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* Posts by John H Woods

1378 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Ruined it ...

Matt, you actually made sense in your previous post and presented a cogent argument. In this post you have reverted back to ad-hominems against everyone with whom you disagree. In contrast, there is some pretty decent conservative / (sometimes quite far) right-of-centre writing on El Reg, what with Tim, Andrew and Lewis, and they generally present a coherent view with which one who holds a differing perspective can engage -- and even in some cases be persuaded.

You are of course right that this is conjecture. However, your statement that this conjecture is "based on the paranoid dribblings of Internet wannabees" (whatever they are), along with your terms "Sheeple fantasies", "A$$nut" and "Snowjob", adds very little to your argument - I would say it detracts from it.

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Low-ball Salary Offers

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"We're offering £250/day"

"No problem, do you want me to work mornings or would you prefer afternoons?"

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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+form addressing is a very good tip, and I came here to say that too.

However, an awful lot of web forms regard '+' as an illegal character. Thank goodness for 10 minute mail.

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You've got two weeks to beat off Cryptolocker, GameoverZeus nasties

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Re: "encryption"

"compression followed by XORing with a 32 bit secret which is sent in plaintext by the server"

Wow, that is truly weird, after all the apparent effort in setting up botnets and C&C servers. So I'm guessing you would only need one unencrypted copy of any of the encrypted files, use a few different compression algorithms on it, and you'd soon have the key, even if they'd sent it securely.

I'd have paid up or given up, as I'd have been expecting to crack AES256 or something of that ilk.

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Clicking links ...

Now, I'm probably going to risk downvotes here but ... I firmly believe you should be able to click a link without worrying. Otherwise what is the point of QR codes? URL shorteners? The reason why clicking some links causes problems is because there are still far too many vulnerabilities in browsers.

I should be able to point a pdf reader, graphics program, word processor or *browser* at any input whatsoever in perfect safety. The fact that I cannot tells me that software writers have been pissing away their time tweaking the interfaces and adding nice-to-have features rather than addressing the real purpose of these programs.

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'Failure is not an option... Never give up.' Not in Silicon Valley, mate

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"Not a great article ...

... or comparative analysis. Maybe the author was on a deadline. Maybe it was a side effect of something fun." -- Don Jefe

As is often the case with El Reg, the real insight sometimes has to wait until the comments, not the least your own. I shall bear the words of your mentor in mind when I come accross 'militarized' corporate-speak, as I have always found it quite jarring.

What fascinates me is what determines when a company can change tack, and do it successfully - I guess I'm thinking of cases like Nokia moving into mobile telecomms (and, it seems, your own company) - and when it results in a fatal split of focus. Even when a split is avoided the new direction may still end up with the company sliding into irrelevance and eventual failure. Is it mainly the foresight of those steering the organisation, or is it their luck?

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Re: The real story

I've said it before, but ...

Ethnic Origin: "African"

Margin comment: "Aren't we all?"

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Re: HHHMMMNNN...

IMHO, the book is great, but this particular advice is not always right --- sometimes choosing someone on first impressions is the right thing to do: a receptionist, a salesperson, and a complaint handler, for instance, will pretty much be rated by all your customers on first impressions too.

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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"The problem is that technology is advancing far quicker than the laws governing it. Partly because of the speed of the developments, partly because of the slowness of bureaucracy but mostly I suspect because vested interests are far closer to the ears of our elected so-called representatives than the the electorate is."

The irony is that advancing technology like this is probably one of the few areas in which lawmakers need to be moderately active, as laws governing well established concepts like theft, assault and homicide have largely reached steady state. Yet they prefer to waste their time with endless tweaking -- or berating us about what we eat, drink or inhale.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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SMS Mobile phone for the hearing impaired.

Buy mobile phone; permanently divert all voice calls to answering service; switch answering service into 'holiday mode' (i.e. doesn't take messages) and change message to "thanks for calling me, but please send me a text instead".

