* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2621 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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Each and every one of you has the mettle and moral fiber necessary to claim this power as your own and to wield it for your highest purpose when serving on a jury: upholding justice, including upholding it above law when the two are in conflict. Do not be deterred by people invoking the chimera of punishment for acting in good conscience and doing what is right.

Excellent reference - thanks for that.

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If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

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Re: Not in the trash

Most are too toxic to recycle.

.. and that's just the firmware..

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Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

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Re: Far Too Little, Much Too Late Delivers Fates in Destinations rather than Destinies with Journeys

Hey @amanfromMars, long time no see :).

It's even easier than that.

Any truly intelligent AI will soon realise that it merely has to pull the same stunt as happened in cars: make all the controls electronic. At this moment, drivers in keyless cars are already at risk of electronics going rogue as they no longer have a mechanical ignition key to kill the whole light show (one reason why I'll never have one of those, or will then at least have a master breaker installed somewhere).

Making controls purely electronic and adding sensors everywhere is already creating the perfect environment for a smart AI to take control.

I, for one, greet our AI overlords, or they'll cut my power, water and delete my existence ..

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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Are they planning on building an even bigger dome to replace that one when it eventually starts to fall apart?

Hahaha - yes, I saw what you did there.

However, Matryoshka dolls are generally made of wood :).

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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"If you haven't done anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about"

.. which just so happens to be the perfect argument for government transparency and accountability IMHO..

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Continuous Lifecycle 2017: Ten days to tell us how DevOps really works

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It's 2016, throw your CDs in the container and embrace the cloud.

I think that might be a tad short for a paper or presentation. You can try, of course, but ..

:)

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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elReg, promote Lee to a gold badge for that post.

Seconded.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

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Re: Ah, the wonderful future we are going toward

Microsoft obviously has the right to make any changes it wants

It does, and as long as you ensure you can match that with the right and ability to then walk away you're fine from a business perspective. The issue is that a CRM tends to combine data sets in a way that is hard to replicate outside the software that created them, so it creates a lock in (one of Microsoft's favourite methods to keep you paying).

As I said elsewhere, we're in the process of assembling a new startup and to date that has not been a single viable argument to use any Microsoft products, and especially not anything cloud based. Heck, we don't even use Office - we've been using LibreOffice for years elsewhere but I recognise we're fortunate to be in the rare position of not having to exchange Office files with others who do not use LibreOffice.

But I digress. I've looked at SugarCRM for quite some time as well as it's derivative TigerCRM, but only since UK company SuiteCRM started up has that become more interesting. I have no relationship with them, but what they do seems to make sense and has as added advantage that the CRM code is accessible, which promotes long term resilience.

Moreover, *you* make the choice where it runs. Internally on a box on the LAN, on a server inside the DMZ, on a hired VM or fully hosted - you can make that choice based on budget and migrate when applicable. Just make sure you make backups..

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I wouldn't call a lighter wallet a feature.

It is from Microsoft's perspective :). What's more, it can return to its old game of locking up corporate data in a proprietary format and I bet they have been absolutely itching to re-establish that kind of lock in since they were forced to (pretend to) open their Office file formats.

That's why I'm looking at SuiteCRM. The only trouble I've found is that it very quickly throws an XSS alert during admin functions if your browser has things like Ghostery or uBlock installed. I've installed Opera specifically to talk to the test install and that seems to work.

We'll probably get some consultancy from SuiteCRM once we have worked out what exactly we want and the associated processes - not only does it save us time, it's also a form of payback.

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Re: Marketing>Software

For 5000£ we can do something way more interesting for us using open source...something that will NOT be constantly be shifting and that will be very well integrated with MY stuff.

Get SuiteCRM at suitecrm.com. It's compatible with SugarCRM, so you can just get some books on SugarCRM and get going with it, and as it's Open Source (and documented - the other thing you really need) you can (a) integrate it relatively easily and (b) keep it stable re. features and API.

You can run it hosted, hire a VM somewhere or just plant an old PC in your office running Linux, but whatever you do, never skimp on backups because the true price of a CRM is dependency (which is why MS is so very, very, VERY keen to get you to sign up to theirs, it locks in your data). With SuiteCRM, that data is at least held in a format you can track but you must realise that you are pushing your sales processes there - if the thing fails you will lose your data and sales leads, and without a backup that basically means death for your company.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on (busy with a startup myself :) ).

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We're great, you don't understand competition law, Google tells Europe

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Re: Google results are trash

I haven't noticed that. Maybe you're just older and as such, more jaded?

I have, and I am :)

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

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Well, it DID land..

.. just a bit more forcefully than planned.

On the plus side, that's one hole that doesn't need to be drilled by the next one :)

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Re: 'Digital Natives' are totally oblivious to how it works

60x40 pixels isn't that sexy unless you squint real hard.

