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* Posts by Christoph

1682 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

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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Prez Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a double 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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UK banks hook themselves up to real-time cop data feed

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I trust that they have tried to make sure that data only flows one way on these links?

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Have the US government explained how they would react if, say, Andorra decided it could enforce an order to grab data from a server in the USA?

Hang on, make that Grand Fenwick.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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The country which has just decided to trash the planet's climate is doing a lot more damage to a lot more people than any terrorist could.

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: One factor left out - The System

"Anyone know of a political party with differing ideologies these days?"

The nearest to it is the Greens. They're a long way from perfect, but they are trying. And they definitely want to get away from the current system while we still have a planet we can live on!

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Margin of error

The accusations of misconduct are already being prepared for challenging a Yes vote. Claims of violent actions by campaigners and suppression of No speeches.

These claims have been specifically denied by the Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation.

As for the result being too close to call, Craig Murray has an interesting take on that.

The No campaign seems to be entirely FUD, without any actual positives. And Craig has a really interesting comment on that, from a Pole who saw the same reaction to Solidarity.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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So what happens when the Attorney General orders him to reveal who has access to the information, and the NSA have ordered him not to reveal that they have a tap implanted to grab every bit of data that enters the system?

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

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Did anyone seriously believe that the US were not doing things like this?

If they have the technical capability then they will do it. Questions of law or morality are simply ignored. Anything that they can grab they will grab.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Even worse if they'd taken the explosives out

Suppose they'd removed the explosives, then later gave her the bag.

Then a long time later the security people somewhere else swab the bag for explosives residue and get a positive.

How is she going to explain that? People have been convicted on the basis of microscopic amounts of explosive.

Same problem with that one a few years back where the French planted explosive in a passenger's suitcase and then lost it. Even they didn't know whose the case was. And apparently that's a common tactic. How many people are carrying suitcases with detectable explosive residues and no possible way to explain them?

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Re: Harassment

The BBC are so totally incompetent that they cannot seem to grasp the idea that there are many people in this country who do not have a television set and do not want a television set. I know several other people who do not have one.

They have been harassing me for years, even to threatening to "come back with a warrant" - which would involve them perjuring themselves to the magistrates to get that warrant.

I do not want their product. Why should I have to put up with their arrogant, ignorant, incompetent salesmen continually harassing me to try to get me to buy their product? They make spammers look good!

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CloudMask dons cape and sets foot on the mean streets of Blighty

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Sometimes you need administrative access

"only the owner of the data maintains control of decryption keys and decides who should get access to data"

What happens if that owner drops dead, or resigns, or gets fired?

What happens when an employee squirrels away as much data as he possibly can, locked to only himself? There's lots of people, especially empire-building middle managers, who would have that reaction. It's going to be tricky and expensive to fire them without losing all the data.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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We need a country with a highly educated population and a healthy economy, that doesn't want anything to do with the Thatcherite rubbish that all the big three parties spout.

And in a couple of weeks time we may have one. Just not in England.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: iCloud security is the real story here

Or they each took their phone in for repair/service, and the staff there carefully checked all image files.

Because obviously they have to do that in case they discover child porn that they need to report.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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DVLA ?

The DVLA is hardly the best example to use.

Yes, it is very efficient and competent. Today. But that's after many years of improving the system and getting the bugs out and the procedures straight.

When it first started up it was commonly known as the "Swansea Joke Factory".

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

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Remove head from rectum before issuing non-discretionary orders on technical matters you know nothing about.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: Why?

"Substitute (insert religious/ political belief) fanatic with a bag of semtex/cylinder of nerve gas/lethal bio agent."

The overwhelming majority aren't doing that just to be evil and nasty. They're doing it because we keep bombing them. Invading them. Killing them. Robbing them. Destroying their countries and their culture. Imposing puppet dictators. All in the name of defending Democracy (and making a nice profit while doing so).

Maybe if we stopped killing them they wouldn't be so keen to kill us?

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Re: Why?

They have this dream of being able to press a button and kill anyone they have taken a dislike to, with zero risk to their own people. An ultimate military fantasy where nobody can challenge them in any way without being eliminated on the spot.

And yet they still also fantasise about being the world's greatest democracy.

If they did have such a weapon it would of course rot away their remaining morality, ethics, and credibility.

It would also mean that the only way to respond to them (other than the total abject surrender of the rest of the human race) would be 'terrorist' attacks - the very thing it's supposed to defend against.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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So you can play various tricks with these - does that include being able to switch the headlight direction over when you are in in a country where they drive on the right?

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Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state

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Remember that this is the country where someone can have you declared dead and can then inherit your property, even if you are standing there objecting.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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You should only watch nice, safe, authorised, approved videos.

Like videos of innocent people being massacred wholesale by people on our side. That's perfectly OK.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

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The only problem with Universal Credit is hiding its true intent until it's too late.

The eventual target is to shut down all benefit payments and leave everyone who has committed the crime of being sick, disabled, unemployed, or just paid too little to survive, to starve and die.

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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If they hit it fairly soon and break it up, the pieces will have a long time to spread out - all that will hit the Earth are one or two ordinary meteors.

What puzzles me is how it got created in the first place. If it was already spinning rapidly, any impacting material would have bounced off. Probably knocking other bits free at the same time. So how did the various bits of rubble assemble into the asteroid? Unless it assembled first and then got spun up later (there's some odd effects that can do this)?

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ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water

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That works fine in a tank of still water. But they seem to generate the wave patterns by moving a block in the water. What happens when they try to collect oil in the open sea? They have to somehow allow for the existing waves when moving their generator. Not impossible but very tricky, especially sensing just what those waves are doing in time to modify their generator's movements.

