* Posts by Christoph

1995 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

Legal eagles accuse Labour of data law breach over party purge

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They have form for this

It's not the first time they've completely changed their tune when the plebs don't vote for what the Party has decided is best for them.

Labour: "We want a Mayor of London as an Independent Voice for London!"

Red Ken: "There is no way I'm agreeing to your idiotic plan to privatise the tubes."

Labour: "Right, you're out of the Labour Party. The last thing we'll let you be as Mayor of London is an Independent Voice for London."

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Spanking Spam King: Sanford Wallace faces jail for Facebook flood

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Give him equal time

Give him prison time equal to the time he has cost people.

If it takes, say, five seconds to open, recognise, and zap one of his emails, jail him for those five seconds.

Five seconds for each and every spam email he has sent, for each and every single one of the millions of recipients.

He might just get out before the sun expands to a red giant.

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Was the dolphin circumcised?

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: If DARPA is interested

Or a Bolo

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Incoming shitstorm in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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I'm sure non-US companies will be just delighted to have to give Microsoft (and NSA) full details of all their new hardware before they are allowed to sell it to work with Windows machines.

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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

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"It's probably in Central Europe"

Transylvania perhaps? Maybe Google's latest experimental project went wrong and the lightning didn't get piped to the hidden lab concealed in the data centre.

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Captain, dark energy sensor readings show dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way

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Re: Pah!

So name it 'Pluto', and everyone will insist that it must be called a galaxy.

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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

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Re: One solution ..

Mr Globally Unique? Doesn't that get him teased at school?

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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Alert

Possible major security problems

Please note: This has NOT yet been confirmed.

A Traffic Analysis of Windows 10

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Dejah Thoris!

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

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Theobromine is an essential nutrient!

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Crack open a capsule of Chlorine Trifluoride inside the drive.

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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"In order to register someone as dead a form detailing the cause of mortality needs to be filled out by a doctor within 24 hours of that person's final breath."

Err - so what happens if the deadline(!) gets missed? Do they become bureaucratically immortal?

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Happy birthday! Rosetta starts second year around comet

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"since the comet will be at its warmest, it will also be at its most active."

It will heat up at its fastest at that point, but it will still keep absorbing heat and getting more active for some time to come. In the same way as Summer is after the summer solstice - it's a while before it reaches maximum temperature and starts cooling off..

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Researchers look sideways to crack SIM card AES-128 encryption

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Re: Physical access == rooted

US immigration officials can already take your electronic devices away for examination. They can easily install specialised equipment and clone every phone that comes through.

But not phones owned by US citizens of course.

Honest.

Trust Me!

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Hey, FBI. Wanna track someone by cellphone? Get a proper warrant, says US appeals court

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Re: There are two cases here

Yes, that particular case does look like probable cause (though I'm not a lawyer!), particularly as they only asked for records during specific time slots when other similar crimes were being committed, not for general tracking at all times. That does seem quite reasonable.

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Indian DEITY lifts national pr0n ban

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So now they can look at deity pictures again?

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Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

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Re: unembuggered by light pollution.

I looked up into the London sky and saw a star through all the light pollution. A few of us checked a few astronomy references to try and identify it, and we're reasonably confident that it was Sol.

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Sysadmin jailed for a decade after slurping US military docs

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"military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, in order to achieve "US national security objectives"."

Gosh, I wonder why they don't like the Americans?

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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It would only be surprising if this had not happened. And Microsoft must have known this when they set up their upgrade system and sent out all those registration messages.

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Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

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Re: "...a way to use this technology while the vehicle was moving,..."

"Overhead wires & pantographs!"

Precisely. London had "fully-electric double-deckers" in the 1950s.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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You must do this voluntarily.

That didn't work, so we'll bring in a law that you must do it.

That didn't work, so we will bring in a law that you must use filters.

That didn't work, so we will bring in a law that you must use the government approved filter list.

