* Posts by Khaptain

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Chinese ad firm pwns Android users, creates hijackable global botnet

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Conspiracy

I think it was Obama that done it.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Re: Sorry but how is this at all funny or appropriate?

>So the thumbs down is from someone who thinks violence to kids is OK?

No, and the world is not a dichotomy either.

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

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Re: But why?

"https://products.office.com/en-us/buy/product-key-card"

Yes, I considered the boxed versions but then thought that it was highly unlikely that these boxes would have been given to the PC recycling firm but it could be possible.

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Re: But why?

"Often the COA is attached to the side of the chassis by means of a label. This is quite common on Dell and HP systems."

Personally I have never seen Dell or HP stick MS Office stickers on the side of a PC, are you sure that you mean Office and not Windows.

( That doesn't mean to say that it doesn't exist, it's just that I have never seen it)

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Re: But why?

I imagine that MS have no way of knowing which licences passed through the hands of these guys. I would also presume that a fair amount of estimation was involved to arrive at 70000 or are there other techniques which we are not aware of, if so what are they.

I would also like to know how they got the licence keys because they are generally not visible after installation. I know that Jelly Bean used to be a method but I am unaware if it still works..

Why would I want to know : Simple, it is always interesting to see how the criminal mind works, you do not have to be a genius to be ingenious.,

(Hint : Don't search for/download Jelly Bean without having very up to date virus définitions)

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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@Just Enough

That's very poetic and I thank you for your kind sentiments.

I understand that some people find great joy in looking at painted baseballs. That's fine, continue as usual.

I understand also that these kind of icons are very important to a large part of the population. Whether it be white crosses or white baseballs the difference to me is irrelevant. That's fine, continue as usual.

Surprising how upset some people can get over such trivialities.

All hail the baseball....

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"The media has being doing stories like this since Ugg said to Oog "You'll never guess what that crazy guy in the next cave has painted on the wall". So I guess we must have been dumbing down ever since then."

@Just Enough

And you think that that is acceptable ? It is one of the reasons for which I gave up television about 15 years ago.

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

@Yugguy

Is it even possible to be realistic without being nihilistic ?

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Re: @Khaptain Darwin Awards Equivalant

"Ummm... yeah... so you know this is Bootnotes, right?"

Don't worry I have got more downvotes than the majority have got upvotes, yes, I klnow that we are in the bootnotes and it also seems that I have touched a nerve on our more "sensitive" readership..

Obviously painting baseballs is higher up in the ranks of other people's "list of things I dream to do" than it is on my mine..

Carry on James....take the exit where it reads "welcome back to sanity"... because it seems we may have strayed from the route..

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

I honestly couldn't care less for what anyone does in the privacy of their own home, that's their problem.

What I do not care for is the fact that the media, in this case El Reg, pump this crap onto the screens/newspapers/medium of their readers.

Society is being dumbed down to a level the leaves me in complete despair.. and what do I see, people on a tech site that defend this kind of thing.

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

"Is he hurting anyone? Is he harming himself? Is it pointless?"

You read the Daily Mail don't you ?

"Are most hobbies pretty pointless?"

No.

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Re: Darwin Awards Equivalant

Should I judge from the 3 downvotes that there are 3 El Reg readers that actually think that kind of hobby is interesting ? If so, I shudder at the speed at which humanity is descending into complete moronity..

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Darwin Awards Equivalant

Are there any "Darwin Awards" equivalants for the most pointless/useless/plain stupid hobbies.. This would easilly be classed way up high, along with growing long finger nails, collecting snail saliva and

measuring the ovality of chicken eggs..

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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No Finbar, I said "that I wanted to see what you can do with a pair ot bits.."

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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Re: Makes Me [Click] Baity

or even "Has replaced the existing liquid expansion recipiant with an old IrnBru labelled perspex bottle + replaced the existing liquid with an IrnBru coloured liquid within a prebuilt PC".

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Re: Perspex?

"On the same note, Glasgow should *never* be pronounced. "Glarsgow"."

Where I am from it would have to be spelt "Glesga" or "Glesgi* , that's how it is pronounced locally, even the Glaswegians don't pronounce it that badly....

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Re: I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

PS : It's pronounced "Irn Bru" all over the world....

As a Scotsman I can't pronounce it any other way....

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Re: Sod the Irn Bru

"But with a clock like that... how can we be sure it's not actually a bomb????"

Because "Scotsman" enough said.....

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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RedmondHat Inside

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

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Re: craft it smaller

Just recently tried a Belgian beer that was new to me, it's called "Kasteel Tripel" ( Do not confuse this with Castel which is a wishy washy South Arfrican beer).

Kasteel Tripel is 11%, believe me you won't be downing 10 of these little bottles, the beer, as many of the Belgian beers, is excellent and definately worth a try.

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IPv6 is great, says Facebook. For us. And for you a bit, too

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"“We’ve observed that accessing Facebook can be 10-15 percent faster over IPv6. We believe other developers will see similar advantages from migrating,” ."

