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SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

clickclickdrone And again in English please? (75 comments)

SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS

WTF?

5 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

clickclickdrone Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (285 comments)

It was a very old and very complex system that was midway through having its replacement built. The system was not something you could easily add resource too. Yes, it was a disaster waiting to happen (although it had DR) but as is often the case, trying to persuade the suits that they needed to spend millions on a system so that they'd get a new one that did the same thing, isn't very easy.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

clickclickdrone Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (285 comments)

Heck, we have a CR process for anything that touches a live server. I even had to go through the process to get details of a file as it would have resulted in an unexpected file write. By way of background, the server used to fill up during the day's processing and empty out overnight. It got very tight sometimes and when someone made a copy of a file without checking the size, it filled the filesystem and the server fell over. That particular outage cost several million given what the server did.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

clickclickdrone Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (385 comments)

But here at least, the amount of people who are either self employed, do free lance on the side, or have some kind of investments, is a pretty damn large portion

But at least with the UK system, the bulk of your tax is already covered. I used to submit a self-assessment return online here as I bought/sold shares and had a second job writing magazine articles. I just had o add the details plus expenses I was claiming to offset these, online and the system works out what you have to pay (and takes into account your existing tax from your primary job). You then have a choice to pay it in a lump sum or change your tax code so you pay it off each month (there must be limits to this, not sure, never used this option). The online system is great, loads of information, a clear step by step process and it does all the calculations for you. You can do it bit by bit and it remembers all your details to date. When you finally submit it you get a downloadable PDF that looks just like the paper version but nicely filled in.

4 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

clickclickdrone Re: instant access to computers around the world (275 comments)

And before tools existed to automate it, cut/pasting the various alt.binaries files (1/6, 2/6 etc) together prior to feeding it to your uudecoder.

4 days ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

clickclickdrone Re:Who benefits? (341 comments)

This situation is far from uncommon. I work in a big UK bank and until very recently we were paying MS for NT4 support because it was a hell of a lot cheaper than migrating the NT4 based systems. We had maybe 100 systems, each of which was coming up with estimates of £1-2m each to move to a modern platform. MS wanted 3.5m to support NT4 for another year. No brainer. Then MS got fed up with that and said next year it will be 7 and the year after that 14 etc which focused people's attention.We did eventually get everything off NT4 but it was a lot of pain. The system I work on ended up costing £4-5m on it's own, no idea on the others.

about two weeks ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

clickclickdrone Re: External DVD drives (250 comments)

Yeah, right. They never go bad. Archival grade ones kept in the dark, maybe. Most just give up after a few years.

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

clickclickdrone Re:The blip (299 comments)

If you disagree with this, at least say why. Don't just mod it down. I'd welcome others perspectives on this point.

about a month ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

clickclickdrone Re: External DVD drives (250 comments)

Really? If give it 3 to 5 years tops. I haven't used an optical drive in 3+ years or a floppy in 5+. In fact my last 2 PCs had no floppy dive and I didn't even notice.

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

clickclickdrone The blip (299 comments)

Most people I know of my generation (born early sixties) were computer mad and spent their teens in their bedrooms programming away on Atari's, Apple IIs, BBC Bs and later C64s. Then the Nintendo generation happened and suddenly people knew squat about computers for a decade or so. It used to amuse me no end that I knew far more about competes and tech than people 10 to 15 years my junior who used to moan about how of course computers didn't exist when they were young. Now it's better but there's this blip where people just didn't do computers for a decade or so, except the nerds.

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

clickclickdrone Re: Old Man Yells At Cloud (299 comments)

15 years? I've had the same email address since 1992, 22 years

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

clickclickdrone this is slashdot (299 comments)

Yet you had to spell out ISP in the summary? WTF?

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

clickclickdrone Re: Pretty standard BYOD setup (417 comments)

Indeed. Ever since installing BYOD for work on my tablet, it had an icon in the notification bar warning me all communications are being potentially monitored by a 3rd party.

about a month ago
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Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound

clickclickdrone New but old (56 comments)

Back in the 70's at least they had white walking sticks with echo location devices on them that allowed blind people to 'see' objects in the room. It was in a 'how it works' book I bought as a kid.

about a month and a half ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

clickclickdrone UK User here. (280 comments)

Up until Facebook got them, anyway, I had been a WhatsApp user since the early days. Almost everyone I talk to uses it as their primary chat channel and as far as I can tel, it's the defcato chat tool in Europe. Different countries seem to latch onto different apps though, people in other countries often use Viber for instance. Another plus over SMS (give that with 5,000 free texts a month, price wasn't an issue) is that I'm in a semi-rural location and often have no phone signal so being able to chat via WiFi is useful.

about 2 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

clickclickdrone Re:Seeking open source alternative (280 comments)

Why not Telegram? I've just closed my WhatsApp account and moved to telegram. Did I miss something?

about 2 months ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

clickclickdrone Re:The obvious question (75 comments)

Bullshit. Having choice is always good.

