* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

WonkoTheSane
Mushroom

Happens everywhere...

I once got an earful at the local supermarket because I complained to a builder who had parked his van across TWO disabled bays near the door to the shop.

This was WHILE I was pushing my wheelchair-bound mother to the far end of the carpark where I'd had to park, even though we HAD a valid blue badge!

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

WonkoTheSane
Thumb Up

Adblock's next step?

Kill off its "Acceptable Ads" scheme and block ALL of the unwanted bandwidth-munching rubbish!

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: The more they push

Obligatory Star Wars quote:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wntX-a3jSY

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Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

WonkoTheSane

Re: A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End

"Octarine, associated with all things eight-ish, but the petitioners decided to go with 117 instead of 118 ?"

Because 117 is a halogen, and therefore can end with "ine" instead of "ium"

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Hacked OPM won't cough up documents on mega-breach – claim

WonkoTheSane
Alien

Reverse Hack?

I still think this may not have been to steal the records of 21m people with security clearance.

It may have been to ADD a couple dozen clearances for another power's embedded agents.

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ISPs: UK.gov should pay full costs of Snooper's Charter hardware

WonkoTheSane
Holmes

Re: Depressing.

"Are all UK home secretaries unpleasant people before they take up the role, or do they suddenly become nasty on assuming office?"

Yes.

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Protip

Screen all your incoming calls through an answering machine which has the outgoing message starting with that 3-tone chime that you get when dialling an unavailable number.

This tone is what tells the robodialler these scum use that the number is not in service, and wipes it from it's database.

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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

WonkoTheSane
Joke

EPIC achievement!

Just wait till he adds this mode to Teslas!

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Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie

WonkoTheSane

Re: Send Heston up there

Heston WAS hired to come up with recipes for Tim, and his show will air on C4 in the spring

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

WonkoTheSane
FAIL

Re: Fruit Machines

Turn in your nerd card. He was quoting this:- http://www.montypython.net/scripts/piranha.php

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Tech firms fight anti-encryption demands after Paris murders

WonkoTheSane
Big Brother

Gubmint ignorance AGAIN!

This week's "Government-enforced backdoor" will become next week's "Haxxor's catflap".

All it needs is for an official to leave their encryption key on the bus, AGAIN!

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

WonkoTheSane

Just wait.

Some idiot will try this on a fighter plane armed with laser guided bombs.

File under Darwin Award.

(Yes, I know that's not how laser guided bombs really work, but it sounded nice inside my head)

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Google roasts critical twin Android bugs in new Marshmallow OS

WonkoTheSane

Still waiting for Marshmallow

Got it on my Nexus 5 phone, but still waiting for Nexus 7 2013 tablet.

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Common Lego !!

Pretty sure Playmobil is not owned by LEGO.

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Sky 'fesses up to broken fibre cables as cause of outage woes

WonkoTheSane

Sky now reporting all is well once more

" Problems with Sky Broadband and Talk services in Cheshire | 29 September 2015

If you live in the following areas of Cheshire and you have Sky Broadband, Sky Talk or Sky Fibre Broadband in your home, we know you've been having problems getting online and with making calls since yesterday evening.

Culcheth, Frodsham, Hale, Helsby, Irlam, Manley, Padgate, Penketh, Runcorn, Warrington, Westwood and Widnes.

Latest news: we're pleased to report the problem has now been resolved. Broadband services in the above areas are now up and running again.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Last updated: 12.29pm "

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SIX MILLION fingerprints of US govt workers nicked in cyber-heist

WonkoTheSane
Black Helicopters

Have they compared the live data to the backup

There may be MORE records on the system than OPM think they had.

Instead of STEALING the data, $FOREIGNPOWER may have ADDED their own spies records to the clearance database for later espionage.

(El Reg needs a tinfoil hattery icon!)

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

WonkoTheSane

Re: Looks pretty impressive

I read elsewhere that the more expensive "Storm" model WILL take a 128GB MicroSD.

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

WonkoTheSane

Re: Android 5.1.1 arrived today

Definitely got a patch, but it actually WASN'T a version bump (my error).

It WAS a Stagefright fix though, being the first of the new monthly security updates:-

http://officialandroid.blogspot.ca/2015/08/an-update-to-nexus-devices.html

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WonkoTheSane
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Android 5.1.1 arrived today

This version closes the "Stagefright" vulnerability, and arrived on both my Nexus 5 & 7 last night.

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

Re: Tough titty, this is the price we have to pay

Your "skeleton key" WILL be left on the bus at the first opportunity!

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

I blame the architect

The company I currently work for had the factory extended a few years back, with a nice shiny new server room specced out. (A windowless concrete box)

I got sent in to wire up a couple of phone lines as we started moving staff into the new block.

While doing this work, I realised that the builders had installed nothing more technical than a bathroom extractor fan, as the plans called for.

I immediately pointed out to my superiors how much this would likely cost in cooked servers, and suggested they got the builders back to tie it into the AC of the new lab next door.

