* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2559 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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Re: " will have to to beat off stiff competition"

I rather like the double entendre embedded in that sentence - an El Reg classic, as it were.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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They may hear but will they listen?

Somehow you made me think of "You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave" :)

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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Re: in theory...

Toyota's ability to utilize manufacturing economy of scale should deliver pretty consistent quality at a lower price point than Kamen was able to offer before.

.. provided they source the right components. It's not (yet) been reported in the UK press, but they've just had to recall another 1.6M vehicles in the US as they had Takata airbags fitted (it's about vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2011). That brings the total recall (Hi Arnie) for Toyota to about 4.7M vehicles, but that's not where this story ends.

(if case you're wondering, the problem is that high exposure to humidity can cause these airbags to explode with too much force, which results in shrapnel being thrown into the interior).

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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Re: Re Six Years

In England its six years as defined in the Sale of Goods act

It's been replaced last year (Oct 2015) by the Consumer Rights Act (click on the link for quite a good guide to its implications), but as far as I know there has never been talk about an explicit 6 year term but a more vague "reasonable expected duration" for something to work (I think, don't have the time to look it up right now).

That is one of the things the new Consumer Rights Act addresses with a tiered rights model that now also includes digital content, delivery periods and even services - worth a read as price reduction penalties can reach up to 100%.

What is significant is that this Act also incorporates Unfair Contract Terms aspects such as hidden charges and imbalance of rights. This could get quite interesting for subscription based services that don't deliver...

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Re: Doesn't really matter

Whatever it is IT kit just seems to slow and die over time.

Ah, so I'm not the only one to experience electronic kettle fur. It's weird, though, I can't quite work out if it's just my perception (getting used to the speed) or genuine..

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Typewriter for iPad review

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Uh oh..

Cue iPad repairs because people have smeared TippEx over them :)

Joking aside, I like this in a steampunk sort of way, apart from the price.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Acts of God...

One in the chamber is fine, no safety is fine (See Glock, SD et al) but a proper holster that covers the trigger is a must. Also, ankle holsters are crap except in very particular circumstances

You remind me of this fantastic clip. It still makes me laugh.

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

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I saw what you did there :)

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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Re: Did you all miss the fact...

I keep getting a notice from Firefox that it is being blocked.

Well, at least that's easy to fix: just uninstall Flash. No more pesky messages :).

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Prince of pop trash PerezHilton pwned, visitors hit with cryptxxx

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As this is PerezHilton.com - where is the downside?

Yes, it's got a win-win feeling about it :)

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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And dead centre as well..

Not only did the thing land perfectly, but also nicely in the middle. Brilliant.

This is the kind of engineering I like :)

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: The Redmond Leviathan announces...

This politicial message brought to you from the bowels of the beast.

Ah, that explains the smelly breath :).

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Re: Sorry

No idea, but I guess they were just winging it.

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If they have it, they will use it.

Yup. Unfortunately, that includes guns.

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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Re: Politics?

Xamarin came about because Mono had flopped badly on Linux, and the entire Mono development team had just been binned by their employer. Many years of effort and many millions of dollars of Novell's money had been flushed down the crapper on Mono with nothing to show for it. [..]

Beautiful history post. Posts like this make it worth wading through all the other, umm, "stuff" :)

Thanks, I enjoyed reading that.

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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

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Nah, it's just a scheduling mistake..

They got the timing wrong, John Wayne day was planned for the 26th of May (but may be cancelled as he apparently made racist comments).

Honestly, WTF are these people thinking? Writing something like that into law is, well, "delusional" is probably the most polite word for it.

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

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Re: I'm the only HOT Reg reader?

Being a member of member of BeautifulPeople shows that you have at least a sense of humour.

:)

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Re: For just a few $m.....

What you want is a "you're about to crash" flashing LED. I suggest using a 555 for that...

Given the customary 99.999(etc) % profit margin made on such work I think you may be using too many parts. You can get LEDs that have all the flash circuitry built in, so it's a resistor and such an LED, done :).

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: Yep

Oh, you may want to check out Google's search page, that seemingly innocent blank and empty page.

Do a page source view and sit back in horror. If you were to print out the source code behind it*, that page alone is 35 pages of A4 (without any further external resources it pulls in), and a LOT of people have that as their browser home page.

* No, I didn't. Print to PDF works just as well :).

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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This idea may have a bright future..

.. but not in the way these people think.

