* Posts by WonkoTheSane

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

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OFCOM?

More like OFGUM, because toothless.

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

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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

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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

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Trying again Friday

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

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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

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Re: Don't buy this in the pub

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

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Don't buy this in the pub

BBC are reporting a truckload of the "Special Edition" (including the Amiibo Mario mentions above) has been stolen en-route to GAME stores.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32915183

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US Patriot Act's phone spying rules are dead – but that means very little

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Re: Does anyone actually believe they have stopped collecting metadata?

Bringing Section 215 in didn't actually change anything, so why should removing it?

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Nosy Brit cops demand access to comms data EVERY TWO MINUTES

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Re: Wow!

Easy to spot. They have cars with blue & yellow squares down the sides...

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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FAIL

Re: Chart?

Or better yet, DON'T set max table width in your CSS!

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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I have my suspicions...

During the election, CallMeDave pledged to bring in a law to lock the rates of VAT, NI, & Income Tax "within 100 days".

This of course gives him 99 days to raise those rates without breaking his promise. Now Osborne has announced a "surprise" budget for Jul 8. Hmm.

(El Reg needs a tinfoil hattery icon, but this will have to do for now.)

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

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Re: They could succeed and form BE...

Nope. Sky bought Be a couple years ago.

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Screech! Grand Theft Auto V malware mods warning

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Obscure X-Men reference

Kitty Pride would have been a more universally known through-wall-walker.

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Musk: 'It's BS for ex-Vulture to claim I forced employee to miss sprog's birth'

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The best children

Are other peoples. You can give them back!

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Think tank realises Whack-A-Mole site takedowns are not working

Expect Gubmint to discount new theory in 3...2...1...

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

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Re: I know why Apple are claiming so many sales

Hopefully not, as it's still sealed in its box, as is the 20GB data plan SIM they sent with it.

On the up side, they seem to have also refunded me £49.99 for receiving this phone.

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I know why Apple are claiming so many sales

It's because I recently received an iPhone 6 from EE, despite never ordering one.

I'm telling them that if they don't collect it inside 2 weeks, it's mine to sell according to

"Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008"

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Building the world's biggest telescope array - with machines that don't yet exist

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Control centre announced the other day

Jodrell Bank will be the central control for this array.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/32538364

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Yow! It's the HOT NEW 'Collections' from Google! Oh wait ... it's a Google+ thing

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FAIL

Dear Google,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU

That is all.

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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Tinfoil hat time

Lots of pics to top up 3-letter-agency facial recognition databases.

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EU Commish is rather pleased German BND and NSA thought it worth spying on

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BND forgot to check something.

BND may have made a deal with the NSA to not spy on Germany directly, but did NSA have a deal with GCHQ to do it for them?

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Re: below is a list where DRM successfully stopped piracy

"Remember, home taping is killing music."

Funny, I thought it was Simon Cowell???

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Headmaster

I believe you mean "Zarjaz!"

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

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Re: known issue that causes every typed letter to appear twice

Shouldn't there be FOUR S's in the middle?

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Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

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The rules of politics

1: Promise everything

2: Deliver nothing

3: Blame the other lot

and the "unwritten" rule:-

DON'T GET CAUGHT!

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Re: What study?

In my area, Aldi and Lidl are the only stores which take contactless payment of any kind.

The "Big 4" supermarkets don't want to know!

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Re: I'm puzzled by these attempts.

@1980s_coder - Not sure you understand how things work around here.

You used the words "patents" and "expired" in the same sentence!

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Headmaster

Ahem:- https://xkcd.com/927/

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

AC is correct. The caffeine from decaf is sold for many megabux to energy drink / cola manufacturers.

This means that decaf is actually a WASTE product!

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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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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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Pint

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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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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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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