* Posts by Mephistro

1537 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Swedish old timer pulls airsoft gun on broadband salesman

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I'd shoot you too!

(body)

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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@ Charles 9

"someone who could be a person's identical twin down to voice, speech, and motion mannerisms can pass for you on a given night?"

It all depends on how tight are the tolerances for the biometric measurements. My bet is that said tolerances won't be tight at all, due to things like ambient noise, variable light levels & light colour, hairdos and dyes, glasses and sunshades, ...

If that's the case, probably any chap superficially resembling you and able to modulate his voice to more or less sound like yours may be able to unlock your phone.

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Galileo satnav fleet waxes orbital

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Re: In that final picture

Going on a leg here, but my guess is that they're either blue or UV floodlights. It probably helps them to detect leaks or biological contamination.

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China caught astroturfing social networks

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Will they carry out a similar study ...

... on Western democracies? ***shudder***

I mean, the Chinese didn't invent this shit, did they?

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Home Office U-turns on surveillance camera review muddle

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"...assist in ensuring that we fully understand the intention behind the recommendations you made in your review."

Wut??? Did this Penning guy even read the report before sending his first letter?

And the two paragraphs in the yellow box in the article, they're the most convoluted and complex way of saying ·"Yeah, I screwed it, sorry." that I've ever read!.

Well, the guy is some kind of politician cub, isn't he?

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The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

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Nice article!

It was both funny and informative. I have used several of Borland's products - Turbo Pascal and Turbo C++ - and found them excellent.

On the other hand, some parts of the article reminded me of this! ;-)

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous (@ J Bourne)

"The UK runs down 0.002% of it's population under the age of 19"

No. The UK runs down 0.0027% of its TOTAL population.

"The USA shoots 0.0008% of it's population under the age of 19."

Let's see... Estimated deaths of children and teens by gunfire in the USA: 2600.[/] Number of Children and teen in the USA = 83 millions.[=] 0.0031%

Your figures are fucked up!

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Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous

Totally agreed.

And for those who think that weapons in the hands of citizens help curb crime: Number of Firearms stolen in burglaries every year in the US = ~250,000.

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Flash zero day phished phoolish Microsoft Office users

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I see it more as people wising up -a little bit- on online security, at long last.

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

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Not exactly...

Android at least has several competing appstores. For now. ;-)

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

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Re: You think english is full of opportunities? (@ Voland's right hand)

"Our history is a fairy tale, sprinkled with a few decorations of truth"

That sounds more or less like History as depicted by Hollywood!

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Sloppy security in IoT putting 'life and limb' at risk, guru warns

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Re: I welcome our new IoT overlords...

That was insightful!. I could try that when MS stops forcefully pushing the Windows 10 'update'.

;-)

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How about...

Q4: Does it use an Open Source, strong encryption system when communicating with other modules in the system or with the outside world?

Q5: For how long will the manufacturer keep sending security updates to the device?

Q6: Has the manufacturer signed a written statement promising not to remove any features of the device?

Q7: If some services or features depend on external servers controlled by the manufacturer, for how long will they keep said servers running?

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Congress calls for change to NSA spying law

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Grassley (...) insisted that "the Intelligence Community have the tools to keep us safe."

No. The "Intelligence Community" is doing a power grab and laying the foundations of a police state, and it hasn't stopped any terror attacks to date. As an example, NSA methods have already permeated the FBI and local police forces.

If you think that you're safer living in a police state, please think again.

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Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

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Re: Policia lengua?

In Spanish, it's usual to turn some nouns into verbs by adding the "-ar" or "-ear" endings to the noun, just as they do in English with the "-ing" suffix. It's quite common with tech related nouns borrowed from English.

Regarding its use by the police, I guess they're doing the right thing, following the general use. On the other hand, the RAE* guys probably would like to flog the police mouthpiece and then pour salt in his wounds. :-)

RAE= Real Academia Española.

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Malware scan stalled misconfigured med software, mid-procedure

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Re: Reseller and IT dept

You mean, like earning tons of cash and playing golf?

;-)

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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"Japan's obscenity laws which prohibit the depiction of reproductive parts."

The Japanese authorities must have missed this one!

