* Posts by Mark 65

2670 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Arseholes

The sooner the fuckwit yanks are segregated from the rest of the internet so they can sink under the weight of their idiotic legal system the better. Given all the big services have data centres around the World I shouldn't think we'd lose much either. Barely even notice.

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Stupid is as stupid does

If Trump enacts doors forcing backdoors in encryption all it will achieve is the devastation of the US tech sector. Companies will relocate overseas, there's the potential for majors to offer overseas versions of apps that don't comply that everyone just ends up using etc. iOS "written" by Apple Ireland and downloaded from servers outside the US thus outside the law etc.The workarounds are endless, the law pointless, the damage huge.

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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Re: if they bought concurrent

Maybe the brave sailors have put a very sophisticated license usage tracking system in place

Concurrent licenses are normally "checked out" and "checked in" by the application against the license manager (Flex etc).

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Re: I must be missing something

They are claiming they bought 38 "concurrent use" licenses. Mathworks offers similar licensing for their products. What it essentially means is that you can install it on a potentially unlimited number of machines but that only 38 instances of the software could be used at once (across the US Navy). Usually this sort of thing is managed by a Flex license manager. Another similar type of license is the "network named user" license. This also enables the product to be installed in many more locations but is then only usable by specific named users (specifically their network logon). Concurrent usage licenses are normally pretty expensive compared to single-seat.

As the OP states, if they bought concurrent then the vendor is fvcked and if not then the Navy is instead.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: @Homer ... Missing item in the series?

If you have root and while you don't have access to the encrypted partitions... there's still some dangerous stuff you can do

Given the breach requires physical access I could:

1. Steal the drives and/or machine

2. Use a lump hammer on it

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you get the idea.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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@AC: I read all of that but couldn't find the punchline, is there one?

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Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions

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UPnP

Not on my network. It'd be much nicer to just have things operate on the LAN and then have to VPN into the network - which my phone can easily handle. I have no desire to have my house hacked thank you.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Re: Shouting at clouds

Selfie sticks are invaluable to those of us who have developed, as a result of age and staring at screens all day, long sight.

Apparently there's this new invention called spectacles that achieve a similar thing. If you need to hold the phone further than arm's length away you should've gone to Specsavers.

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The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

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Re: Watson?

Probably such a system, if well designed and trained (curated by expert humans) would improve on the USPTO. I doubt it would reduce the job count much. They also need to charge more for accepted applications and less for rejected ones. It's the wrong way round right now.

Charging less for accepted applications and more for rejected ones makes sense. Think about it. Charging more for acceptance only encourages it and I think we have enough shitty applications. Charging more for rejected applications "encourages" better thought out applications, but this depends crucially on the extra cost. In essence the desired outcome is reflected in the pricing. To change it would encourage a worse result.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Re: And the problems are with the software...

There are plenty of choices but you'll not coerce Windows into anything. Why would they? The time for them to come to the party will be when the OS really starts to die a death, that's when interoperability will come to the fore.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: Just let Obama continue while they sort this out

It is an interesting point that Obama can pardon whomever he wants and that pardon cannot be challenged by any court. He could also pardon pre-emptively i.e. pardon Clinton for any crimes she may have committed. This also cannot be challenged. It is also worth noting that a president can also pardon themselves from anything but impeachment.

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Re: I sense political meddling.

@Kiwi: FFS, don't be a muppet. We all know Trump is a cnut, put it to one side and consider the actions of Clinton on their merits. She seriously did some wrong and didn't give a fuck for the consequences. The Clintons are pure poison. Billy boy flogging influence left right and centre. Hillary soliciting donations from foreign Government officials. It stinks to high heaven. Don't let the orange fraggle distract you from what is staring you in the face.

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Re: So nearly $15 billion WITHOUT engines...

It's 138 right now but, just like every other customer, I believe we will never take the full compliment - or full shovel of shit to use the correct term. They're over cost and underperform. Scrap the order and just get some super hornets and various other bits of kit to keep the US military industrial complex sweet.

