* Posts by Stevie

3365 posts • joined 12 Jun 2008

Security for those who know they can't win the security war

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"passwords". Feh. The weak link in the entire house of cards that is IT.

The future lies in the past: the PID.

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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"...should know better ..."

Perhaps the trick in picking a "smart" TV or disc player is in choosing one made by big players in it for the long haul, not flibbertigibbet "web economy" Johnny-come-latelies.

After all, a Samsung or Sony smart disc player will connect almost effortlessly to your WiFi and cost around fifty dollars from Costco.

Which last time I checked was about what it would cost to set up your own set-top-box (without a disc player).

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Had a colleague who complained for years that sitting next to the breaker box made him ill from all the EMR.

When I moved to his desk it didn't pass my stringent cleanliness standards so I started cleaning.

I pulled the desktop computer out of it's corner and found - and I am not making this up - a basketball-sized dust-bunny nestled on the desk at face-level.

Gotta watch out for that unhealthy EMR. Much more dangerous than plain-old dirt.

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Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others

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Just Bah!

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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I don't care if it's made of Lego, just give me a flying car, dammit!

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Devs are SHEEP. Which is good when the leader writes secure code

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So ... developers will use security tools if someone else shows them how?

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Britain’s device-theft capital is now … lovely Leicestershire

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"Leicestershire – slap-bang in the middle of rural England "

or

"Leicestershire – 18 miles from decidedly un-rural Coventry and a stone's throw from the urban blight that is Birmingham"

Now I understand all the Phone Pheft, dunneye?

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C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

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"We are continuing to work as quickly as possible"

Reminds me of the time a colleague in another city on whom I was waiting wrote my boss to say that they had been working diligently for six months.

But hadn't actually done anything.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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Re: Every time personal data is made public is a fuckup.

I agree. I meant "This time no-one will be on your side as there isn't a single part about it that can be pulled under the umbrella of 'Public Need To Know'."

Sorry for the confusion.

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Extremely well done!

Swinging between hysterically funny innuendo and seriously serious moralizing so quickly I cannot tell if the article is a spoof or real.

But I agree with every single point made.

What two consenting adults get up to is nobody's business but theirs (and their "life partner").

Sorry, hackers. This time you fucked up. Maybe if you think for a bit you can figure out why.

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Fiery old geysers FOUND ON MOON: Volcanic past explained

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Dinosaurs Gassed Into Extinction By Moon In 8 Trillion BC!

I miss the Weekly World News.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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I guess a few people didn't enjoy Fahrenheit 451.

I'm not finding Shameless as riveting as it used to be. Why do those pinko writers hate America, and who do I call to denounce them now Uncle Joe and that nice Mr Hoover aren't here to act as the Bureau of Moral Climates?

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

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Meanwhile in the US, voters are getting stupider all the time

Point of order: NO ONE has voted for the lunatic Trump and I doubt anyone ever will.

I believe his function is to corral the loony right under one banner so they can be transferred to the real Republican candidate's ticket at an appropriate time. That way they will vote for the right guy instead of sitting at home drinking and cleaning their guns.

I don't think for a minute the lunatic Trump is going to run. If - after the Republican primary is over and he is an Independant or nothing - by some belch in the Universe's laws of probablity he does run, he won't win.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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No doubt they had to wait until the OPM information was made available by Sino-Soviet hackers before they could confirm the forms were incomplete.

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LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

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Wot, no generators?

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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KB012576 - Device may spontaneously explode due to all the fish in the atmosphere

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GIMP is, or at least has been enough of a match for most of what PhotoShop did

Yes, if you can figure out how to get it to do anything.

Photoshop is difficult to get to do anything clever for a newcomer, but GIMP makes even relatively straightforward tasks opaque and the help is a programmer's idea of what is needed rather than a proper user guide.

Much better than it was. A long way yet to go in the UI and workflow/tool presentation fronts before beginners can pick it up and run with it easily.

And yes, I use both GIMP and Photoshop.

