* Posts by Allan George Dyer

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The big boys made us do it: US used German spooks to snoop on EU defence industry

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Could the BND claim to have selectively modified the sensitive data?

It gets them off the hook, and the NSA starts doubting the veracity of the data...

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Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

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So if 'aggressive advertising' means grabbing all your SMS or grabbing all your installed apps to send off your device, then 'aggressive retail' means armed robbery?

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

@bill 27 - Isn't a corvid in a domestic environment murder on the upholstery?

The one with the dictionary of collective nouns in the pocket, please.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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But the UK re-used the aluminium in pre-fab housing. OK, so the US didn't have a desperate housing shortage, but just dumping them seems like a criminal waste.

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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Re: Data protection implications

"Turn the camera off, of course sir."

*click*

"Right, get 'im lads"

*thump* *thump* *scream* *moan*

*click* (facing street)

"Thank you sir, have a good evening."

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Re: Microsoft was different

"I bought OS/2 in 1994 to avoid Windows, how many of you did?"

Well, me, for one. Later I bought NT4 (because it supported Traditional and Simplified Chinese - which was a crock because you had to reboot to swap between them) and Office 2000. The point is, I moved to Word not because it was a better wordprocessor, WordPerfect 5.1 was all the wordprocessor I needed, but because users at other companies only knew what to do with .doc.

"why get something illegally if you don't like it?"

Many small shops round here were selling no-brand PCs with *cough* "free" pre-installed Microsoft software, not using it would require some technical know-how. Of course, Microsoft didn't approve of the piracy, but it did cement their dominant mindshare position.

Basically, it is difficult for an individual consumer to go against a monopoly. That's why it's useful to have a strong government agency to stand for everyone's best interests.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: Some political minds might be concentrated if...

@Vimes - If I promise to pass a law making manifesto pledges legally binding, will you vote for me?

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Warning: Tautology Alert

"wandering planet"

Mine's the one with the geocentric model in the pocket.

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Using Office 365 at work? It's dangerous to go alone! Take this...

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No need, the NSA does the job well enough.

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Re: "increasingly sophisticated attacks"

So the new attacks are sophisticated enough for you not to recognise them, perhaps?

Just a thought, just a thought...

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Despite using OpenSSH on 100% of my servers, and most of my desktops, I had no idea it was available on an official CD.

So, what was your point?

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US law enforcement rushes to assist bumbling Canuck pirates

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Pirate

Wrong masthead picture...

Should be Captain Pugwash.

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: At the end of the day...

"...does it stop your mum or girlfriend from easily looking at stuff on your phone?"

No. Obligatory xkcd:

http://www.xkcd.org/341/

And even someone clueless about tech can think, "hey, there's an encryption app, must be something juicy on here. Maybe I can ask a friendly geek to crack it".

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: Angle grinder?

From what I understand, it was the Guardian staff who actually destroyed the machine, as instructed by the GCHQ staff. Presumably the angle grinder is back in the shed of some Guardian staff member.

Which leads me to wonder, who came up with this "secure wipe" procedure? Did it develop as some kind of "we can be more unreasonably pedantic than you" game between the spooks and jurnos?

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Re: me

Me too.

Though I will admit drilling through a stack of CD-ROMs.

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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Re: Home ADSL OK in NW6

Fine in HK too, so yeah, pretty localised.

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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"That video is no longer available online"

So veoh has a different dog party video?

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GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

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I'm guessing:

A: Dave Chandler's girlfriend is wondering where her tampons have gone

B: Dave's going to be in trouble when she finds out

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

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Re: Feeling il.head

Let's replace personal names with numbers too, 1920.

More seriously, you really want to update your bookmarks every time someone changes their ISP or hosting company?

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

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Re: says:

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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