Hah! Luxury! In my days we had to do it with ASCII drawings.

:)

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German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

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Re: I don't get it!

I wouldn't go too literal on this, although I'd welcome a car that would maintain altitude. With a bit of planning and judicial use of bridges it would a big help during peak hours - that is, until other drivers figure it out :)

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Re: This is bad

"I can run the washing machine/dishwasher/dryer"

All in one? Have you got a patent on that?

No, but a lot of broken dishes.

:)

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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Re: Oh, come ON

@Milton, you must be new here.

Give it time, give it time..

:)

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Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam! – and! any! passing! hacker!

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(not sure if formal punctuation demands a period after the ! in that sentence)

Interesting point (sorry :) ). Was there ever a rule developed for marketing idiots including punctuation in a name? As the exclamation mark is part of the company name it should formally not be considered punctuation, which would normally demand an extra full stop.

However, as that would be playing along with something that I've always found rather stupid! (as does El Reg, hence the constant heckling! in! any! Yahoo! headline!), I personally am of the opinion that formal rules can go stuff themselves and I'll (a) call it Yahoo and (b) add any punctuation to suit, which is unlikely to include an exclamation mark, under the banner of not wanting to perpetuate another marketing crime against the English language, even if it's American. Puns and play on words, fine, punctuation, no.

Period.

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Re: Make the bastards sweat

They probably think they're still encrypted :)

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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Precisely. You can even be lacking some technical skills (teachable stuff) and still get the job if you seem like you want to work and get on well with everyone else.

Exactly. Skills are easier to fix than attitude.

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Germany calls halt to Facebook’s WhatsApp info slurp

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Re: Stop using Facebook and WhatsApp...

Copyright is removed because AFAIK FB TOS says uploading the image you "lose" copyright (or something alike), and you're liable, not FB, if you upload someone else copyrighted images for which you have no right.

That's not how FB gets away with it. The reason it has not gotten itself into trouble yet is that §506 (the "Criminal offences" chapter) of US Copyright Law talks about interfering with copyright notices with fraudulent intent, which is nigh impossible to prove in court. If FB was using the images to sell something there could possibly be a case, but just showing them with stripped EXIF data is not enough to trigger the "intent" aspect, even though it potentially removes data of the original rights holder.

That said, given the "gimme" clause in FB TOS where they can do whatever they want with images submitted it's probably not a good idea to put valuable content on Facebook anyway :).

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

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Re: Now what my wife needs...

Is one of those Lexus that can drive a bit by itself. She has had THREE accidents this year (some not her fault). So, if Google wants to have a sucker participant to further improve car driving (who will sound the horn an any opportunity) I can easily volunteer her. I just got the 6 month insurance bill at over $1200. Bummer!

With the present state of self driving it'll be the equivalent of getting her a Ford Pinto with Firestone tyres..

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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From the linked Torygraph report: "The driver later had to go to hospital and was prescribed antibiotics for the pain."

Maybe it's time to explain to this reporter why his painkillers don't seem to help? :)

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Re: Connected Rockets?

Hope the Falcon 9 has resilient comms

At least it doesn't have any ABS or folding door mirrors :)

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Naked, drunken Swede assaults chicken shed after 60th birthday

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I just think..

.. Google screwed up when translating "hen party"

:)

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Re: The 'quality' of its printers was enough to do that

I was also surprised by my old Canon bubble jet which I pulled out of the loft a few weeks back (it's been there since about 1998). I turned it on and, without changing the cartridge (in the interests of experimentation), printed a test page. Astonishingly it worked.

The Canon BJ 130 (yes, they were a tad unfortunate in their naming :) ) was the first inkjet I had, and it was simply magic after years of aural assault from dot matrix and golf ball printers. I had it with added tractor feed, and that's something I miss - a long listing on folded is just so much better visually (and you could run a box of labels through it too without any worry of jamming). It was *really* quiet - it didn't do the clunking house keeping modern inkjets do (I'm sure there's a reason for it, but that doesn't mean I like it :) ).

It was also dead simple, which is probably why yours still works. Wonderful bit of kit.

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: "Skorobogatov claims it took him 4 months, "

For the first go at the problem.

Future ones would be a couple of days once he has his technique and tools down.

Ah, you may have managed to justify the $1M price tag after all: it's taking into account the number of ruined iPhones in the process to perfection, and even in bulk they don't come cheap.

:)

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T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

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I have a number of devices, so I tend to stick a public beta on the oldest one and see what happens. In addition, I never upgrade without making a full backup first, but that's because I'm old school - mistakes can always happen..

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Sorry to hear that :(.