OK, just keep telling yourself that, you'll make the government and big business very happy. Here in the UK we've had all sorts of services turned to junk as the government privetise everything they can in order to give us the mythical choice we apparantly all want (guess they must have interviewed you for that one). Sorry but a lot of research has been done on this one and choice is not always good. it' sjust the current mantra and you've bought into it.

about 2 months ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

clickclickdrone Re:The obvious question (75 comments)

Choice is only good to a point. After that it works backwards and puts people off or paralyses their decision making. Supermarkets found they sell more jam if there's 4 types than 40...

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

clickclickdrone Re:Who wants another ^&#$ thing to remember (731 comments)

you can't pay an electronic debit / transfer without having a positive balance.

Or within your overdraft limit. Pretty much everyone has an overdraft limit here. Being in credit certainly no limit to spending.

I think its a sad commentary that some of the posters on my comment have basically admitted that they have a debit card / account (that might get cleared out fraudulently) and another different (more secure) account that they keep cash in for their important payments that need to be made.

Debit and Credit cards have exactly the same security - Chip and Pin. The only difference is the account the money comes out of. If anything, the Credit card is the dodgy one if you have a big limit but generally, any fraud is not the problem of the card holder.

about 2 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

clickclickdrone Re:Who wants another ^&#$ thing to remember (731 comments)

We have IBANs but people tend to just use the sort code/account method which means any UK bank account can pay any other account, irrespective of who it's with. We also have systems like PingIt where you can pay someone via their phone number. Using my Bank's home banking software on either PC or phone, I can pay anyone, any time and if it goes via the faster payments system, it will be in their account in seconds.

about 2 months ago

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Game Dev says 10.1m illegal downloads = 176k actual lost sales

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 5 months ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson has revealed the true extent of video game piracy on PC.

10.1m people have illegally downloaded Football Manager 2013, he said on stage at London Games Conference 2013.

Jacobson said that he does not believe that one pirated game equals one lost sale "That would be ridiculous to think," he said. But based on the drop in activations, he estimated piracy cost them 176,000 lost sales. He added that 1.74 per cent of illegal downloaders would potentially purchase the game had no crack been available"

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'Master key' to Android phones uncovered

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 9 months ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A "master key" that could give cyber-thieves unfettered access to almost any Android phone has been discovered by security research firm BlueBox. The bug could be exploited to let an attacker do what they want to a phone including stealing data, eavesdropping or using it to send junk messages. The loophole has been present in every version of the Android operating system released since 2009.

Google said it currently had no comment to make on BlueBox's discovery."

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Ebay say Google ads not worth it

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A report by auction website eBay has found that paying for advertising in the form of keywords on search engines has little effect on sales.

Platforms such as Google and Bing offer companies the option to "buy" words. This means their websites appear more prominently if a person searches for a particular term.

The eBay study found that most people who clicked through as a result of this service were loyal customers who would have come to the site anyway.

As the article goes on to suggest though, these results will be heavily skewed by the fact Ebay is such a well known brand to begin with, it would already show high in the listings. Smaller advertisers would probably see more benefit."

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Facebook sued over use of Like button

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the "like" button and other features of the social network.

It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer.

Rembrandt Social Media said Facebook's success was based, in part, on using two of Mr Van Der Meer's patents without permission."

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No Charges in UK for Gary McKinnon

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who is wanted in the US, will not face charges in the UK, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said the chances of a successful conviction were "not high".

He announced the decision some three months after Home Secretary Theresa May stopped the extradition.

Mr McKinnon, 46, admits accessing US government computers but says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

The US authorities tried to extradite him to face charges of causing $800,000 (£487,000) to military computer systems and he would have faced up to 60 years in prison if convicted."

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Kickstarted video game project Haunts gets mothballed

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year and a half ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Development on a video game funded by the crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter has stopped as all its programmers have quit.

More than 1,200 people backed Haunts: The Manse Macabre when it ran a funding campaign via Kickstarter in June 2012.

It pledged to produce a horror game but that has been mothballed after running out of cash and staff."

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UK Hacker McKinnon Extradition has been blocked

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year and a half ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The UK Home Secretary has just announced that Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US for hacking charges. She has cited grave concerns in recent years about the handling of UK->US extraditions. This was the last chance to extradite him so now it will be down to UK justice system."
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Rasberry Pi competitors appearing.

