* Posts by adnim

1792 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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phenomena da do di diddum phenomenon da do di dum...

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What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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Empathy

Is that an emotion?

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Grand App Auto: Tesla smartphone hack can track, locate, unlock, and start cars

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I realise

that The Register would have much less to report...

However it seems to me that reporting on SECURE apps, websites, IOT devices and Internet based services would be news. Where as reporting on INSECURE apps, websites, IOT devices and Internet based services is like reporting that the sky appears blue because of the way different wavelengths of light are scattered.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

Not covered in stale piss?

Perhaps the control panel should be at shoulder height (when sat) near to the toilet roll dispenser. However, not being familiar with Japanese toileting culture, perhaps Japanese males sit to urinate, on a level with the toilet rim a few centimetres to the left could be perfect.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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"U" in "Universal Windows Platform" actually stand for?

Useless?

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CSC shows first growth in two years... after ploughing half a billion into takeovers

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"So the executives get paid out and the workers at the bottom shovel shit."

Or become redundant as their job gets shifted to an overseas call centre.

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Could Heather from EastEnders turn on Kettering if Lohan is no-show?

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Who? What?

Does any one with an IQ in double figures give a fuck?

Shouldn't this article be in one of those pointless chat/gossip magazines?

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Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

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What does the Bible have to say about this?

Or is Cardinal Gerhard Muller just making it all up?

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Locky-slingers summon .Thor

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Already getting them

Subject "Wrong model"

Body "We apologizefor sending the wrong model of the product yesterday.

Attached is the new invoice for your product No. 64038236." (sic)

It would be more fruitful if these malware slingers did some research.

Find a company that sells product/parts... get a real product/part number send email:

Subject: "Wrong part received"

Body: "You sent the wrong part <real product/part number>, please see attached for the correct part number and our purchase order number. We will pay your invoice on receipt of the correct item.

Kind regards

Purchasing"

"know your enemy" - Sun Tzu.

However, why go to those length when even the broad brush attacks seem to work often enough.

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Graduate recruitment site exposed 50,000 CVs sent to Virgin Media UK

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Re: Security Engineer?

"... and "walked" a security engineer through resolving the mind-bending bug".

So not only was the "security engineer" unaware of the permission settings, he/she could not even correct the problem without help?

Sigh

Addendum: It's not a bug, file and directory permissions are a feature. This is just sloppy website administration.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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AI, presuming it is actually intelligent

should also be able to check for prior art.

Or would a hard coded directive be introduced adding a fourth law of robotics in order to override any common sense the AI was to independently develop?

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What’s the link between Brexit, cloud and open source?

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td:dr:dgaf

too drunk:didn't read:don't give a fuck.

I know its only Wednesday. I know I need to change my outlook (perhaps for home brew email). In fact I know there are many things I should care about... Brexit and cloud are not even on the list. As for OSS..... I'll show you mine even if you don't show me yours.

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You're fired (into space)! Trump tops Martian ejaculation poll

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Re: Let the hate flow...

To be honest no one... However, I would very much like karma to precise and near instantaneous.

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Microsoft preps defence against the dark arts for enterprise customers

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Does microsoft do irony?

"Microsoft is developing a technology for Windows 10 designed to combat the threat of malware served up from web pages penetrating corporate defences and slurping sensitive data".

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Microsoft hails pointless Privacy Shield status for its cloud services

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"EU Privacy Shield Framework agreed with the US"

Oh that's OK then.

Should they not be getting this EU Privacy Shield Framework agreed with the EU?

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Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We'd trust them before the government

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I wouldn't expect

the banks would cross check a fingerprint against a crime database.

I expect the government would encourage the police to do that.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Meh

Until uk.gov decides that it is a good idea.

They were pretty picky and choosy which European laws were adhered to pre-Brexit. I can still see them picking an choosing.

The difficultly in bypassing this depends on what kind of ID is required to be presented to reveal ones identity... Someone else's birth certificate? Another's Credit card? or would a valid passport be required?

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Addiction: yup

Bad move for non-smokers to take up vaping.

Good move for those already addicted to nicotine.

The marketing of vaping as being a trendy thing to do should be banned. The focus of e-cig marketing should be on their use as an aid to giving up tobacco.

Smoking as in rolling up, or having a cigarette is habit forming. Nicotine itself is addictive. The advertising for e-cigs should carry a warning that the the wonderful flavours being tasted contain a highly addictive chemical.