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@OP: UK military procurement has always been about what some pompous prick coated in medals who's never been in a skirmish wants and never about what the cannon fodder actually need to get the job done. One of the only parts of the military where this doesn't apply (as much) is the special forces who are a bit more forthright in demanding access to better kit than the rank and file but who still get short changed nevertheless.

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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Re: finally a brexit benefit (for EU) Oi! Lars! Do pay attention

So you sold an overpriced property to move to a country with massive unemployment, a failing economy, and part of a destined to fail economic half-project? You think you picked the winner there do you?

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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At least you should be able to get good pricing on the current range (hopefully) as they try to shift stock before this tosh comes in

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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If there's one thing I've learned

...it is that big businesses do not like competition and will attempt to crush it or buy it as quickly as possible in order to keep the fat profits flowing. Google is no different. The new Microsoft with a thin veneer of altruism?

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

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Re: the coding equivalent of design by committee

I can see the benefit of one person writing the tests and the other the code, maybe.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Re: Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

Ok, so they broke the law for over a decade. What's the consequence? Fines? Jail terms? What? Fuck all, business as usual, thanks for coming.

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Oz gummint's de-anonymisation crime is as mind-bendingly stupid as we feared

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Re: Morons … ?

To answer the OP's question, Brandis is a complete cvnt.

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Hey! spies! Get! in! here! and! explain! this! Yahoo! email-scanning! 'kernel! module!'

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Re: HTF still uses Yahoo for anything?

Yahoo does also have disposable email addresses which most other services don't. That makes it my more throw away buy shit off the internet email system.

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Confirmed: UK police forces own IMSI grabbers, but keeping schtum on use

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OTT Comms

If you have people using WhatsApp, Wickr, Signal and VPNs etc, does this expensive shit give them much information?

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Re: Entrapment

If there has been any crime or abuse of process involved in procuring that evidence it is a separate matter which can be dealt with independently, it doesn't invalidate the evidence.

Pretty sure that if there is a crime in gathering evidence it is inadmissible else you could just torture confessions out of whomever you liked.

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Re: Seems simple to me

Let's continue the analogy.

If you burgle an ATM terminal of a Swiss bank in UK are you tried in UK or Switzerland?

You're still fitting in with what the OP put in that the offence - the digital break and enter - took place where the server resides, anything else such as misuse of systems along the way is just extras. In your analogy the ATM is in the UK and thus so is the crime.

A more interesting analogy might be you in the UK hacking the servers of Google/Facebook in a UK data centre that causes issues to propagate around the zones. Where then? UK? Each zone?

What it really comes down to is that the US are effectively the colonial power of the day and they make the rules by and large. A century or more ago the UK was likely doing the same thing shitting on people although not for internet crimes.

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Re: Come to Home Depot...

No Siemens gags... really?

Never thought you'd Asko

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Ex-army sergeant pleads guilty to using private browsing mode

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Re: Pondering ...

@Jimmy: Therein lies the secret of politics - use the emotions and not the facts. If you can make your argument an emotive, heart string tugging tagline of simplistic points then you'll always win in the court of Z-list celebrity politics that envelopes most of the electorate. Fact-based complex arguments are understood by too few, so why bother?

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

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Re: "A winter in which the wind doesn't blow"

@AC: How dare you come in here touting your anti-wind agenda with cold hard facts. Heresy says I. If you didn't read it on a frothing greenist blog it didn't happen.

If the world wants low carbon then we are looking at a mix of nuclear, gas, and renewables else it isn't going to happen.

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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I saw

Flaxman acknowledges that the update has caused some previously functional and otherwise fine cartridges to be rendered useless, but claims HP also has a right to protect its brand from infringement.

and immediately thought "that's what courts are for". However, HP will no doubt shortly be finding out what else courts are for especially the EU ones.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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Re: He makes me proud to be British

Until it said he was from Northants and 35 I thought it was Eric Bristow with that cheeky cyber moniker.

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Re: "Crafty Cockney"

An early checkout of 170 for good behaviour?

