* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1161 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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English speaking?

As the locals only speak American, I guess they are trying to attract tour groups of English country squires. Maybe they can lay on a bit of fox hunting too?

Tally Ho!

The pink coat, if you could be so kind. No! The Hunting Pink coat! Look, it's the red one, peasant!

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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

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Shouldn't the Greeks be complaining?

Culturally, the Amazons are their myth, and European invaders later named the S. American river after it.

I'll get my coat... spear and shield.

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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A Gift to Phishers

Many fake bank websites are only up for a short time. They grab the login credentials of the early victims, and move on before the site is reported and investigated. This seems to allow them to skip the step of breaking into a vulnerable machine to set up the fake site, as long as they take steps to make their connection untraceable.

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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"likely different shape and so on"

But that's what Duct Tape is for.

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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"successful speed-of-sound shot has powdered ten tonnes of ice"

The Titanic wants its collision-avoidance system back.

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IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

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Re: its a 4 yr old

Then SKYNET is only a teenager... eventually it will get through the rebellious stage, settle down and... oh, dear!

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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"post something clever and snarky the crowd loves it"

So why haven't you got more upvotes?

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Brits: Give us £1m and we'll build a crack ALIEN-HUNTING TEAM

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Concept of fiction? Re: intelligence@home

Well, I'd speculate that fiction is essential for intelligence. Isn't the basis of intelligence modeling the external environment, predicting the results of changing parameters and selecting a desirable outcome?

Come to think of it, lack of ability to identify fiction might explain why teenagers get locked up for rants online.

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Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

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Successful when the target has a transponder?

Then they should divert the funds to improve the targeting to spies to persuade/trick potential enemies into including transponders on their missiles. Problem solved.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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"Apple uses the same chemistry as everyone else."

But their molecules have rounded corners.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

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Re: Merlin engine?

There's plenty of room for confusion, the RR Merlin's space-flight capabilities are well known: http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Spitfire

The one with the sonic screwdriver in the pocket. No, I'll leave the fez.

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Snowden speaks from Moscow: 'Obama lies'

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He's not coming back to Hong Kong

On 27 June, the HK gov announced he would be refused entry because the US had finally told them his passport had been revoked.

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Flippin' Equus! Unfeasibly old horse bone DNA triumph

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Re: Stablised

And that one stallion was, no doubt, ridden by Mitochondrial Eve.

@breakfast, start taking your "Pliocene Stable" script round Hollywood, it's a winner!

(yes, I know the timing's all wrong... never stopped Hollywood before)

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British lord sets new world electric vehicle speed record

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But...

Does it deliver milk?

Seriously, good one guys!

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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They already fined them...

but they divided the fine by a thousand billion to make it more effective.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: It's not illegal, but it is uncool

It might not be illegal in the US, but it is illegal to do it here, and most other places outside the US. Why should we hand the grass over to the gang?

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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More research required...

"If you really want unbreakable message security, buy a pigeon"

Does RFC 1149/RFC 2549 support BGP? And does subverting it involve a pigeon femme fatale?

(I was going to go all pretentious and translate pigeon to French, but it already is).

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: Sorted

Yes, once you're identified as suspect they'll concentrate on rubber hose cryptography.

** Thump **

"b.b.b.but they really are bunny pictures"

"Shall we try that again, Mr. AC?"

** Thump, Thump **

Obligatory xkcd reference: https://xkcd.com/538/

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Report: Skype set up Project Chess to enable official snooping

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Re: Ironic that Snowden is now behind the Great Firewall

Wrong! Hong Kong is outside the Great Firewall, and we intend to keep it there. I can search for and find pictures of someone standing in front of a tank, or the shenanigans of communist party officials whenever I want.

The question of who is watching me do it is entirely different. On current evidence, assuming the answer is "Everyone!" would be wise (though they must be very bored doing it).

