* Posts by Ole Juul

1476 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

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No electric chairs?

Too bad. I'm getting tired of the old whoopee cushion and was hoping for something a little more mortifying.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: A car key I have to recharge every day?

Its battery life will also apparently last an entire day.

They've obviously got a ways to go before they catch up with the standard mantle clock with its 15 day windup movement. That may be ironic, but in reality Apple isn't competing with the past, but rather with the future.

Speaking of foresight. What happens if you forget to recharge your watch and still need to start your car in the morning?

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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They don't want to look bad (but don't mind looking stupid)

Indeed, when that Republican (whatever that is) says ". . . this issue goes to the core of more important principles: the foundations of the US economy and free enterprise." he appears to not be listening to himself. Leaving alone the misunderstanding of "more important principles", he sounds like he does not wish well on the US economy and free enterprise. I think those guys are just saying screwball things because they can't say what they really mean, since it would make them look bad. Now they just look bad because they look stupid - but a lot of people won't notice or care about that.

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

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control

". . . getting security right and “without compromising a central bank’s ability to control its currency”

Their mindset is still focused on it being their money that people will be using.

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It's the EU and me against the world – Euro digi-chief

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He's got that right.

“They will go to the member states where data protection is least developed, they will hoover up our data, transfer it to California and sell it as a service.”

That's worth addressing - regardless of whether or not it is difficult at this point.

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Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

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Here we go again

Shades of Sony. Now all we need is the FBI to dogpile on this one. I don't think this is in the same category, but it does look like we're starting to see a template evolve here.

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Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

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Re: Scandis

For those who don't hail from those parts, you might want to know that the Finnish language is generally incomprehensible to Scandinavians. On the other hand, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish are very similar and there is some functional comprehension between them.

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Red or alive, you're coming with me: Feds offer $3m reward for 'CryptoLocker baron'

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Russian

I don't see why the FBI doesn't contact the Russian government to collaborate on this.

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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Not invented here

He insisted that the right legal framework could be put in place

Unfortunately legal frameworks don't seem to work when it comes to the NSA. They prefer their own in-house solutions.

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Internet industry lends support to IANA transition

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All three

. . . committee members may choose to bring some of the rhetoric that has been floating around Washington circles in the past few months and argue that the process risks having over more control of the internet to countries such as Russia and China.

Those voices are probably the same ones that support the NSA. I'd be worried about them as well.

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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Re: Ban 'em

Banning is letting them off too lightly.

(sarc) It's an attack on the security and safety of the American people. I don't see why it isn't considered domestic terrorism. OTOH, if Superfish was bigger and lobbied more, then Obama could bail them out by issuing a statement that the NORKS are involved. (/sarc)

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Evil CSS injection bug warning: Don't let hackers cross paths with your website

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He may be trying some kind of forum injection vulnerability attack. Just don't click on it.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Any chance of clarification...

@Brictoria As it is, all I am seeing is that no-one seems willing or able to provide an explanation as to where the line between this sort of action being theft or not actually is.

The line is between the government and the people. People do all sorts of things, some of which can be discussed as good or bad, that's how it is. However, the government must not lie or steal - under any circumstances. When that happens, it is time for some serious evaluation about the state of the country.

Just so you know, I don't download files because I don't watch TV or movies. I'm just a cranky old guy with other ways to keep busy and serious concerns about an out of control state. I'm sure there are some filesharing people here, but it is just not an issue in this thread. The important issue is a corrupt government, and that greatly overshadows any discussion about copyright.

PS: Although it's been beaten to death, you're right that the copyright discussion is worth having. Where you're getting all the downvotes is because you're mixing up something small with something very big.

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Thieves

"we know the NSA does like to steal keys where it can"

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What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news

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dang

I just looked up dotnews.com . . . not available.

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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How can a broke person offer a $5m bounty?

He's probably just MEGA broke.

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Canuck Bitcoin exchange gives up after security SNAFU

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Why?

Is the exchange quitting because the problem cannot be fixed, or because they've just had enough?

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Pfft! Looks can be deceptive...

Well, anything that can run two 360 floppies is still useful in my eyes. In fact I've got an Amstrad 1512 here. Actually I've got a Sinclair and an rPi as well. I must admit that although a two-floppy system is not bad, for some reason the rPi does get more use these days.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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great.scot

Will we now see beammeup.gov.scot?