Let's not forget that we're having a global warming problem. An intelligent fan that stays with you may be just the thing we need to survive the summer - it just needs to consume less energy than an airco.

Yes, I've had a few beers. Why?

:)

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Euro watchdogs give America's data-sharing Privacy Shield an 'F'

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Re: So it's dead.

What I don't understand is why the German 1 & 1 hosts UK customers in UK, mainland European customers in Europe / Germany but Irish customers in Kansas, USA.

Their marketing team is working up to "you're not in Kansas anymore" ?

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Re: Detail?

Stop me if I'm going a bit too far back

Hahahaha. Brutal :).

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UK cops trial £250k drone squadron

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I actually want to compliment El Reg on that one - beautiful job :)

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Security bods disclose lock bypass bug in iOS

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Re: Apparently it is fixed

You cannot be Sirious.

Echoes of John McEnroe there :)

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Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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Re: Wake up Neo

Pink Floyd did Welcome to the Machine a long time ago. What? Did you think they were only talking about the music business ?

What's more, they sung about Money too...

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

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Re: Hmmm

Come one, don't be so quick to poo poo it.

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Putin

Clearly I've been watching too much Eddie Izzard (if that is possible), I read "covered in bees" :).

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FreeBSD 10.3 lands

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Re: Who uses FreeBSD in preference to Linux and why?

Security through obscurity may get laughed at, but it's difficult to pull off a convincing laugh when oneself has been hacked and the weird guy with the what-in-the-hell-is-that OS is running quite happily totally unaffected.

Let me correct you here, it's security through diversity. You're not hiding what you're doing (although it's fun to tweak the IP stack so an nmap -O provides a different output), and it has been the mainstay of any good defence strategy by ensuring that you never had the same two firewalls in subsequent layers (so a bug in one could not affect the other).

The "I Love You" virus was IMHO in that respect a wake up call. It demonstrated just what could happen if you have a monoculture, whole platforms fell like dominos resulting in outages sometimes for a whole week (no, we didn't have the problem, but that was more because we didn't run Outlook).

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

But it doesn't need service as much as a traditional car!

That's actually a very interesting point - does anyone know how much service a Tesla needs?

There's still brake fluid that needs replacing biannually, and I would imagine the moving parts will still need some lubrication but I'd be quite interested to know how much maintenance the motors and the batteries need.

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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What a great idea!

Now you'll be able to run MS SQL for Linux on Windows!

Oh, wait ..

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Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

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Re: OpenBSD Pledge?

Would the way the OpenBSD project is going be any better with 'pledge'?

No idea. It will leave it a lot shinier, though.

The one with the IKEA bills, thanks.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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and the first person who tries to turn the volume up ....

Ah, but that has at least the benefit of a very localised Darwinian correction of the gene pool..

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FBI: Er, no, we won't reveal how we unmask and torpedo Tor pedos

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Indeed, I don't want to see their code. I want to see their warrant.

No, you need both, or you are basing on an assumption that the FBI has done the right thing, and that is far from certain. We have already seen in Apple vs FBI That they have no problem gaming the system, the last shred of trust has in my opinion been destroyed.

Evidence based on unassessed or unexplained technology should be as inadmissible as evidence obtained through magic - in the eyes of people without technical competence they are, after all, indistinguishable..

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

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Re: Obviously a definition of "new" that I was previously unaware of

Is this type of thing patentable and who had the patent, anyway?

Probably the researchers who discovered the effect light has on us. f.lux and the rest were just ahead of the curve, but the original concept belongs with the researchers. However, there is no OSX implementation yet so I'll keep f.lux nicely where it is..

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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I would like to give El Reg the award ..

.. for probably the deliberately worst photo editing job this century :)

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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You're absolutely right. There used to be a saying that giving any comment on a competitor -even negative- was marketing. Not only is it weak, but it also highlights that competitor as one you actually care enough about to mention them.

I would keep that man away from any ability to make public statements. Especially someone who actually ADMITS to being in marketing let alone be "boss of" ought to know better.

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Re: 30 seconds of my life...

You could have saved another 30 seconds by not posting that comment...

:)

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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Re: Microsoft has lost it's way.

And that test-based interface you sneer at? Quite often I use KDE to throw up a terminal screen so I can use it for those tasks where no GUI is quite as slick or where I need the world's best text editor.

I can remember the days of Slackware on floppies where the main reason to get XWindows up was to have more command lines on one screen, and because Unix platform and UI are decoupled, quite a few command lines were not even local but exported from servers somewhere else in the world.

