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* Posts by Christoph

1726 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

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Oh great

So if someone is standing in a jam-packed commuter train, they can answer their phone just by waving their arms about in sweeping gestures?

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

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Re: Bait and Switch

ROFL!

You mean that if all the powers revert to our current government, they will not make all decisions on the basis of the interests of businesses rather than the interests of citizens?

What is the value of pi in your universe?

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Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

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Re: Actually....

That does assume that the rights holders have anything to do with it. It's possible that some of the smaller ones don't know about it, it's being done 'on their behalf'.

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Sony Pictures in IT lock-down after alleged hacker hosing

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"Determine what will you do till November the 24th"

A German hacking group perhaps? Most Germans use 'until' when they mean 'by'.

I wonder if they got into Sony using Sony's own root kit that someone still had installed?

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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All these terrible things will happen!!!!!

What a list of all the terrible things that will happen if you don't give them even more power to snoop on everything we do.

Most of these will not be affected in any measurable way by the extra powers.

The one thing that we do know for certain is that they will misuse the powers. Because they always, always do. Every single time any inside information on their operations becomes public, it is found that they have massively misused their powers.

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All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing

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"Realistically, poo buses are not going to be a significant factor in the transport of the future."

Well, every little helps. There's no need to poo-poo the idea.

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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But will it work for climbing the Cliffs of Insanity?

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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

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The root password is 'Fiat Lux'

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HDS: Storage? Pah! We're working on a SMART CITY OPERATING SYSTEM

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What could possibly go wrong?

All the important bits of a city all linked together, using the same systems all written by the same company.

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Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work

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Please add all of your company's internal data so we can sell it to our advertisers.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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An excellent idea

"UK prime minister David Cameron has called for “extremist material” to be taken offline by governments"

Absolutely! Get the Daily Mail offline right now!

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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What else can they seize?

If the USA decides it can arbitrarily seize the property of another sovereign state, will it then decide that this includes the ability to seize the territory of that state?

(Permanently as its own property, rather than temporarily by invasion and occupation or by subversion and installation of a puppet dictatorship.)

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Re: Bizarre in many ways

The UK should obviously be able to seize all the USA's domain names as compensation for the USA direct support of the IRA.

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Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

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Not much point

The entire raw data of the last census was handed over to the NSA. We don't have much privacy left for them to violate.

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

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How long before Amazon decide that since they now own the word 'book' they can sue anyone else who tries to use it?

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

We'll soon have all you bloody ornithologists banned!

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Genocide?

"helping terrorists to co-ordinate genocide"

He's gone completely barking mad. No terrorist anywhere has even begun to approach anything that could be called 'Genocide'.

He himself is a far bigger threat to this country than any terrorist has ever been.

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

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There's loads of ultra-fast connectivity to Cheltenham - it's just not available to consumers.

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

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Visa's reassuring response would be a lot more reassuring if the banks didn't do it every single time a security flaw ir reported, until they are eventually forced to admit that there really is a problem.

They have been known to have their customers jailed for fraud rather than admit they have a problem.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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"would be comfortable with a better and more sustainable relationship between the [intelligence] agencies and the tech companies"

"Bend Over"

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Re: Those that sow the wind, reap the whirlwind

ISIS is the result of endless invasions and interventions by the West over the years. Even the existence and layout of the countries in that area was created by the Western Powers after the First World War. They were deliberately set up to be unworkable, for the advantage of the West.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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There must be someone, somewhere, who is surprised by this. Probably in the remoter parts of New Guinea.

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Spooky GHOST LIGHT reveals DEAD GALAXIES torn apart over 6 BEEELLION years

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That's a bit of a sod for any civilisations on planets of those stars. It's a long way to the next-door neighbour.

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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Re: Saw this on Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle's novel, Footfall

Jordin Kare told me years back that the laser launch system is practicable given enough funding, and he's done a lot of research on it.

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

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Why did they need to use a spyware tool and a full fake website just to get his IP address? That address is recorded by normal website logging, it's trivial to get hold of it. All that was needed was attractive looking link text, as soon as he clicked they've got the address. No actual full website needed, and certainly no spyware.

