* Posts by Khaptain

2553 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Devils advocate

"I can only presume... his autism was sufficiently severe that he was a very fragile person."

Yet managed to go to a mainstream school. Unlikely to be "very fragile".

If the Autusim was not severe, then why bother mentioning it in the article.

If this person was not 'fragile', as you infer, then I do not understand how the email/ransomware email had such a devastating effect. Many people receive these damned emails but most people will not commit suicide because of it.

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Devils advocate

Ok, I will play the devils advocate after being appaulled at some of the comments.

This guy had autism problems, the article does not state how serious those problems were. I can only presume from the poorly reported article that his autism was sufficiently severe that he was a very fragile person.

I personally think that many of the above comments are nothing more than Daily mail readers comments. A psychologist would be forced to admit that a severe autism sufferer is someone in an extremly delicate position and as such requires only the slightest of reasons in order to be pushed over the edge.

By reading the above comments, most notably the one that states that this should be treated as murder, I am forced to realise how many people have succumbed to the principals of the 'Nanny State".

I wonder how many hyprocrits there are in the above El Reg tards, how many of you are happy to support the "Je Suis Charlie" meme and at the same time are capable of condemning these spammers/malware authors as murderes.. Seriously to demand that someone be condemned for murder because of a pathetic email/ransomware email is far more pathetic.

Yes, I agree that malware authors should be punished for the crap that they make people endure but to go the point of putting them on trial for murder is like going back to the "Hunt the Witch" years.

The honest truth of the matter is that this was someone that was already on the edge, was extremely fragile and unfortunately not in a position to handle a given situation.

El Reg has pushed out an 'extremely poor' article using the lame excuse of cause and effect in order to rattle the 'sympathy' vote rather than treating the far more serious issue of autism.

I couldn't give a shit about the downvotes as anyone that does is merely showing his complete lack of desire to understand a problem and providing possible solutions but whi i happy to instead add themselves to the Daily Fail consensus.

Very few if any of the comments actually mentioned this guys illness, instead they chose to play the "I am deeply astounded card"...

This is one of those days when I realise that is actually possible to sink lower than Rupert Murdoch.

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Not gay enough

How does one determine the correct level gayness of a domain ?

What are the criteria: is it a sexual concept, hardcore concept, rainbow coloured tshirts concept:

The two gays that used to work in my office could not agree amongst themselves what being gay actually meant, so I can't even begin to imagine how the ICANN are making their decisions.

Would be interesting to see what the decisions for the gonzoness of a dot.gonzo would be.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Pricing Confusion

"Free for a year..."

If Wp7Mango is correct in his interpretation then I consider the choice of words "Free for a year" to be a bad choice of words, to say the least it is a very vague statement given the context.

If they had said "Free to install during the first year of launch if you update from a previous version" then it would have been obvious.

"Free for a year" to me sounds like you get to try it free for the 1st year and then you have to pay if you want to keep it.

I can't believe for an instant that MS are willing to give an OS away for free... Something doesn't quite colate here. If everyone with 7 or 8 migrates within the 1st year of launch what revenue can MS expect for the next 5 years ? Will the Service Packs become that catch, will they release a 10.1 vesion that has to be paid for that includes 'extra' features..... I smell fish

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Pricing

What will be the pricing structure once the initial "free" year reaches it's conclusion ?

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Re: I don't get Cortana either!

" Cortana will need to know the person talking to her/it is"

Henece the reason for MS pushing the need for an MS Live account when logging in to your machine.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Hope they truly work

Occulus etc have a major downpoint, they obstruct your normal vision, ie you no longer see the world around you.

These on the other hand will probably remove the 'claustrophobic' feeling and actually add to realism.

I really hope that they truly work and that this is not just a marketing toy..

Looks cool, if MS really did engineer them then they deserve some kudos for this.. [ almost seems to good to be true]

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Google reveals bug Microsoft says is mere gnat

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Pissing game or business tactics ?

Did Bill Gates piss on Eric's yacht by mistake or is this an elaborate business strategy designed to discredit MS. Please do not let me believe that this is a ploy to encourage Chrome adoption.

That exploit certainely does not appear to be ScriptKiddie material, at least not for the moment.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

"By strange coincidence, the number one Linux distribution is Mint, which is just Ubuntu with a normal desktop interface. Funny, that."

Especially the XFCE version.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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Re: "alligator had been living illegally in the home since the 1970s"

"<pedant mode> Surely keeping the alligator there was the offence; the alligator is not a person that can be prosecuted."

What you mean that Alligator is not a recognized gender in L.A.

Won't anyone think of the Alligatoridae.

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'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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Re: The people who really matter...

"This comes from their totally focussed sense of self-importance to the exclusion of everything else."

This phrase says it all.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: I feel the need...

Forget the hairdryer and borrow his hammer..

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German iron meets Monaco's highlands: Audi A1 review

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Beeuugghhh

Just like the BMW Series 1, these small Audis just don't have that 'chic' 'panache' that is associated with their larger siblings.. I would agree that they both possess some of their associated families technological advantages but they severly lack the prestige...