This lead fairly rapidly to escape codes for command lines and terminal window headings so you didn't accidentally do something terminal to a live server (following the adage that experience is something you acquire AFTER you need it :) )..

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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Re: You're missing one point

What would be most helpful to Apple at this junction would be proof that the FBI actually already has the ability to get past the current sticking point they claim to be at--whether that ability is original in-house, or available through their friendly, neighbourhood NSAgent, or whatever... Such proof would certainly blow the lid off of the the FBI-initiated theatre that is now playing out.

I must admit that I'd love to be a fly on the wall in FBI HQ when something like that would leak..

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Look on it as being the legal equivalent of Schroedinger's cat if that makes the idea easier for you to grasp.

Hmm, Schoedinger's iPhone - I like it :)

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New York senator proposes tax credit for open-source developers

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Re: Privacy tool

I develop an open source privacy tool for our post-Snowden mass surveillance era, to keep the totalitarian government the hell out of people's business.

Do you think I'd qualify for the tax rebate?

Certainly not anonymously :)

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How to make the trains run on time? Satellites. That's how

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Make the trains run on thyme...?

Obligatory XKCD :)

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Hotel light control hack illuminates lamentable state of IoT security

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Re: All that capability..

This highly creative activity can be highly technical, simply clever, or both.

What I miss in there are words like "amusing" and "funny". Sometimes the very idea is mad enough to follow up - no extra motivation required.

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Rights warriors slam US-Europe pact on personal info slurp, urge reforms

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What isn't beyond EU policymakers is to simply say no to data transfers until the US behaves itself.

Although I'd agree, there are three problems with that.

1 - MASSIVE amounts of companies and people have fallen for the "your data is safe with us, we're the nice guys" ruse of the bigger data thieves such as Google and Facebook, or do you really think that any mention of the word "security" in any conversation is for YOUR benefit? That's not something that will unwind itself quickly, especially since myth 2 prevents company management from switching: it's "cheaper" (until it fails). If even the UK government uses Google for data internal to the government, what chance does the average citizen have? In that context I would like to visit a pox on companies that use things like Facebook and Twatter for their only customer interface because it forces their customers to agree to their onerous terms just to get support (we've canned 3 companies over the last month alone for trying this one).

2 - We don't have the same size companies here. The massive benefit of the US market is that it's unified, whereas in the EU we still basically have a lot of legislative islands. This means if you can spin up a company fast enough in the US (read: solve an actual problem and have lost of investor cash to keep pushing), you can become big VERY fast to the point that you can more or less buy the laws you have been ignoring up until that point. You can't do that in Europe, which makes for better and more ethical products but it makes it harder to get something sizeable off the ground. Not impossible, but *a lot* harder.

3 - the problem in the US is legislation, and that is not exactly a trivial one to fix. You cannot undo a mess that took over 2 decades to grow in a few years, especially not by proxy from the outside.

In that respect I laugh at the whole Privacy Shield idea: it's yet another ruse with a fancy name, but it is only a ruse, a mirage, a fiction. It is a political fix to for what is in effect a massive legal problem that cannot be fixed overnight.

Personally I'd prefer a holding pattern: no NEW services should be bought. Let be what is, and make people aware so they can exit the companies that use US resources, but make it impossible to buy NEW services. A slowing down revenue stream is far more effective than quick fixes because it cannot be explained away as a blip, it's a trend. And a trend is scary for people who are 90% emotional. (apologies for referring to this article again, but it's worth reading - not because of Trump, but because of the fairly sensible assertion behind it).

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New-economy poster child LivingSocial slashes staff amid another startup collapse

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Re: Hipsters don't have money

Investors do, and in their desperation to eke out returns in an era of effectively negative interest rates, they piled into VC without understanding how to gauge a startup, thus the surge of dumb money following the herd.

Absolutely. This is another lesson from the Trump campaign: people are 90% irrational, and in my opinion you get rid of the last 10% by making them panic.

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Re: Checks for anti-virus?

"Are there any PCs without anti-virus products which are not already infected?"

Yeah. Mine.

And no, I'm not running Linux or BSD. Running Windows 7.

Yes, I'm sure.

I think the OP meant systems actually connected to the Internet :)

Joking aside, you can secure any system. The difference is how much effort is takes to secure it and maintain that security, which is where you make your choices.

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Mechanic computers used to pwn cars in new model-agnostic attack

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This is going to lead to wholly new challenges..

How the hell are we going to explain car hacking if we can't use car analogies?

:)

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