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Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: Marketers can't think the unthinkable

Looks like I have a fan. One person votes EVERY post I make down.

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WonkoTheSane

Re: Marketers can't think the unthinkable

Looks like a Marketroid reads El Reg. Why else vote me down?

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WonkoTheSane
Holmes

Marketers can't think the unthinkable

Maybe the reason tablet sales are down is because EVERYONE WHO WANTS ONE HAS ONE?

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

WonkoTheSane
Black Helicopters

Re: Na Na Nana Na(not a coward-forgot password)

Having read the original article, it seems the drone was operating at BELOW roof height (approx 10 feet), and stopping at intervals to ogle sunbathing girls, including HIS daughters!

See http://www.wdrb.com/story/29650818/hillview-man-arrested-for-shooting-down-drone-cites-right-to-privacy

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WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: 40mm Glock

Most likely a Glock MODEL 40 which is a 10mm calibre weapon

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Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

WonkoTheSane

Been done

Ikea also sell lamps & bedside tables with built-in charging pads.

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

WonkoTheSane
Go

Stretch goal added

New target $700,000 to add Alan Shepard's suit to the display.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Incite a rebellion

HP's R&D folk should invest in a job lot of t-shirts with this on them:-

http://static3.paizo.com/image/product/catalog/OWD/OWD8013_500.jpeg

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

WonkoTheSane

Re: THE solution

Sadly, that's already been proven to be unpossible.

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SPECTRE-tacular: New trailer out for Bond 24. But where's the pussy?

WonkoTheSane

It seems this turns QoS & Skyfall into a trilogy.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

WonkoTheSane
Trollface

Re: Makes my blood boil

"How, in Gods name, does this stuff become law?"

Manila envelopes. Nice, fat manila envelopes...

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: So it's not really a phone ?

"especially one with 16GB of memory, which seems decidedly poor for a player meant to carry FLAC"

Which is why it also (unlike many other phones these days) also has a MicroSD slot.

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Horrifying MOCK BACON ABOMINATION grown in BUBBLING VATS as ALGAE

WonkoTheSane

Re: Great news

This stuff IS dulse!

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

WonkoTheSane
Facepalm

To turn OFF Google Photos sync, you must first turn Google Photos ON.

Then, tap the menu icon, then settings.

THEN you can turn Backup & Sync off.

Note also that geo-location of pics defaults to ON.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: Purpose

The Alaska Railroad ends at the port of Whittier on the South coast, where trains are wheeled onto ferry barges for the crossing to the US mainland. It does NOT connect to Canada.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: How much control/flexibility over the free W10 download?

"Does anyone know if the 3Gb download can be saved to a DVD/USB stick as a backup in case things go wrong?"

Looks like it.

"With Windows 10, you can create your own recovery media and back up the pristine state of the operating system and preinstalled software. If things go wrong and you are unable to refresh or reset your device successfully, you can boot the device using recovery media and reset to the prior pristine state."

Source:-

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/16/how-windows-10-achieves-its-compact-footprint/

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

WonkoTheSane
Headmaster

Re: What a horrible paint job

It looks like that because motoring papparazi

Why?:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage

Much has been said of the need to install a sound maker in Electric cars.

My vote goes to the sound of George Jetson's flying saucer.

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

WonkoTheSane
Pirate

Time to write our OWN antivirus program

With Blackjack. And hookers!

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Phone scamming up 30 percent last year: Report

WonkoTheSane

Re: Come on Ofcom

Compression would render your whistle harmless, sadly.

How about a "modem" chirp that would wipe their robodiallers instead?

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Three exposed Brit's privates with sloppy survey code

WonkoTheSane
Big Brother

Surveys?

This is an EXCELLENT reason to decline taking them!

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

WonkoTheSane

So... this? http://xkcd.com/1532/

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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

WonkoTheSane

Came here to say exactly that. Thanks for saving my fingers!

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

WonkoTheSane

I DO have an IP camera

But it's trained on the spot where I park my car, not my living room!

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

WonkoTheSane

OFCOM?

More like OFGUM, because toothless.

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

WonkoTheSane

Re: How about this...

1: Duct tape to housebrick

2: Deliver via window.

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China's hackers stole files on 4 MEELLION US govt staff? Bu shi, says China

WonkoTheSane
Holmes

Security Clearances

I read "elsewhere" that the OPN also handles gubmint security clearances.

Maybe this data grab was a diversion, and the clearance database now contains a few more names than the last backup might indicate?

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NASA shock: Flying saucer predicted over Hawaii on Wednesday

WonkoTheSane

Trying again Friday

https://blogs.nasa.gov/ldsd/2015/06/04/nasa-scrubs-june-4-ldsd-launch/

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WonkoTheSane
Stop

Launch postponed again

Launch window now opens Thursday at 7:30 a.m. HST

(1:30 p.m. EDT / 16:30pm BST)

Wave heights still a concern for recovery team.

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Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

WonkoTheSane

Re: Don't buy this in the pub

Why do I suspect whoever modded me down of being the thief?

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