* Posts by TeeCee

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Does this mean....

....that some Chinese theme park is going to have a bloke whose job really is arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic?

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Could this be you? Really Offensive Security Engineer sought by Facebook

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Facebook recruiting offensive people.

This is news how exactly?

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Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge

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Re: Not for security

Disclosure: Not a uber user....

I'd already figured that out. As you mentioned changing the battery you're obviously not an iSheep.

(Disclaimer: While it's possibly not true that all Uber users are iPhone owners, all the ones I know are.)

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Then again...

I did see a clip of the news from Australia. The usual setup with a newsdesk in centre shot with the newsroom behind. Unusually, there was quite a racket from the newsroom staff, making it rather difficult to hear what the newsreader was saying:

"Blah, blah, blah.....WILL YOU BASTARDS SHUT UP! I'M TRYING TO READ THE BLOODY NEWS HERE!.... Sorry about that ladies and gentlemen....."

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Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

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Re: Chrome will run the auto-play video ad ...

I suspect it'll be like "Do Not Track".

If your browser is made by Microsoft, it'll prompt you for it on first use.

If your browser is made by any of the other usual suspects, it'll be on by default and the switch will be buried deep in the configuration options where you'll need a torch and dungeon map to find it.

The W3C will then rule that the MS setting can be ignored and worked around for some bullshit reason[1] or other.

[1] Or, in other words: "We've taken a massive bribe".

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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

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Re: Headphone volume warning...

The headphone volume nag is an EU requirement

Er, no. The EU still hasn't done this (outside of a Daily Mail editorial), although they've talked about it a lot. It is a Chinese government requirement, which is why you tend to see this on quick 'n dirty ports of a Chinese build of Android.

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Re: Inch perfect

Or "all of them" as everyone else calls that.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Enter == submit

In a word (or three) IBM. The Return (or Field Exit) key does just that and the Enter key is where Right-CTRL is found on the majority of keyboards these days.

As the new way does seem to be a GUI thing, if we're going to play the blame game what was the recommendation from Xerox PARC and what did crapple implement.......?

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Re: @crazyOldCatMan

...The fact that he was actually left wing...

Personally I reckon that at the extremes, "left"and "right" are indistinguishable anyway. Totalitarianism vs. Libertarianism is where the important action is and on that scale, Hitler and Stalin are one and the same politically.

Greatest giggle right now is the Corbynite "Momentum" types describing anyone who disagrees with them as a Nazi. I find the idea of being called a Nazi by a bunch of frothing anti-Semites, who also seem to think that threats of extermination and kicking people's windows in are valid political strategies, somewhat ironic.

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Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Damn!

...a group of pulsating neutron stars called “The Magnificent Seven.”

Ok. Who else was forced to read the rest of the article to the sound of "Dum, dum de dum, dum de dum de dum...<etc>"?

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Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

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Re: Does this affect only Lenovo-badged servers

Wouldn't be surprised.

Another well-known Lenovo "feature" is on their Desktop / Laptop range. If you install a new, standalone, licensed MS Office without wiping the machine and reinstalling the OS[1], it fucks the licensing up. Apparently Lenovo have done something naughty to the OEM version of "Get Office". Uninstalling the "Get Office" app doesn't help as they haven't tweaked the uninstall routine to recognise and remove the registry keys they've cocked up...

So, proven form for playing fast and loose with the MS standards...and not getting away with it(!)

[1] Ok you can manually edit the registry but, given Lenovo's record, it's safer to nuke the site from orbit.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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petition has been set up and signed by around 5,000

Hmm, I wonder. If one were to hold a proper survey, scaled to represent the population as a whole, on the subject of "who gives a shit?", would 5,000 be more than the error bars on it...?

Way to big up your statistical insignificance guys.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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It was a swamp before.

Let me guess: Everyone said they were daft to build a skyscraper in a swamp, but they built it all the same, just to show them.

Hell, who needs building regulations, structural engineers and geologists when we have Monty Python to tell us the inevitable result?

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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Re: FTFY

In my experience, most potatoes have a higher level of IT skill than that.

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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You didn't know Concorde was coming until the PA system announced its approach? That building must have had some seriously impressive soundproofing.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: I'm confused...

The New Mexico is the standard unit to use when you're talking about a large area that may have an alien spaceship crashed somewhere in it.