With incentives like that I prefer to remain on IPV4. In fact that would be a great idea, put all the social media,commercial, sports and porn sites on IPV6 and leave the rest of us alone to live quietly in IPV4 land..

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Did GCHQ illegally spy on you? Now you can find out – from this page

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Re: Hell, just dial a random number every 3-6 weeks.

What's the chances that someone is already preparing a bot with the details of 35Million AM accounts.....

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Re: I don't think so!

and www.google.com, www.microsoft.live.com, www.apple.com, *.gov, a hundred thousand emails servers, a million forums etc etc etc

It's basically called the Internet.... and the details of your personal lives are now it's bloodline for the vampirical beast known as "commerce".

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World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

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Re: VirtualBox is a dumpster fire

The Office environment is VmWare + Netapp, but I don't get to bring that home.!!!!

I have a work test rig at home for W10. I don't believe in VMs for everything, I want to see an OS on metal, with real spinning rust, low memory and shitty drivers, VM's tend to hide some of the problems that can occur etc etc ..

So far W10 won't run the Cisco VPN Client, so that puts an end to a lot of discussions... and from what I understand Cisco will not be continuing the client in it's current form and our MotherShip is not ready to upgrade technology....status quo.

VirtualBox and Mint are just involved in order that I can directly VPN into the office on the test rig.. ( since Cisco don't work), downloaded the v5.0.5 tonight which at least has helped with the Bridged Networking problems....

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Re: What problem will it solve ?

"I'm currently struggling to run Linux Mint as a VM under a Windows 10 host"

See reply above. It's not a choice !

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Re: What problem will it solve ?

"but there are still a few companies with an extensive OS/2 landscape, who've saved tons of money by sticking with it."

How are they obtaining support, OS2 was basically shutdown in 2006. Or are they managing to simply make do with what was available at the time. If this is the case then they are not saving money they are just avoiding spending any money, the same would have been true no matter which system they used or is there something that I am completely missing here.

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Re: What problem will it solve ?

"Is there any reason that you're not running Mint natively?"

Yes, and these are constraints not options.

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What problem will it solve ?

So apart from the nostalgia factor what could we actually use it for ?

I love the idea but I just don't see it's potential..

I'm currently struggling to run Linux Mint as a VM under a Windows 10 host using Virtual Box ( the bridged networking is borked, r5.0.4) and I presume that this will not help with that problem.

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How did jihadists hack into top UK ministerial emails if no security breach took place?

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What's his name ?

A very inconsistent article, can you please give clarification, at least a bit more han GCHQ ab out how actually did or do not perform the breach, was it ISIS, IS , ISIL, Jihadists Liberation Front or the Now Defunt Syrian ExBrits Hackers Club.

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Plods waste millions keeping their arses covered and ears open

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Cost cutting solution

Why can't we supply them with all the excess,used or last years pantomime outfits... It might not make them look very "authoritarian" but at least it would make for some interesting arrest scenarios..

Captain Hook successfully apprehends Woolworths shoplifter.

Barnaby the Clown arrests yet another drunken football yob.

Big Bird has been on a MacDonalds stake out for the least three weeks..

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Hats off to Nintendo’s platform supremo Super Mario Bros at 30

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Mythical but not for all

I used to enjoy watching other people play, especially in the later rounds, but personally, I never got the bug.. The one thing that Mario never had, at least in my opinion, was a sense of adventure..

To be perfectly honest I never understood the attraction to platform games, although I did complete Manic Miner (which was more of a puzzle game than a thumb basher)....

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Hi. Ofcom? My mobe's call quality is crap – but you said it was fine

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Sponsorship - The keyword

"Regulator Ofcom is to use an independent lab to test and rate phones for how well they actually make calls"

It just so happens that this years "independant" lab will be sponsored by Apple, next year by Samsung, then a comglomerate of both...

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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

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Nutty Nadella

"We want to move people from needing, to choosing, to loving Windows and so do our partners,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella"

He does realise that Microsft sells operating systems and not girlfriends or children ?

"Loving" an operating system just sounds weird.

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Et voilà: Violated Versailles vagina might stay violated

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Re: Er, why are we following this?

Because reading yet another article about which CEO farted in the last 3 seconds has become extremely mundane.

Never forget that a lot of people here were brought up on Saunders (Finbar) and Spectrums...

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Yes, leave the graffitti

The graffiti is more interesting than the work itself, it says a lot more than what the metallic muff does.

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Files on Seagate wireless disks can be poisoned, purloined – thanks to hidden login

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Re: That picture

"I'm nearly there with having the Chief Information Security officer's approval too"

You mean that the CSO has agreed to take the disks ?

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Voluminous Versailles vagina viciously violated – again

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Re: "everything will be done to identify the authors" ?

Hollande didn't really say very much

"Le président François Hollande «dénonce fermement» la dégradation de l’oeuvre qui a été «couverte d’inscriptions haineuses et antisémites», a indiqué l’Elysée dans un communiqué."

It was Fleur Pellerin ( Minister of Culture) that was present...

