* Posts by Allan George Dyer

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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I'm using one from a Tandon 286 on my home PC. I prefer the positive feel of the old keyboards, you really know when you've pressed a key, and the weight keeps them from sliding around the desk. The kids say it's too much exercise. It's really easy to avoid the PS2/DIN converter by wiring in an old mouse cable.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Context, context....

"what would they say about a true Scotsman wearing a kilt?"

I hope they would say that it is unsuitable attire for a data centre with underfloor ventilation!

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On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

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"on the five days preceding Christmas 2014"

So the Martians don't put their Christmas decorations up riddiculously early, thank goodness.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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I'm glad you included the colour chart, I've often wondered what IR and UV looks like. I'm surprised the shade is so similar.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Once it's registered?

"ICANN has nothing to do with content."

So, an MD can register sexynursesand.doctor as a legitimate medical practitioner, and use it for, well, what do you think?

Has ICANN thought this through?

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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime exhibition – blurs scientific interest with grotesque curiosity

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Re: molecular death...

Useful for what? For criminal cases, the focus is on establishing when the crime occured, so the possibility that the victim's mitochondria were still working hours after the murderer left seems irrelevant. For biochemical research, whether the organism is "alive" is less important than understanding the relevance of your experiment to the normal processes. Even cryonics (which, to me, just seems like a method for scamming dying rich people) is interested in "information-theoretic death", not molecular death.

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Take an interest in local affairs...

All you have to do is go down to the local council offices in Alpha Centuri and fill in the Voter Registration Form.

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Put the TLD first, but keep the dot separator

With scammers around we need a clear difference between the host and path sections of the URL.

Yeah, I remember uk.ac.

Oh, and while we're asking for the impossible, can we standardise on Chinese date ordering? yyyy-mm-dd, so easy for sorting.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: Cue

So why are masks of the current Prime Minister so popular for Guys?

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'If cloud existed decades ago, backups wouldn't have been developed'

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Re: Typical bullshit

Obligatory XKCD:

http://xkcd.com/908/

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

"scan everything in and out of your fridge, and thus only ever buying things that had compatible bar codes"

"Run down to the butcher, we've run out of zebra meat again!"

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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"fold into a Transit van"

Wow! Elite ninja origami skills, but shouldn't that be unfolds?

"with the wheels removed"

Uh, OK, still elite ninja origami skills, but zero practicality.

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NASA 'nauts complete another EPIC SPACEWALK to route cables around ISS

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Good job

I grumble when I have to crawl under a desk to replace a cable...

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

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Can of worms...

OK, so they are throwing out the old buggy code and writing some new buggy code, good.

But they aren't actually throwing Trident out, so they still have to maintain it.

The next question is, are they:

i) Incuding Trident as standard and activating it automatically when a broken IE-specific site is encountered. -> The detection code is unlikely to ever work properly, and will usually cause subtle and non-repeatable failures.

ii) Make Trident an option -> Microsoft gets a new revenue stream, IT managers get a headache of deciding whether to use it, and how to tell users when they should switch, if they do.

Final question, are they insane?

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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

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"backdoor," sounds "kind of shady"?

Some more accurate alternatives:

"gaping security hole"

"thoughtpolice access node"

"tyranny enabler"

Shady is far too light a colour for this.

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Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

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Google admits there are INFINITY MILLION bugs in Chrome!

Remember, $∞ million / $50,000 = ∞ million

Their next conference venue is the Hilbert Hotel.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Market Restrictions...

So Worstall looks at the data for racism in football, and concludes that "markets beat racism"? But football isn't a free market - the number of jobs is highly restricted, the employer can't decide to replace the 11 "Premier League" players with 22 players who each cost half the price. The number of slots in the Premier League is restricted too. So, it seems highly dubious to reach a general conclusion based on something that is so far from the normal situation.

I'll admit to not understanding the value proposition for fans, too... At first sight, fans are buying 90 minutes of entertainment, but is the entertainment value of a match between two Premier League teams so much higher than the lower leagues with lower ticket prices, or even an amateur match? Are the fans, in fact, buying the feeling of being a member of a group of 50,000 like-minded people?

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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Re: Party etiquette

@dan1980 - wait untill you've tasted the stuff before deciding, it can be described as an "acquired taste" or "regional delicacy".

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Sponsored article?

How much did ElReg accept from the Domain Name Registrars for this article?

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Kanye West: Yo, DNS... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

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Re: I don't follow

I'm going to be VERY annoyed if I get there 9 milliseconds early!

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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The nice thing about OSs is that everyone gets a share of the schadenfreude.

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Re: If you really want to know ...

@Mike Bell: I would hesitate to describe an explanation that invokes "vast numbers of 'universes'" as in any way parsimonious.

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Quis custodiet ipsos felis?

Is the cat an observer?

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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Re: It's all wrong anyway

"I've never really understood why that was worded as an 'either/or' thing…"

Yeah, should be "with".