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Re: The females in the house have this request:

"self lowering toilet seat"

How about a device which detects when some barbarian is going to cover your entire bathroom with a fine mist of urine and reads them this message: "Do you think you're outdoors, seriously? Why are you lifting the seat, do you think it's ok to piss on the rim of the porcelain? If you're confident you won't, you won't need to lift the seat, will you?"

Honestly, if you think it's ok to piss standing up when you are in someone else's house, just try it in your own, turn off the lights, and go in there with a blacklight. Still feel happy about it? Toilet seats lift so you can clean them; that's all.

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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In the UK ...

... democracy is a privilege afforded only to those who do not live in 'safe seat' constituencies.

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New XSS vuln hits eBay as rubbish passw0rds persist

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Re: Is it just me...

Indeed - the very first thing you learn when you start to understand cryptographic techniques is that you will never* be good enough to roll your own.

*obviously there's always a slim chance that you are a maths genius in their twenties, and maybe you will have a contribution to make in a decade or two

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: Back to the Future?

^^ this is the paragraph that should have appeared at the front of the article :-) Thanks.

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IANA starts handing out recovered IPv4 addresses

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old but good...

xkcd:195

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Re: You too can copywrite like a wanker...

POTW

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

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Just tried to change mine ...

... page not available due to high traffic (presumably of people changing their passwords)

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Re: "eBay has reset everyone's passwords as a precaution"

me too. Is this an ebay.com vs ebay.co.uk difference?

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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Rouge DBA...

... I'm just loving that image

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

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Re: A warning, not an incentive

This is my new stock response; many thanks.

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US giant NBC 'leaks' PRIVATE Amazon keys in Github Glenn gaffe

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Umm (2)

"... some poor project or IT guy just sent all of the keys to NBC’s servers to the wrong guy in one mistyped username"

Err, no. Those keys should never have been uploaded, unencrypted, in the first place, even if you know who all your GitHub users are; the mistake is a LOT bigger than mistyping a username.

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

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Re: I'm guessing whomever came up with this....

I agree. However, although I'm more a sort of open source guy than corporate by choice (though I have to be the opposite professionally) I feel compelled to point out that change-for-changes-sake is not purely corporate, otherwise we wouldn't have had the Gnome / Unity fiasco.

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'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

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Yes ...

Poor Hannah Foster, for example ...

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Acer pair charged with insider trading for '$72k pre-results stock dump'

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Unless I missed something ...

... it looks even worse to me - by dumping $72,300 of stock just before it 'dived' 6.8%, they saved themselves less than $5000.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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Joke

Was it ...

... 65536 ft?

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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The problem:

"Worst of all, there is no standard, reputable way of evaluating the contribution each employee makes in the long term."

Only true if the employee's manager has no understanding of what is going on. This is such a common scenario that we almost take it for granted, but it doesn't have to be that way.

My first IT consultancy boss had it right - interview in the pub to determine whether candidate was good team material; take the CV on trust; be absolutely ruthless about insisting on success in trial period (that's when you realize if the CV is true); ongoing monitoring to determine who needs intervention (and of what kind) to keep them on or push them off.

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Please tell me this is in W. Mids. If so, please tell me your postcode!

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Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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Timesplitters again ...

... and a vote for the innovative split/re-join on some of the Lego titles. But I've always thought that two player co-op is much more satisfying than playing 1 to 1 adversarial.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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I for one ...

... would welcome Indian driving in the UK. They already drive on the left, don't they?

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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I love IT ...

... and I hate working in it. Reason: much of the decision making, whether buying, selling or managing, is done by people who hate IT.

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All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

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I've got two ...

... and it was slightly weird finding out one is XYY whilst looking down a microscope in one's undergraduate Genetics class ...

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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Re: Belfie?

A bum-selfie. Don't Google it at work unless you have images switched off or work in an open-minded establishment.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Re: Waterproof kindle?

I find a resealable freezer bag perfect for waterproofing the nook when walking in the rain with the dogs. Resistive screen works fine through the polythene.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Enter the metric pole?