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 2 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A couple of competitors to the Rasberry Pi have been in the news this week. The Chinese MK802 has a higher spec but an equally high price but now VIA have announced their own bare board system, the APC which should ship at $49. Both systems run Android in contrast to the Rasberry Pi's Linux."
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Domesday Project reborn online after 25 years

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 2 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A good idea, combined with the right technology, can change the world. 25 years ago, the BBC dreamt up an inspired scheme. However, in the case of the Domesday Project, it was the tech that doomed it.

The premise was straightforward enough — create a 20th century version of William the Conqueror's 900-year-old page-turner, the Domesday Book.

Instead of land rights and livestock, it would chronicle life in 1980s Britain, based on photographs and written accounts submitted by ordinary people.

It was an incredibly ambitious undertaking and, in many ways, the Domesday Project was a success.

The BBC received more than a million contributions and the electronic version was released commercially.

However, the system was based on laserdiscs, a BBC Master computer and a trackball and over the years, the ability to access the data has been all but lost. Until now..."

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First Apple Computer sells for £130,000

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has sold at auction in London for £133,250 ($210,000).

The Apple I came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Apple co-founder and current chief executive Steve Jobs.

The computer, one of only 200 of the model ever made, originally sold for $666.66 when it was introduced in 1976."

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Torchwood to return

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Despite killing off the bulk of the cast in season 3, the BBC have announced season 4 of Torchwood and with a nod to overseas sales, they are going international location wise. A ten part series is promised with locations in the US and elsewhere in the world unlike the previous seasons which stayed resolutely in Wales."
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How a single theft caused numerous fires in the UK

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Thieves in the UK stole a GBP20 limiter from an electrical substation. The result? Power fluctuations as high as 400 volts caused numerous appliance failures and a number of thankfully small fires in Bolton. A child's baby alarm even caught fire damaging blankets and putting the baby at risk. The incident has triggered a lot of discussion about the merits of switching off and unplugging everything overnight — possibly an overreaction but we do tend to assume our mains delivers what we expect."
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UK News website chain to start charging for conten

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A chain of websites belonging to Johnston Press, the largest owner of regional newspapers in the UK is starting a trial to see if people are willing to pay £5 per quarter for access to all their content. Non paying users can still access a subset of the articles though. This follows on the heels of Murdoch's expressed wish to start making people pay for online news. Johnston Press have over 300 newspapers in their fold so this will be one to watch."
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Linux laptops for Senior Citizens launched

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The BBC and others are reporting the launch of a new range of computers aimed at older (60+) first time computer users with no experience of the Internet. Using a build of Linux with a simplified interface called SimplicITy, the new machines provide basic email, web browsing and chat. To help users get going, it even includes 17 tutorial videos by Valerie Singleton, a well known face in the UK to people of that generation."
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'Road trains' ready to roll

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The BBC is reporting that Road trains that link vehicles together using wireless sensors could soon be on European roads.

An EU-financed research project is looking at inexpensive ways of getting vehicles to travel in a 'platoon' on Europe's motorways. Each road train could include up to eight separate vehicles — cars, buses and trucks will be mixed in each one. The EU hopes to cut fuel consumption, journey times and congestion by linking vehicles together. Early work on the idea suggests that fuel consumption could be cut by 20% among those cars and trucks travelling behind the lead vehicle."

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Amazon to block Phorm scans

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 5 years ago

clickclickdrone writes "The BBC are reporting (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7999635.stm) that Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads. For most people this is a welcome step, especially after the European Commission said it was starting legal action against the UK earlier this week over its data protection laws in relation to Phorm's technology. Anyone who values their privacy should applaud this move by Amazon."
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British ISPs censoring Wikipedia

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clickclickdrone writes "It has emerged that a group of British ISPs have been censoring Wikipedia by passing all traffic through a filter since last Friday. The information from Wikipdia themselves is that there are claims that an album cover by the German band Scorpion is being accused of being child porn so under the The Protection of Children Act 1978, they have taken appropriate actions to prevent viewing of the material. Wikipedi's version of the story can be seen here http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/British_ISPs_restrict_access_to_Wikipedia_amid_child_pornography_allegations"
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'Hacker' loses extradition appeal

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clickclickdrone writes "Yet another example of laws designed to fight terrorism being used elsewhere, British hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his Law Lords appeal against being extradited to stand trial in the US. Gary McKinnon, 42, could face a life sentence if found guilty of gaining access to 97 American military and Nasa computers from his London home. Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon admits breaking into the computers but says he was trying to find information on UFOs. He lost his case at the High Court in 2006 before taking it to the Lords. He is being extradited using the asymetric agreeements put in place between the US and UK designed to help with fighting terrorism but as is so often the case, the US has yet to hold up its side of the deal when it comes to shipping its own citizens abroad for trials."
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