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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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That'll show 'em!

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: er

i agree king of Foo ! surprised you only got 1 downvote so far though. In fact i just posted the same thing. We'll see who gets the most!

oh , have an up...

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isnt she right in theory? - i mean if it was secure , hyportheticlly , in la la land , then everyone could vote on all sorts of things . a referendum every week.

That one dismissive nosensical sentence dismissing any security problem - thats where she's a bit batshit. oh , and the whole 'net made by men thing , because if she boycotted all things made by men she'd be left with :

Circular saw

Liquid Paper

Compilers ( yes the IT ones)

COBOL

dishwaher machine

windscreen wipers

kevlar

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That's no – actually it is: DEATH STAR MOON 'could be full of life-friendly water'

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Re: Even if we do go there...

yeah but by the time you got there you'd really need a drink!

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Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

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Re: NIght Light

thats a 25 old mystery solved for me!

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Re: Baffled

yes i was about to say the same. And will do:

If their 2006 computer was outwitted by a 1983 answering machine they must have been doing something wrong!

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

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"App"

"Everyone knows an app is basically the same as software" waddya mean basically?

Something really irks me about this "is there an app for that" phenomenon. All of a sudden people realise that computers can be made to do useful things by running a program on them. Why has it taken this long to transmit this message to the non techy? Its not like the self explanatory term "application" has only just been coined. Instead all we got was years of:

"ooh i dont understand computers" (and am unwilling to even consider if that would be possible)

"whats the point of that?"

"why dont we just keep using paper?"

And then Apple develops the first useable smartphone ,therefore people have to know how a computer can help them , so in one fell swoop they explain the concept of running a "program" on a computer:

All it takes is a 30 second jingly advert full of hip music and cool kids (and examples of computers being helpful) and repitition of the phrase "Is there an app for that?" and suddenly the world "gets it"

I think we have to thank Apple for that, as , in time , people will realise they can get "apps" on their desktops and laptops too.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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torture and kidnapping

I'm not buying the "Biometrics are bullshit because I'll get my eyes gouged out and my thumbs cut off" angle.

This can still happen in order to exctract your password. The reason it dosent is because most of this sort of thing happens remotely.

In fact assuming these bio check designers are thoughtful enough to require Alive thumbs and retinas or whatever , this might keep you alive longer .

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(and how do you change your face if the security database is hacked?)

i thnk you're missing the point

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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I've taken to answering my landline "Hello Battersea Dogs Home, Jack Russell speaking" , unfortunately 9 out of 10 times its a machine calling that dosent get the joke.

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Re: Confession - OED

"The OED records common usage, not proper usage."

Does it? where does it say that?

Also by the sounds of that explanation the only reason we have "an hotel" is because half the population will dump the H making the 'an' correct , and the other half get to sound awfully superior by pronouncing both the H and the 'an' , whilst actually being incorrect as the 'an' was only put there to prop up those who couldnt be arsed pronouncing the H.

p.s. H is pronounced "aitch" . If you pronounce it using an H, ( or should that be a H) then go take Bill Hick's advice.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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Re: "At the current price of $1,299.00, you could buy about 300,000 units"

Damn you beat me , by only 9 hours.

Let me just add that thats .00433 dollars per unit.

or to round up, thats about 250 Mac things per dollar

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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Re: The rich aroma of BS

I belive the correct title for a squeegee pusher these days is:

"Transparency Enhancement Facilitators"

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: petrochemicals -- just, not fossil fuels

"And we can burn as much of these as we like with impunity provided A & B "

wrong!

You can burn as much as you can find. There is a HUGE difference. We stopped finding things to burn in 1965. (by which i mean that the rate at which new oil fields are discovered peaked in 1965. We've found less and less every year since , and burned more and more)

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Re: I hope you're right

so no cutting back from any quarter Tony? That seems to say to me that barring a miracle cure we are all doomed. All in the name of "growth" . I guess it should be us that make the scarifice, its our turn. We go eat rice for 200 years while the 3rd world finishes off the fossil fuels.

wont happen thjough:. we wont give , they wont give , we are already in the scrabble for the last drops.

