* Posts by Peter Simpson 1

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The Rise of Islamic State, Touch and I Am Radar

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One wonders

If things would have gone differently without the "help" of our strong and loyal allies, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (those two stalwart defenders of the democratic principle)

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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White City of the Monkey God

Best address ever!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Problem isn't the browser

It's the website developers who:

- use the default "IE optimized" settings which break non-IE browsers

or

- feel the need to use *every* gimmick they can -- Flash, Javascript, and everything else, in a combination guaranteed to break most browsers.

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Re: Makes Sense

Why would they do that when ODF is vastly inferior to Microsoft's own formats?

Call me when Microsoft stops changing default document formats with every new release of Office...so we're all forced to upgrade if we want to read the documents someone just sent us.

I generate all my Word documents using the Word'97 format, haven't had a complaint yet.

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Don't be fooled! He's not from the IT crowd... he's a CYBERSPY – FireEye

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Social Engineers

I'm on a first name basis with our IT guys. While I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing, I have worked for companies who have Maximized Shareholder Value by outsourcing IT services to a third party.

This is most assuredly NOT a Good Thing. Aside from the fact that you end up dealing with jobsworths who try to avoid doing anything, you're much less likely to be on a first (or any) name basis with the folks at the other end of the phone...and so, much more susceptible to this kind of attack.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: Timeless wireless communication ...

Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee,

Harry, Dick, John, Harry three;

One, two, three Neds, Richard two

Harrys four, five, six... then who?

Edwards four, five, Dick the bad,

Harrys twain VII VIII and Ned the Lad;

[g]Mary, Bessie, James the Vain,

Charlie, Charlie, James again...

William and Mary, Anna Gloria,

Four Georges I II III IV, William and Victoria;

Edward seven next, and then

George the fifth in 1910;

Ned the eighth soon abdicated

Then George the sixth was coronated;

After which Elizabeth

And that's the end until her death.

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Re: *ahem*

Tesla was all "I can do this, but it's so easy, I won't bother"

Marconi was not only a scientist, he was a very perceptive entrepeneur who managed to build a business out of his discovery, defend it in court *and* make it pay. He should be celebrated for that. Someone would have "invented" radio sooner or later, but the man who made it pay was Marconi.

Being a smart inventor is no use if you can't make a buck at it, which is something Marconi realised and Tesla (whether he realised it or not) was unable to accomplish.

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Yer lucky you still got one!

We have one here...at least, we used to. After the past few years' big storms, you have to swim out to it. When I visited it as a youth, there was still a tower base to be seen. Still, nice bit of history. The first transatlantic transmissions were from Glace Bay, in Canada IIRC, but once he began regular service, he built the one at Welfleet.

http://www.nps.gov/caco/historyculture/index.htm

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: The law?

...and nail the relevant directors of Lenovo UK to the wall.

And the chance of that actually happening in your lifetime is...

...significantly less than your chance of winning big at the lottery.

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Re: I won't be buying Lenovo or ASUS.....

My advice?

Quit buying consumer-grade cr@p from Best Buy, and look at off-lease commercial grade hardware.

I've had good luck with Dell stuff, which is what we use at work. Not Inspiron, which is their consumer junk, but the mid-range Latitudes. I'm currently using an E6430, which is holding up quite well after 3 years.

You don't want something too high-powered, because Dell do have a reputation for trying to cram too many BTUs into a poorly ventilated package, and their "high performance" video cards tend to become "no performance".

Anyhow, that's what I use. And a mid-tower, which has multiple DVD drives and such, and is extremely well ventilated. Both, of course, run Linux Mint.

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Cui bono?

Superfish's developers may have got their code. Komodia is a computer security firm which makes software called SSL Digestor, which works in a very similar way to Superfish to break SSL encryption and inject advertising.

My idle mind wonders if there isn't a fourth party involved in this debacle...an advertising provider, would be my guess, who made a deal to obtain what appears to be an image search engine from Superfish (whose website doesn't indicate that they're a platform for ads) and an ad-insertion mechanism from Komodia (whose website doesn't indicate that they're in the ads business, but does give off a slightly creepy vibe), and combined them with a view towards making money by having Lenovo install it for them, and then serving ads through it.