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Re: So, next steps ..

Given mission timescales, I'm afraid that (4) there is unlikely.

Unless you lot are stupid enough to reelect him of course...

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Maybe an airship?

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MP Kees Verhoeven wants EU to regulate the Internet of S**t

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Useless.

As usual, this looks at the problem and completely misses what it is. It doesn't matter one jot what security one of these things comes with. The only thing that matters is how quickly it will be patched when said security is compromised.

The simple answer is, if you want to sell an IoT device in the EU you are required to post, up front, a bond to fund the provision of software security updates for it for a minimum of 10 years beyond its planned product lifecycle.

That'd kill the problem.......and as a side effect would mean that anything that didn't really need internet connectivity never gets it.

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Hyperloop One settles hangman lawsuit

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He changed his name to "Brogan BamBrogan"?

At least Latrine from Robin Hood, Men in Tights had a reasonable excuse....

Maybe Hyperloop have learned a valuable lesson here. If a prospective employee has something about them that makes you suspect that they may be an utter wankhammer, don't hire them.

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"Brogan BamBrogan"

Christ, some parents can be real evil bastards, can't they?

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Hear hear!

Yet again, the issue is not "fake news" (or whatever ${scapegoat} is this week). It's the fact that the mainstream gobshites don't like the answer and now have to blame the question, or the way it was asked, or who asked it, or who it was asked of, or anything that was said about it or space aliens using mind-control lasers just about anything except themselves really....

More popcorn please.

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Shame really. If they had Chaplain 2.0, they could be part of the Internet of Chaplains and air their problems via Social Chaplaincy.

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Hacker's Mac pwning expedition: 'Help, I've got too many shells!'

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Re: No mention of the earth quakes

Get some perspective.

Yes they had some sort of earthquake thingy but somebody hacked a Mac!!!1111!!!!!

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Shanghai Adups is not affiliated with the Chinese government...

It's allowed to be a business in China. Ok, I know that there is a fine line between "affiliated with" and "has tongue up arse", but....

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Actually, the root cause of the massive cost of Concorde was down a basic fact of the day. Nothing of anything like that size had ever flown supersonic and modelling the stresses associated was an infant science. Thus the thing was seriously overengineered.

The reason for the interminable project overrun[1] is quite simple. The engines require subsonic airflow and the intake throats are throttled depending on demand, speed, air pressure, air temperature and a variety of other factors. A computer capable of deriving the correct settings from that much variable data in realtime that would also fit in an avionics bay[2] didn't become available until rather later than anticipated.

[1] Also a monumental unplanned cost.

[2] Rather than taking up much of the fuselage as can be seen in the test flights, where it was glossed over as "test equipment".

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You are Eeyore and ICMFP.

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Re: Interesting ...

As with all three baggers, it's got one in the tail and two more conventionally mounted.

The two cannot go either side of the fuselage at the rear due to the tailless arrangement, so they're beneath the wings, where Concorde's were.

I suspect that's all the engine position considerations there were....

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Hmm. I think I'll wait for the movie...

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Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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Re: no cure

I blame the EU. They invented this nuDemocracy where you hold a vote and go with the majority view, unless you disagree with it in which case you hold another vote until the proles vote the "right" way.

It's a short step from there to having the twatocracy out on the streets protesting the result of an election....

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Re: On the positive side...

That should be easy to prove. A quick check to see if they really do have their products shoved up their arses should do it.

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Re: FUD

...Don't be a fuckwit, ALL governments are a threat.....

Never mind the tinfoil hat, someone's wearing a tea cosy.

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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Seen it.

Every time this sort of thing happens I think that the person sending the mail is probably a bit of an idiot.

Words do not exist to describe the intelligence levels of those who feel it necessary to reply to an obvious cockup.

Every time this happened at work, I'd get the original mail and then hundreds of variations on "Did you mean to send this to me?", all of which seemed to come across as "Baaaaaaaaa".

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

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Perspective.

Then again. if everything posted on farceberk were pro-Trump bullshit, it still wouldn't be enough to counterbalance the tsunami of "OMFG! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE IF TRUMP GETS IN!!!111!!!!!" hysteria from every celebutard on the entire planet.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Re: Shouting at clouds

Aha! There's the solution.