That didn't work, but we will still expand the filter list to anything we don't like - unions, protest groups, and other terrorists.

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Re: Safer places for children

Government run Children's Homes

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US to rethink hacker tool export rules after mass freakout in security land

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Don't worry, they will amend it so that security companies can still use these tools.

Only registered, regulated, licensed security companies of course.

Part of the regulation being that their tools will not detect any malware containing the string "© NSA".

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Your voter-trolling autodialer is illegal: The cringey moment the FCC spanks a congresscritter

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"Of course, claiming they don't need to abide by the Telephone Preference Scheme opt-out as they aren't selling anything,"

My answer tends to be along the lines of:

So you know full well that I have stated that I do not want these calls, and you have decided on my behalf that I want you to use this get-out to call me anyway.

Do you seriously expect me to vote for someone who does that?

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Any Kuiper belt object big enough to be round is a planet!

OK, how many planets are there in the Solar System?

Err, we don't know. We have a very vague guess at lots and lots.

OK, how many planets do we know about?

Err, we're not sure. Some of them are just blobs of light. We don't know how big they are. Or how massive they are. So we don't know whether they are big enough to be round. And anyway some of them might look big but actually be two or three separate small bodies orbiting each other.

OK, what sequence are they in, counting outwards from the Sun?

Err, we have a rough idea, but we're not sure of some of the orbits, and the orbits are so angled that the distances overlap.

But we do have a list of definite possibles we can put in school textbooks?

Err, no, because the list keeps changing as we get better observations.

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We need a word to describe the eight inner planets - the four rocky planets and the four gas giants. The things we usually think of as planets. Now we could invent a new word for those, and use 'Planets' for those plus Ceres plus the Kuiper belt plus anything else we haven't found yet. But that would mean persuading the public to use that new word. Ain't going to happen.

So call those eight 'planets', and use a new term for all the rest. Anything else just isn't going to work.

So do we include Pluto? Even though there are almost certainly many K-belt objects that are larger and more massive?

It just doesn't make sense. It needs a much better justification than some US States made a law about it, or lots of people saying "I want it to be a planet, and I'm going to hold my breath until you change your mind, so there!"

It seems to be pure sentimentality. So are schoolchildren in a few hundred years time going to ask "Why is Pluto a planet when all the other similar objects in this Solar System and other Solar Systems are not?" and be told "Well some people in the 21st Century screamed about it, so we messed up the whole classification system just to shut them up."?

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Moneybags Bloomberg whips out checkbook to gobble spoof website

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Is wunch.bank still available?

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: Who's laughing now???

"Official fraud figures show losses attributable to contactless fraud are less than 1p per £100, a very small percentage of the overall figure."

If the banks behave the same way as they usually do, they won't just refuse to acknowledge fraud is possible, they will have their defrauded customers arrested.

So it's hardly surprising that their official fraud figures are low.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: A bankrupt country's tax payer's money well spent?

"Don't the US Government have anything better to spend their tax payer's very hard earned cash on?"

Back to the trees!

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Cyber poltergeist threat discovered in Internet of Stuff hubs

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Re: "But you can still be a Hotpoint."

They're Dyson with death there.

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"the testing was done using an old 2012 version of their firmware."

Then they should immediately supply the researchers with an up-to-date, fully patched version of their latest product so that the fix can be checked.

"Any audit would only be meaningful if performed on a secured controller (users & account info/ unit settings/Secure Vera: enabled"

And is that the default configuration as supplied to naive, non-technical users? If it isn't then the above statement is pure refined bullshit.

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Facebook fails to block NY DA's fat warrants for profiles of suspected September 11 fraudsters

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"suppress any evidence they revealed"

That might be very much too late. Way back when anon.penet.fi was about the only anonymous remailer for posting to Usenet, someone posted some information which the Scientologists claimed as copyright. They got a search warrant for the real name of the poster to be revealed. Except the warrant actually was for the entire database of users.That would have revealed to the Co$ things like the actual names and emails of posters to a sexual abuse recovery newsgroup.

