* Posts by Thought About IT

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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

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'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said ...

If terrorism is the threat of action "designed to influence the government...", why haven't they locked up all the lobbyists, instead of gutting the unions and forcing new contracts on junior doctors?

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PayPal proffers patch for OAuth app hack hole

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No holding back PayPal when responding to security issues

One of these days they'll update their mail servers to use TLS 1.2 ...

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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Re: Brave New UK

I think you'll find that the Victorians were far from innocent with respect to pornography: The Victorian era’s kinky side

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Re: I wonder...

You could probably get away with it, if you gave it rounded corners.

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Mozilla plots TLS 1.3 future for Firefox

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PCI Requirements

It's all very well rushing ahead with new protocols, but it only encourages the payment card industry to insist they are implemented while major players can drag their feet. For instance, Apple only implemented TLS1.2 in their mail client a couple of months ago, while PayPal still haven't implemented it in some of their mail servers, but it's been a requirement to pass a PCI scan for well over a year.

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Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'

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Re: If they really were concerned...

After reading this article I thought that if Microsoft were really concerned, they'd have flagged up the link to climate change. However, before sounding off, I thought I'd better follow the link to Microsoft's statement and found this right at the top of it:

"The world is experiencing the very real effects of climate change, including extreme weather, droughts, air quality problems and the warming of our oceans."

So, it's The Register which doesn't want to acknowledge the connection.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Re: MS: Something new?

I think Visual Studio is Microsoft's own work, and I can't knock it as an IDE.

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Microsoft seem absolutely determined to destroy any sense of loyalty people may have for their products. Without warning, Skype stopped working on the Lumia phones which MS abandoned to Windows 8.1. If they think this will encourage users to upgrade to another Lumia phone, they don't realist that loyalty cuts both ways. They got some excellent hardware when they bought Nokia, and a very useful product when they bought Skype, but it seems to be in their nature to slash and burn their way to ultimate failure.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Unusual dog

What's a "family service dog".

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Australian geoboffin discovers 3.7 billion year old fossils after ice melts

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Alarmist scam

Far be it for me to suggest that the climate's changing, but something must have caused that ice to melt after all this time. I suppose increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is too obvious ...

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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TTIP to the rescue?

Liam Fox was hugely enthusiastic about removing restrictions on trade with the US, before he was sacked from his last cabinet role, so I expect he'll welcome TTIP with open arms and rush it through with all its nasty clauses intact. Neoliberals never like to let a crisis go without using it to ratchet up their control, as Naomi Klein observed in The Shock Doctrine.

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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This is what I call intrusive

A lot of people I know are now using WhatsApp instead of Skype, so I checked how intrusive it is:

Permissions

Use your microphone

Use devices that support Near Field Communication (NFC) services

Use your location

Use your webcam

Use your device’s voice over IP (VoIP) services

Use your maps

Use an anonymous Microsoft account

Use information about your device

Use your device network services

Use your phone

Use any of your Windows Phone sensors

Access your browser

Use your rear- or front-facing camera

Use your contacts

Use the appointments in your calendar

Use your music

Use the photos in your media library

Use the media items that are currently playing

Access your Internet connection and act as a server.

Use data stored on an external storage device

Use your video library

NSA/GCHQ, eat your heart out!

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Same old, same old from the Telegraph

The Telegraph's been waging a war against the license fee for years and this is just another tactic. They're almost acting as agents for Murdoch, who has an obvious reason to defund the BBC, but I think it's just part of this right wing ideology which demands that any successful publicly owned institution be sold off to their mates.

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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Re: What I want to know is

Probably the same guy who "fixed" the problem with the Surface 4, whereby closing the lid resulted in random shutdowns and resultant loss of work, by treating it as a hibernate, rather than sleep request, regardless of how that option is configured. You'd think they'd be able to get in house hardware working with in house software!

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US watchdog lobs balls of red tape at spy-in-the-sky drones

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The least they could do

A 55 lb drone travelling at 100 mph could do fatal damage to an aircraft, so it's vital that they are restricted to different airspace. Because they don't appear to move relative to each other, it's hard enough spotting a light aircraft on a collision course, never mind a small drone, so these regulations are the least the FAA could do. I think that eventually they will be obliged to carry transponders which broadcast their location, so that they can avoid each other, as well as alerting other aircraft. Two 55 lb drones which collided with each other could make a nasty dent in anything they hit on the ground.

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RIP ROP: Intel's cunning plot to kill stack-hopping exploits at CPU level

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Re: Thanks for the article

"Climate change is real, dude."

Not sure those running The Register agree with you.

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Re: Thanks for the article

Indeed. It's the sort of article The Register should stick to, rather than those pushing its climate change agenda.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Oh dear. (Meanwhile ...)