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4 Michael Habel: At least it doesn't (As far as we know!),

Aye, there's the rub.

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Mobile 'fault' forces BA flight into unscheduled Russian landing

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"Nahnahnahnahnah. It wouldn't do that. Nah."

"But we have actual in-plane GoBlow camera footage showing someone screaming as his hand is engulfed in a fireball while doing his e-mail and the cabin staff squirting him with fire extinguishers."

"Well, it did that, yeah. But he had broken the unwritten law".

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iOS storing enterprise credentials in directory anyone can read

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Interesting, mostly because the exhortation to upgrade from Apple I got blithered only about "improvements" to the music ap.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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Well they won't be getting any parts from the one in New York, that I can tell you!

Mainly because the one we got wasn't actually a real shuttle and doesn't have any real shuttle bits to scavenge.

In your face, NASA!

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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First: A website aimed at helping cheaters run around on their spouses has no reputation to protect.

Second: Does anyone really give a fuck about this?

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Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

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4 Boltar: Shills

You are aware of the difference between a tech conference and a marketing junket, aren't you?

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Curiosity rolls over onto Martian WET PATCH, takes satisfied selfie

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So that's what, three to four molecules of water per scoop of pulverized rock?

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YouTube bloggers told to slap 'advert' stickers on their vid posts

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Which idiot came up with "vlogger"?

"I'm a vlogger. I vlog for a living."

You know, there was a time when computer-originated buzz-jargon was cool. The Internet has age has leeched that out and left us with McBuzz.

I blame Google, Yahoo et al.

In fact, I think I'll post a vitriolic vlogspot about it.

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Weaponized dolphins.

Riiiiiight.

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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Looks like Redmond is moving out of the PC business and into the Great Big Tabletop Tablet market.

Problem for me is that I use my laptop as an authoring tool and as a testbed as well as a media consumption device. I don't "do" Facebook or Youtube (well, at the end of my billing cycle I might view a couple of "Truck Crashes" videos because who can resist the lure of crazy Russian truck driving habits?) so for me the "media consumption" side is pretty much minimal.

Given that, allowing anyone to lock down the device to their ideas of what I should be able to do is madness.

So I shall be going Linux I suppose. What a pain. I'll have to re-acquire much of what I've bought and some of the stuff only exists as Windows, Mac and "You're on your own" Linux builds with long lists of known bugs. Running make every time I need a new tool is not my idea of fun. I don't want to hand cut spanners when I work on engines or wind the armature of a drill when I do carpentry. Some enjoy that aspect of using computers. I do that for a living and would rather get to the nitty gritty in my own time.

Oh well.

Well done Microsoft. You've enhanced things until they stopped working (for me, at any rate). This was a phenomenon well-known when I started in the trade back before Unix. Nice to see that some things don't change over time, even if the semiconductors used to do them have.

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US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'

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I think they can be regarded as an air force.

I double dog dare you to tell a fleet air arm pilot he/she flies for the Air Force.

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Yes they do........

Half of those are (or were) owned by the Fleet Air Arm. Otherwise known as The Navy.

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But doesn't this slogan only work for the navy and Hertz?

Air forces don't have fleets. They have Squadrons.

Which means the Air Force can only go after the folks at the LHC for sucking money out of NATO budgets.

"Loose hadrons defund squadrons".

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Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Re: Another week...

Agree. Prediction: Military use for ten years then cripple with "safety circuitry" so you have to replace them bout every two years.

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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"Requirement to hire American workers first"

When I applied for my H1-B that was indeed the requirement. It had to be demonstrated that no American who was qualified for the job was willing to do it before I could be hired.

Of course, I was working on what eventually boiled down - via a series of subcontractors - to a Government contract, where the rules are often tighter. Hell, I had to undergo an FBI background check to get a building pass.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: how much the developers [got paid]

Er, do interns get paid anything?

