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3018 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Tired of arguing with suits? Get ready to argue with engineers!

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Internet of things?

The thought that my fridge and TV may be spying on me or sending spam emails is bad enough, but people putting the blast furnace (or whatever) on the Internet gives me a serious case of the heebie-jeebies.

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Samsung: Ta-da! We made $7.8bn. What do you mean you expected another BILLION?

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Re: Wall Street's tealeaf readers' pronouncements fail to happen

Straw man, I never mentioned communism.

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Re: Wall Street's tealeaf readers' pronouncements fail to happen

And there is everything that is wrong with the world economy. Burning fast, burning hard and burning out.

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Used all your mobile data? Why not buy your mate's excess bits?

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"Never mind your wife, what's in it for China Mobile?"

Marketing and PR. Possible legislation dodge too? "Hey Mr. Politburo, no need for laws; look how *fair* we a being!"

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Wrong Downside

"Now, if you don't have children who need protecting against online smut"

Here's a concept. As the parent that's YOUR JOB. Either you are willing to do your job, or just don't breed.

It's not beyond people to install a net nanny etc. Kids that will be traumatised by on-line smut are too young to gave their own mobile and shouldn't be using the Internet without supervision.

There's a lot more than just smut to worry about, news sites can be hard even for an adult.

Just because Britain's parents want to shirk the responsibilities is no excuse. Not knowing how is no excuse (learn or pay someone, just like you'd hire a plumber).

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It was only ever about censorship

The "Protect the childrens from paedos" line was ust to get an emotional response and shut down dissent (as any dissent could be construed as supporting padephillia). Now the die is cast the glove can come off and the Tories and get censorship installed, which Labour will then increase and accelerate.

Thing is, his grand scheme won't work simply because it can't work. He will cause BILLIONS to be wasted on this futile task, while the schools and hospitals get sold off to pay for it all and the nation crumbles at his feet.

His censorship will be routed around and turn those of who believ in freedom of speech and thought into criminals.

Screw Mr. Cameron. Screw his Etonian-old boy clique. Screw the Tories. And screw Labour, their lick-spittle imitators. Where is the alternative party in the UK?

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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

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"Pimlico"? Bloody mobile phone autocorrect. Just take the entry you bastarding thing and no, don't add it to the dictionary.

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"none pay tax or duty either".

Well neither do banks, supermarkets, coffe shops, cyber-tat bazaars, newspapers, or the rich. And this Pimlico is worried about a few fags before the nation's health?

Self-centered assmunch.

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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

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"We are up to well over 900 known holes in the kernel alone."

Excellent! Hopefully the goog guys can use this info to mitigate attacks. Where's the public list of NTOSKRNL exploits?

Oh, I see, only the bad guys have that.

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Re: Most folk are not El Reg readers

"we are talking about embedded devices here and manufacturers at the moment seem more interested in recording what channel our TV is playing to " improve our experience" than good security practices."

And that's what a firewall is for. The TV can still send its snoop report, but it is not public facing.

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How?

Surely this requires access to a public site? Surely any public site is in a DMZ and heavily firewalled from the local network?

People shouldn't run their routers with remote admin available (unless they know what they are doing). People should also disable UPnP on the router's firewall to prevent remote access.

As this is all either default/most-basic-of-basics, how is this worm any threat?

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Re: OSs?

Umm, even their first point is wrong. Linux is just the kernel. It's quite possible to have many different OSs that share the same kernel.

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: DMZ and firewalled to hell

Isolated/DMZ/Firewalled/Locked-down/Whatever.

Sorry - didn't really get much sleep last night.

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DMZ and firewalled to hell

Any device which I did not install, I do not have the ability to fully configure and for which I do not have access to the source; will find itself off on a DMZ and behind a very strict firewall (if it is even permitted to connect).

I cite LG as one reason why.

When the system if fully under my control - OK, I might find that advantageous. When it is under the control of a third party - screw that.

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HIDDEN SHRINE from 500 BC found, may crack Buddha's birthday riddle

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Re: interesting enough story but....

Did you check the category it was under?

Even though your eyes are open, you may often fail to see.

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We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

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So what you are saying is...