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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1977

All the power's in the hands

Of people rich enough to buy it

While we walk the street

Too chicken to even try it

Everybody's doing

Just what they're told to

Nobody wants

To go to jail!

White riot - I wanna riot

White riot - a riot of my own

White riot - I wanna riot

White riot - a riot of my own

:The Clash 1977

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Young CHAP CUFFED in Blighty over Xmas Sony and XBOX hacks

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Re: Guilty before trial

I have seen a lot of '</sarcasm>' end tags being used on El Reg which is reasonable as reasonable goes. '/s' on the other hand is a lit bit vague, let's call it abstract in the abstract sense.

/t /f /z /k /j

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Today's tautogram

Childish crestfallen crim caused christmas cyber chaos catastrophy, coppers cuffed cracking chap.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: No, you can't

It's not just the miscreants doing this. Have you tried to donwload anything from CNET or some of the other larger providers. It's a visual jungle trying to determine which "Download Now" button to click in order to to get the software that you want instead of some POS software installer/publicity laden/registry fixing nightmare.

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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Re: Seurity-minded!

"unclear how another wifi network "interferes" with the hotel's network...plenty of channels for all."

The interference lies within the realm of ROI rather than TCP, it was something they learned on the back of a "fearmonger" card.

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

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Re: (cough) Tax (cough)

Of course they do business but unfortunately they didn't make any 'UK taxable' profit from the $6 Billion in British revenue! Shucks...

Quick pass me another bottle of that Codeine cough syrup....

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Why are they surprised

Some stranger contacts you and asks you to have a wank in front of your wephone, webcam to which you agree, and then you are surprised to find out that you've just been stung...

I can understand that old people, unaware people are getting stung by the fake Microsoft Call Center scams but this is on a whole other level.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: I must be old

"Come back Lotus Symphony all is forgiven"

Et voila Lotus Symphony up to date and Free

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Re: Interestingly for once...

Worst of all is that you will probably be keeping that system for the next 5 years, at least....

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Re: WTF?

Can I hazard a guess that you work for a Bank, the Government or an Insurer ?

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711

Now that would be an intersting move, from 7 to 11, are they thinking about bringing back Bob and dressing him in a green grocer's jacket.

[MS Please stop fucking about radically with the interface and everything will be hunky dory, Desktops are desktops, tablets are tablets, phones are phones... My car dashboard does not use the same UX as my microwave, which is different from my radiator controller and I am happy that way .]

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Re: Interesting graphic

The Ayatollah Khomeini has been dead since 1989, I am not sure that Charlie Hebdo ever covered the subject. Salman Rushdie might have been a little bit more appropriate.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: Kill Robot Kill.

<sarcasm mode on>

In my initial comment my instruction to my pet android was to "destroy the non-sentient being who is known by the name of 'Robot Kill' ".

See what I did there.

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Re: "Our AI systems must do what we want them to do"

Those "three laws" have to be programmed, or not, into the system by a meatbag. That meatbag can put all, some or none of them as requried.

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Kill Robot Kill.

There, I don't think that the robot will have problems with understanding the above command.

The problem is not with the robot, it is the potential for profit that will undoubetdly govern the actions that is asked to do. Another greedy businessman/politician is all that it will take..

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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Interesting

Regardless of who or what Anonymous are truly capable of, I think that what is interesting here is the incredibly large solidarity that is currently being expressed from all walks of life.

Nous sommes Charlie

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: Why are our sons fighting to defend a country that evangelizes terrorism?

And that Oil represents large amounts of power and wealth for a very select few, I beleive that some of them are actually in or were in the goverment..

cough cough GW Bush cough cough

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Je suis Charlie...

Here in the occident we used to burn people for heresy up until the end of the 17th century. That wasn't really that long ago. 12 people were killed yesterday for the same reason ( or at least that's the excuse, just as it was not so long ago).

Mankind doesn't really grow up does it ?

Why don't the religious leaders put an end to these silly beliefs...the religious books were written by man, in that case man can change them. Instead they choose to dwell in the past where fear and ignorance reign.

Charlie represents the opposite of that fear and ignorance, I would like to believe that mankind was capable of continuing down that path.....

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: Well..

@Tom

Ah-ha I didn't know the WC Fields version ( died 1946 - Renaud is still alive - so credit to WC Fields)

Here is the quote :

“I don't drink water. Fish fuck in it.”

― W.C. Fields

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Re: Well..

There is a famous French song 'Dès que le vent soufflera - Scélérats" by an artist called Renaud which has appropriate lyrics

J'ai déserté les crasses qui m'disaient sois prudent

la mer c'est dégueulasse, les poissons baisent dedans!

translation:

I deserted the dross that said to me be careful

the sea it disgusting, fish fuck in it!

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Austin Powers(Gates)

Austin(Bill): Crikey! This coffee smells like shit!

Basil: It is shit, Austin.

Austin(Bill): Oh well then it's not just me.

[Drinks coffee.]

Austin(Bill): It's a bit nutty.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: 2 cups oxygen

"2 cups of oxygen"

Phew : For a minute there I thought that someone was going to comment that life began with 2 girls and a cup.

