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Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

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Surveillance :-) What politicians say and what they do. I believe this for our greater good in many cases, but overall I'll do what I want to do depending on my experiences, now lets see, these vary.

NHS, l like them I trust them.

I wonder how the RIPA Act effects this, i.e I think this means Government bodies can do whatever they want with the data.

Being told to stay at home:

---Scotland's chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood is arrogant, she says do as I say not what I do, TWICE.

---New Zealand health minister David Clark is arrogant, he says do as I say not what I do, TWICE.

I think I'd like to watch the new movie Official Secrets, because it has Keira Knightley and also: ... The true story of GCHQ employee Katharine Gun, who leaked a secret memo exposing an illegal spying operation by the United States of America, looking for information with which to gauge sentiment of and potentially blackmail United Nations diplomats tasked to vote on a resolution regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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Re: Australian checking in... A huge house of cards

It'll have been the whole world effected minus a handful. If people are led to believe it is just them, then people are less likely to acknowledge what a huge house of cards their businesses depend on, and keep living in denial.

What a huge house of cards - Anticipating a global mega-fuckup of all fuckups, coming any day soon.

Y2K? It was all just a big bun-fight, according to one Reg reader

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1am 2nd Jan 2000

I was asked by a former employer to assess data communication systems for Y2K compliance. I discovered that every single system, all incarnations and all revisions, all over the world would fail at about 1:00 in the morning on the 2nd of January 2000. I also provided the company with a reconfiguration workaround they could implement. I invoiced them for about 30 hours.

The annoying thing for me is that everyone at the company had a university degree, many with PhDs, except me who had left school at 16, when I worked there I was paid a fraction of their salaries. I should have invoiced them for 300 hours.

Microsoft Surface users baffled after investing in kit that throttles itself to the point of passing out

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Re: Copycat

Microsoft bought Apple shares to keep them afloat many years ago, this was so Microsoft wouldn't appear to be a monopoly, I believe Microsoft got them cross licensing deals With Apple.

Is in some ways Microsoft effectively owns Apple. Apple will struggle to get far ahead.

So as Apple innovate, Microsoft are allowed to copy, this is one reason Microsoft make gear.

Chrome add-on warns netizens when they use a leaked password. Sometimes, they even bother to change it

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Re: *Shrug*

Who's password manager? There were password managers that disappeared from the public scene after Snowdon leaked the NSAs tricks.

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Re: I'm using credentials I know have been stolen

Yes this tends to break the stats. I do this too. Many others will.

BT adopts Ubuntu OpenStack as core brains for its 5G, fibre-to-the-premises rollout

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Re: Ubuntu

Oh.... noticed this, I just remembered that we've had about 200 Ubuntu desktops running for about 6 years. Have been too busy maintaining the other 100 Windows boxes and their users. :-)

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

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Re: "...need to be hard rebooted after exactly 149 hours"

I'm in :-)

Arrested development: Cops dump Amazon's facial-recognition API after struggling to make the thing work properly

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Bandwidth not fully catered for.

Incompatible cameras.

Cameras pointing at tops of heads.

Cameras too high.


Sounds to me like not enough resourcing, missing basic rules, and teeth to make it happen.

Who's been copying AMD's homework? Intel lifts the lid on its hip chip packaging to break up chips into chiplets

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No more Moores law -> maybe wafer-scale integration growth?

Will wafer-scale integration become popular? "...The technique, christened Catt Spiral, was designed to enable the use of partially faulty integrated chips (called partials), which were otherwise discarded by manufacturers."

80,160 or 240 MB SSDs, 15Kg, the price of a house in 1982.

Transfer rate Asynchronous 3.0 Mbytes/second maximum, 2.5 Mbytes/s sustained

Physical Size 8" disk drive form factor, 215.9 x 127 x 616 mm (8.5" x 5" x 24.3"

Weight 15.0kg


Bad news. Asteroid 1999 KW4 flew by, did not hit Earth killing us all. Good news: Another one, Didymos, is on the way

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Re: That is damn close

Or if big M that's 5,200,000,000,000 mm ?

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Land Dart on it then electric propulsion

Land Dart on it then electric propulsion it away into a corner of space that is out of the way. I wonder what effect that would have after 2 years. Sfa I guess, probably move it 5.2 mm

I'm going to have to Google electric propulsion now.

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Re: That is damn close

5.2 mm

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Re: Remove beer tax, back to the pubs.

A risk of getting stabbed or getting liver failure, but you could stay at home and read a book, or go to church. I'm hoping they cancel the Internet, turn it off, and encourage small friendly pubs with tax free beer, and very fast self driving e-motorbikes lined up outside.

