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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: It's dead

Dead as Norwegian Blue parrot?

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G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

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Re: Targets Vs Cost

Also, the late running targets are only measured at the terminating station, not any intermediate station, so you can be as late as you want everywhere except the last stop without any problem.

I seemed to recall this was being clamped down on, as train companies were adding unnecessary time on between the final two stations to try and "catch-up". You had the anomaly that the inbound journey could take two or three times longer than the outbound journey due to this padding.

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Targets Vs Cost

Anytime you have a performance target, people will try to achieve it the cheapest/simplest way, which may not be the way you intended. The NHS have discovered this on numerous occasions with hospitals fiddling waiting lists.

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Watchdog snaps: Privatise the Land Registry? What a terrible idea!

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Re: In case you didn't know

The land registry currently makes a modest profit that goes into government funds, so is not a 'cost' at all

From the Land Registry last annual report, they made an operating surplus of £36 Million on an income of £297 Million. That's a surplus of around 12%.

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Adobe launches Spark: Amateur graphical fun!

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Spark

Good job another company hasn't recently launched a new service called "Spark".

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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It's not that big...

This guy's going even bigger: The CPU takes up his entire living room!

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous

Sorry to be a pedant, but the press release you linked to says that 172,000 guns were stolen during burglaries, with the other 60,000 stolen during other property crimes.

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Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous

Just to put some context on those figures:

- Number of under 19s in the US: Approx 83 million. That works out at one death per 29,000.

- Population of UK. Approx 63 million. That's one death per 36,500.

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Exercise apps track you after you stop exercising

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Re: I'm glad my cell phone isn't smart...

Anyone who buys a fitness tracker doesn't understand that resistance training (picking up heavy shit), not cardio is the core of actual fitness, which doesn't need tracking so long as you can count up to 10.

Everyone is different. Some people, like yourself, like picking up heavy shit. Some people, however, like cardio work (Running, cycling, swimming, etc) and would like to keep track of their workouts.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: FOI

FoI only applies to public sector bodies. Experian are private sector so immune to FoI.

You might be better off using the Data Protection Act(s) to get them to tell you what they know about you. How much meta-data they give you (e.g. where they got the data from) is another mater.

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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@AMBxx Re: Roaming - just don't care

Sounds like you're on a really naff O2 tariff. On our O2 business contract, cross-net mobile calls are the same as O2<>O2 mobile calls and are included in our bundled minutes.

Are you sure you're not calling any 07 personal numbers? These do cost an arm and a leg and usually aren't included in any bundles.

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Yay! It's International Patch Your Scary OpenSSL Bugs Day!

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@tim Re: Kill it with fire!!!

What needs to happen is browsers need to start a connection to a server with only TLS 1.5 (assume a time traveler with from 2020), then when that fails, drop back to 1.4 and so on..

This is why sysadmins are encouraged to disable old protocols (SSL, TLS 1.0, etc) as a downgrade attack would force you to use a know broken channel. All you're replacing is TLS 1.4 for TLS 1.0 (for example)

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@A/C Re: Kill it with fire!!!

Write a drop-in replacement for OpenSSL which drops all legacy code pathways, and only supports TLS 1.2...

Isn't that what the LibreSSL folks are doing? Taking OpenSSL, stripping out old modes, and cleaning up some of the APIs?

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Or someone's had *too* much coffee...

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Amazon's AWS cash machine embiggens, breezes past $2bn-a-quarter mark

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Profits

AWS revenues for the year are also predicted to reach $10bn

And how much profit did Amazon make on that...?

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Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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I think the argument is that because Google is showing the image, the original website can't use Javascript to try and block Save As, or earn advertising revenue from the visit.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

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WTF?

Why do corporates pay for these celebs to attend their conferences?

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Amazon

I can't believe that Amazon's web pages have shrunk. Scrolling on their website is a shining example of a terrible user experience.

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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Re: Daily reboot...

Mitel phone systems have a default to reboot once a week at three in the morning.

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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Re: This points to use of some pretty specialized equipment

Or the FBI were so desperate to get into the phone, they paid the silly amount of money the hacker asked for.

Supply & demand...

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Lock-hackers crack restricted keys used to secure data centres

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Re: Physically picking locks is nothing new.

It seems a lot easier to find a way to steal the key, no matter how sophisticated, and make a mold of it.

Obligatory XKCD cartoon: xkcd.com/538/.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: Sex Education

Marriage is a long-term commitment that usually ends in misery. Sex is fun and enjoyable

You're right, sex is fun and enjoyable. But what about spending the rest of your life dealing with the unplanned aftermath of those 15 seconds of fun? (i.e. children)

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Re: "War on Smut"

Don't forget the War on Terrorism. Look at how that's made the world a much safer place!

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Re: Foolishness

Adults seem to forget what it was like during puberty, with hormones raging through their bodies.

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Sex Education

pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms

Pornography, in itself, isn't a public health hazard. Not educating teenagers about the realities of sex is the health hazard.