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Re: Clean energy NOW

"so no chance of running out any time soon"

Stars are pretty abundant in the universe too. I heard theres loads of em. And I gather they are all giving off heat. Why dont you toddle off and put a few in a wheelbarrow and bring them back. All our enrgy problems will be solved , and you'll be a hero

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Re: Good point

neither of those two methods change the amount of energy available.

If you burn a £20 note , you get the same amount of energy as you would from a £5 note

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" If you can get enough H2 and electricity from solar to be able to completely replace your current energy providers..."

Yes that would be lovely but it aint gonna happen. The sun is dropping x amount of sunlight on the planet, the energy stored in the oil we use is the result of the sun doing that for thousands and thousands of years. And we've used up half the oil in in 150 years. and the other half will take more energy to get it out that we'll get from it.

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BLAM, BLAM, BLAM... nooooo! Hacker crew Lizard Squad spits DDoS venom on Call of Duty

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so what did they gain from Ddossing COD servers , exept to put their heads in the firing line of various law enforment agencies and a billion dollar company?

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Re: That's deadly!

i spotted that too, then assumed one of those named games had ripped it off

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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my dad was subjected to this U2 album , He's 79 and has his parent's tase in Music.

He said "This free gift is as welcome as the gifts the cat brings in"

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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"Denmark has even created a 1:1 scale model of itself"

maybe im missing something but how does a computer model have scale? Does it depend what resolution the real Denmark is in?

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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"minerals and metals are substitutes for fossil fuel energy."

"minerals and metals are substitutes for fossil fuel energy."

An ecomomist would say that! Energy is the problem , not stuff, and the two are not interchangeable.

Lack of energy will put us back in the stone age , imminently, there might be some other energy sitting around but we're not prepared to prepare to start using it , cos its too hard.

Society will tear itself apart quickly, too quickly to adjust to the new "not a lot of energy" paradigm.

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Nude celeb pics wrongly blamed for DDOS at New Zealand's largest ISP

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so was the ddos aimed at spark or elsewhere? and what did these "east europeans" have to gain from it?

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4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

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Re: Help me Obi-wan Kenobi...

they didnt create that gramme nazi icon for nothing! use it!

should i be using it now? not sure. hmm ill go and give myself a good talking to....

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Re: Yeah...

" but remember the universe was "

I thought you were breaking into song there!

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Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving,

And revolving at 900 miles an hour,

That's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned

A sun that is the source of all our power.

The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see,

Are moving at a million miles a day

In an outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour

Of the Galaxy we call the Milky Way.

Our Galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars

It's 100,000 light years side to side

It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick

But out by us it's just 3,000 light years wide

We're 30,000 light years from galactic central point,

We go round every 200 million years

And our Galaxy is only one of millions and billions

In this amazing and expanding Universe

As fast as it can go, at the speed of light you know,

12 million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.

So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure

How amazingly unlikely it is your birth

And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,

Because there's bugger all down here on Earth.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: Interesting

saying "only as secure as the weakest link" - I disagree , If somone talks the guards into handing over the safe (loving these analagies btw) , and the safe is made of unbeakableium, then the contents are still secure.

the phrase "Two factor Authentication", which seems to be heralded as the latest , greatest and safest would be redundant if "only as secure as the weakest link" were true.

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Re: Interesting

"And apparently they don't lock you out after three (or even three hundred) failed login attempts."

That right there has got to be the simplest and obvious of 'online' security features. Rate limiting , lockouts , and email alerts of failed attempts.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Why would they put this on the TV? surely a school would be a better place?

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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police

sorry what? 10% of police carry guns and 7% are trained?

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HP settles suit with popstar Chubby Checker over todger tester app

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Re: Well I *was*..

84 x 99c ?

well lets hope the settlement was less than $84 then

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Merde!

having just read the security consultants blog linked above , im pretty sure they arnt hashed , or if they are the staff have a skeleton key , which renders it pointless, and they do read out passwords back over the phone to customers (some reports say)

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Re: Bollock, Bollocks

"Sloppy javascript at it's finest."