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So, Gov.UK infosec in 2015. 'Chaotic'. Cost £300m. NINE THOUSAND data breaches...

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Have GCHQ systems ever been breached?

If not, perhaps they should share their infosec methodologies with other government departments.

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Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

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Windows running my fridge?

Does this mean I don't need a cooker?

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

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Meh

"As you can see, the results are well worth it."

If it cost less than a fiver.... almost.

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EU 'net neutrality' may stop ISPs from blocking child abuse material

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"...ISPs would be forbidden from implementing any traffic control at all"

And thus it should be.

1) Don't mess with my Internet. I pay for access not for what the state or an ISP determines to be appropriate, allowed or suitable.

2) Don't throttle my Internet, I pay for access, I determine what should have priority. Not you.

3) Don't port block... Advertise the service as port 80, 443, 21, 23, 25 etc. only. Are you an Inter-network service provider or something else?

4) Tell the fucking truth in your advertising, don't quote the best possible speeds obtainable from someone plugged into your exchange MUX with a fucking cable.

5) Parents should be raising and protecting their children, not the state, not ISP's.

6) Child abuse has been happening since there were children, denying access to child porn does not stop it. It only forces it further underground making it harder to find the real nasty bastards out there.

</rant>

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Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

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Apple makes life terrible for me too...

I am sick of seeing "sent from my iPhone" adverts on emails.

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Corporates ARE sniffing around Windows 10, says Computacenter

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Re: Nope, no way, no how.

"but because I cannot afford the project to re-image the fleet for no return whatsoever."

Can you afford to be Microsoft's bitch? think long term, not 2 years ahead.

The return is open standards compliance and free open source software... Just give back what you take for what you paid ;-)

Applications needed to perform a duty and access rights is all that differentiates your work force.

Legacy systems are an issue... Someone smart would take a day or two to find open standard alternatives.

If I were in your position... which I was, though quite a few years ago now. I would be looking to sack MS completely.

Good luck. I am MS free.

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Cynical me

thinks they are just trying to drum up interest.

Any CTO/Head of IT should and will be sceptical of migration to Windows 10 considering that Microsoft are using their customers as beta testers.

On the other hand, if there is a band wagon some find it hard to resist jumping on it...The keep up with the Joneses mentality. So what do they have to lose?

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's... er, Graphene bubbles – 200 times stronger than Superman

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Gigapascals?

How many elephants is that on the head of a pin?

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Vidahost hikes domain name fees by a third, blames Brexit

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They have a profit margin on domains?

As a reseller I cannot afford such luxury.

Waiting for my provider and all other UK based registrars to do the same now.

"Some get the gravy

And some get the gristle

Some get the marrow bone

And some get nothing

Though there's plenty to spare"

Joni Mitchell

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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

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I see no crux

I see a crutch for MS during it's continuing decline into irrelevancy.

"The crux of such deals has invariably been the various hardware firms’ use of either Linux, Android or Chrome with Microsoft dangling in front of them the prospect of unspecified patent infringements of Redmond's patents."

I have no desire to be rich, however if I had thousands of employees I would be careful.

As I do not have the burden of worrying about employees, my response to MS would be...

"Specify them and make your claims public or fuck off"

I can't wait to dangle my nuts over your dying corpse Microsoft.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Re: Recycling this comment from the earlier article

Or do everything poorly

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Wait

for an amateur coder to fork PowerShell.

It will be more reliable and more trustworthy.

MS have been irrelevant to me for some time now, although Win 7 does do games rather well... Most of the time.

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Kaminsky: The internet is germ-ridden and it's time to sterilize it

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Re: one step ahead..

I drink too much... Responsibility for IT systems is the monkey on my shoulder. Reliance on third parties is the proverbial last straw.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Lemme fix that for ya

"It is hard to see the value of Microsoft's "consumer experiences" in a business any context,..."

Seems to be turning into a two choice operating system.

Choice one: use it and and let Microsoft dictate your "experiences".

Choice two: use another OS.

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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Re: Hum?!

Not always, some of us are honest.

My last employer was an multinational American corporation. And despite having full access to everything on the server, desktops and portables, including T+A, payroll systems, BACS etc. I am still a poor man financially. Integrity wise, something I value over money, I am quids in.

A divine being I ain't. I just set my own standards and adhere to them, in spite of the temptations.

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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Re: Help me...

AFAIK... It is about collecting virtual things from real world locations.