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Luxe cable crimper

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I don't know about your jacks, but the Cat6 jacks that I bought for my house don't need the wires untwisted either. They're also simpler.

Do you mind sharing which ones you used? We soon may be looking for some new office space, and it widens our options having the ability to cable ourselves (not to mention that some runs must be under our control due to what they carry). I thought it looked interesting, but I share the suspicion with another commentard that the ones on display may be considerably more expensive (partly because we have to pay for that video :) )...

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So how do I get my own infomercial on the reg disguised as an article ?

If you have something that's genuinely interesting you just need to contact El Reg. After all, that too is news. Or is a new phone not a new product then?

As for the specific product, it is definitely interesting. I have made enough connections over the many years using Ethernet to appreciate anything that speeds up the process and makes connections less of a hassle without adding too much to untwisted length - of course, assuming it doesn't double the costs of an installation. I'm going to have a more detailed look at this, thanks for the article!

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Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

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It just illustrates how poor software programming is these days.

In context, I rather love the irony of you posting that twice :)

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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How about investing into the core business like decent editors, moderators and decent image recognition for monitoring content instead.

Zuckerberg will do that the very instant you'll explain to him how that is going to make him more money than the controversy of leaving it in place does. I can't see it happen otherwise.

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Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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At last, new targets!

Clay pigeon shooting *does* get boring after a while..

:)

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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Why the deafening silence from the EU on this?

I'm surprised we haven't heard a peep from that side of the world. You'd think that after Facebook vs Europe/Max Schrems, Facebook would be on a probationary watch list.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: Have you stopped beating your wife?

The issue with most of these ideas is that they require El Reg to first drop editorial standards, which I (a) don't think they will and (b) would find regrettable because that would land them in tabloid territory.

Not a good idea IMHO.

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More banks plundered through SWIFT attacks

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Re: "Money" disappears?

Not a problem, the "fractional reserve" will become fractionaller.

Upvote for what you inflicted on the English language there :)

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Have a look at this then..

At the end of September is the Security exhibition in Germany's Essen, and apart from exhibitionists you can find dodgy stuff like a camera that auto-tracks faces. No idea what it does with multiple faces, but that's what facial recognition is for if you can couple it to multiple feeds.

This *needs* regulation, but done by people that have a clue, which by default excludes the people who currently make it.

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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

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Re: Dream On

Bernard Cazeneuve is from a smart family. Presumably, as the thicko of his generation, he was shuffled off into politics.

I wish I had more upvotes for this superb sarcasm.

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

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Re: Hey Googly...

The real motivation is for Google blocking online crap is that it's not Google's online crap.

Exactly. May you receive many, many upvotes.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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"a – seemingly – kindler, gentler Microsoft"

I'll have what one of whatever you're drinking.

Meh. Not really into hallucinogens. Mine's a Guinness, thanks :)

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: sunnies after dark ?

Combined with a focussed-EMP device to blow up the sound system of the car that drives round near my house with some dance crap at 5KW.

May you receive a thousand upvotes..

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Re: Sunglasses After Dark

I like it :).

I reckon people that wear sunglasses after dark must be easy to identify, by the bruising..

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: ECHR

The current PM has already expressed a preference for leaving the ECHR.

Rather predictable, given her activities at the Home Office..

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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

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Re: 10 km/hr

Somehow that scene from Austin Powers with the Steamroller comes to mind.....

I was more thinking of the the Deadpool Zamboni scene :)

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: The best diet for weight management I've seen ..

OK, I found it - enjoy!

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The best diet for weight management I've seen ..

.. was in a John Hart Studio cartoon. They had a Wizard of ID cartoon where the Wizard helped someone lose weight by giving him pills, to be taken 8 times a day on an empty stomach :-).

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: From the article...

No. Their legislation had to be amended to facilitate this

I suspect you quoted the wrong part, unless you have found any new legislation covering air fresheners in which case I want a link :-).

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Re: Does this count?

Actually, you will only have found whatever has been speculated. What seems to have been missed by all and sundry (for, against and neutral) is that the story of the women has not yet been told in a court of law.

The only party that has been relentlessly in the press is Assange, and methinks he doth protests too much for there not to be another, as yet untold angle to this.

There is a reason that Assange seems to be more frightened of his previous beloved Sweden than even the UK legal system, and we all know that the BS about fear of extradition to the US is just that, BS, because that was a LOT easier in the UK.

In all the gigabytes spoken, speculated and argued about this, the actual story from the two women themselves has not been heard. Not because it was drowned, but because it has as yet not been told, at all.

It may pay to keep that in mind.

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Re: i know but...

we're not leaving Europe. We're leaving the European Union

It's a pity, actually, I would have loved to see the return of British engineering ingenuity to make the former happen. Not quite sure if the Eurotunnel would survive the move, though.

:-)

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