Just wondering how deep the rabbit hole goes here.

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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Flowers and Newman, not Turing

Colossus was a Newman project, designed to break the 5-level teleprinter cipher. Aside from recommending Flowers to Newman, Turing had little to do with it.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Missing the famous Iranian missile launch image

I was sad to see that this premier example of the military application of Photoshop had not been included.

Maybe next time.

// Iranian copies are probably bootleg anyway

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Goodbye

On one hand: Shocking! Terrible! How dare they?

On the other: Damn fine work, guys...except for the getting found out part, of course.

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Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

It's pronounced like it's spelled:

George Bush

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Violin-fiddling boffins learn that 'F-HOLES' are secret to Stradivarius' SUPERIOR sound

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Re: Wrong letter

Well, they are "s" holes, but in the olden days, "s" was written like "f", so that's the explanation.

// fo full of bullfhit it'f not funny...

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Fraudsters make bank as exec wires $17 MEELLION to China

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Re: What a moment.

Of course, the downside is, that since it's China, if you get caught, that was one mighty expensive bullet to the back of the head.

// win big or lose it all, I guess.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Skin effect, conductor non-linearity, etc

Total bunk. I use "zip cord", regular 2-conductor, stranded AC line cord, for my speakers. They sound just fine. It's 18AWG with a DC resistance of .04 ohms/meter. 2 meter cables have a series resistance of 1% of the speaker impedance. Skin effect at 20kHz is non-existent. I don't even know what "conductor non-linearity" is, but I bet it's undetectable..

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Re: Speed of electrons

In a good conductor electrons travel millimeters per second.

Anyone who had attended one of the late RADM Grace Hopper's lectures knows that electricity travels about a foot in a nanosecond.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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Re: As ye sow...

You do, I'm sure, realize that TPB hosts nothing, except pointers to trackers which act as connection points for people wanting to share?

TPB is two levels of indirection away from the actual stuff being shared.

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Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

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Re: the solution is simple...even simpler

In the US, it's called a "third party billing block" and I've activated it on all my accounts.

Just call your carrier and tell them to put one on your account. it shouldn't cost anything.

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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: "This isn't revenge porn, surely. It's extortion isn't it?"

...take a picture of him nude and post it online...

Oh, please don't!

That would punish us more than him, if the rest of him is as ugly as his mug.

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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If m'lud was a customer (or a former customer), I wouldn't discount the possibility.

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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Re: Not just the FAA

It's not just the government -- the NFL refs can't even spot an underinflated football until it's pointed out to them.

// Go Pats!

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Would it help if we all sent a nice email and some donuts to the FAA?

I can see the headlines now..."Mysterious White Powder In Package Sent to FAA"

// Mmmmm....donuts!

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Re: Timeframe

And you thought Spanish bureaucracy was slow...

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

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Goes around, comes around

OK when he does it to you (or, at least, if you object, you're told it's to keep you safe)

Now that the shoe's on the other foot (or the drone's in the his back yard), it's an outrage not to be tolerated.

// Sauce for the goose, I say.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: details of 450,000 young people and volunteer adults,

Where can I volunteer to be an adult?

Don't bother, it's no fun...better to remain a kid as long as you can :-)

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Re: Data Aquisition

Funny about title choices on forms -- we went on a cruise recently. My son paid for his own cabin, and consequently, filled out his own form. Being of a certain nature (wonder where he got that from?), and noticing that one option for title was "Captain" (and having been a Captain in the Army), he selected that. All his mails from the cruise company were addressed to "Captain..."

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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Re: Truing biography

Enjoyed the Hodges book immensely. Glad to hear it's accurate.

And yes, in the absence of a Turing Museum, the notebook belongs at Bletchley, or the Science Museum, but preferably Bletchley, since that's where (and about which) it was written.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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NSA chief met the chief of the Nork's hacking squad?

As a gesture of our deep respect for your Dear Leader, please accept this gold plated USB key, containing some of our best porn.

:-)

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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I'm not a fan of Unity (or Ubuntu for that matter)...