With inteligence comes the realisation that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing:

More Carbon Dioxide is not necessarily good for plants

Meanwhile ...

Fundamental changes in seawater chemistry are occurring throughout the world's oceans as they absorb the excess CO2 which we are emitting, leading to a process known as acidification. This is not a good thing!

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Re: Oh dear. (Meanwhile ...)

"The authors of the report are annoyed at the sensational headlines it has cause."

Citation, please.

Meanwhile ...

New work, published in Nature Climate Change, considers the impact of emitting 5tn tonnes of carbon emissions. This is the lower-end estimate of burning all fossil fuels currently known about, though not including future finds or those made available by new extraction technologies.

"These models simulate, in response to 5 EgC of CO2 emissions, global mean warming of 6.4–9.5 °C, mean Arctic warming of 14.7–19.5 °C, and mean regional precipitation increases by more than a factor of four. These results indicate that the unregulated exploitation of the fossil fuel resource could ultimately result in considerably more profound climate changes than previously suggested."

Still happy about continuing to burn fossil fuels?

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The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare

"Coral bleaches when the water it’s in is too warm for too long. The coral polyps gets stressed and spit out the algae that live in inside them. Without the colourful algae, the coral flesh becomes transparent, revealing the stark white skeleton beneath."

"When the coral dies, the entire ecosystem around it transforms. Fish that feed on the coral, use it as shelter, or nibble on the algae that grows among it die or move away. The bigger fish that feed on those fish disappear too. But the cascading effects don’t stop there. Birds that eat fish lose their energy source, and island plants that thrive on bird droppings can be depleted. And, of course, people who rely on reefs for food, income or shelter from waves – some half a billion people worldwide – lose their vital resource."

When will the penny drop that we simply can't keep burning fossil fuels, whatever the inconvenience to us or the implications for ExxonMobil et al?

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Norway might insist on zero-emission vehicles by 2025

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Re: Political deals...but if they do

You omitted "just like fossil fuels" from your list of subsidised power sources, but for some reason tax breaks and not paying for the pollution they cause doesn't count.

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

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Re: Woe, woe and thrice woe!

Adding the Wail's sidebar of shame to Yahoo News would be one way of increasing its page hits, but a sad reflection on human nature.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Who's paying the piper?

In an area of France which I regularly visit, the sodium street lamps in towns and villages have been replaced with LEDs, and this in a country where most electricity is generated by nuclear power stations. Contrast that with the UK, where all subsidies for energy saving have been cut, while fracking is heavily promoted. It's hard not to make the obvious connection.

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Israeli biz fingered as the FBI's iPhone cracker

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Big Brother

At last, some good news about Windows phones

Unless I missed it, Windows Phones didn't appear in the lists of crackable phones on that Cellebrite video. Too good to be true?

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: Entirely predictable...

Indeed, Edward Snowden said weeks ago that the NSA didn't need any help from Apple.

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Look out, Windows Phone 8 users – yes, both of you – here's ... Windows 10 Mobile

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Phew!

It's the complete opposite of cold comfort that my 925 is not on the list.

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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The keyboard is pretty hopeless for editing text, with the Home/End/Page Up/Down keys sharing function keys F8 - F11, so you're frequently having to toggle or combine with the Fn key, and there's only one Ctrl key.

The clever hinge doesn't allow the screen to be pushed back far enough, so when it's sitting on your lap, the top of the screen is much closer than the bottom, which doesn't help those with presbyopia.

The Edge's scroll bar is very thin, on its high definition display, and contantly disappearing, so drag scrolling is a challenge.

The Surface mouse "scroll wheel" makes an electronic click whenever you touch it, which gets very irritating, and it's all too easy to touch it accidentally, causing whatever you were looking at to scroll out of view.

It's fast and the screen is high quality but, on reflection, I wish I'd bought another ThinkPad.

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Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

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Re: Write to your MP!

I got what read as a handout from the Ministry of Truth from my MP.

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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

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Some 8.1 Apps have started misbehaving

I don't know if it's because of underlying changes due to Windows 10, but the very good Barclays online banking app no longer allows money transfers between accounts and the Guardian app won't even start. I hope this isn't the start of an upgrade push, because everything I read about Windows 10 on the phone makes me want to stick with 8.1.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: Sounds like marketing speak BS to me

"Show me the numbers or GTFO!"

Citing evidence, to those who are in a state of denial about the need for such technology (which this site seems to attract in droves), is a complete waste of time. The mountain of evidence proving that our greenhouse gas emissions are changing the climate in a bad way is a case in point.

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Google Project Zero reverse-engineers Windows path hacks for better security

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Re: win32? in 2016? really???

"How stupid do you have to be to be using win32 crap in 2016 when 64bit is where everyone is at?"

How stupid is it to sound off about something you don't understand?

