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NHS and POLICE non-emergency services GO DARK after Voda switch failure - source

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Yes I know, I'm paranoid...

No, you're not paranoid. You're a sysadmin who's learned over the years not to trust the vendors, and also knows that resiliency, despite all the claims to the contrary, is fragile (usually due to it introducing extra complexity).

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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Betamax Vs VHS

Didn't VHS win over Betamax because Sony refused to allow pr0n films to be released on Betamax? So the obvious answer to the wireless charging wars is for one of the alliances to release "adult" toys supporting their wireless charging system.

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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Money for ICANN

No one - not even the brands themselves - know yet what to do with their slice of the internet

Only ICANN is interested in these domains as another source of money. The big companies (BBC, et al) have all bought these domains just to protect their brand name - not because they wanted them.

[T]he fees [Google] needs to pay ICANN - a flat fee of several thousand dollars a year and 20 cents per domain..

Why? Does it really cost several thousand dollars a year to maintain a few lines in the root nameserver configuration files? Surely with the hundreds of thousands of dollars ICANN charged to apply for these domains, ICANN could let the winners have them for no ongoing fee?

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And the award for the world's most tech-savvy country goes to …

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Teaching using IT

I'm not sure the percentage of teachers teaching using IT is a useful metric. What's it trying to show?

IT does NOT make a bad teacher a good teacher. A good teacher will still be a good teacher with or without IT in the classroom. (And a vice versa with a bad teacher)

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Let's vote on breaking up Google, say MEPs with NO power to do any such thing

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Why don't they look at splitting up companies that are under their jurisdiction e.g. Banks. Separate the risky investment side of the house from the day-to-day banking side.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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Don't hang around with other expats too much and also try to learn the language

Isn't that the key to settling into any foreign country?

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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BYOD?

I thought the world was moving towards BYOD and the days of central IT dictating what phones/tablets (or even laptops) people used was in the dim and distant past?

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Giant bank IT cockup of 2012 'could have brought down ENTIRE financial system'

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The PRA & FCA have both fined the banks for the same cock-up.

As much as I want to hate the merchant bankers, but isn't this a case of Double Jeopardy?

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Interesting

It's interesting Nokia coming back into the devices market so quickly (Especially at the low end where margins are wafer thin). Did the Nokia big-wigs realise that their handset division was out of control and flogging it off and starting again with a clean slate was their plan all along?

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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It always amazes me that people pay so much money to see a bunch of over-paid prima donnas running around a field chasing a ball for 90 minutes.

But then I remember: Football is not about sport, it's about entertainment. The kind of entertainment that is perpetuated by programs like X-Factor.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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Infinite Loop?

To add to the randomness...the radio receiver frequency also bounces around randomly

So what's the source for the randomness for the random frequency hopping? Another OpenRNG?

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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Re: Are you really surprised?

In my day job, I have to deal a lot with telecomms companies. The all have one thing in common: They all suck at billing.

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

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BT

One problem people often make is thinking BT is one company. BT are actually multiple companies with the BT brand: BT Openreach, BT Operate, BT Wholesale, BT Global Services, BT Retail, etc.

When you buy your broadband, it'll (probably) be from BT Retail, who may apply filtering so they don't have to buy as much bandwidth from BT Wholesale.

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Transparency

IMHO, the real issue isn't ISPs filtering or prioritising traffic, it's the ISP's not being open about what they're doing. If ISP "A" said that they limit P2P traffic, or throttle Youtube/Netflix in favor of their own services, you, as the consumer, could make an informed choice as to whether their package is right for you.

As are others here, I'm with Andrews & Arnold. On their website they clearly state:

"We provide a real internet connection ... such that IP packets from you get to where they should do, and IP packets to you get to you. There is no messing about."

BTW - I do love A&A's no-nonsense attitude :-)

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Re: MENTOR does test the overhead LIVE!

I remain convinced that BR really were getting very good at running trains, when they were allowed to.

I think the problem with BR was that they weren't allowed to run trains as they weren't given the money.

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Nerd's heaven. Now where can I buy a ticket?

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

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Dot dot

Most of this is a waste of time and money. The only one that vaguely sounds interesting is the .dot domain. I'm sure the dot.dot sub-domain will go for a lot a money! It reminds me of this guy with his email address dotat.at/email.html

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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Trust

Bingo! Give the woman a job.

It is all about trust, and always has been.

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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I don't think it's as easy at that.

Firstly, the content via the TOR network is all encrypted. Then your traffic doesn't just go through one TOR server, but multiple before breaking out to the real world. Finally, a TOR node will be servicing multiple clients at the same time.

So, although you can see your packet enter the first TOR node, you can't tell which subsequent outbound packets from that TOR node are yours, and which belong to another client.

As has been mentioned in multiple places, it is possible to decloak TOR by controlling some TOR nodes and using statistical techniques. This is how it is suggested that this recent spate of TOR take downs were achieve.

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: Underlying assumption

Problem with that is I doubt they hit the 95% coverage. It must fall well wide of that mark although I’m sure the big 4 believe otherwise either through ignorance of deceit.