Very fortunately the operator managed to persuade the police to only take the single entry. The possible consequences if he hadn't don't bear thinking about.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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"Robot surgeons kill 144 patients

"there were 144 deaths during robot-assisted surgery

The second statement does not imply the first. If someone dies during surgery that may be because the surgeon is unable to save them, not because the surgeon made an error. Hopefully that's the reason for the great majority of deaths during surgery.

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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"It’s unthinkable for any business, especially one that runs on discretion and trust, to betray its customers’ confidentiality,"

ROFL!

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: Scotland?

Or Swindon. How would they cope with the Magic Roundabout?

Or a Dorset Juggernaut.

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Whitehall maps out Blighty's driverless future

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Re: I still want to know...

Plus things like badly laid out roadworks. I once saw a massive jam caused by badly placed temporary traffic lights. I stopped at the red (at the correct place as marked), and then realised that I was blocking traffic in the other direction and had too much traffic behind me to back up. The queue from that went back at least a mile. Lots of other roadworks need careful thought to negotiate properly. And even if the car can read the signs, sometimes those are wrong.

These cars are going to have at least some failure modes where they get confused. And once those become widely known, people will set them up deliberately - for 'fun', or for carjacking.

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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"I think if Instagram had responded in time all this could have been avoided."

Or if Instagram had realised that people generally do not have unique names, and had bothered to check before assuming that someone with the same name as a celebrity must automatically be a fraud.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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"Before every flight I always email the entire company saying that if anyone can think of any reason to hold off then to call or email me immediately, whether their manager agrees or not," Musk said.

NASA let management structure be more important than engineering. That's how they lost Challenger - the managers overrode the engineers. Then they didn't fix it properly and let it happen again - that's how they lost Columbia.

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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And if that doesn't work, try 'shibboleet'

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Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

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Of course not. They just have a law passed making it retrospectively legal for them to do it.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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The obvious main problem is older and non-standard systems which can run the release version of W10 but will later suddenly become unusable due to an update. There's already plenty of old systems (some XP!) which have deliberately not been updated so that old software and hardware will still run.

But there's another problem when most people can't refuse updates. They will be forced to take anti-piracy updates which disable important functions because the copyright agencies demanded it. And updates which disable security and encryption because the NSA demanded it.

So you won't be allowed to fully access your system, but the NSA will.

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India reveals plan to fix poverty by doing ANYTHING-as-a-service

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"a new generation of workers with the skills India needs"

Or a least a piece of paper saying they have the skills. The Beeb had an article recently saying that there is massive amounts of cheating on exams.

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Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

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Re: Vulcanism

It would have had to have been kicked out extremely recently, or it would have picked up some obvious cratering. But it would then have had to settle into a stable orbit, with all other traces of the kicking also vanishing. Considering the time it needs to do even one orbit, I don't think it's anywhere near possible - the time to settle into the orbit is longer than the time to pick up obvious cratering.

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Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

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Why could they possibly want to store meal choices, unless it is being used as a proxy for religion?

Presumably they know they will be deluged in a shitstorm if they come straight out and admit they want to record everybody's religion and politics, so they are getting as close to it as they can.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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If you don't like Firefox bloat, use Pale Moon.

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Mighty CHASMS, craters FOUND ON MOON of Pluto

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If it's a perfect monochromatic sphere, that's really interesting.

(And possibly means "That's no moon!")

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Re: Ion-engine

What will you use for power? Dawn's ion engine is powered by solar arrays. That's not going to work at Pluto!

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Re: Need another mission...

It would be much easier (but still very difficult) to orbit Uranus or Neptune. You could even use aerobraking.

About the only way to stop a probe at Pluto would be to use lithobraking, which tends to limit the amount of returned data.

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PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

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Whale

Have they spotted the bowl of petunias yet?

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