* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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True - That's why the recommended alternative is rot-26

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Re: "Don’t download from places which are not official app stores"

What I'm saying is that there IS an official UK National Lottery app, which they cannot put on Google Play due to US anti-gambling rules.

You have to download it yourself from the UK National Lottery website, enable "unknown sources" & install it yourself.

See https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/android/installation?icid=bsp:na:tx

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"Don’t download from places which are not official app stores"

This includes the OFFICIAL National Lottery App, because gambling is forbidden by Google's T&Cs (don't know about Apple & MS ones)

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Wikimedia chucks sueball at NSA and DOJ over mass surveillance

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Big Brother

A defendant was missed out

The suit should also name FISA for "enabling acts of cyber-terrorism".

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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I've also had a few of these.

My usual response is either:-

A: Wind them up so tight they start swearing down the phone, at which point I tell them their supervisor is standing RIGHT behind them.

or

B: Say in my best 1930's BBC accent, "I'm terribly sorry old chap, but I don't speak a word of English. Good day to you, sir!"

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Devil

I smell lobbyists

Lobbyists with manilla envelopes

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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Big Brother

What makes you think they haven't?

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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BOFH logo on "Bubba Keg"?

1.5L of insulated caffeine (or other BOFH-essential lubricants)

Note bottle opener at base of grip.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41no8tr5J9L._SY300_.jpg

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

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Re: Is it just me?

People, please!

If you're going to downvote, at least have the courtesy to say WHY!

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Is it just me?

Or does the article read as if the ISPs are claiming that doing nothing is "unworkable"?

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EU ministers hold Big Meeting on Big Data. But how will they get you to hand it over?

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Pirate

I, for one, do not wish to be transparent

(because that would be... ew!)

Skull - because bones --->

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Gullible Apple users targeted by bogus order cancellation scam

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Re: WOW

It's not lunchtime yet. Reg-ites are still too under-alcoholed to comment properly.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Re: Microdots ?

It's called "Smartwater" http://www.smartwater.com/

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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It's likely one of the 90% scale replicas doing the airshow circuit.

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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Childcatcher

Nursery Rhymes could have saved all this trouble...

"There was an old woman who swallowed a fly" etc.

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Amendment required

We need some brave soul to add an amendment to a bill, which prohibits amending bills in the future.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Linux

The unasked question

How is it at cohabiting with another OS?

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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I understand Boris is trying that for the new hybrid buses.

Not for a full charge, just a quick top-up whilst at the bus stop.

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Re: If only..

" If only the laws of physics and chemistry allowed a cheap small, light, high capacity battery to be constructed..."

Or is it patent issue?

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Article is incomplete

BBC also say a larger ship (capacity 19,224 containers) will be launched in 52 days.

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

"Sorry, but giving up your freedom for security is not an option - in fact a US President originally said that, but I guess he'd be sitting in Gitmo today for an anti-American attitude."

Ben Franklin was never El Presidente.

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CES: WELCOME YOUR ROBOT OVERLORDS... and, er, co-workers

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It's been done...

Someone in USA (due to last minute illness) was able to attend last year's World SciFi Convention at London Excel using one of these.

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Mirror, mirror: Seagate shows off 1TB data shiny at HDD beauty contest

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Re: Can I take this opportunity to moan about UK pricing?

USA adds sales tax of between 0% (Oregon) & 9.45% (Tennessee) at the checkout, making the drive anything from $64.99 to $71.13

UK adds 20% VAT BEFORE the checkout, making the drive $78 (or £51.47 at today's rate), so you're right. It's a 50% markup for good old "Treasure Island"!

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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In other news...

Stores report sudden spike in sales of Groucho Glasses & Guy Fawkes masks

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Seagate adds FIFTY PER CENT more capacity to new NAS drive

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Re: Part Number?

And monies. What monies for drive?

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Childcatcher

What's with the Victorian moralities?

The old battleaxe has been dead over a century now.

Won't someone think of the grownups?

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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US Politics needs one "Lone Wolf"

Someone who will sneak a rider onto an unrelated, but absolutely essential bill, which bans riders on bills.

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

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Fusion EATS hydrogen to make helium, leaving less fuel for the car!

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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Dear Ofcom,

Please force the FA to start their own subscription funded TV channel, so that I DON'T have to pay for sport I WILL NEVER WATCH!

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Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

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Hmmm...

So "disabling" TRIM support on 3rd party SSDs isn't a bug, but a feature?

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Nvidia doubles Tesla grunt at SC14

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Bitcoin miner?

This could pay for itself in days!

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: where did I put that Raspberry Pi

Don't get it from McD's. You'll get an honorable mention at the Darwin Awards!

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Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

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Depending where you are, you're still in with a chance.

Some "Broadband Initiatives" (Superfast Cymru is mine) are moving EO lines onto cabinets in the exchange carpark.

I know this to be the case as it has happened to me, although line length seems to limit me to 55-65Mb/s

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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"Squigly line logo"

Google Image Search suggests the logo is an equation. "SQRT(ANS)"

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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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Site was broken yesterday

Search filtering/sorting gave zero results

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The Flash lives up to its name with a fast-paced pilot full of potential

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Fans will note several "Easter Eggs" when re-watching this.

Buildings labelled "Stagg Industries", A busted animal cage with the sign "Grodd", etc.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Screen all calls through an answering machine...

But make the sound of a Fax machine signalling that it's "Out of Paper" as your outgoing message.

Laws agains junk faxes are more strictly enforced than phone calls.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: I'm baffled

It seems that you've never played the game "Whack-a-Mole"?

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Similar on Radio news earlier.

Some guys in the UK have been charged with assorted Terror offenses including "On-line reconnaissance of a police station and military base", AKA using Google Earth.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Nothing is new under the sun

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTKJ-uYwULcUcgy6YO4AdOmvahzFzrDSSWeP5sf2Pj696QiXfad6A

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: "true dat"

"Google will be just fine with a micro sd slot."

Unlikely. Google want you to upload everything to their cloud, so they (and NSA etc) can scrape your data.

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: 2-part security?

Wipe would be initiated when phone _cannot_ see the security token.

Old school version would be the old "If anything happens to me, the information I have goes to the papers".

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Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.

"Eh? Then what does the Settings -> Security -> Encrypt Device on my Android 4.1 phone do? Or the Settings -> Security -> Encrypt external SD card ?"

Nothing unless you switch it on. Which is what Google will do in Android L (default ON instead of OFF).

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2-part security?

Since Plod will take a phone immediately as evidence, but leave jewellery until a suspect is booked, auto-wiping might be achieved by pairing with an NFC ring ( http://nfcring.com/ ) or similar device.

If NFC ring <> connected then return phone to factory settings.

Placing the phone in an RF-shielded bag would obviously break the connection between phone & NFC device.

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NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

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Not a lot of people realize...

Not a lot of people realize that El Presidente is only cleared to the red level of that graphic.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Quote wrong?

I could have sworn the Doctor said "It's the baggage car, but thanks for _lying_".

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Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

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Re: Time to don the old Tin Foil Chapeau

Well, it worked for Voda / EE vs Phones4U.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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DRM-Free Library

Books in my house are analog-only!

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Playing Devil's advocate

But what guarantees have MS given that this "feature" will be removed in later builds?

Mine's the one with a tinfoil hat in the pocket -->

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