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The real danger here is that his strategy might be to align the Loony Right under his banner, then concede and publicly support A.N. Othercandidate, defusing any urge in his supporters to just sit at home with the shotgun and the beer instead of wasting time voting for liberals.

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Re: First, anyone who is an US Citizen

First, anyone who is a US Citizen by birth etc etc blitherdrooldrone

FTFY.

Otherwise we could look forward to Arnold the Presidentinator.

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

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Clean miss by the whitehats there. Should've taken control of one in the wild, used it to "attack" the owner repeatedly and then sat back and watched Twitter light up with hashtag skynet tweets.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Honeywell Bull error code

I bet they did.

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There's no better environment for releasing one's inner Benny Hill than a COBOL program.

Pick a few data names with an eye on what the future might bring, add some suggestive 88 levels for good measure, override the OS's facilities management and be creative with your internal procedure names and you are good to go.

And good for a visit from the extremely militant head of the all-female punchroom staff on account of the fact that your program was punched by one girl and verified by each of the others who wanted to get a look at it. As I recall she stood over me on the first run with a clenched fist aimed at my hurtybits should it not prove to be "a proper program".

On the plus side, first program ever with no punch errors.

I met a consultant years later, after I had gone freelance, who told me he'd worked on the thing as part of an ICL to UNIVAC conversion. He'd gotten into the most dreadful trouble because he assumed the thing was a joke and so rather than converting it he simply elaborated the story told in the procedure division and sent it back to the chief programmer.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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4 Lars

"I wonder how much lake water was needed to cut the sound and cool it down."

None to cool the engine. Rocket engines like this are of a regenerative design. The parts that need cooling are cooled by passing unburned fuel through them. Same as the fuel pump for the TR6.

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'We've got the sanitation problem solved', says world's richest poop drinker

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I know the Register is taking a perverse glee in Bill Gates' water project but if you think for a bit you'll come to the inescapable conclusion that we've all drunk "potty water" for years.

Now I feel sick. Your work here is done.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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So a proud tax avoider wants to tell the powers that be how tax money should be collected?

How American.

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You gotta be in it to win it: The Register presents its official Programming Competition

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Dilbert would simply craft a new language in which the program text would be:

task();

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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It occurs to me that if you used the Ostrich's neck for a strap you could deploy your iWatch as a belt or bandolier and really stand out from the iCrowd.

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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

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Re: Not DriveThruRPG by any chance? Just had a very similar message from them.

Oh yes me old beauty, I should say so.

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So you are supposed to park your birth certificate on some publicly accessible website?

Hmm, can't see a down side to that.

In other news, a web-vendor I use for PDFs has just informed me I need to destroy my credit card, phone my bank and start watching my statements because they were infiltrated by sneaky hackers doing something clever to capture incoming purchase orders (I imagine this was on the order of running stdin through tee).

No connection between the two stories. Just thought I'd mention it.

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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man up

"I also figured it was related to "are you a man or a mouse?""

It's actually basketball court slang. Or was before it was co-opted for general use by street gangs and then used Fungus The Bogeyman style by ordinary people who "assumed" a meaning (without actually checking and without confirming the listener was using a compatible understanding of the phrase's meaning themselves).

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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Though when asking him to take it down

I thought one of the issues with facebook was that it is impossible to take anything down once you've posted it.

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Dossiers on US spies, military snatched in 'SECOND govt data leak'

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spear-fishing attempts at some (if not all) of the UK providers of health care records

These are probably the desperate attempts of British people trying to access their own information, the user API's being the last thing built on any system and the Health Care IT projects never getting past the "aborted trial roll-out and massive lawsuit issuance" stage according to stories on El Reg.

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No problem. All the *really* dangerous secret stuff was on Hillary's e-mail server, which - as of today's intel - hasn't been hacked.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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This is why we need people on Mars and not robot golf carts with a go-pro bolted on.

Also, it would seem highly likely that pareidolia is simply what the brain does. Otherwise how does language arise? I'd argue that the mind is just recursive pattern-recognition on steroids.

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