...these ransomeware dealers have more honour than the likes of British Gas and the other utility companies.

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Mobe-makers' BLOATWARE is Android's Achilles heel

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Re: Why all the exitement?

Indeed. I'd like to delete Facebook and related crap to get some space back. But as it is "baked in" for whatever reason, I am stuck with garbage I don't want.

Shame Cyanogenmod doesn't run on my phone.

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Re: Balaclava anyone?

Not camo paint, ut this stuff: http://cvdazzle.com/

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

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Re: A quick correction

Will Cyanogenmod run on the Hudl? If so, for £60 it could be worth a punt.

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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> Windows RT is already ahead of Android in terms of performance and efficiency.

Citation required, preferably not MS funded and thus can be considered independent. I'm genuinely interested.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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Re: Why? @AC 6:25

"I don't think the readership of the The Register is the target audience for these devices"

Speak for yourself. I have been looking for a netbook for ages and these fit the bill (they should take a full GNU/Linux install, assuming no lock-down).

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Re: Why?

Yeah, because 98% of the population doesn't use their computer for Social Media and watching cat videos.....wait a minute!

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

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Re: Fail

Well technically they didn't actually deny boarding this time either.

I am sure a law boffin would agree.

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Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

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Re: One can only hope Verizon doesn't win.

"The Internet is a multi-purpose network and so better analogies would be with the postal service or courier firms."

Depends how you view it. You view the electrical network as "single purpose" as is "move the elcetrons back-and-forth". So is the Internet. Move the packets around. One purpose.

You claim the Internet is multi-purpose. Well I can claim the electrical network is multiple purpose. It powers TV, microwaves, MRI scanners and even time-stamps telephone calls. Now, do you want to be charged a different electrical rate depending on the device?

"I think Verizon's argument is that they should be free to offer premium services on top of standard."

What you think and what is in actuality are not the same. The argument is to permit Verizon of retard data from other sources and thus push their own. If Verizon want to provide a premium service, there is nothing stopping them going out and building that network. But they want to use the Internet (built by others) and then degrade that to gouge their customers.

No.

Fuck that shit.

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Re: One can only hope Verizon doesn't win.

Electricity. All power goes into the same lines.

Gas. All gas goes into the same pipes.

Even telecoms. Many companies share the same links.

Net neutrality defines the Internet and the free movement of information. If Verizon win, I hope their customers drop them like the steaming turd they will have shown themselves to be.

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The Balkanisation continues

They won't be satisfied until the "Inter" in "Internet" no longer has any meaning.

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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A legned passes

An insane, genius, lunatic, 100% nutbar and magnificent legend at that.

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NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech

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Re: My E-gate experience in Heathrow is

My experience is that they are slower than a person. I'm almost 2m tall - takes the machine an age to work out where my face is. But I am using a biometric passport, surely my height is in there? Surely the machine could say "Oh, I'll start at 1.9m rather than 2mm off the floor".

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Re: Not just the UK

USA security checks are a joke. Try getting out of N.Ireland when the IRA was active, now there was security. Polite security. Efficient security. But security with big guns nevertheless.

Not these jumped up TSA dimwits.

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Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

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Over simplified?

Peer pressure, mob rule, groupthink, circlejerk; yes, these are all a thing.

Does social media add to this or, by making it easier to access other opinions, detract from it? With all the walled gardens and filter-bubbles in effect, I am siding with "add to".

Has, what might be an interesting study, been over simplified for cheap and sensationalist journalism?

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MPs blocked from ogling 'web smut' 300,000 times – WHILE IN PARLIAMENT

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Re: So let me understand this

Exactly. A "false positive" (you'll get "false negatives" too). And this is the kind of censorship that they wish to impose on the nation.

The great-unthinking who can't work out how to install a net-nanny will assume this to be a magic solution and not take the time to educate or talk to their kids.

It's not a magic solution, it's pandering to the knuckle-dragging Sun/Mail reader and trying to score brownie points all "for the children".

They want to protect the children? Advise parents to get a clue before letting their kids play on-line.

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Re: @The BigYin

"Every power-crazed dictatorship has done as much as possible to remove parents from bringing up children, and substituted the state."