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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What about the next step?

Now they need to investigate what happens when they do the distillation up there as well.

Of course they will have to use a centrifugal still.

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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A scientifically accurate Black Hole? That sucks.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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If humans and Neanderthals were around in the same place at the same time, and were mutually fertile, surely the onus of proof should be on those making the unlikely claim that they didn't interbreed!

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Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill

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The size of the comet doesn't matter - the various spacecraft ducked out of the way of any miscellaneous rocks and junk surrounding it. Not only could they be any size, but pretty well anything hitting at that speed is contraindicated for spacecraft health.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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You missed out the bit where he offered to sell everyone a bridge.

"we strain sinews to locate hostages imprisoned in dark and dangerous places"

Has he tried searching on "Guantanamo Bay"?

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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This kind of error is extremely easy to make with a single slip, and for inexperienced people it is excusable.

If, that is, you are living in the early 1990s when e-mail first became popular and nobody really knew what they were doing. It is NOT excusable from a large firm 20 years later.

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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" Show me your search history and within five minutes I'll find something embarrassing or incriminating. Guaranteed."

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." -- Cardinal Richelieu

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Re: Support this

Help for research is a minor side effect at most. This is about making money for big business and advertisers, plus the idea that our personal information is the governments to do what it likes with - and it likes doing as much as possible with it to keep us controlled.

Guess what, there will be exceptions to make sure that government ministers' visits to the VD clinic won't get included.

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

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This is already broken

Well known methods for making copies of fingerprints already exist and have been shown capable of fooling the sensors.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Encrypted phones? That's nothing

Does he realise that it is still possible in the USA to buy a house that does not have a telescreen fitted in every room? Something must be done to protect the children!

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Have they got it working?

If they have not got it actually working and producing excess power (or something very close to that) then they cannot know whether it will ever work. So all their fancy predictions of when it will be available are nonsense.

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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More proof of terrorist attacks! The Police must have greater powers to control these incidents!

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Knives out for new EU rules forcing govts to reveal hacker attacks

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"According to the commission, 93 percent of large corporations experienced a cyber attack in 2012."

What do they class as a cyber attack? If it's something like "someone tested our web site for a few obvious security holes but didn't get anywhere" then it must be 100% who got attacked.

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South Korea faces $1bn bill after hackers raid national ID database

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They should ask Nu Blu Labour's advice. They'll tell them that there's an easy fix for all their problems - a National ID Card!

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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"I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. "

I believe that it's insane to suggest anything else.

Mind you, theoretically the bosses should be paid by the amount of work they actually do compared to the amount the employees do. And that's not likely to happen any time soon!

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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Re: So the child abductor phones whom ... his counselor?

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

-- Hermann Goering

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ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta eyes up 67P's vital statistics

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Rock?

A comet isn't a rock - that would be an asteroid.

It's reckoned to be a 'dirty snowball' - mostly ices with maybe lumps of rock scattered through it.

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Why sue Google rather than the sites posting the pictures?

Because Google have a lot of money and can be found easily.

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LulzSec supersnitch led attacks on UK, Australia – report

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Re: So...

No, no - it's an act of war if somebody else does it to the US. If the US does it, it's vital to the national defence.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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"right down to embedded devices such as life-support systems."

Is that something that El Reg interpolated, or were Microsoft actually insane enough to suggest that and beg for an endless stream of jokes about it?

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Payment security vastly improved when you DON'T ENTER your BANK DETAILS

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Can I be the first to say ...

It's just a token gesture

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Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT

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Yes, my understanding is that most social media sites start off invite-only simply because they don't yet have the necessary kit to handle an influx of many thousands of users. The invite system lets them easily control the rate of growth to match their current capacity.

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

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Window Pane - because it's a pain

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Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a vodka and censorship on the rocks

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"that breaches Russian election regulations"

People forbidden to speak freely about elections? Horrors - who do they think they are, the UK?

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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There is a world outside America. The people there do not want the American authorities to be able to read all their personal information at whim. Even if the FBI throw a screaming temper tantrum about it.

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