Here is the article from liberation.fr, the comments from the usual ministers amount to not much more than the typical diatribe using any all of the following words "shock, horror, injustice, antisemitism, scandal", none of it appears to be even remotely sincere..

"http://www.liberation.fr/societe/2015/09/06/la-grande-sculpture-d-anish-kapoor-presentee-a-versailles-a-nouveau-vandalisee_1376793"

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Holy Vandalised Vaginas batman, it looks like we will have to penetrate deep into the depths of this labiarinth and try to find the magic button that will unleash this caverns secret source of energy.

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Want your kids to learn coding? Train the darn teachers first

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Teaching the teachers

Knowledge : Almost anyone can be taught the basics of coding which they in turn could teach to someone else. Ok let's not begin with a course on Polymorphic Abstraction within the Network layer of a IOT toaster...

Confidence : Now this becomes a lot more delicate, how do you become confident about teaching something that half the kids don't want to know about and the other half already have more knowledge and experience than you do....

£4.5m sounds like very little money to even begin scratching the surface ( No, not the MS Surface). Once you remove the backhanders/the kickbacks/the waste and the overtime, the remaining $1.60 would probably be better spent changing the kids home page to point to the "The Register"... They won't learn much but at least they could have a laugh before heading of down to the pub, the one that runs of the BOFH's UPS ....

It's Friday and I am thirsty, lets hope the Guinness cooler is on that damned UPS too.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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All it takes is a little bit of Catalonian Police Weed and then all I want to do is stare......

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Spaniard trousers €60,000 bank error, proceeds directly to jail

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Re: Not worth it

@I aint Sparticus

I would hazard a guess that you have read some Nassim Taleb.

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Re: Not worth it

"Unfortunately most countries have about a $10 thousand dollar cash or transaction limit at which point the bank is legally obliged to make a report"

That's why you need a Swiss/Bahamas/Offshore banker in the equation, they know how to deal with these "minor" issues....

There are many ways of making money disappear without the skilled and deft handiwork of Penn & Teller.

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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Re: American swearing

@Runcible

"I think you are looking for 'Anus' :)"

I was thinking about "arse", as follow

* He fell on his arse after tripping on the kerb whilst walking backwards - Nothing naughty here..

* The arsehole fell down after tripping on the kerb whilst walking backwards - A lot less polite (debatable)

* The fucking arsehole - Defiantely the rude variant..( Nothing to debate here)

Just for the records, I never go looking for Anus, lol.

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Re: in a bit of a hole

It would be interesting to learn how they set the standards as to what constitutes a naughty word and what is acceptable.

For example : List of Acceptable / naughty but debatable words

Arse / Arsehole

Masturbator / Wanker

Vagina / Muff

Dick / Dick ( Dick is a name after all)

Sperm / Jizz( Jizm) and derivatives

Erection / Hardon (Boner) and derivatives

Pearl necklace / Pearl necklace

After we have added some words to the list I can only presume that the list will grow longer as people become accustomed to using alternative words. Fuck might get replaced by Feck ( as the Irish already do), will we then begin adding those words too ?

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Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

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Re: Shared personal information

I didn't quite mean in it that sense but I see your point.

I was thinking more along the lines that your privacy was intact up until the point where your data ( private identity , email address etc) was "sold" on to third parties. Up until then your private life was not invaded by spam etc.

Your right to privacy, ie not receiving unwanted email, not being on a CallCenter script, not receiving unwanted commercial calls etc has thereafter been violated, your "privacy" has been "stolen" from you..

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Re: Shared personal information

Can it not be argued that it is "identity" theft.

The data is merely the transport agent, so yes I would agree that we cannot justify data theft.

But your "privacy" has been stolen and you are/will be deprived and it certainly cannot be easily restored once thrown out into the hands of the scrupulous..

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Shared personal information

"Of those, it found that 67 per cent of sites and apps collected children’s personal information. Half of the total number shared personal information with third parties."

Why is this not considered as theft ?

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Stench of confiscated dope overwhelms Catalan cop shop

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Up in smoke

This should belong in a Cheech and Chong movie, or a fat Freddie cat comic, hilarious....

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French hacker besmuts road sign right under Les Plods' noses

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Power loves the smell of pussy and pussy loves the smell of power.

Crude, but probably very close to reality....

I lived in Strasbourg for a few years and was in the parliament on several occasions.. Most of the EuroMPs that I met there were a bunch of boring buggers that would undoubetely require large quantities of Cialis and alcohol to get into the "swing" of things...

It never ceases to amaze me why people in power, or who believe that they are in power, are often addicted to meaningless pursuits.... Why the eternal need to have one's ego rubbed ( amongst other things)?

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Re: Unimpressive French swearing.

There are far worse things that can be said in French but he remained in keep with the context..

The idea wasn't to shock but moreover to protest about how lightly DSK got off. One law for them, one law for us...

In England London someone would have repeated the same gest/idea but would have turned up in Trafalgar square with a crumpled tshirt saying ...David is bland.... Now that really would have been naughty wouldn't it.

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