I suspect the operators have drunk their own Kool Aid and believe their own marketing gumpf. If you believe their marketing coverage maps, then they probably are hitting 95%. But if you come into the real world, I can't believe it's even near 90%

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@ Ragarath - Re: Complete garbage about law enforcement challenges!

I seem to be able to roam easily while abroad. Why is it so much harder at home?

There are MVNOs in the UK that can offer you a cross-network SIM for use in the UK. The only downside is that they cost a fortune (compared a single network SIM, anyway)

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Rethink Research noted the irony of a government launching into a major shakeup of 2G just as the rest of the world is discussing 5G

No, because some (many?) of us struggle to get any mobile signal and would be very happy just to get a 2G GSM signal.

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Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

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Paravirtualisation?

This sounds a lot like paravirtualisaton to me.

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

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Re: We do not need to trust these people and we should not trust them.

A company like Google has the resources to scan the entirety of the IPv4 address space

I think you'll find that you don't need Google's resources to scan the IPv4 address space. There have been many research papers where the researchers have scanned the Internet for some reason. My IP addresses at work are also getting continuously scanned and probed by various parties - and my work isn't a particularly high value target. (e.g. Finance, Central Government)

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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Lost our trust

If the spooks were performing targeted snooping against ner-do-wells, then I think many people would be OK with that. The problem is, the spooks got greedy and now snoop on everyone regardless of whether they're planning something nasty. Because of their greed, they've lost our (Well, at least, my) trust. But not only do they perform this questionable blanket surveillance, they then lie that they're doing it. They just don't know when to stop digging, do they?

The spooks need to wean themselves off blanket, global, mass surveillance, and be a bit more honest about what they're doing.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: Smart TVs too

Apparently it may be possible to fix some TVs by upgrading the firmware ... which is fine if you understand the concept of "upgrading the firmware" and have the means (PC, memory stick) to do so, but lots of users will be completely baffled.

I consider myself a geek and recently tried to upgrade the firmware on my TV. I followed the manufacturer's instructions closely and it failed every time.

Once I ignored the manufacturer's instructions and engaged my geek brain, I got the firmware to update.

Unless it's a simple "Press GO" over-the-air (or over-the-net for connected TVs) it's going to be too difficult (or too easy to get wrong) for many people. And as my experience shows, even the manufacturer can get it wrong.

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NHS slow to react as Windows XP support nears the end

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Re: FOI FFS

I would argue that asking if a public sector body has its plans in order to migrate away from a soon to be end of life operating system is a valid use of FoI.

Disclaimer: I work in the public sector, and I get my fair share of sales droids abusing FoI to try and create sales leads.

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Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER

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Uploads

I suspect one of the limiting factors for unlimited space usage is upload bandwidth.

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Cisco patches three-year-old remote code-execution hole

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Encrypted Telnet?

The vulnerability is due to insufficient boundary checks when processing telnet encryption keys

Since when does telnet have encryption keys?!?

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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@FutureShock999

This effectively spells the end of the POWER architecture too. Knowing that the support contract to produce new chips is only for 10 years

This doesn't mean that IBM will stop producing POWER systems in 10 years time. All it means is that in 10 years time IBM can go to other suppliers to make their silicon. (Or sign up again with GF.)

The 10 year sign-up was probably a requirement from GF to ensure some revenue for the fabs to make it worth while buying them.

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PARC Alto source code released by computer history museum

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Portrait Screens

To the modern eye, the Alto looks odd – mostly because of the portrait orientation of its screen

At my place of work, a lot of people have portrait screens.

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

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Know thy data

If you have a large enough dataset, you can make it say anything if you look hard enough. Just look at all the hidden messages in the bible.

This problem with thinking a larger data set will give you a better answer is not a new problem. (It was very recently discussed in the latest episode of the BBC More Or Less podcast) Their famous example was the 1936 Presidential election where a magazine undertook a poll to forecast the election result - and got it wrong. Yet a much smaller Gallup poll got the answer right.

(For those of us who have a passing interest in the use & abuse of numbers & statistics, the More Or Less podcast is an excellent weekly listen.)

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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Re: Social skills and techies

[They are] hugely intelligent and knowledgeable people who understood their subject brilliantly and didn't understand their fellow human beings at all.

Sounds like a case of Asperger's/Austism: Something which appears to be more frequent in the IT world.

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Eric Raymond's (in)famous quote

From www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html:

"Much of what looks like rudeness in hacker circles is not intended to give offence. Rather, it's the product of the direct, cut-through-the-bullshit communications style that is natural to people who are more concerned about solving problems than making others feel warm and fuzzy."

Cutting through management waffle is fine. Being derogatory I don't think is necessary.

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NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden

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Re: @ ShelLuser

With NDS, you only needed console access if you needed to run DSREPAIR to fix NDS corruption. Fixing your main authentication database is not something you'd give to a PFY. All other day to day tasks (including managing replicas and partitions) was handled via Windows client tools which used NDS access rights to control who could do what.

