999 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
But Atlanta is mostly local flights, Heathrow is almost all International.
Yeah, troll. 'Round here we have the "Worlds longest combined road-rail suspension bridge". Choose the category carefully, and anything can be a world-beater.
If your smartphone is in Airplane Mode...
shouldn't your goTenna be in “Airplane Mode” too?
Re: innocent or guilty
What? Mad Magazine is a front for the US Government?
Or the US Government is a front for Mad Magazine?
Perhaps that explains a lot.
Re: My first thought was ...
To conceal the story the name has been changed to Adolf Beck in all online copies:
And the next headline...
Alistair Dabbs thinks sickening and obscene images on Instagram are acceptable.
You heard it here first...
So Microsoft's researchers have been reading El Reg? I've seen the same advice discussed here endlessly.
OK, OK, I participated in some of the discussions.
If a user is willing to use a bad password on your system, it implies they don't care about the data they are entering. Either the data in your system is worthless, or you're trusting the wrong people.
Wait - How are they planning to use this?
In field-tests on one team of developers:
Dilbert - Constant levels of high stress = code tagged as consistently bad
Alice - Generally low stress, with occasional peaks off the scale
Wally - Zero stress all the time = code tagged as perfect
Next generation systems all coded by Wally.
Re: Lovable Gomphothere
Whistle pig? What's a whistle pig? Ahh, google is my friend… "WhistlePig is a 100 proof 100% straight rye whiskey that has been aged for 10 years."
Don, how much "whistle pig" have you been drinking?
Four mounting holes! Excellent!
40 pin GPIO - I've got a new use for all those old IDE cables!
Re: Asymmetric laws and asymmetric justice
I'm not planning to get pregnant, I'm too busy buying tropical fish in Liverpool.
icon: "of course I spilt coffee on it, I was trying to write a letter"
You baby has
i) a high fever
ii) thrown the pacifier into your tea (again)
I don't blame NASA for making do...
the call-out fee for repair would be astronomical.
Re: Really Shitty Impractical Security Advice..
If you're pooling data from hundreds of different sources, then it isn't content *in* the Excel sheet. I just deserve a pedant alert for that, but, if you're *receiving* the document, how many of those data sources are accessible to you? If it's from outside your company?
So, you're unlikely to get useful results from an Excel spreadsheet with macros unless you already know everything about it (who wrote it, what the macros do, what data sources they're using). Enabling macros on a file you've just received from an unknown source because the file asks you to is foolish.
Additional pedant point, Szappanos said "document", and every one of the example attacks in his paper is a Word file. For ordinary users, a document *is* a Word file, and I'd be interested to hear of scenarios where sending a Word document with macros is good for the recipient.
Szappanos was offering foolproof advice. What does this mean for the half of the world's banking systems that are running on cobbled-together VBA, have they learnt anything from RBS?
Re: Regarding the terminology problems...
In the same vein, 'Hit "Enter" to exit' and 'To shutdown, click "Start"'.
I think I'll get a set of keycaps marked "Any" for the next user that asks where the Any key is.
Re: Turn off the computer, then turn it on again...
@Darryl: Have an upvote. I've been telling some people for years that they need to tell me the error message, but it hasn't sunk in. How can I say a simple, eight-word sentence and not be understood? Am I mute, and only I hear myself, in the privacy of my mind?
Oh, they've been doing that for years. Remember all the alligator in the sewer stories? An alligator can carry a lot of monitoring equipment. It also allowed them to develop a highly-profitable handbag business for additional slush funds.
Yes, the one with the tinfoil hat. No, that's NOT my handbag.
Re: "You would need a tap on every one of thousands of transformers..."
@JefftPoooh: Umm, no, the variations are transient, caused by large loads switching (e.g. lift motors). These will affect the locations fed by the same substation, but the substation acts as a filter, so little disturbance goes beyond. Therefore the pattern of disturbances will be unique to the substation, but you need a tap there to record it.
It sounds just about feasible, with enough resources, but it would be a lot easier to profile journalists' recording equipment, and follow them around. There's probably less dedicated journalists than substations.
Yes, halophiles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halophile
Use the Data Protection Laws
The data protection principles already cover this:
Fair collection: no secret filming,
Use of personal data: consensual bedroom shots assumed to be for private enjoyment of participants*
Duration of retention: Not kept longer than necessary. When the relationship ends, the original purpose (shared enjoyment by participants in the relationship) has ended, so the data must be destroyed*.
Security: protection from unauthorised access. If you're keeping the pics, it's your responsibility to make sure they don't "accidentally" leak onto the internet
* unless there is another agreement.
There are grey areas (topless beach is a public place, but a deserted beach plus a telephoto lens?), and things to be worked out (can you secretly film, then ask for consent?), but it fits, and simply brings more personal data under the same protection.
Re: the only joke about regular expressions
No-one remembers the one about them being indistinguishable from modem line noise?
I must be getting old.
If I get fewer inane quiz invitations after I post this on Facebook.
I love my friends and relatives, even the ones who post BuzzFeed quizzes.
Brought to you by the US Travel Industry
Europeans can file for redress in America.
What with the US having inferior privacy protection and multilevelled justice, I'm surprised Holden could keep a straight face when he announced this.