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I, for one, welcome our GIANT TITANIUM INSECT OVERLORDS

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I want...

to cancel my order of sharks, but the lasers I'll need, and the cranial mounts will need a redesign.

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

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Re: Exactly my point

So Cambridge cycle paths are designed for toddler/recreation use and poorly designed for people who appreciate bicycles as a fast, environmentally-friendly means of transport. Would you design a motorway with that type of intersection?

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: if it aint broke....

More features? How about tweets from the reactor core?

icon? "I'm feeling hot"

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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Re: looping elevators

Sometimes called the paternoster, with open cars so you can jump on and off. Runs continuously, but generally thought to be too dangerous nowadays. That was the only reason I went into the Arts Tower in Sheffield.

I guess you could have really nasty accidents with a 500m paternoster, that cable isn't going to stop quickly for anything.

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Rally supports Snowden amid claims GCHQ tapped G20 summit

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As one of the 900, I have to be honest and admit the rain was not torrential. Persistent drizzle is more accurate.

Protesting in HK is very polite. Many were using whistles, but, as the march entered a shopping mall, we were requested to not whistle inside, and everyone complied.

HK's Chief Executive has now said that the case will be dealt with according to HK law. If the US makes an extradition request, then the courts and appeals could take three years. We will be watching.

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PRISM snitch claims NSA hacked Chinese targets since 2009

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Re: Conspiracy theoriest right all along

Unless you're using the version of Wireshark that ignores traffic with the Evil Bit set (RFC 3514).

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Re: Something...

I guess he hasn't been following the news about Sami al-Saadi threatening to sue Hong Kong for arresting him in 2004 and, with the US and UK, arranging his extraordinary rendition to Libya.

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Re: Chances are its all true but.....

Not much chance of that. The wreck was mostly broken up years ago. Then the seabed was dredged, reclaimed and Container Terminal 9 was built on it, opened in 2003.

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KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

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Re: Prism Logo

Newton has prior art... and the laws.

Yep, the one with the apple in the pocket.

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A woman in IT is like a dog who speaks: Rare. A woman in IT security?

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Re: Women + IT

I withdraw my Ad Hom attack with apologies... by accusing me of bitchiness you have proved your lack of stereotyping.

Saying, "There's no point in aiming for equality" is unhelpful because it ignores the difference between equality of opportunity and equality of result. If gender stereotyping is discouraging women from entering IT, or men from entering nursing, that is prejudice that should be addressed. The only relevant measure is aptitude for the job.

A.C. 10:04 Sales isn't the point, its training. So many attacks have a social engineering component that could be defeated by a user with a clue.

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Re: Women + IT

And another effect of testosterone is the inability to see beyond stereotypes, Eadon. I've certainly met both men and women with a wide range of social and toy-playing abilities.

But, if unbiased studies back up your prejudices, then we certainly need more women in IT security. One of the persistent failings of IT security is in persuading users/developers/managers to make smart security decisions. An ability to chat, care and socialise would be a massive advantage.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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The regeneration goes badly wrong...

and the Dr. becomes a female Dalek, constantly torn between compassion and hate.

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Re: Surely

But it's supposed to be a children's program!

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Review: Philips Hue network enabled multicolour lightbulbs

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Re: "There's no need to change your light fittings - you can buy screw to bayonet adapters"

I've had both break, requiring pliers to remove the cap from the socket (yes, I remember to use the circuit breaker - I'm still here, right?).

But I don't like screw bulbs because they tend to loosen themselves over time, until the light goes out when the bulb is still OK.

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Why not intelligent sockets?

You could measure power consumption and lifespan of whatever bulb you choose to use. We could actually find out whether energy-efficient bulbs are saving us anything. With a temperature sensor and cloud-sourced data, we could get an answer on how badly overheating affects CFL and LED bulb lifespans.

Depressingly, I think I know the answer: the manufacturers can make more profit if we replace the control module every time the glowing bit stops glowing.

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Graphene QUILT: A good trampoline for elephants in stiletto heels

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So...

can I have my space elevator now?