I'd imagine the java coder and the management type who compiled the list are 2 different people

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Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

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Re: Dumb question here

haha , thanks for the hotel tip .

The old lady next door would have to grab my phone when i'm not looking and check its mac to know what to spoof though

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Re: Dumb question here

well to put this in perspective, maybe I'm missing something,

1) the hacker has to be in wifi range? This makes it a hell of a lot less serious in my opinion as I'm pretty sure the old lady next door is not going to exploit this.

2) to do any of that clever DNS stuff you need the routers admin password as well, posibly on some routers you can see logs without this

3) if you enable the mac address filtering , even somone who knows the wifi password wont get anywhere.

4) dont broadcast the SSID

5) use , wotsit called , psk2 or whatever

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NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

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" you seem to have mixed up peoples names"

oh good its not just me! i quickly gave up the constantly changing names and actions in that first paragraph and skipped to the end, then the comments hoping someone else summed it up!

I wasnt intrested enough to go slowy and pick apart the sequence, its ither wrong, bad writing , or really complicated!

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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thermoplastic turds

" whizz-whir desktop 3D printers that produce a range of useless, multi-coloured, thermo-plastic turds."

spot on. really sums up the whole thing.

apart from some level of initial prototyping , possibly.

I did see a thing on tv where the military claimed to be making huge saving by using 3d printing - somthing to do with aircraft parts, but i think they were talking out of their arses. They;re not known for thrifty savings.

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KER-CHING! CryptoWall ransomware scam rakes in $1 MEEELLION

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all very true hippy, maybe signed files might help, this pain in the arse UAC stuff is probly saving a few people. But with the likes of Oracle and Adobe pushing shit like ask toolbars mcAffee free trial crap at every update its no wonder people get confused.

maybe people could opt for a walled garden setup when they buy the pc, that might help.

just having a few basic rules pounded into their heads would also help , i suppose they have to want to help themselves..

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Re: $10,000 ?? --dog's chance

Fat bald people who have a facebook account and play the lottery!

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is it just me or does the article not mention wether or not anybody got their files back?

or how hard RSA2048 encryption is?

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Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes

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Re: Prosthetics

lol!

Here you are sir, we've matched your size , here your new tiny bollocks

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gaining admin rights

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gaining admin rights

I'm am mostly posting this out of frustration , and this is a noisy keyborad, my typing now is probably being heard two doors down!

I am working temporarily , for a very large employer ( you'll have heard of them ) in a desktop capacity. I do all admin by logging into eah pc as local administrator.

I would much rather they pushed out an AD group into each machines administrators group and put my account in the AD group . This is because logging in as local admin only:

- you are not authenticated to anything

- no drives are mapped

the ball ache this causes is unbelievable , the amoutn of times i have to type my AD password in to get to a resource...

It also makes some tasks that should be transparent pretty much impossible such as remotely reading event logs or reading anything from AD.

I suggested the simple , elegent and probably industry standard solution above and got "well we've never heard of that" . At which point yougive up. Threres no point suggesting somthing so glaringly obvious, with the amoutn of OK ing that would have to come from all corneres all the way up the tree.

I'd just seem like some meddling newcomer saying "this would work much better if you put that there"

I just have to live with it

I'm investingating various tedious workarounds

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: It isn't called "Word" for nothing

no its called Word to make it hard to use in a sentence without people going "eh?" same with Access

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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

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not a problem , i dont have a well paid job

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Re: Following other laws of physics

No link needed, you've just lost me 90 minutes and counting! I'm supposed to be spraying my car today!

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'Video on internet may not be entirely truthful': Times headline

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"Sadly, net earnings were down 29 per cent to $985m"

Thats what I hate about business (and economics , and greed in general )

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Re: I thought this had been answered by Terry Prattchet

Read that last week , coincidentally. When i saw the headline i thought the Reg had just discovered it!

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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i thint el Reg is probly responsible for Yoda training ground

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

i have never seen a battery that dosent say "Heavy Duty" on it

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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well thats good news seeing as the entire reason for my employment at the moment is to install win 7

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