* Posts by MrT

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Cisco offers carriers adware-as-a-service for fun and profit

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Adware-as-a-service...

... Don't let the PrivDog bite you in the AaaS.

Are companies just lining up to see what it feels like to get hit in the face with the backlash from their brand of MiTM-alike stuff??

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Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

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So...

... this is 'A Björn Block Accessory'. In the great way IKEA name this it'll be called something like 'Fältskog'. Or if that's too close, 'Meshuggah'...

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Thousands of UK drivers' details leaked through hole in parking ticket website

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Ah, the same "dedicated to safeguarding <Relevant_Group's> privacy" line, or very similar, that is trotted out whenever a company is found wanting, attempting to douse the flames that have been started by doing the least they could get away with or were prepared to fund. There's another examllle a bit further down the ElReg news feed.

This company is legitimising the dubious practise employed by various of their clients of charging 'fines' that some judges have stated are not lawful. Stand back and let them burn.

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

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Great memories...

...thanks for sharing them. My son is mad-keen on all things NASA (with the keenness and 'just get it done' outlook of a typical 10yr-old) and will enjoy reading this too.

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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Re: What a scary (looking) man.

Gah! Now have "Every breath you take" playing in my head...

"Every breath you take and every move you make

Every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you

Every single day and every word you say

Every game you play, every night you stay, I'll be watching you"

etc...

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Re: "We fully comply with the law"

"Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around my eyes, look into my eyes ... you're under. We have not been doing anything illegal. Whenever you hear the phrase 'we fully comply with the law', even if we don't specify what we mean by 'the law', you are to ignore any misgivings or concerns and accept us as completely trustworthy in every way. Trust us. Trust us. Three, two, one ... you're back in the room."

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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

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Re: ...SSD warranties of up to five years...

20yr-old disks still in use? Well, none, because older servers are retired, connection technology moves on and data is a beast with an insatiable appetite. But that's not my point. There are drives available right now with 10-year warranties, but the author states of effectively unlimited warranties "This is pretty outrageous, given current assumptions and SSD warranties of up to five years."

Personally, I do still have old HDDs and stuff stored on 5.25" floppies from late 80's and very early 90's, then 3.25" disks and 100/250MB Zip disks, including the drives, but that's more down to my hoarding eccentricity than any hope of actually using them again ;-)

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...SSD warranties of up to five years...

...apart from the SanDisk Extreme Pro and Samsung 850 Pro ones up to 10 years. Not 20 years, granted, but if Solidfire have come up with some way of managing array load, based on experience, then why not? Makes a change from OEMs downsizing warranties to the lowest common denominator in the components used.

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There's more than one way to back up your data

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Looking forward to the next installment...

... the latest DfE guidance for schools on cloud storage and the Data Protection Act has just landed on my desk, so it seems a good point to review what we do. Timely as ever, Trevor - nearly up to Dilbert levels of prescience ;-).

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Cillit Bang...

...I was just reading that chapter in Dave Gorman's "Too much information" about an hour ago - classic rant!

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: Shapeways ...

"If you've created STL models for 6 impossible things this morning, why not round it off by sending them for productiom at Shapeways, the 3D Printing Agency at the End of the Universe?"

Sorry, Douglas. And all at Shapeways. It made sense in my mind... ;-)

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Re: Good things come to those who wait...

That's true. I've worked in CLCs where the same idea was used to provide 3D printers, laser cutters and other expensive resources to schools across a wider area. This seems more like an attempt to make productive use of sorts of the transit time (assuming that the printing happens en route). The problems that I can see of truck-based printing (cf agency/office-based) are of limited capacity - relative slowness of production, potentially needing someone in attendance to deal with the parts (not ideal). Or Amazon just resigning to having the truck arrive at one customer, complete the item and then drive off to the next customer location. It seems they would be better served keeping the printers back in a base and using more efficient delivery methods to send the items out.

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3D printers for food...

...also exist, but I've not seen one in a burger van. Maybe Amazon are only concerned with printing on the move...

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Good things come to those who wait...

The picture seems to show a clone army instructing a printer to drop a steaming pile of crap into the back of a truck for speedy delivery to the waiting customer. That Amazon have applied for this to be recognised as an addition to their business model seems appropriate...

Rich Hall — 'Good things come to those who wait, but sh*t pretty much shows up right away, doesn't it?'

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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Re: Deeper problem

There's also the way companies license and rebadge software - how many have the Komodia firewall in use, but labelled as something else? Big players in AV/firewall use switch around behind the scenes (e.g. IIRC ZoneAlarm switched to Kaspersky AV engine and Sonicwall antispam between releases, others buy smaller companies and embed their product). If Komodia is used in various parental control packages, then this issue suddenly flags wider than just Lenovo consumer-level laptops.