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My bleak tech reality: You can't trust anyone or anything, anymore

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Anyone for PKI?

FTW

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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Have they thought this through?

The "average user has to sign-on 39 times a day" but the pills are only "FDA-approved and CE-stamped for people to take up to 30 of these pills a day", so you still have to remember 9 passwords (on average)?

I hesitate to point out the possibilities of pill recovery from the sewage system. Hackers used to go dumpster diving...

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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We can fix this...

Multinationals can easily recalculate their profits to appear in a more favourable country, and legislators and career bureaucrats (even the non-corrupt ones) are unable to predict the outcome of changing the rules they control in a complex, international environment. Accountants are part of the problem anyway.

What we need is a single, clearly-defined ruleset written in {insert your preferred programming language} that can be applied globally. El-reg commentards are clearly well-placed to do this. We should begin work immediately, and aim to install the ruleset in all world governments (with or without their knowledge and approval) by the end of the year.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

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Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...

Might have been a V1 (doodlebug, flying bomb), they exploded at ground level and had a larger blast radius, from my memory of "Look and Learn" in the 1970's.

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Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0

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Re: Short Memories

and you get a read error on disk 6...

I'm going for a lie-down. Ask the nurse for my medication.

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New York cop in alleged love-polyhedron email hack spree

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Re: Worryingly cheap.

Sound expensive to me...

One approach would be to try the first few entries from a most popular password list, it wouldn't be successful every time, but does that matter? Another would be to trick the victim into installing a keylogger - also depends on the victim not having good security awareness.

Really, unless you are using end-to-end encryption, email is no more secure than writing your message on a postcard. So, yes, email privacy is an oxymoron.

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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

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Is he rebranding milk?

Then he'd have a safe foodstuff that meets most of his claims, right up until a lactose-intollerant person tries it.

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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

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Good idea, but even better...

Why don't we form an international police and diplomacy force by selecting children with weird mental powers, take them from their parents and train them to use glowing swords?

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Has anyone else noticed?

That these services often record your call (for "staff training"), so if (when?) there is a problem, the Company has a record of the conversation, and you don't. They have the choice, conveniently "loose" the recording ("it was deleted after X days, for data protection purposes"), when it includes their agent promising something never delivered; or, reveal the part where you were incoherantly ranting due to on-hold frustration over their polite employee whispering the relevant detail.

Time to conduct all my business in writing, carved in tablet of stone.

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Stealthy, malware-spewing server attack not limited to Apache

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Can you both just stop the Open/Closed wars? Re: You're joking, right?

Having the source code makes it easy to add extra source (Duh!), but, guess what? It's well-known how to modify arbitrary binaries, and even easier to get a fake DLL loaded. Virus writers have been doing that for years with PEs, and kits are available.

While you're scrapping about which is more secure, the bad guys have got their act together and are using both: targeting the most popular web servers (FLOSS) to deliver malware to the most popular desktops (Windows).

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PLAGUE of SEX CRAZED MONSTER GRASSHOPPERS to hit East Coast

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"insects that walk on all fours" Re: the message

I can't decide, did Leviticus fail at maths or biology?

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Anonymity ZUCKS: Facebook's Instagram to switch on face tagging

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most of the pictures are arseholes, but some are the dogs bollocks!

A bit lame responding to my own post, I was hoping someone else would post the rejoinder.

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Russian geologist claims finding chunks of Tunguska Event invader

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Re: Surely...

I'm delighted to report that mine is the 42nd up vote.

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Flat mobe battery? Just light a fire

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Butane stove in Sweden?

Surely you wouldn't get much of a flame, butane boils at -1°C. I found a butane stove was feeble on a fine winter's morning in the south of England, I suspect Sweden is a little colder.

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'Not only is James Bond fictional, he's not a fair representation of intelligence'

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James Bond not a fair representation of intelligence?

Next you'll be telling me Die Hard is misleading about police work!

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