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Samsung sticks with CHILD labor shame fab: Zero-tolerance means 30% less trade

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"long hours, inadequate pay and punitive systems that discipline workers by docking their pay or stopping them from taking breaks. "

Who do they think they are, Amazon?

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GCHQ names the Hogwarts for Hackers

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So if you pass one of these courses and don't go to work for them or for someone they approve of, they will keep a permanent eye on you to see just what you wanted that course for.

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Grabby baddie scours Paddy Power's towers: 650k punters leaked and it took 4 years to admit it

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"security question and answer pairs."

"no ... customer passwords were compromised ... and customers’ accounts are not at risk as a result."

Oh good. They can't log in with stolen passwords. The most they will be able to do is to use the security questions to change the password, and then log in with the new password. No problem at all then.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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Re: Oh, yeah?

Here is the proof. The fact that you are reading this.

Current technology, especially electronics, depends critically on quantum mechanics being correct.

Not just hand-wavingly 'about right', but exactly and precisely correct to many places of decimals.

If the weird and non-intuitive properties of quantum mechanics were merely 'mystical mumbo-jumbo' then my computer would not work to read your message and write this reply. Your computer would not work to read my reply. The web server would not work. The Internet that connects them all would not work.

Quantum mechanics is by far the most accurate description of how the Universe works that we have ever produced. Nothing else even comes close.

Yes, it's weird. Yes, it's non-intuitive. Yes, nobody can really understand it. But the Universe doesn't care whether we understand it or not. It just goes on working that way.

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Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over

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Joke

Any Doc Smith fan will know they should never have appointed one of the Eich.

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LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

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Re: Zero-g brewing?

Actually that's by Bill Sutton, though Duane may well have sung it.

Come and see Bill and Brenda at Loncon 3 next month!

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Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

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Re: Solid boosters?

Probably called a "half-circular excursion arc"?

Followed by "Lithobraking"

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Solid boosters?

Using solid rocket boosters on the Shuttle was a really bad compromise to save money. And now they are going to do it again - to save money. One of the reasons the private companies can do better is that they don't have a huge legacy of obsolete hardware that they have to re-use.

Solid rockets on a man-rated vehicle is a terrible idea. Once they are lit there is no way to control or abort them, they will keep going until they burn out.

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

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"expand liability beyond carriers to ensure that entities like Universities and even search engines can be held liable for users' activities."

So why are they stopping there?

What about the teachers and parents who didn't teach those users to avoid infringing copyright? Surely they can be sued?

What about the electricity companies that supply the energy to run their computers? They are obviously guilty.

The supermarkets that keep them fed while they infringe copyright?

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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I don't see the problem

Copyright law is perfectly simple and straightforward.

Rule 1: If you are rich you can sue poor people who copy your intellectual property for ludicrously large amounts, and bankrupt them with lawyers' fees.

Rule 2: If you are poor, rich people can rip off your intellectual property at whim without asking you or telling you, and definitely without paying you.

Rule 3: There is no Rule 3.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Re: Most Recent?

Yes. "You aren't using Social Fixer."

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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Seven fingers?

There's an Inigo Montoya here to see you.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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So nice to hear the USA roundly condemning people who shoot down unarmed civilian airliners.

Would have been even nicer if they'd done the same for Iran Air Flight 655 - or even admitted liability.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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I can see a major problem with claiming that an identity parade provides evidence.

They get a photo of someone committing a crime. They plug that into an enormous database of pictures. They come up with someone who by pure chance looks very similar to the criminal.

Then they put that person on an identity parade and ask "Is there anyone here who looks like the criminal?"

Well yes, of course there is! That's why the computer picked them out!

Given a big enough database there is very often going to be somebody somewhere who is a very close match. An identity parade should not be considered to be additional evidence.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: A note for the blokes here

Asking you to think about what happens, about what those women feel like when subjected to that behaviour, is a slur?

Only a few men do that, but a hell of a lot ignore it when they see it happen, or laugh about it.

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A note for the blokes here

A note for the (mostly) male audience on El Reg:

Now you know how a woman feels when trying to tell a persistent idiot that No means No.

And no, she isn't going to explain her reasons so that he can argue about them with her.

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Use a small ISP

If you have the option (which I gather the USA hasn't?) use one of the many small ISPs.

They are helpful, knowledgeable and responsive.

When I've emailed my ISP (Merula) with problems, I've had helpful, responsive, friendly emails, often from the company boss (he sometimes emails after midnight!). When I emailed to cancel one service they simply went ahead and did it. No quibble whatever.

Same with my web provider (ICUK). They respond to problems. They fix them. They are helpful and friendly.

There's lots of other small providers. Use them! Or see them taken over by the big boys and reduced to the same "service" level.

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Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

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Same as in the USA - they refuse to release the source code for voting machines.

Meanwhile in Las Vegas if you want to run an electronic fruit machine you MUST make the source code available.

So it's perfectly OK to fiddle elections, but no way do they let you fiddle money.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit (To boldly go)

But after all that work, it might turn out to be:

Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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"The mined materials would then be considered private property under US laws"

And exactly how do US laws apply in space?

Especially when they are so emphatic that US laws do NOT apply outside the US in places such as Guantanamo Bay.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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The original White Horse (which Arthur called the White Hart) is long gone, but the SF meetings that were held there are still happening.

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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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Re: WtF

I wonder what Microsoft will be doing with all the log files that track the activities of innocent third parties trying (and failing) to look up legitimate domains?

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