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California methane well leak filled a Rose Bowl a day

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Head in sand

Good job there's no such thing as a greenhouse gas in El Reg land, because you wouldn't want stadiums full of one that's up to 100 times more greenhousey than CO2, released into the atmosphere.

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

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Re: False premise leads to false results

"The 97% figure is one of the things that makes me think 'hmmm'", that must be a conspiracy!

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Re: A suggestion for those worried about all that extra time, fuel, CO2, ...

That's a bit of a generalisation, as it often takes 20 minutes at Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam to taxi from the terminal to the runway.

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Re: False premise leads to false results

"It's not a conspiracy, it's skepticism. It's looking at the data provided and finding it lacking."

When over 97% of those qualified to study the evidence find it compelling, only a conspiracy theory explains your so-called scepticism.

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Re: False premise leads to false results

"Boffins" can predict all they like, but no evidence will change the mind of those who are convinced AGW is a conspiracy. Some "boffins" even calculated that, given the number of scientists involved, such a conspiracy would fall apart after 3.5 years at most, but conspiracy theorists are immune to evidence.

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TalkTalk admits losing £60m and 101,000 customers after THAT hack

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Funny way to say sorry

According to an article in the Guardian, TalkTalk offered its 4 million customers a free mobile sim worth £5 a month to say sorry, and then charged for it!

Only TalkTalk could charge for saying ‘sorry’.

Having said that, my Internet connection is with TalkTalk Business, and I have no complaints about them.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: it is deficiencies in the tax laws

The other problem with it being a deficiency in the tax laws is that google has spent more than this tax payment lobbying for taxation and laws that are favourable to it. These mega corporations own the politicians.

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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@ Preston Munchensonton

"You should try taking your rose-colored glasses off. No one can say that climate science isn't really now climate politics."

Are you really ignorant of the deliberate plan to politicise climate science by propagandists funded by the fossil fuel industries? They reasoned that all they needed to do to maintain their profitability was to delay action to cut greenhouse gas emissions by making it politically impossible. As is all too evident, they've been very successful.

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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That assumes politicians even seek out expert evidence. Owen Paterson, for example, reputedly refused to read any document from his advisers containing the words "climate change" or "global warming", when he was Environment Secretary. Cameron is perhaps the exception on that subject, in that he listened to advice on what he needed to say to get elected, resulting in the ironic slogans "vote blue, go green" and the "greenest government ever"! Mind you, his idea of an expert adviser is a spin doctor.

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

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Re: Gosh, a voice of reason speaking to our government!

The power that mass surveillance gives to the spooks and select members of the government makes it highly unlikely that they will take any notice of any evidence of its ineffectiveness against terrorists.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Re: Loose?

Should of, shirley.

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Re: Page and Worstall "moved on" in the Autumn, right?

Getting rid of Page was something El Reg had to do, if it was to retain any credibility. He was using it to push his ideological agenda about climate change, which was ludicrously anti-science and completely undermined every other science or technology based article which was published here.

As part of your New Year's resolution, I hope you give that issue a wide berth.

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Upset Microsoft stashes hard drive encryption keys in OneDrive cloud?

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Re: How dare you...

... not credit The Intercept for this article.

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Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016

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Re: For about one in fifty ?

I much prefer the user interface on my Lumia 925 with 8.1 to the Androids and iPhones which preceded it. Sure, there aren't many apps for it, but the ones I need are there. However, I'll be just as pleased if MS never get around to forcing Windows 10 on it, as that messes up the UI.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Re: Can't find it?

I've just disabled it on the same Windows 10 version as you. I had previously turned off all spying options so am not at all happy that MS is using their update service to override my preferences.

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

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Re: Optimism! Reg commenters wise up ...

If Lewis Page has gone, as mentioned in a comment above, perhaps his agenda went with him. After all, it was undermining everything else The Register does.

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Boffin

Re: Remind me why cold is good and warm is bad?

"No. A denier is a measure of the fineness of certain fabrics"

It may surprise you to read this, but some words in the English language have more than one meaning!

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Re: Remind me why cold is good and warm is bad?

"If our choice is things warming up and some low-level land getting flooded" - Valerion

It isn't. Our choice is drastically cutting CO2 emissions, which the fossil fuel industries are strenuously lobbying to prevent, or changing the climate from the relatively benign one during which human society has evolved, to one of extremes of weather and sea level rises which we won't be able to control control.

"Also need to say that "deniers" and "believers" are not scientific words, so I don't know why they get used in scientific debate."

A denier is someone who denies something despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It doesn't have to be scientific evidence, but clearly is in the case of AGW deniers such as yourself.

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Re: Cool the Core

"Most of the CO2 put into the atmosphere is natural, from volcanoes which are mostly under the ocean, so the green campaigners do not see them."

Why did you make that up?

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