Try Mint MATE. I used to be a big Ubuntu fan, but then they went down the Unity path and I went looking for something more traditional. Mint seems to be it.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: Bah!

hard to tell what part of the dog they'd been made with, i'm guessing lullock (a blend of lung and bollocks)

Snouts and testicles.

// Simpsons reference...

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Mathematicians have been computing the value of pi for years*

...and they STILL haven't got the answer right!

Slackers.

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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Seurity-minded!

So nice of Mariott to be concerned about rogue wi-fi hotspots!

(especially when it helps their bottom line)

// the one with the hotspot in the pocket

// unclear how another wifi network "interferes" with the hotel's network...plenty of channels for all.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Re: CSI?

Or something from IT Crowd...

For her birthday a few years ago, I gave my techie daughter...The Internet.

She has it on her desk at work...occasionally, someone will recognize it.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: Beano - A noisy, festive party or celebration

2. (n.) tradename of an anti-fart pill. (US)

// celebration more about the lack of noise...

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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If you are so religious you can't stand people poking fun at some of the more outlandish acts done in your deity's name, perhaps it's time to take a closer look at what you believe and why.

Tolerance has to work both ways.

Nous sommes tous Charlie.

// I'm nominally Christan, and I like the cover of the Jew, the Pope and the Muslim all yelling that Charlie Hebdo must be veiled.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: Religion of Peace?

No, as any frothing-at-the-mouth redneck Christian fundamentalist will tell you, the bible is literally the word of God.

Ah, yes. Surprising, though, the number of fundamentalists who daily violate the Lord's explicit instructions and allow witches, sodomites, harlots and unbelievers to go about their daily business. Not to mention their lack of the required burnt animal sacrifices to the Lord (barbecue pulled pork, I believe, doesn't qualify)

I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that fundamentalist religion...*any* fundamentalist religion, is a Bad Thing.

Nous sommes tous Charlie.

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Re: What do you expect

What do you expect from a society that won't let women drive cars.

Ah...but it's for their own good. You know, to protect them.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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"smart enough not to shut the engine off if the car's in motion"

Hopefully with a way to over-ride that, for when the computer has locked the engine in top speed and won't respond to anything else.

That's what the "EJECT" button's for.

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Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

What happens when someone who learned on that automatic handbrake system then drives a car without it and tries to do a hill start?

That's when they begin to really learn to drive a manual shift car :-)

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Re: Triumph...

...passionate about women's underwear.

Passionate about removing it, perhaps...

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Reg Oz chaps plot deep desert comms upgrade

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Nobody's said it

But good on ya, mates, for doing this. I suspect quality IT help is hard to find in that corner of Australia. Nice of El Reg to help out.

Edit: just googled Willowra. It's miles from anywhere. Best of luck.

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

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Re: Keurig

Good means different things to different people. You get passable coffee out of it at the push of a button and avoid all the prep and clean up work. My wife's a teacher, so this is how she jump-starts her morning at 6 AM.

So, for her, good is defined as convenience. One cup of coffee, no muss, no fuss. I completely agree that there are better ways (environmentally, costwise and qualitywise) to make coffee.

Oh, and the hack is essentially cutting the top off a used DRM k-cup and taping it to the top of your preferred non-k-cup. Not much effort required. And if you have some favorite coffee that hasn't paid Keurig's tax, you can still enjoy it. I tried it just to verify that it worked, which it does.

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Keurig

Not that I'm a fan of DRM, but the Keurig 2.0 cups are optically sensed, not RFID. And defeating it is easy-peasy, as a Google search will reveal.

Disclaimer: the wife loves hers, but her Nespresso seems to be her preferred machine, lately

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Chinese CISCO routers

Guess that's what they get for believing the Chinese copies were "just as good as" the real Cisco kit...

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Re: TSG is not SCO

Just saw an announcement that Sony has retained David Boies...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-attorney-david-boies-threatens-757537

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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Re: You sure must love driving

And, now that recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado, there's a second reason.

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Re: Engraved alcoholic beverage container at the ready

Envious. Jealous, even. Mine never made it to my doorstep...perhaps someone in US Customs is toasting LOHAN's success with it?

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