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Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers

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Re: R@ Fluffy Bunny (was: e: We need a better term than "hacking")

I would argue that the term "hacker" originates from the world of telecoms/IT. MIT students used to "hack" the telephone lines using a computer to test the PBX lines for available dial tones and successfully managing to re-route the call charges to third parties.

@Jake

"Hackers" are people who know how to take apart systems, from hardware to firmware to running code, and then put it back together again so it works properly/better. They are the people who gave us modern computing"

I am not sure that the electronics engineers at IBM,Intel,Motorola etc would agree with that phrase

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Spruiking

Verb : To promote a thing or idea to another person.

[ Maybe I am the only one that didn't know this word, we learn something new every day on El Reg]

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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Connections

And how willl the suppliers ensure that Electricity, a fast Connection and the Network will function 100% of the time.

How does one protect themselves from the future Stuknets and Regins ?

I will remain old and boring for many long years before accepting any of this technology which I believe is only being built/provided in order that mass surveilance is accepted into your home by you....

I'll be the one with the tinfoil wrapped faraday cage house....

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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Re: They could just use jammers

Why do the guards need cellphones whilst on duty? I presume that they have access to fixed lines within their offices and walkie talkies or similar whilst doing their rounds.

Jammers would be the obvious solution, or is there something that I don't know about that requires a cell phone on duty.

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Re: Er, prison...

This week a Belgian paedo was granted the right to been euthanised ( is that the correct word) so maybe he should have been given a cell with bars years ago.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/60443/date-set-for-rapist-and-murderers-mercy-killing

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Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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One man's meat is another man's poison

Many things to consider, the line that they are treading is very, very thin.

* Consider how heated some forum debates can get.

* Some people can't bear even the slightest remark or negative critic.

* How will they trace the historic of all and any converstations/acts.

* Would the "victim" have behaved the same in a public place, if so case continues , if not ????

* How to avoid people crying wolf.

Very touchy subject and and I am not convinced that it is heading in a good direction. I agree that some people are bastards, and yes they need to be surveyed, but there are also others that need supervision by a nanny "before and/or during" being allowed into the web alone.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: An ideal car for the French market

Strange, I thought Atomic were an Austrian company.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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Re: And the alternative is ?

"Please ... it's like saying Windows is popular because it's good. Or wars are popular because it's good ..... etc. etc."

Now that was a very poor attempt at trolling, do you also read the Daily Mail.

PHP is not imposed on anyone........... Web programmers have a plethora of choice.

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Re: And the alternative is ?

@Frumious

"Nah, I don't think that it's because it's good, but because (IMO) it's relatively easy to write code in, has good documentation, the feature set is well-suited to the task of web programming and its syntax is easy for people to get to grips with (somewhat like Basic or Pascal). "

Doesn't your argument give weight to the fact that what you just described is actually what most people want from a language? For me, that would be the definition of good.

Of course it is also possible to use to use synatically more difficult languages, or more precise yet difficult to read but what is there to truly gain from that... The web for example requires very dynamic languages that are quick to program.

I coded in assembler for a year or so and as much as I enjoyed what I did, I would not class it as a good language to program in ( although it is excellent for certain tasks, I was hooking and chaining interupts at the time)

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And the alternative is ?

PHP is popular because it is good.

What are the real alternative 'secure' solutions, that wont break eveything when upgrading, that are maintained regularly and that are human readable?

IIS, Java, Perl, ActiveX, Flash ?

( Flash and ActiveX are just there for giggles please dont take seriously, even though some of you might)

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Fake Android The Interview app actually banking Trojan

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Re: It's sad...

Personally, I would not consider the majority to be that stupid.. I agree there are some but definately not the majority.

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Re: It's sad...

I don't understand this either, why would someone activelly search for specific application, click to install it, in order to watch a specific film...

If these kind of people do exist then why are they allowed to actually use a phone, let alone a smart phone, unattended...

Appropriate quotation for the day:

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

<Albert Einstein>

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Key to Windows mobe app sales? Er, LOW MEMORY, of course

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Old Hat

"Microsoft is imploring developers to keep an eye on memory budgets when coding for the Windows Phone."

And in order to handle things they are bringing back EMM386.....

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Corporate ActiveX anyone

How many of you out there are stuck with IE8 due to legacy requirements ( shhhh dont tell anyone that we are still using ActiveX components).

Working for large corporates has it's advantages but also a lot of disadvantages.......

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: You left out flying models

"The woodwork teacher found me a balsa glider kit that someone had not assembled. I remember its dihedral wings - and the final taut doped red paper skin. I suspect now that he may actually have bought the kit especially to cater for poorer pupils like myself."

I had several of those balsa/doped gliders and I really enjoyed building them, hence the reason I have always had scalpel knifes kicking around (mother was a nurse so scalpel blades were common). Up until today and reading the above comment, 35 years on, I never realised that they were for the poorer kids, which I was without knowing it at the time. It's kinda funny but I now realise that my parents actually made sacrifices to buy me those gliders.... I never lost my desire to build things like this...

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