It's not going to happen I know. So perhaps raise the bar or ban public ownership of semi-automatic guns/rifles. Plus encourage people to be a little more moderating of people they mix with, gotta be strong to do that.

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Remove beer tax, back to the pubs.

30 years ago if someone started spouting crap at the pub, the presence of other people would keep it mostly in check. "Dont be a twat Johnny" Over time police would be called in. It wouldn't grow into a monster, or less likely too perhaps.

People feel anonymous using the Internet, they can drown themselves in others extreme thoughts. And here we are with Christchurch.

Remove tax from beer, turn Internet off.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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"You do not do that in intelligence work. At all costs you do NOT jeopardise your people. This is unbelievably bad."

That is a naive comment. Watch "panorama ira 2017". In war or "internal security" even your own agents are knowingly expendable - for the greater good? It's not about being fair, it is much uglier than many realise. I'll avoid becoming an agent.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: Her Indoors

I stopped supporting friends Windows computers years ago, much more time with my friends now :-)

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

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"32 cores vs 16 (32 with hyper-threading)" but since Aug 1st 2018 hyperthreading needs to be turned off in environments such as hypervisors.

Our servers dropped from 32 to 16 logical cpus without any noticeable performance drop, according to tests by vmware (or was it intel) some environments run faster with hyperthreading disabled.

Hyperthreading is hype, it isn't helping much in many or most environments.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Can't stop DOCX

For as long as no one else can open documents and such reliably from other vendors. Only one vendor will prevail.

Windows Server 2008 SP2 gets new support model

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Re: Most shops hold on to old server OS for one reason

We have a Building Management System running on 2008r2. The software does not support newer Windows. It'll be $30,000 to upgrade the Bms. Locked in by Windows and the lockin costs hey!

If it wasn't for the fact that it's a Siemens system as effected the Iran centrifuges we'd probably extend windows Support.

The new Bms software requires Flash ffs. Ffs. Ffs. Ffs. Cocks. Are other industries as clueless as IT?

UK government's cloud spending hits saturation: Love of Microsoft endures

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Re: Love of Microsoft endures

Microsoft's 10 year obligation with the EU to Support ODF ends in a couple of years. Whilst this is in effect, the UK gov were wise to use this opportunity to state that suppliers such as MS "must" Support ODF, so hopefully it will be supported longer. Other govs should to do this. This is so important in the history of computing.

Google should push ODF too, but they don't, it's too late for Google now. Microsoft's varying transitional "Docx" formats win. Microsoft will ensure no one will ever work with Microsoft's file formats reliably unless they pay a license.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: And how is this MSFTs fault?

Edge still works. What a pity Chrome doesn't work, sorry about that, we'll see if we can find a fix, but fist it's time for my long lunch break.

Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

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Microsoft are you being evil again ?

Microsoft's March 2018 Windows Update removes Virtual Network adapter, and creates a new default one, this loses IP settings if they are static. I believe this has been the cause of many systems outages, it broke our "test" servers. Here are the prerequisites if you've not applied March's updates already: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4088875/windows-7-update-kb4088875

Microsoft did similar things to earlier Windows and Office versions towards their end of life too. It is mafia style, poor morals and very unethical.

Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame

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I was on the other side of planet earth all on my own, no-one to call when things got ugly. I was doing some remote work on a server at the country I was in. For a change, I thought I would have a go at using Windows 3.1 Winfile instead of DOS Norton Commander, but over the 14.4k modem the screen updates were really-really slow. "Oops" I clicked delete and then OK for it to delete all files on the OS/2 server. It was like a slow motion train wreck, nothing I could do, it slowly deleted everything in front of my eyes. The server I had deleted all the files from was core to the data communication system; all other servers of the data communication system started up from it. Complicated stuff with many configuration files that were being regularly updated whist debugging the new unreliable system, no regular tape backups; just the odd occasional one. The system kept running...phew! All I had to do now was book a flight to the other end of the country the following day. I had to get there before the next system crash, as crashes happened most days being a new system. Attempt to restore from backup, if complete enough, if good enough, if current enough to restore the folders, configuration files, then a very brave attempt of a complete system restart. Sphincter was like a goldfish mouth for 24 hours... got it going! If I hadn't, I don't know what I would have done.

STOP! It's dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this

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5.5 to 6.5 was quick n easy

Upgrade vcentre then esxi's. For any software upgrade check dependancies and do it in the right order, I did double check even though it was obvious what it should be in our case.

Love html access, we now connect straight into vcentre and even directly into hosts. But best of all we can do this from Ubuntu too. I haven't missed the legacy, Windows only c# client once, relatively it was restrictive.

Update manager is also built into the vcentre appliance, it rocks!

Well done VMware :-)