Talking to children in an open, frank, non-confrontational way about sex is the best way to improve sexual health.

Sweeping sex under the carpet and trying to hide porn will only lead to children finding out about sex by trying. And that's precisely what we want to avoid!

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Wintel

Back in the day, Microsoft & Intel combined managed to force regular updates to PCs & servers. With Windows having peaked at Windows 7, and newer CPUs having only moderate performance increases per core, there are far fewer reasons to upgrade.

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

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Re: Units !

If only there was a link to "Send Corrections" to El Reg...

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Four years?!?!

My late 2008 MacBook is still going strong. I've also seen people with even older MacBooks too.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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I wonder if any of these institutions are aware of the Stanford Prison Experiment? I think that an understanding of that experiment should be compulsory for anyone in a police-type role.

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Google broke its own cloud AGAIN, with TWO software bugs

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Why on Earth did they roll out a change to multiple zones at once? Surely you should be changing one zone at a time, so that if you do bork a zone, the others carry on working.

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Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

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Re: Windows?

Er, according to the article, CVE-2016-0128 is the Windows one. '2118 is the SAMBA one.

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Swedish military unwittingly helped hose US banks in 2012/2013

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The military has since taken unspecified measures to improve the security of its machines

They've patched their servers.

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Ethics

I don't think I could bring myself to work for GCHQ with their current Big Brother "Everyone is a terrorist or paedophile" mentality.

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Telstra hauls in Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper to explain TITSUPs

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FAIL

15% increase causes overload?

How can a 15% increase in load overload a system? How hard are they sweating those assets? Surely they should be running a N+1 set up (AT LEAST!) and so should be capable of running with one node down.

From that statistic alone, I'd be blaming Telstra for failing to design their network properly, not their suppliers for supplying shoddy equipment.

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JAXA confirms ASTRO-H breakup

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3) The wings are far too small

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: Delivery dates for innovative products that haven't gone into production yet

I hope they've solved the RAM pack wobble problem....

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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I always thought it was 1.21 Jigawatts...?

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Paid Subscription

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Paid Subscription

Will El Reg consider a paid subscription option for those of us who use ad blockers but still want El Reg to survive?

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Three-bit quantum gate a step closer to universal quantum computer

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Am the only person who sees Fredkin and reads Freakin'?

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Time to SIP from Cisco's patch pool, to fix a memory leak

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Late to the party?

Cisco must have know about it for a while, as the fixed CUCM 9 came out back in September last year! The current recommended (but not latest) IOS-XE for routers was released in February.

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Google publishes list of Certificate Authorities it doesn't trust

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Re: Since users too often click through those warnings.

My home router uses a self-signed SSL certificate. I think Dell DRAC (lights-out module) does too.

And these can be replaced with CA signed certs.

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Intel tock blocked for good: Tick-tock now an oom-pah-pah waltz

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@Golcd Re: Conversely though

I think we need to ask: Exactly what have we been getting in the last few iterations of x86 CPUs?

At first, it was easy to see what you got from a new CPU: Faster clock, more bits (16, 32, 64) and maybe some instructions (Protected memory, virtualisation, floating point maths in hardware). This was easy for most people to understand. Then they hit the thermal wall at around 4Ghz, and had to start being smarter about the architecture.

Now, the focus is more on power efficiency (which is good), but there's less actual speed boost. Sure, more cache and cores helps to a limited degree, but does ten cores verses four cores really help the average person who uses Word, Excel or Internet Explorer?

CPUs are getting lots more baggage around them: integrated I/O, integrated graphics, more niche instructions (anyone remember the VAX CPU?), systems management, etc. But the core of a CPU is the ALU, and none of these features are going to help improve the speed of the ALU. All we're getting is (roughly) the same throughput for less energy.

Intel are being squeezed. At one end, ARM is doing (very) low power for good enough performance. At the high end, GPUs are doing the heavy parallel number crunching. What's left for Intel? They're now looking to integrate FPGAs onto the CPU die. How many people will need that?

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

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Backup Vs Archive

This is where people lean the difference between a backup and an archive.

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IETF group proposes better SMTP hardening to secure email. At last

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SMTP STS...uses the certificate authority (CA) system

That system that most people know is broken.

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vAdmins vJoice! vSphere finally gets a modern web client

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Which is ironic as the thick client isn't exactly responsive and smooth

But it's better than the Flash behemoth...

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Re: Next maybe EMC can update Unisphere

Unisphere on my EMC kit requires Flash.

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vCentre

How long until vCentre goes native HTML?

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Reminds me of the following joke:

Q - What's the last thing to go through a fly's brain as it hits a car's windscreen?

A - It's arse

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CK Hutchison/O2: 'Four networks' dogma risks one giant and three hopeless dwarves

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Re: Seems to me...

It's almost like that now. O2 & Vodafone have a merged infrastructure under the Cornerstone/Beacon initative. (Something which is complicating the O2/Three merger) I think they outsource this to Aquiva.

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