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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Re: Define 'drunk'

Ford: "It's rather unpleasantly like being drunk"

Arthur: "What's so unpleasant about being drunk ?"

Ford: "Try asking a glass of water"

Ford and Arthur: "... aaarrrrrgggghhhh ..."

Arthur: "I'll never be cruel to a gin and tonic again"

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Sad

Exactly. I know Hannah Earnshaw and she's none of the narrow-minded throwaway insults I read here. There may have been a few of the Big Brother type of entrant in the early stages, but I dare say most people who actually know any of the last 100 wouldn't be using words like 'moron' to describe them.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Small dogs...

... and cheese sandwiches are hereby banned from being outside the same pub coincidentally. Just to be sure.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Hopefully not many...

...especially now that SpaceX has leased one of the original Atlas launch facilities a bit further along the coast - Launch Complex 13 to become Landing Pad... so, they launch from LC40 or similar and land at LC13.

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

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Re: It's very simple

... rename it 'Marathon'.

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Computers know you better than your friends

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Reductio ad absurdum?

Will "recruiters" therefore soon start using Quizony or Bitecharge to dodge tricky questions? Score 8/10 on "Do you remember who said these 80's TV catchphrases"- okay, so you're not likely to be 20-something, etc. Sounds like this paper was funded by whoever is behind those quizgasmtastic companies, trying to gouge cash ("monetise") from the vast amount of trivia they have already been given...

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Knee, meet Jerk...

...ah, I see you are already acquainted.

Eppur si muove, indeed.

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ROBOT-ON-DRAGON GRABHAND ACTION: SpaceX supply podule arrives at ISS

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Deus ex machina...

...isn't that his ghost hiding in the shadows behind Sam's head...?

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It's LUNACY, you SWINE! Er, what, security? Moonpig DOT GONE

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Water, water, everywhere...

Quoting Judiciary Pag...

"I've heard a lot worse," he said.

He scratched his crotch reflectively.

"Freeeow," he said. He took another sip of water, then held it up to the light and frowned at it. He twisted it round.

"Hey, is there something in this water?" he said.

"Er, no, m'lud," said the Court Usher who had brought it to him, rather nervously.

"Then take it away," snapped Judiciary Pag, "and put something in it. I got an idea."

....

Maybe once the water has been extracted, the solids are sent off to the Hershey 3D printer?

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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Sounds like it's from The Gadget Man...

...Series 3 Episode 7 - a robotised restaurant...

Some of the gadgets are on this page, especially the Foodini 3D food printer, and clips from the show can be seen on the show's homepage here

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HTTPS bent into the next super-cookies by researcher

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Re: So...

There was talk of importing the inbuilt HSTS tables into HHTPS Everywhere from FF and Chrome as rules. The problem is that they both include HSTS as default, so folk are using this already. Clearing the cache/history on exit doesn't clear this tag, but using something like CCleaner might.

Either way, it's a workaround until the problem can be addressed properly...

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So...

...would a solution be to turn off FF or Chrome secure browsing and use something rules-based like the EFF's HTTPS Everywhere ?

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This one shall pass! Not even a flesh wound from ‘Monty Python’ SPACE ROCK

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It's okay...

...it's not coming anywhere near a collision with Earth. Emergency plan 'Arthur's Shield' is not needed at this time and we can stand down the Delta IV Heavy carrying the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. It even had to be hurriedly renamed a Delta III Heavy, in accordance with the modern translations of the Book of Armaments...

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Probably...

... needs a new rewrite of the Galaxy Song then. Does it orbit behind asteroid Green Bush, mostly out of sight? Let's hope it avoids being put on top of other things... etc.

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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Re: But...

... on first glance at the headline I thought this was one of his. On reading the article I realised to get it to Colin's level of hyperactivity it needs more thermite...

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Ground control to 2014: A year in SPAAAAAAAAAACE

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Re: It's still going ...

The one that always springs to my mind in these discussions is Prospero, which could last 100 years in orbit, having just over half of that time left before coming back down. Until it does, it will be a reminder that Britain developed and abandoned its own satellite launch capability, testimony to the great work done, and to the political short-sightedness that so often dogs technical success.

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Fill 'er up: 'Leccy car firm Tesla brings back PUMP SERVICE

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Maybe not light a cig...

...but if they go for 120KW across inductive charging it could warm a Ginsters pasty up while you wait.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: Elf and safety

Currently I teach BTEC I&CT, with optional extra units in hardware and software. Talking to Pearson and other centres, almost nobody is dong the hardware unit, mostly quoting H&S or PAT testing etc, but I figure if the original reclaimed PCs passed their last PAT test before the students strip and rebuild them, then I can cover the rest with our existing Technology Dept stuff. Not lost anyone yet, and it fits nicely alongside the Computing GCSE.