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Re: Daniel Andrews announces new number plate slogan..

As you mention their union mates, it's worth pointing out to the UK audience that a recent union deal on a major construction site earned simple chippies $163k/yr deals. If that isn't a pull forward of future earnings I don't know what is.

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US Labor Dept accuses CIA-backed Palantir of discriminating against Asian engineers

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Re: I can understand a little bit of bias

The irony would be if the alleged discrimination were actually some kind of requirement put upon them by their Government customer base. That wouldn't surprise me after a couple of cases a few years back of Chinese agents employed in sensitive work places.

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Suspected Russian DNC hackers brew Mac trojan

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"Ooo, free parking", *click*

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: ending his elbow

You must have short forearms compared to the uppers - a normal person would be pouring it over their head doing that

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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

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Say what you like about Gates the corporate man but at least his philanthropy is large scale and its commitments somewhat more realistic and less hipster. Beating malaria vs "curing everything everywhere PS hey look at me".

If he really has $30+bn why not give more away? Once you get into the billions surely all you do is piss it on yachts and ski lodges.

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152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

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Re: Good news

Cleaning it up is easy - you just pass the cost onto the dickhead that bought it by telling them as an ISP that they have malware on their network causing issues contrary to their contract and their connection will be blocked or throttled until it is fixed i.e. put pressure on the ISPs and shit gets fixed.

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Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

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Coat

IE "leave my machine the hell alone"

IE is only part of the problem

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EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

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Re: If an individual did this, they go to jail.

I believe that, once they've finished jamming other major offenders in the arse in the courts, the EU will crack down on this as it is anti-competitive at the very least. Ford cannot mandate you only use tyres they supply or petrol etc. The actions they undertook by activating the "feature" 6 months after releasing it (and I believe transferring ownership of the division) makes me think more than a fine could be in the offing here.

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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Re: Disconnect it from the outside world

There's a lot of Australians using VPNs, not all of which will have a domestic end-point.

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Re: Poor IBM

Stuffed up a state level (QLD) and Federal level, just global to go for the trifecta!

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Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

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Re: profit

There are better ways to handle this shit than funnelling trillions of dollars into organised crime and billions into fighting organised crime.

Not if you can interject yourself as some kind of service/goods supplier to both sides

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

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Re: Adobe

So the PDF reader that comes with windows 8 and higher is just a figment of my imagination then ?

To be fare the OP did say "at work" in which case W7 is the more likely version to be in use.

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

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What's the big surprise?

Err, it's illegal - at least in the EU.

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: What price credibility?

Why would there be "nothing at all"? Where did that come from?

Tax them too highly and they piss off completely.

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Re: Fuck the poor then

The way I read it was that if you piss off one mega rich person you need to find 10 average ones to replace them, not withstanding that the average just fell.

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Re: What price credibility?

@Smooth Newt: You have to get used to the fact that the uber rich don't pay tax like the rest of us. After a certain point of wealth various intricate and legal tax minimisation schemes become highly cost effective which is why they use them and we don't. Like it says in the article, they are extremely wealthy and can pick and choose where they live. Personally I would rather collect the 10 times the average from them and the potential for their lavish spending rather than nothing at all. Is it fair? No, but then neither is life in general so get used to it.

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Idris Elba thrashes Night Manager Hiddleston for James Bond job vacancy

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Re: Let's keep in mind you need someone who does bad things OHMSS

Tom Hardy sometimes seems more like he'd play a Bond that kept previous opponents in the cellar for casual dismemberment for personal amusement in his downtime. Just a bit too psycho I think. Good, but not sure he's Bond. Again, like Idris, I think he'd make a better bad guy.

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Just goes to prove that the more complicated you make the tax code then the more areas to which you can introduce such issues and flaws. A tweak here, a deduction there and guess what? Yep, a few more loopholes created.

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

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Re: but but but ...

History has shown though that officers are pretty liberal in their use of firearms.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: Cool kids are all Bluetooth

The World has briefly succumbed to bastard hipsters.

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