* Posts by Allan George Dyer

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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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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

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I'm split between, "Why didn't they think about this years ago?", and "Perhaps Zuck can make a more mature decision now".

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So - you thought you knew all about the INSTANT COFFEE DUNES of TITAN?

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Re: Lakes of methanol and ethanol

@Martin Gregorie - propane and butane are intoxicative inhalants. I'm not sure if methane and ethane are too, and you'd have to be insane to book a package tour to Titan to find out. There again, methanol isn't really a tipple for the sane, either.

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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Re: What else is out there?

Hundreds of thousands of unique samples a day. The numbers don't mean very much anymore. Lots are corrupt samples, or repackaged known malware. It's like trying to do paleontology by picking through the rubble after bulldozers have flattened the Natural History Museum.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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Re: Don't loose your head

@Doctor Syntax - It would be surprising if it was, though I don't doubt it was tried. King's is nothing more than an annoyance to UCL. How's Reggie?

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Don't loose your head

Jeremy's head was never on display, it was damaged in the embalming process and is kept in a wooden box, at one time at his feet. The visible head is a wax copy.

Whether Jeremy's head was ever stolen by King's is uncertain, the students tended to target the mascots, which, for UCL, was a Scottish Highlander figure taken from a tobacconist's shop on Tottenham Court Road.

I'm particularly fond of the story that Jeremy's head is still taken to Council meetings, where he is recorded as "present, but not voting".

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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Re: Shark tooth huh.

'Calling it "art" is stretching things a bit though.'

Perhaps Unk did it while he waited for his elder sister to finish her detailed sand sculpture of a palm tree? We only find the stuff that survives.

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Device fingerprinting tech: It's not a cookie, but 'cookie' rules apply

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Re: @Ole

@Ole Juul - I was making the point about HTML canvas fingerprinting specifically, which, if I understand correctly, depends on Javascript to work, therefore it fails when it is off. The downside, of course, is the loss of useful stuff that depends on Javascript.

Yes, my browser is unique among those the EFF site has tested, but if I turn off Javascript, then there are, apparently, three others that are indistinguishable in the ~4 million tested. Not really much of a gain.

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Re: @Ole

@Brewster's Angle Grinder

Turn off Javascript?

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Hominid ancestors beat humans to the drinks cabinet, say boffins

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Depressing...

We're not descended from the graceful apes that swung through the trees, plucking the juiciest fruits, but their degenerate wino cousins, shuffling across the forest floor, rummaging in the piles of trash.

Need a drink to forget...

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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A Light-Basket-Hilt

would look Really cool. Also great for punching you opponent in the face when you go corp-a-corps, but you have to be very careful picking it up, if you like having fingers.

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: They play the opening bit of "Thus Spake Zarathustra" when they rise, right?

But a step forwards for public health and street fragrance. Though it wouldn't make much difference, as Hacney Carriage drivers were allowed to urinate at the offside rear wheel of their vehicles, and, anyway, everything was horse-drawn.

I also recall (from an antiques program, I think) that ladies had specially-designed pots they would use during long sermons at church.

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World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

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Solution...

Pack the mouse with C4, and connect a detonator to the left button.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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Re: Hang on...

"WTF is an AV outfit doing NOT dealing with or reporting…"

From the article, F-Secure did deal with the malware, Mikko's tweet was, "Malware decoded, detection added". When you're receiving hundreds of thousands of samples of dozens of varieties of malware a day, something has to be pretty exceptional to deserve a press release, if the only known victim doesn't want it publicised, what's left to talk about?

Full disclosure - Mikko is a nice guy to have a drink with.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Re: And...

"Who's reading my posts! (If it's anyone but Balmer, we'll have words!)"

Uhh... I read that post, sorry. But, if you tell me what you don't want me to know, I promise to try to forget it.

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State Dept shuts off unclassified email after hack. Classified mail? That's CLASSIFIED

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Re: ...why wasn't it air-gapped,

"I actually worked on a site where internal network was air-gapped from Internet." - So, how did that work against email malware? OK, you're protected against anything not in the SMTP stream, but a simple packet filter could do the same.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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Re: Untrustworthy automatic billing

"Unless you set up your DD with a credit card, in which case you can not cancel the DD, only the company you have the DD with can do it."

That, too, can be dealt with. I was trying to terminate a phone service, and the company was being unhelpful. So, I called my credit card company and we had a little discussion about withdrawing authorisation. I granted the authorisation, so I can withdraw it, simple. Unfortunately, they disagreed, so I terminated the credit card account.

Of course, it's important to do this before any disputed money has been transferred. If you're trying to get back the cash they've overcharged you, you're probably buggered. Which, to return to the topic of the article, is difficult when there are unexpected changes in circumstances.

Have you noticed how often it is that the account termination part of a billing system is badly designed? It's almost as if it were intentional...

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: The bible is a book ?

Well, that's a bit unfair, the bible isn't one book. How about we stitch together the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Origin of Species, Relativity and Lady Chatterly's Lover (you have read the Song of Solomon?) as a more fair competitor?

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FALL of the MACHINES: How to KILL the Google KARATE BOT, by our expert

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Hong Kong University has one of these, I believe they are teaching it Tai Chi.

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Someone has broken into your systems. Now what?

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Re: Honeypot should already be in place

Or just redirect based on the Evil Bit, see RFC 3514

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: @ Allan George Dyer

@Tom 13 - which was my point: economics says those things are interchangeable, but I still want my bloody breakfast! Economics is a useful model, but, like all models, it is not a complete, perfect explanation of the world. And the word I was missing last night was "externalities" - isn't trickle-down technology happening outside the economic considerations of those concerned?

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Re: Not Trickle-down economics...

@I ain't Spartacus - Have an up vote. Maybe I want to phrase things differently, and I wouldn't say an economy dominated by the mega-rich is "more open".

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Re: Not Trickle-down economics...

@ I ain't Spartacus - I wasn't trying to make a point about free market economies, and I certainly didn't suggest a command economy was a good idea, but is there really such a thing as a free market, anywhere? Trickle-down advocates oppose progressive taxation because they think it limits the ability of the meg-rich to start the trickle, but I'm suggesting that the trickle tends to pool at the top end, and dries up before reaching the bottom.

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Re: Not Trickle-down economics...

@Squander Two - Well, I thought economics was about movement of goods and services through society, which does not have to involve any movement of technology. Technology can move without direct economic exchange - e.g. when a patent expires. Economics is abstract, you can redefine any activity as economics, but there is a certain quality about, for example, "my breakfast" that is not interchangeable with "a drug patent" or "a performance of Beethoven's 5th". You can say that a billionaire eating breakfast and a billionaire launching a spaceship both have an economic trickle-down effect, but only one of them has a technology trickle-down effect.

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Re: Not Trickle-down economics...

You've missed my point. It's the technology trickle-down that brings the benefits, not the (supposed) economic trickle-down. Then I confused things with chicken-devliery because I didn't want to suggest that every technology is appropriate everywhere.

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Not Trickle-down economics...

The money sloshes around the top-end, among high-paid managers and consultants, but doesn't increase the number of toilet-cleaners required, or their wages.

However, trickle-down technology can work. Throw enough money at developing fancy devices with bright screens and long battery life, and you've developed a lighting system efficient enough to be run off a solar panel in some third-world village schoolhouse. But trickle-down technology can also fail, usually when someone insists on deploying the shiniest new tech, without considering how it will work at the delivery point... "With SpaceShipTwo, these villagers can deliver their chickens to market much faster, via SPAAACE!"

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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"The Register has long been known as an on-line lesbian magazine"

But, but, but… I only read The Reg for the the articles.

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