the turbine fail the test, so delaying acceptance so the delivery date is missed and damages/penalties became due.

She potentially saved her employer a fortune by discovering the attempt

UK.gov splashes out on 40,000 new devices amid COVID-19-fuelled homeworking boom

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A phone call to NHS England to see how man they've purchased might be interesting............

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

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Huawei gets misty-eyed for the good old days (of a year ago) with maudlin P30 Pro remaster

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What kind of idiot spends £600 on a phone anyway?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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or Macroshite

Frippin' heck: Watch out, chin-stroking prog rock fans. King Crimson distributor Burning Shed says it's been hacked

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Was the database fracktured?

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The Great Deceiver at work

Microsoft reorg places Surface evangelist Panos Panay as boss of Windows too – report

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Is this the first step of making windows a closed OS, only available on MS equipment?

If windows was tied to the hardware in the same way as Apple software is, then a lot of companies would be in a mess

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

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Re: Put coffee in non-spill containers

The stewardess may be open and steaming but thats nothing to do with the coffee

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Re: Gobsmacked!

Just ban all humans from the cockpit and rely on the infallible autopilot

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Whisky and porridge


So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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During my time at Time Computers I regularly got the help desk staff to talk customers through removing hard drives, giving them a sharp rap on the floor and replacing them.

It would free up "frozen" read heads and get the drive working long enough to back up data.

Quite a common problem, especially on 80gb Seagate and Hitachi/IBM drives

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'

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"and in Java Runtime Environment 8 environments"

That means the whole of the UK NHS

The NHS smart card / single sign on needs a version of Java no newer than Java 8 update 74 - and so do most of the web hosted applications it works with

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy

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Re: Air Cover?

The P1154?

The heat from the plenum chamber exhaust would on landing be so fierce that it would

1) destroy any surface the aircraft landed on

2) bounce back and melt the aircraft

3) get reingested and destroy the engine

One of the Harrier test pilots, John Farley related on PPRUNE how he regarded the P1154 as a death trap and refused to have anything to do with it

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Re: Fundamentally arrogant and racist

"I do wonder what happened between about 1920 and 1940 to give the Establishment such a false notion of Japan. "

Public awareness of what the Japanese were doing in China and Manchuria, thats what happened


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