The Tories are Newer-New-Labour. Who knew?

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Re: Illegal market manipulation?

I'll agree with her 100%. And that is why we have these things called parents who have, by and large, done a fairly decent job of bringing the kids up thusfar.

How do I know this?

Well, you're reading my drivel aren't you?

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So let me understand this

Westminster can't even install the most basic-of-basic web filters, and yet Cameron wants to censor the entire nation?

edit 1: my mistake - I missed a couple of pertinent words in my first read. The requests were blocked. Good.

So now that Cameron knows local blocks work, why not just let folks filter their own connection as they see fit? Just like people censor their movies by (intake of breath) not watching things they don't like.

edit 2: Nice of them to mention that false positives are a problem. Do they understand that they wish to impose that problem country wide? I don't think they do. Idiots.

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

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The title is incorrect

"Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE"

Should read

"Scots council tax payers cop £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE"

Were the managers who had failed to put the policies in place (or block home-working) fired?

No.

So nothing will change.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Facial Recognition

Non-users too. All it would take is one of my Farcebook using friends to tag me a pow; there goes my privacy.

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Re: Makes sense now

Give them your number.

0871 FUK U ZUK

(0871 385 8 985)

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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Re: Rule 1

Civil servants are immune to any censure. But "lessons will be learned" and "core competencies will be reinforced". Then a few consultants brought in at extortionate expense to rubber stamp everything and nothing will actually change.

But our MPs' friends will be much richer, so that's all right then.

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Vodafone mulls $100bn Verizon stake sale - now about that $10bn tax bill...

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Just buy the head of the IRS a nice dinner

It worked in the UK.

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Loads of mis-sold PPI, but WHO will claim? This man's paid to find out

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"balls up"?

Surely "fraud" would be a better word.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Originals were great?

Strong is the troll with this one. But powerful he is not.

Defeat him easily we shall.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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FFS

"provides access to SweetLabs' own app store"

It's cute 'n all the way Windows and Windows partners are trying desperately to copy the GNU/Linux package management system; if hilarious the way they are turning it into a total clusterfuck.

"Hey kids, Win8 sucks as. Here's a fix and a store you never wanted."

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WoW gold farmer throws sueball over real world gold theft

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Top tips

Have bullion? Here's two top tips to prevent pain like this:

1) Inform your insurer and make sure it's covered; or

2) Use a feckin' bank vault! (Recommended)

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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Re: Not fair

"A thief (or a so-called locksmith in much of Europe) does not piss around picking a lock when it can be drilled"

This is noisy, it attracts attention (especially if the barrel is hardened against drilling). As for snapping, an anti-snap lock will leave the thief holding a useless shard of metal with the lock still firmly in the door. Bumping? Well helloooooo anti-bump locks. Yes, if you buy a £10 piece of crap then your points hold. If, however, you throw some actual wedge at an actual lock you improve your chances. And one good lock at that, not six shitty ones weakening the door and frame

When we moved house we changed the locks after a few lock-picking classes. Eye-opener. Bumping is a piece of piss on a cheap lock. If you are reading this, own property and you haven't been to lock-picking classes, go.

The goal is not to be impenetrable - the goal is to be too much bother so bastards move on.

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Re: Not fair

> And yet camouflage is still used even on armoured vehicles.

Nice try, and I did chuckle.

"Security by obscurity" is more like painting your armoured vehicle luminescent yellow and then getting all upset when people can see it. And, if you were the MPAA/RIAA/BPI demanding a law be passed to make it illegal for people to look at your luminescent yellow armoured vehicle rather than fix the actual issue.

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Re: Not fair

"Not really. You can easily make a "bump" key for an ordinary lock. This will enable anybody to open the lock in seconds"

Only if you buy cheap-ass, shitty locks (usually only rated for internal use). And if you have those on your front door - kiss any insurance cover goodbye.

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Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters

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But they didn't. IT said "not our problem", the library staff said "it's the WiFi, not us". it was only when it went public on blog/Twitter that the library saw fit to stop censoring books.

More complete account

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Re: Why didn't he plug into ...

Because it is also filtered. The filtering happens at the network level.

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