Re: Firewalling cell phone data connections
Until you plugged in to an infected computer...
There is an "abstain" option. The other three options are proposals by different pro-democracy groups. I suppose a pro-Beijing group could have made a proposal and demanded it should be added to the list, but they were all too busy saying (shouting outside the polling stations in some cases) the poll was "illegal". Unofficial, yes; not legally binding, yes, but Illegal? Why?
Re: "Security outfit"
@Hans 1 - These days, the PLA is already here, (defending us against invaders?) in their barracks. They could remove their insignia and take to the streets, but the Police and/or the PLA would be expected to respond to unidentified gunmen roaming around, so really not deniable.
Beijing already has the physical power, but they promised to let HK run its internal affairs. The plan appears to be to appear to keep that promise, while fixing the elections so they have control. They can't do that if enough people say it's a sham.
China agreed in 1990 that Hong Kong would be able to elect its leader by universal suffrage, but is trying to weasel out by "approving" the candidates... which sock puppet do you want to vote for?
This poll is HK's response: we want a meaningful election with a real choice of candidates.
Also worth mentioning: Udomain and Amazon were also providing services for the poll, but dropped out when the DDoS happened. Kudos to Cloudflare for handling it.
He wants people to weed out the truth?
As in remove the unwanted stuff, leaving the lies to grow?
Please, someone call the Metaphor Police!
"Please use cloud services, it makes both the technical and legal aspects easy for us" - spies everywhere
Re: She reads El Reg!
11/10 is also a fraction, but we could accuse them of improper use of maths.
Where do you think Apple's factories are?
and the default password is?
I predict a high demand for services that will put your chosen image on someone-else's car. Especially if it changes back when the ignition is off or a door is open, so the driver never realises.
Re: Had to be a Lester article...
But lilo has been replaced by grub.
It can tell the difference between water and Budweiser!
A version that detected Rohypnol would be useful.
Was the doorman called Hal?
I was expecting at least one 2001 cross-reference with the Bay Door in the headline.
Just to muddy the waters further...
In the late '80s, an instructor for the new phone system insisted that it was the "gate" key, because of its resemblance to a garden gate. I never agreed; for one thing, without a diagonal, the gate would sag.
Impressive amateur tracking work...
Have they any data for MH370?
Re: Ha ha
Or you were influenced to play the song by the subconscious effect of the title.
The Reg is part of a secret Illuminati viral advertising campaign to promote the Eagles!!! (see icon)
"Intermittent Tube Closure"
OK, possibly* useful information if you are in London, but I fail to see the relevance 8,000 miles away where it is often displayed on a tunnel approach in Hong Kong.
* Well, not useful at all. How long will the tube be closed? Should I turn off now and take another route?
Allow me to upvote your dissing of the "utterly terrifying concept of Newspeak". Commentards would flame anyone who used it.
Re: Niven has this one covered
Whose Freedom, whose Security? Orwell was warning about the ruling group minimising the freedom of the underlings to ensure their own security. Niven's law holds for this limited case, but you get something quite different if the security of everyone is considered, and society switches to a state where there is no constant ruling group.
Not parochial enough?
So Google is apologising that an international Doodle was shown instead of a local one? Local to where? UK, UK+USA, Europe? Surely the Doodle is a little, "you might find this interesting", not a list of the 365/366 of "The Most Important Things Ever". Perhaps showing a non-local doodle (and that means both a Honinbo Shusaku doodle outside of Japan as much as a D-Day doodle outside of Europe/N.America) can bring us together more. Trying to attach some sort of blame for WWII atrocities to a man who died tending cholera patients 80 years earlier is ridiculous.
Re: It wouldn't matter what you tell 'em...
I'd guess a good response for the neighbour's dog problem is, "Its a territory thing, if you like, I can get the dog handlers to bring the police dogs round to crap on your lawn, then your neighbour's dog won't dare."
Distraught boyfriend with handkerchief momento?
If he was close enough to respond to the screams, why didn't they eat him too? And no remains? Seriously? Very tidy wolves then. Is it too late to get a forensic pathologist to uncover the jealous murder and burial?
The one with the Silent Witness DVDs in the pocket.
Re: Platooooooon - HALT!
And other vehicles on the junction. I've heard it's quite unpleasent to start prompt on green, to get hit by the 18-wheeler that thought it could beat the lights…
This thread is developing a Spanish Inquisition / What have the Romans… tone to it. Yes, the one with the dead parrot, please.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Now we know, the hackers do.
He makes it sound like he tried. Guess they should invest in waterproof keyboards that can be operated with flippers.
Re: A huge error in the article
It was a threat to the user. The user sees the tick on the shield, believes they are protected and makes decisions on that basis. A false sense of security can be very dangerous.
Not a "huge error", perhaps a grey area.
Re: We really should have larger IPv6 deployments by now...
Because ISPs like charging a monthly fee for each static IPv4 address? They also charge a premium for IPv6 connectivity.
World Password Day website
It seems that a length of 14 alone, e.g. '11111111111111', will get rated as Strong, but to get Best you need a lower case letter, upper case letter, number and special character, e.g. 'bT@11111111111' or 'Kevin6@gmail.com'. I wonder if anyone decided to use their email address as their password on this website's advice?
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