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Re: Not so fast

So, Indolent Wretch, you are happy with the way Facebook and Google use your data, many other people (also with technical knowledge) are not. It is fair to say there is a range of sensitivity to this among the technical community, and each person makes their own decisions based on their sensitivity and the perceived risk. The non-technical majority are denied that choice by their ignorance, and they probably have just the same range of sensitivity as us. The data-slurping companies are exploiting that ignorance, and asymmetric information is acknowledged as detrimental to efficient markets.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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"secure" WiFi, "greynet"? Re: It depends.

Keep it simple: 1) Mandate VPN connections for all External access; 2) Define WiFi as External.

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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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magical phrase, "Please transfer this call to your supervisor"

Doesn't work around here, apparently all the call centres have no supervisor present, and they are not contactable, at all, in any way. I no longer know what "supervisor" means.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: Dib dib dib

I joined cubs in 1971, and it wasn't used then.

I think it went out with Wolf Cubs, and the old-style salute (two fingers on each hand in a V, held to the sides of the head - wolf ears, right. I wonder why they dropped that one…)

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Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

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Re: Simple Solution

3-for-1 win, Apple won't be able to contact their factories = no more iPhones.

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Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

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"internationalized domain names"

One thing I wonder about proponents of internationalized domain names is, why do they never mention the downside? OK, registering, 銳記.公司.香港 makes it easy for a Chinese-literate person to recognise and enter the address, but, if you want to reach an international market, the URLs in your marketing material are going to say xn--3jst58k.xn--55qx5d.xn--j6w193g which could limit the effectiveness of the campaign.

The Hong Kong Registry quietly recognises this by bundling a free .香港 with a .hk (or vice-versa, if you want to look at it that way).

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Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com

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Why didn't they...

re-use it for e-tendering on public building foundations?

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Re: Do I smell bbq?

The next version has additional hardware to deal with this problem - an AK47.

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

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How to Look like a world-class cyber-spy agency

1. Wait for an attack

2. Match list of proxies used in the attack to list of "enemy" nations, declare the attacker was "sloppy" in using their own addresses

3. Declare you already compromised enemy's systems years ago

3. Laugh evilly as enemy mounts extensive investigation for non-existent breach, and eventually executes their top cyber-security team for treason or incompetence.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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"alligator had been living illegally in the home since the 1970s"

"Mr. Alligator, I'm here to serve this eviction order."

"It'll cost you an arm and a leg to get me out of here!"

"Umm… I'll bring a lawyer."

And the lawyer has not been seen since…

<pedant mode> Surely keeping the alligator there was the offence; the alligator is not a person that can be prosecuted.

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Nice SECURITY, 'Lizard Squad'. Your DDoS-for-hire service LEAKS

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Re: Teenage kicks

Yes. Apparently most people will answer simple questions, like, say, "What's your password?", honestly when half-asleep.

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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"I remember there was a study a few years ago where they planted false memories in children. "

Are you SURE you remember?

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Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

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Re: It'll suck to be a help desk resource...

@Tom 13 - What makes you think that a one non-latin keyboard can be used to enter a different non-latin script?

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Re: This is not the Badger

China? If they are not already your suppliers, they're going to be your customers.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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North Yorkshire has a lot of catching up to do...

Hong Kong's crime report for 2013 revealed "Sextortion" cases rose sevenfold from 60 to 477 cases. 2014 report out later this month.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Re: Metaldetector

@veti - No metal detector last time I crossed.

Why wait a month - some people, including school kids, commute even day. Take one a day, and claim it's your personal phone - who can say different? Recruit a class-full of kids, and you have a cushy business model.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Die Gedanke sind frei…

third option: they don't want to draw attention to the deal they have with Google for people's search history, that effectively allows them access to 90% of minds 90% of the time.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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@Symon you're saying that we should bring the Moon back closer to speed up the Earth? I can bring some string and elastic bands to the project...

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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Re: "A pint of goat urine would be more pleasant to consume"

Have you ever been to a Budweiser factory?

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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Re: So?

With perfect equal opportunities, the mix would be the same as the mix of eligible applicants. The fact that one group dominates at the higher levels suggests that other groups are loosing out on promotions. The next question is why? - which is difficult for a subjective judgement of suitability for a job.

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Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

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Re: "how the exchange was run"

Although it is the most spectacular (so far), there are millions of ways to run a web business badly.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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There were possibilities...

I did manage to convert the Mamod static engine to mobile, with meccano wheels, clutch and gearbox, with rack-and-pinion steering. It moved, oh so slowly.

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Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

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OK, thanks. That explains a lot.

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Anyone think that the hack was backed by the CIA, to create patriotic fervour, and any American not doing their duty and watching the film will shortly be visiting Guantanamo Bay?

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

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Re: If it works, don't fix it.

@BearishTendancies - thanks for the link, it's quite mind-boggling:

"GDS is not just trying to make government services online as easy as shopping at Amazon"

So we can look forwards to a third-party software glitch to set all our tax bills to 1p?

What's the air-traffic control equivalent of setting prices to 1p - altitude to 1 foot perhaps?

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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That most rare of species...

an intelligent, informed politician.

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