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NetMundial consultation produces collective, apathetic 'meh'

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I'm rooting for the next team.

Two strikes and one to go before the next team is up to bat.

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Are you ready to ditch the switchboard and move to IP telephony?

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Re: My personal opinion...

POTS is indeed known for reliability, but that is by no means universal. I've suffered through the better part or a decade with telco service that would drop out, sometimes for days. And the insult of having them insist on sending out a tech when it's always their own rotten lines, is infuriating. This may not be the norm, but for a couple of years now, I've enjoyed VoIP and its better reliability and voice quality. OK, that's my situation but I'm sure there are others. The telcos are not keen on keeping the same standards they did 25 years ago.

Also, I'm on rural wireless with very low bandwidth. I get very few dropouts, certainly nothing compared to cell phone dysfunction that I hear when people call me on those. I'm sold on VoIP and all the practical functions you can have for free - to say nothing of the pricing. You can chose different providers for outgoing and incoming, even chose routing sometimes. The so called "long distance" concept of billing is a gonner too. One thing though, do get a good provider. Either one of the very expensive big companies (who don't offer much except call quality), or one of the cadillac small companies with dedicated staff who usually offer an amazing array of services for no extra cost. If you are even slightly technically inclined, you can get first class service for between 1 and 2 cents per minute. If you want to do a little more work, CircleNet charges $1.50 per month + .002 per minute in the UK and US, and they're a quality company. There are however, plenty that aren't.

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Windows 10 to give passwords the finger and dangle dongles

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This could be a goldmine.

Would the collection of this biometric data from people's computers be even more lucrative than getting passwords? It seems to me that people will be presenting the same data for all uses and thus making it a single point of failure.

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Hackers fear arms control pact makes exporting flaws illegal

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Top pic

That looks like the same hacker that was in the other story. Or is this his twin brother?

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Re: Except the cars have to have an operator in the vehicle, who can take control in an emergency..

Surely you could also send your car out to pick something up. I don't see any reason for me to be in it if I'm not needed.

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Hackers break the bank to the tune of $300 MEEELLION

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Re: Two years? Up to a Billion+?

I suppose the banks' next step will be to ask for their governments to reimburse them?

Of course. That's cheaper than any other insurance, and saves the bother and expense of fixing the door.

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So who just bought the rights to .blog for $30m? A chap living in Panama

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Re: Is the TLD important?

I think there is some value in the branding. As for typing in a whole name, I agree that most people just click or search.

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An NSA spy, a Fed and a sysadmin walk into a bar – that's Prez Obama's new cyber-security order

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Security by denial

The new order instructs federal agencies to set up a clearing house of real-time, up-to-the-minute information on what's menacing US infrastructure.

So, they will be collecting reports of how security is neglected, ignored, or assumed to be covered by insurance, instead of taking responsibility for the situation? Thought not.

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

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Re: You really need a vacuum gap...

"if someone can plug uncontrolled devices from uncontrolled systems into an "air gapped" system, it's not really an "air gap" - you just have a slower connection."

Indeed, these guys are just using their own specialized definition of air gap so as to make their point. Sneakernet has always been a perfectly functional way to connect computers.

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Don't count on antivirus software alone to keep your data safe

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Re: Who's the Audience here?

The audience is MS-Windows desktop users. That's totally fine, but this may not be the best site for that.

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Sony Pictures claims 'Nork mega-hack attack' cost it just $15 million

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Re: Hollywood Accounting

What happened to the billion dollar loss incurred?

That's why they're back-peddling. Now they they want to downplay the situation for the share holders.

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Re: Fact or White house fiction

The White House is peddling their fiction and Sony is back-peddling.

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Likes of Google to have undue influence in Brussels, say activists

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Re: Letting companies sue governments for lost profits

I simply cannot understand how anyone would dare propose such a legislation.

Because they have no conscience whatsoever. In fact, they're hired with that qualification in mind. Shareholders close their eyes to the dirty work and don't care where the money comes from. It's sickening.

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Too late

I bet the "FBI & NSA bods" wished they had chosen the Russian connection now. After all, since they can never reveal any proof, they can chose any story that suits them - and they do.