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Fenwicks...

...Alice in Wonderland this year - nice display, and despite working hereabouts for a good few years it wws the first time I'd seen it in person. Although one of my colleagues with me at the time mentioned it looks the same as a couple of years ago. Stands out compared to the tacky displays around it near Eldon Square.

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Re: Happy Christmas memories

My favourite dot-matrix was the Star LC24-10. Even got paid a nice wedge for a review I did for Sinclair QL World. 24-pin compared to 8/9-pin sound-wise was like comparing 5-cyl to v12, but none of them were exactly easy on the ear and more than a few back at the office were in acoustic enclosures. Cracking the ribbon casing and reinking the fabric was a messy job compared to refilling a cartridge, though, but it felt like more of a proper job when done.

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Top of the dial...

...on my cheap portable radio. Mostly I listened to the evening and late night shows, but remember the signal fading in and out all the time... still the best station in the late 70's and early to mid-80's

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Re: Oh dear

Ditto, excet for the Mamod. However, my friend had the Rolls Royce car version, which I think was more an excuse for his dad to have it. Despite it all being high pressure steam and hotness, we both thought the ~30" extension to the steering column was a bit more on the lethal side of things.

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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Re: That's no fat, bearded bearer of gifts....

Oh Lordy, does that mean Krusty Burgh was right after all?

Excuse me, but we're nearing Old Seville on this old train - must dash...

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Triumph/Seiko tie-in...

Solar is needed when kinetic charging is no longer operational...

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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Re: ...This is your brain on El Reg

Does anybody else feel like a fried egg?!

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

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Re: This Audi is causing some amusement in France

Ah, like that popular Toyota 2-seat mid-engined sports car... but at least Toyota could just drop the '2' - what are the options for Audi? 'Tron'? Or back to the full 'Electron'?

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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It's not just the pricing...

... I once dealt with a reseller who told me that Amazon provide the descriptions for all items for sale on the marketplace, so therefore he couldn't correct the product details to delete something that the manufacturer no longer included. Which seems like a cop-out, but it's as well I checked because the I needed the deleted item, so at least I could check the state of play and make arrangements.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: 3 days?

Exactly, but it's well over that here - things started going flaky more than a month ago - but of course the BT service checker says everything is fine. The giveaway is that Google often works, but about half of the links it suggests come up with "you are not connected" errors on iPad, SGS2 and 3, all the laptops etc. on the same line - but then close WiFi on the phones and they all load through EE rapidly and without hassle.

Directly typing a web address in got the same results, but using the actual IP address got through - unless it really is just that intermittent. Facebook will freeze half the time loading images, some of the Angry Birds games like SWII and to a lesser extent Seasons take 30-40secs to start over WiFi only to say it's still not connected (10secs over EE, fully connected), and stuff like the NASA app shows a bunch of empty boxes. Leave it a minute and everything but FB and AB might crawl back to normal. And BT are still trying to push Netflix etc. with a free YouView box - over a network that can't manage to serve up a full web page.

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Don't drop a Clanger...

...but I'd rather it be Mathilda May* from Lifeforce who arrives on the back of this comet.

* other less SFW images do exist... 8-)

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Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight

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Re: Black Box

So much data that this is why they're saying it'll take a year to fully investigate.

There are also three cameras on WhiteKnight and IIRC 6 on SS2, including one looking across from the port tailfin to the rocket motor. Hopefully all the devices on SS2 that record and store in situ can be recovered.

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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

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Sorry, I'm too busy...

...oh, you meant the other bloke...

And I don't mean Tom Tolbert.

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EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

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Re: Yup, random figures...

... today, the My EE app now says 195MB used (compared to 207MB in DroidStats), with 2 days left until the month resets. They now more or less agree, with the benefit slightly to me instead of comparatively hugely to them.

Anyone else suddenly have the My EE app roughly halve the previous day's total in the past day or so?

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Yup, random figures...

...got my "out of data" message 3 days after putting in a brand new EE SIM (previously T-Mobile), but before the number had ported properly so the phone was basically used in emergencies only...

Currently the phone says 202MB used, DroidStats says 201, My EE say 364MB since the month began. Mind you, I note that they say WiFi should be off for accuracy... but it makes no difference. The app is way out, so it seems a good job that I looked at average monthly figures and doubled it to be safe...

It's not all bad news, however: since going from a 3G TM SIM to a 4G EE one the phone has had better signal in more places, and the battery lasts longer. It's only a 3G SGS3 - I went SIM-only because the handsets are fine enough for now.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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It can be purified...

...by brewing. For best effect, that should be carried out in Masham... ;-)

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Windows MfCf...

...in a rush I read that as "Windows MuffCuff".

After thinking a bit more about it, I have no idea what that means, or how I am going to banish it from my mind...

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