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Not only did the SMTP module have ZERO security, it allowed the free relaying of any messages sent to it, from ANYWHERE on the internet to anywhere.

From memory, the SMTP gateway would accept messages from anywhere to anywhere, but would only pass on what it was supposed to pass on. This behavior was a pain, as many security people claimed the gateway was an open SMTP relay, when it only appeared to be an SMTP relay. It was quite late in the day that they fixed this behavior.

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Re: Was it hell....

early Active Directory, and Domains before it were a joke

A colleague went on an NT(4?) course. He was told to put as few details as possible into objects (and definitely no pictures!) as the domain/AD syncing was terrible: When an object changed, Windows had to sync the entire object, and not just the changed attributes. I also seem to recall that Windows synced by polling for changes, whereas NetWare was event driven and would only talk when needed to.

I assume that's changed by now...

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Re: Was it hell....

Novell's other problem was being heavily command line based it looked old fashioned against Windows servers GUI's, which helped sell Windows where you had some clueless CIO making the decisions

I remember someone saying that MS pitched early versions of Windows Server as being so much like normal desktop Windows, you didn't need a techie to run it, your secretary could do it in their spare time.

Being a techie, I loved the NetWare command line. I remember many times bring up a server (server -ns -na) and manually loading drivers and binding protocols to rescue a broken NetWare box.

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Developing NLMs

Novell always felt that its NetWare Loadable Module application server deserved more attention than developers were willing to give it.

The problem with writing NLMs was the development cycle: Write, compile, copy to server, run, crash, reboot server, repeat. This was due to NetWare not having a protected memory model like *nix or Windoze NT.

Once VMware came along, you could cut that cycle short with snapshots, but by that time, the writing was on the wall for NetWare.

Another problem with writing NLMs was documentation. Hardly anyone wrote about writing NLMs.

They tried to improve things by porting Java to run on NetWare, but the documentation for the NetWare libraries wasn't much better, as far as I can remember.

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Cheyenne ArcServe.

[T]he first commercial NLM was Cheyenne Software's ARCserve [...] I've no way of knowing if there's a single line of code that's made the journey.

I hope not. Cheyenne ArcServe was a very unreliable piece of backup software on NetWare.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: Hogwart's Express

And for those who wish, you can actually have your photo taken at a little "Platform 9 3/4" thing at King's Cross. Admittedly it's not in the movie location...

Before the big refurbishment at King's Cross, they actually had the trolley down near the end of Platform 9 on a wall between platforms 8 & 9. It was a bit grubby and not too well thought out. The new place is much better and easier for people to get to.

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Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better

For my next long journeys, flying or going by car will take precedence largely due to the lack of one major modern convenience on trains: data.

Because you'll be using your smartphone whilst driving..? Or are you going to employ a chauffeur?

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Hogwart's Express

Doesn't the Hogwart's Express leave King's Cross, rather than St. Pancras?

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Ending

Last night's ending was....*sigh*

The writers appeared to have built up to a crescendo: The Tardis was off-limits and the air was being removed from the train. Then the writers realised that they only had 30 seconds of the episode left, so they cut to the end with the Doctor saying: "Yeah, I saved everyone".

A textbook example of an anti-climax.

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Assistants

I'm warming to Capaldi as the Doctor. I think he could be a great doctor. But Clara and the stories (which just seem to revolve around Clara in some random way) just let the whole thing down. They need an assistant who isn't some cutesy pretty thing who just adds eye candy and adds no value to the stories about the Doctor (yes, Doctor Who is supposed to be about the Doctor!).

Imagine the fireworks if they had a strong character like Donna with the Capaldi Doctor. Donna acted as the Doctor's moral compass and wasn't afraid to stand up to him. The moral decisions about the moon in the last episode or lying to the woman about to die in this episode? A Donna-like character would have had a field day arguing with the Doctor over them.

The mechanic could also be a great 2nd assistant: Helping the Doctor to maintain the Tardis and help track Gus down too. (Hey, the mechanic could even *BE* Gus!)

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SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

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Re: But the CEO made money.

There's a WSJ story where they say that the sale was pre-planned back in March. In fact, the CEO has been regularly selling stock at the start of the month. Seeing as his company's stock had doubled in 12 months, it seems a sensible investment strategy to sell some off.

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Everyone is missing the bigger story here

That Apple have broken their vow of silence and have spoken to El Reg!

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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It's not dead

it's just sleeping.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Misleading Sub-Head

I think El Reg's headline & sub-head for the article are, at best, misleading. Apple are not going to introduce a new ban emulators, which is implied by the sub-head. Emulators, et al, have been banned since day one. All Apple are doing, is closing a loophole people used to side step the original ban.

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

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Re: I can't think of Alan Turing without thinking of the radio series Hut 33!

The engineers who came to install it and switched it on, told me not to switch it off until after the war.

Indeed. Values lasted much longer without being power cycled.

(But I don't thing Amorous Cowherder was being serious, so up votes for both of you)

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