If said virtual things can be sold for real money, there may be a point to hunting them down, a cost/benefit analysis would be required.

Said virtual things do provide bragging rights to those that also collect said virtual things, so if you have an e-peen that you like to wave about to fellow collectors of said things, there maybe benefits to your ego.

I cannot see any other potential advantage to fsckin around with this stuff. Oh wait... one might get to poke a dead body with a stick. And the gene pool might get a bit of cleansing as some walk into moving traffic whilst focused on a 5"x3" screen.

Joke, meh, doh, stop, go, fail?.... lol most icons seem appropriate.. I won't use one.

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Bosses at UK infosec biz Quadsys confess to hacking rival reseller

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Meh

Security professionals?

Professional enough to hack into a rivals database.

Amateur enough to be caught.

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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Paris Hilton

Nothing is determined

until it is observed. And even then, observers tend to observe what they want to observe.

Apparently according to the Schroedinger wave equation, observation aka measurement collapses the wave function. Were every single one of these Neutrinos observed before being sent off to the distant detector?

I love thinking about this stuff, counting sheep and writing code in my head at bedtime gets tedious.

Paris, because I would never look to her for intellectual stimulation.

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

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Shiraz

gets me into a super imposed spin state, although its not very stable at any temperature

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Broadband / Phone provider sought

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Update

Been with Utility warehouse for a few months now. I can't complain. Connection speed is a meg up on Sky. They DON'T charge me for services I do not use... Unlike Sky who charged me for NOT using Sky TV.

Once during the early hours of the morning.... 3-4am a few weeks ago broadband was down for 10-15 mins.. I have not noticed any other downtime. They email me to tell me my bill is ready a week before they take the funds from my account... My static IP address was free, further static IP's are a fiver. So far so good. I have not noticed any traffic shaping or throttling.

Smiley cos I smiling

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

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Doctor, doctor

I went to see my doctor yesterday and he told me that I have to stop masturbating.

When I asked why, he said... "I am trying to examine you".

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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A real challenge would be

names and scores to be read from a file of any common use document or image file format such as

odt, ods, doc, docx, pdf, rtf, xml, html, png, jpg or gif.

However I would expect more than a Facebook controlled toy and a gaming system as a reward

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...consideration to proper design?

Self taught, not sure what proper design is. My fail I guess.

Note: none of my code has been exploited yet but I suspect that is due to the obscurity of the sites on which it is being run rather than my coding skill.

Procedural PHP 49 lines.

OO PHP 110 lines.

I notice the sample data file has been corrected.

Should I enter? Perhaps I should search "PHP proper design considerations" before I submit my Stack Exchange copy/paste solution.

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Re: Software contains bugs

.."Win10 has supposedly been re-written from the ground up".

Wasn't that Vista?

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Google slammed over its 'free' school service

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Re: And is anyone surprised?

( Untick the box if you don't wish to be data-raped: ☑ ) That is opt out

This is opt in: ( Tick the box if you wish to be data-raped: ☐ ) This should be the default.

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Hackers: Ditch the malware, we're in... Just act like a normal network admin. *Whistles*

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Re: Once in

Exactly my thoughts, you beat me too it, have an up!

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Are you an Olympian of software, a titan of tech? Prove it in our coding competition

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Happy

Or

45 lines of php, probably less for a skilled php coder.

No error checking other than the working directory can be written to.

No checking that the data file does not contain anything nasty and presuming it is formatted as per the specification.

That was fun, doing things with PHP I don't normally do.

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Is it safe to presume

1) Decathlon.dat will be in the working directory of the code.

2) error checking for the existence of the dat fail sorry file will not be required. As it will be there in the right place, guaranteed. And the entrant will not be penalised for such lax coding practice as NOT checking a files existence and the ability to read it before parsing it.

3) error checking for typos in the .dat file will not be required. As BrowserUk pointed out, the format of the dat file does not match the specification.

Coding for perfect input data is easy. Handling every possible error scenario might take a few more lines of code....

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Queensland creep cops charged with snooping through police records

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A brush

and help lifting the carpet?

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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Unhappy

Nothing to worry about...

As it is a politician that is giving assurances

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Facebook suicide hotline

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I can't help being cynical

"The person will then receive a message from Facebook stating that someone is concerned about them, as well as links to resources such as suicide prevention hotlines."

No sponsored links to local gun smiths or pharmacies then?

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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Meh

I read the title as

"Australians are most likely to bear all on breaches".

Funny that, this being an IT news site.

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