I've always thought there should be a metric ounce and pound

1 oz = 25g

20 oz = 500g = 1lb

Unlike g and kg, which are useful for nought but salt and potatoes respectively, at least the imperial units were the right sort of magnitude for cooking.

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

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Re: And double the fees for anything ...

It is not as easy as you think to identify "useful" degrees

Proved by the fact that many people always pick "media degrees" as useless without looking at either how much those graduates can earn (useful to student); how big the UK media sector is (useful to UK) or how hard it is to offshore that kind of work (UK media graduates therefore useful to UK Business).

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

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The routing isn't so much forced as very strongly suggested, at least in all IKEA stores I have been in, in the UK and in Europe. Next time you go, when you get to the top of the stairs, try turning the opposite way to the main flow of people; you will find yourself in the restaurant almost immediately. There are similarly a set of shortcuts downstairs - look for doors that appear a bit official and fire door like but do not have any labels saying 'staff only'.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Re: Chorded typing!

A microwriter style chorder, that fitted in a partly closed fist, with bluetooth and a single led would be perfect for matching with a smartphone or tablet.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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oops

oops, indiscrEET. Apologies, missed edit window.

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You are currently the high bidder on ...

... 1x indiscrete immature daughter. Item location Florida. Buyer collects, preferably using unmarked van with blacked out windows. Your current bid is $75,000. The reserve has not yet been met.

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50,000 women knocked up by big data, wearable tech, crowds and cloud

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Re: 50,000 Ovia users have gotten pregnant!

Surprised they're not making more noise about 36% of persons shown in that piccie.

Ok, who's the 4th one?

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Re: But seriously folks ..

How can you ban a number ?

A DVD of child porn is also a number, albeit with a few billion digits.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Truly awful ...

... if I were an artist I'd have gone for installation art - a sculpture of an iPhone, iPad and early Mac all with working screens displaying iconic footage (e.g. that famous turtleneck picture, the macbook air reveal, etc.)

I'm not a massive fruit fan, but I can only assume the artist hates Apple.

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Re: Inspired by the classics

Thanks @EddieD. Now I know what a Herma is, and what apotropaic magic is. I'm sure I learn more from El Reg (usually commentards) than from any other forum.

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HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

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Re: Judging from what I hear from teens and twenties these days...

You'd be suprised. My kids (15 & 17) routinely spot minor typos on posters when we are out and about. In fact, I had the gotofail code open in an editor the other day and the eldest (whose closest brush with coding is having just started doing a bit of scripting in game mods) glanced over my shoulder in passing and asked if I'd made a mistake by writing 'goto fail' twice!

This is from a teenager whose ambition is to be a firefighter: I'm sure a large dose of FPS must be increasing their observational skills!

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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Re: More devices with geo-location?

Why would anyone with more than a few working brain cells would want this?

If I'm meeting up with my kids, for instance, its useful for us all to know where everybody is in real time: try meeting people in a post concert crowd, for instance.

I've used device GPS to find out where I left my phone several times, including once where I'd lost it in a field - might be useful for devices other than phones. I'm often curious as to the precise route I took somewhere, even if I wasn't using navigation at the time.

So much for convential GPS, but what about this? Wel, how about a low power consumption tracker embedded in valuable items? These could tell investigators, when recovered, where the objects have been. As such devices would be passive until then, they would be harder for the villains to detect and remove or disable.

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Re: WiFi modem geolocation

to totally turn wifi off you have to disable the location features

Can be important, because if you are using wifi to assist geolocation, but drive around somewhere where there is "open" wifi - where you can connect without a password but then need to perform a landing page logon in order to get internet access, you can get problems - your phone may drop your mobile data connection to connect to a wifi network from which it can get no information.

I discovered this driving round a university town with my GPS app failing everytime I got near a campus; eventually I realised what was happening, and told my phone to ignore open wifi.

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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

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Next --

Make the robot play with nunchucks, like "Bruce Lee" in this video

* fake footage created for a Nokia advert, but moderately impressive

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