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: wow super creepy presenter

Or it's just some poor Spacex employee with stage fright!

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Think of the chickens!

Nuff said.

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Verizon worker strike now in its third week

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Re: @Mephistro

Actually there is a link in the article: http://district1.cwa-union.org/news/entry/verizon_regional_bargaining_report_53#.VykLGJMrIU0

It seems quite detailed.

Disclaimer: I posted my comment before reading the link. :-)

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"Workers wouldn't go on strike for three weeks without damn good reasons, so Verizon's "great offer" is probably an utter crap.

(© 2016 by Captain Obvious)

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Samsung tightens smart home kit security after curious bods prod apps

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"The potential vulnerabilities disclosed in the report are primarily dependent on two scenarios – the installation of a malicious SmartApp or the failure of third party developers to follow SmartThings guidelines on how to keep their code secure"

Yep, app stores have shown exactly how easy is to keep malicious apps outside!

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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I read the subheading before reading the article's title...

"Shrinking brains, faltering fertility and cloudy sight"

... and I thought the article was discussing the effects of moonshine vodka.

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

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Sage?

Nope! Kill it with fire!

Note: This comment inspired by former experiences with them and their -for lack of a better name- Support Service in my country. YMMV, of course.

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US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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"...a shortfall in qualified computer science graduates...

... willing to work for a pittance."

FTFY!

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

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This Theresa...

... sounds like a third of the DSM or so. A decade or two threading baskets while heavily doped in a quiet and discreet 'retirement facility' would do her lots of good. It would be even better for the rest of mankind.

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: What a criminal waste of helium(@ AC)

These things will be deployed in emergency situations, to provide connectivity to victims of natural disasters*. A few hundred cubic meters of Helium every year won't make any real difference, and in this kind of situation costs are not always the highest priority.

*Note: The most cynical part of me reckons Google may have another uses for this technology, e.g. mass eavesdropping, ground troops connectivity, ... . But even if that were the case -and I'm not saying that it is-, the 'pros' would outnumber the 'cons'.

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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"Of those emails, 355 were “returned as undeliverable'..."

Are they totally sure it wasn't the anti-spam filters blocking the delivery?

;-)

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Clinton's $1m troll fight

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Re: Why is Billary not in jail yet?

"...will only encourage extermists and sociopaths into politics..."

That boat sailed many decades ago, in the US and everywhere.

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Re: The NRC-Handelsblad newspaper writes (2016-04-21, page 3)

"According to the police he must have known that most of his clients were criminals who paid him with money originating from crime."

Are the Dutch cops going after luxury car vendors as well? ;-)

On a more serious note, the police's legal arguments here seems -to put it mildly- extremely flimsy. Another case of state sponsored legal harassment. Sigh...

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Small error in the quote

Should be:

"The police seem to have proof that criminals misused this network/business, therefore they did they used that fact as an excuse to shut down the whole thing and slurp also the data from the honest customers.."

Here, fixed!

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: Surely the AFA prevents companies...

"So Android contains a lot of derived code then?"

See icon.

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Re: Surely the AFA prevents companies...

1- Create and sponsor an open source project (e.g. Chromium).

2- Attract volunteer talent and hundred of thousands of free man/hours.

3- Fork a commercial version (Chrome)

4- Attain monopoly of the market

5- Smother OSS version with technical trickery and abusive contracts with the mobe makers.

6- Profit!

7- Profit!

...

n- Profit!

n+1- End of the World!. ^_^

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Re: Ubuntu Phone (@ AC)

The way I read it, the problem comes with the combination of a quasi-monopoly in the mobile market OS plus another one in the apps market, the fact that these two monopolies overlap almost totally, and the ways G is trying to use these two monopolies for gain.

Google is trying to reinforce the synergies between both monopolies with less-than-terribly-etyhical (or downright illegal) strategies; e.g. GMS, MADA & AFA.

Regarding your example, any mobe maker that dares to pre-install or even give as an option an Ubuntu Phone OS could face severe retaliation from Google.

In the long term, monopolies and oligopolies are really dangerous. In this case, I'd go with the heavy-handed approach and give Google a good reason for not being evil! ;-)

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

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Re: And the information is... (@ Alister)

Nice link and nice idea!. Wish we had something similar in my country!