Retrain the sharks to go for the Selfie takers instead.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Re: You put your Mac kit on that?

I agree it looks dodgy, but it would seem It Just Works.

Who could have seen that coming?

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: Moving from XP to Win7

Easily said with hindsight. At the time there was a monumental amount of FUD being shouted on the subject, quite a lot of it around here.

Too many gobshite MS haters around...

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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Missed it......again.

Yes it is, like Brexit, a protest vote. The problem is that, if the <bien pensant</I> soft-left luvvies want to know what's being protested against, they really need to look in the mirror.

It's the "We know what's best, you should vote how we tell you to vote because it's the right choice because we say it is" types who the hate is for. The big problem here is that these idiots just can't understand....because they're right....obviously. The reason that they can't understand why people voted the way they did is that, in fact, they just don't understand people, even if they like to think that everyone is just like them. The fact is that, actually, most people have far more in common with bankers and industry captains that with, say, Michael Moore.

I reckon that it's pretty much the whole press and all the "right-on" types saying how horrific Trump would be that gave him the win.

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Hackers cook god-mode remote exploits against Edge, VMware in world-first

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The hacking teams should be expected to succeed.

Which says more about code security than everything ever written by security experts...

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What do you give a bear that wants to fork SSL? Whatever it wants!

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Since BearSSL has to be small, Pornin has decided to ignore malloc() and dynamic allocation entirely:

Well, I suppose that's one reason. The other would be that a large number of well-known vulns are down to developer fuckups with dynamic memory handling.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Oh noes!

But this is teh Internets! Everyone is supposed to do all the work to keep it running for free!

Next week: Uber pay for their drivers by forcing them to have their cars wrapped in garish adverts. Drivers ordered not to take any fares wearing sunglasses.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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Re: Tossing water at electric fire

...of the sealed type

Well, there's your problem. The completely sealed units are not serviceable[1] and must be replaced when their time is up. I suspect that the previous outsourcers neglected to supply the purchase dates and inspection history of each unit to the new mob, forcing them to replace the lot.

[1] Although they still have to be inspected annually. Presumably this is to keep someone in a job whose sole ability is being able to recognise a fire extinguisher.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

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"....worried about it tipping over in an earthquake,"

Which is just typical of the 'elf 'n savdee fetishists. Sounds sensible until you realise that, if you were in a major earthquake, your telly falling over isn't going to even make your list of things to be concerned about.

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Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

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Makes me wonder what it is that the citizens of Melbourne look at on their phones that makes it even possible to overlook 30 rhinos on skateboards coming their way.

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Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

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Let me fix that.

"....Internet-of-Things gadgets and other embedded devices remain vulnerable – and many will be difficult to patchwill never get patched."

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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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Re: Except...

Except that it isn't a good question as the original comment did specify that a prerequisite would be that people didn't use DNS for load-balancing.

People are using something for something for which it wasn't designed to do and have found out that it's not really suitable for it? Who Could Possibly Have Seen That Coming?

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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WRONG!

The updated Mini is not a mini as it completely misses the whole point of the original mini, which was to get the most space in the smallest package. The BMW version is a vaguely mini shaped Ford Escort.

Same goes for the "new beetle". It's not a beetle, it's a Polo in drag.

FIAT got it right with the 500, even down to including a twin-cylinder engine option.

If you want to see what Alec Issigonis would have produced, were he still around to design the updated mini, have a look at the Daihatsu Cuore VI. And to see what it would have looked like as a mini, what Daihatsu did with it to make the Trevis...

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Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

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Well whoop-de-do.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the Acronis backup scheduler continues to be the monumentally unreliable piece of shit it's been since they broke it good 'n proper in the first 2xxx version[1].

A halfway decent company[2] would concentrate on fixing that before piling on yet more unnecessary cruft.

I used to recommend Acronis, but not any more.

[1] It was always iffy, but that was when they removed the capability to work around it(!)

[2] They used to be great, but not now. The shark was truly jumped when they pulled all the status and logging in favour of email updates.......somehow forgetting that not everybody has their own email server...

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

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"....big names including GitHub, Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, AirBnb ...."

Was anything affected that I might actually give a flying fuck about it disappearing for a while?

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Probe boffins: Two balls deep in Uranus's ring

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Hardly surprising that in published pictures Uranus is pixillated.

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