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee calls for net neutrality in Europe

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Re: But not all of my packets shoudl be treated equally....

The concept that the core network will never be congested is great, but all that means is that you are paying more for the service than you should be. Network infrastructure should be running near capacity in order to make itself worthwhile - that's just basic economics.

We've been led to think that telcos need, and are entitled to, excessive and market detrimental amounts of profit. I don't believe that their greed is holy. Prioritizing traffic is a way for them to oversell what they have, and an excuse for not putting very much of their profit plunders into infrastructure.

As for VoIP taking priority, that's fine on a local network, but even there it shouldn't be necessary. I've got low bandwidth and can still squeeze in a VoIP session here even while downloading and browsing. It really takes an insignificant amount of bandwidth - even with uncompressed codecs. If the backbone is running so close to capacity that it doesn't have room for VoIP then we're really in trouble.

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DARPA: We KNOW WHO YOU ARE... by the WAY you MOVE your MOUSE

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Typical

These things always start with an assumption which is unproven, and likely wrong.

. . . requires humans to do something that is inherently unnatural: create, remember, and manage long, complex passwords.

As far as I'm aware, people have created, remembered, and managed, long and complex strings of letters and numbers for a very long time. To say it is inherently unnatural is simply not defensible. Actors routinely memorize accurately a whole script for a play. Singers sing long songs. Etc., etc.

I'm not saying they aren't likely to produce something interesting, but I think they would have more credence if they left off the opening assumption and simply said they wanted to explore something.

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Wannabe Rulers of the Internet hit control-alt-delete on power plan

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new "terms of reference"

They've already shown what their "terms of reference" are, so why would we believe they're suddenly turned into good guys?

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Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon vows to kill off hated zombie stalkers

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Re: Weasel words

Until you learn that firm is the only provider of something you absolutely need.

For certain values of need. :) Actually, much of what I like, even techie stuff, isn't pushed that hard. Also, I haven't seen a lot of ads for water lately - though that day may not be far off.

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Re: Weasel words

I'm sure some people would like to see a 7.

While I'm on the line I'd like to say a word to advertisers: if you piss me off enough, I'll remember your name. That means that you'll never, ever, get a sale from me.

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BS

"Verizon takes customer privacy seriously"

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Silk Road trial latest: Ulbricht's Gmail addy appeared on ad for 'Amazon.com for drugs'

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Re: Nothing is as it seems

Sorry if that came off a little convoluted. :) Here goes again:

If the jury had a clue about the internet, they may be able to see their way past obfuscation. However, I suspect they don't in fact have a clue, so they will not understand an honest explanation (if that is what ends up being on offer here). In such a case they will likely go with the prosecutors who they will perceive as the voice of authority. The prosecutors will be pushing the idea that everything is as it seems.

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Nothing is as it seems

The internet is not like other places. Dratel is no doubt trying to make the best of that, but the jury may not understand enough to either be confused or see through it. As in most internet related trials, I fear the prosecutors have the advantage here

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: Not sure who is being punished the most here...

You mean his nude face?

At least El Reg is not asking for money to take it down, but perhaps a burka would solve the problem.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Re: For the Nth time

when you get right down to it the biggest difference between expensive quadcopter toys and cheap drones is how they're used.

Indeed, a paper airplane could have been even more effective in this case if it had a bomb threat written on it.

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Not all there

Barack Obama has instructed federal agencies to look over the issue of unmanned aerial vehicle regulation.

And this is going to stop people getting blind drunk and doing stupid things with flying toys?

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

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registry trust

The .Club company reckons it was well within its rights to rescind the registration and cancel Marler's lucky purchase.

Good that the CEO set things straight, but that statement still makes it hard to trust them any more.

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P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT

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New sport

Collect the whole set.

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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Re: How much C4

That would be mean. It's already a dark place. I suggest that a quadcopter can likely sprinkle enough LSD over the place that things might actually become more colorful.

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

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funny guy

assisting developing nations to live by the rule of international law

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Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

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We need more encryption

To protect ourselves against these extremists.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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opportunity knocks

Not only cover, but a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what the two governments can actually do, what they can't, and what they think is important. This could be an intelligence bonanza for the crims.

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