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Re: @ AndrewDu

Yeah, that's why volunteer work would be needed for this. Drones could be used to watch the premises(legally or otherwise;-). Total number of animals could be deduced from the daily production. ...

And if a volunteer/drone takes pictures of the area at 11AM and sees the chicken are separated from that big yard by a double electrified fence, then the 'free-rangeness' rating of the brand can be conveniently adjusted.

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@ AndrewDu

Volunteers and NGOs gathering this data would be a good start. Land Registries and similar entities hold most of the data needed, plus volunteers' work inspecting and taking pictures of the premises -probably from the outside- would be enough for this app to work, for now.

The real stumbling block will come when 'interested parties' and PR outfits start trying to game the system for their benefit, with 'false reviews' and similar crap. Sigh...

Disclaimer: I'm not Australian, and I don't know if Australian Land Registries allow for this, but I think they can't be too different to other Registries around the world. I might be catastrophically wrong, though. ;-)

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Free range politicians for sale!!!

I'd rather cut the middlemen -chickens, in this case- and go straight for an app to evaluate whether politicians are too 'free ranging' (;-), as the article suggests. This is potentially game changing!

Kudos to Mr. Weiley for the idea and the app, and thanks to Mark and Elreg for bringing this to our attention.

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House passes broadband bill despite promise of White House veto

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(@ AC)

"I see you are under the delusion..."

I reckon most people here are under the delusion that both parties should elect an independent nominee without any ties with Democrats or Republicans, to stop this impasse.

And I agree it's probably a delusion, as most of such candidates left or were removed from the judiciary in an early stage of their careers, and the Establishment would rather leave the things as they are now, instead of freeing such a dangerous beast among their flock.

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Re: Oh, GOP establishment....

***COUGH***sarcasm***COUGH***

;-)

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Re: Oh, GOP establishment....

"...we don't want any more of the establishment idiots."

If your solution is to vote for an idiot outsider, you have my total support!*

* Because I live in a different continent. ;-)

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Big telco proxies go full crazy over cable box plan

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Dear Digital Citizens Alliance:

..."The FCC's set-top box proposal raises serious issues about privacy and data collection of children's viewing habits,..."

Could you please explain to us exactly how the current situation (closed source hardware and software in the set top boxes) helps protect children's -or anybody else's- privacy?

Or how open source products put privacy in danger? It's quite obvious that, in a OSS scenario, it's orders of magnitude more difficult and -dangerous- for telcos and other actors to sneak some dodgy functions in the boxes.

Please, take your time.

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Tweak privacy plan – EU

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Doesn't matter how much lipstick you put on it, ...

... the Privacy Shield is still a pig!

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

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From the article:

"...with each transformation push reinventing and rediscovering the same things."

Now that you mention it, the GDS report has a certain rancid musk. At times it sounds as if they're recycling the reports from earlier cycles, adding some buzzwords, changing the design and colour of the book covers ...

They're probably working under the assumption that anybody who reads one of these reports won't be willing or able to read the next. :-)

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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This might well be true...

... but could someone explain to me what's an opium poppy doing in the tails side? . TY!

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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WUT?

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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"...the good drone-ship Of course I still love you."

Hopefully, Ian Banks is reading this from the orbital he resides in now, and smiling!

On a side note, the innuendo in the ship's name was only obvious to me when I saw the -ahem- erect rocket on the barge!.

"Is that a rocket in your deck or are you happy to see me?"

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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Re: (@ AC)

Related:

Back in '97 a user (another accountant) tried to use transparent plastic binding covers instead of transparency laserjet paper, in a new HP Laserjet 4000 (if my memory doesn't fail me). After several hours removing blobs of molten plastic from the printer's guts -as in your case, without the help of a service manual- I managed to put the printer again in working order. The guy was very thankful and invited me to a few beers.

Some two months after the incident, he did it again! Sigh...

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Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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Amanfrommars?

Is it you?

;-)

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Re: But hey, free sex toys..! ( @ allthecoolshortnamesweretaken)

Thank you for the reference!. I think it's about time to watch that film again. For the 10th time or so.

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