* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1139 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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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Curse you Jasper Hamill!

Your throw-away remark about dogs taking photos led me to consider dogcam™, with a head mounted camera and then how dogs greet each other. I now cannot rid myself of the concept of an internet full of tagged pictures of dog arseholes.

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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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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

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"experienced programmers put a known elephant in Cairo"

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Serial killer hack threat to gas pipes, traffic lights, power plants

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pacemaker

Good thing you posted AC, or you'd have been DDoS'd by a crowd of curious commentards...

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DARPA looks for a guided bullet with DEAD reckoning navigation

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Re: Claiming GPS is not precise is an error

So you can do a GPS calculation in 10 seconds, and the flight time of a bullet over 3km is 2 or 3 seconds.

Tell me again how useful it is to have a GPS bullet...

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Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China

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Quick! European governments should hack the US more

Pot, meet kettle. Seriously, is there a little sampling bias here? There were recent reports of a Chinese General complaining about attacks from the US. Both US and China have active cyber "defence" units.

What is more interesting in the report is that most of the attacks are criminal, only a fifth are government-backed.

@steve 124 - if you build your great firewall, where are you going to buy your iPhones and other cheap electronics from?

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Boffins explain LED inefficiencies

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Re: LED droop

Yes, but everything looked blue.

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Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you

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Don't fear the cowbell

the black one with the cowl, thanks.

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

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What if they DIDN'T delete?

They'd know when to pillage the data...

i) Personal Data - The dead have no personal data privacy rights.

ii) Copyright - OK, this is long-term planning, but they'd know when they can start using all that valuable content

getting evil...

iii) reconnaissance for theft and fraud. Just like burglars note unemptied mailboxes to tell when people are away from home, they could search for information about online accounts and answers to "security questions", and misuse them knowing the owner won't notice. If anyone does notice, they can say, "it can't be us, we deleted that data".

Naturally, I completely trust Google and their "Don't be Evel" mantra.

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'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

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Re: I have not paid for software for years ...

The betting? Pretty good. But they'd be lying if they have, all the OSS I have comes with a license agreement.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

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Re: Well in the classical world...

So, you're saying that the ancients had a clear division between intelligence, refinement, shall we say beauty, and virility, lewdness, shall we say eroticism? Further, the correlation between penis size and other attributes of the ancients is exactly the same as suggested in the Register's headline. The cultures may be closer than you believe.

<- I'm saying nothing about this guy's size.

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Re: Well in the classical world...

And the evidence of this is?

Maybe the writers were using persuasion to compensate for their lack of physical attributes?

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Publishing ANYTHING on .uk? From now, Big Library gets copies

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Free backup service?

Publish all your important documents on a .UK site, and the BL keeps a backup for you. Encrypt it if you don't want everyone to read it.

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Card skimmers targeting more than ATMs, says EU

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Banks don't think things through...

Last time I went to an ATM, the card slot had sprouted a green plastic thing...

the hotline eventually confirmed it was legitimate but they are idiots for not putting a warning on the screen.

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Hi-tech horses racing: how to stay Happy down in the Valley

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HKJC also does football betting and the Mark 6 lottery. The profits from the HKJC end up in many of HK's charities, there are lots of HKJC Clinics, and HKJC disabled buses. Happy Valley is only the smaller racecourse, the Shatin one is even more impressive.

HKJC is a consistent technology leader, supporting multiple generations of mobile betting technology. Many of the old-timers have their own terminals.

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WTF is... the Quantified Self?

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Yeah, you are a weirdo... Don't you know you should be polite, give up your seat and let people on first WITHOUT making eye contact? Even watching people is OK, even accepted as normal entertainment, as long as you DON'T make eye contact!

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BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

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Re: @Stuart Moore

So who's up for sending them one tin of meat each?

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Cyberwar playbook says Stuxnet may have been 'armed attack'

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Zombie Cleanup

Does anyone trust a grunt with a drone to correctly tell the difference between a hacker behind a cyberattack (who can legally be targeted with lethal force when there is open conflict) and a user with a zombie-infected PC? No?

Time to make sure your PC is clean.

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Re: Defence Doublespeak

That's a fix? I was thinking it might be closer to, "He dropped a USB drive in our carpark, so we nuked his country". If a cyberattack is an armed attack, then armed retaliation is justified, right? And dropping a USB drive could never be an accident, right? We just prevented cyber-Armageddon, right? Your own choice of nationality for the USB dropper and the carpark, it works either way.

Stuxnet looks like a good result, but we were told Iraq had chemical weapons, so there might be a tiny bit of unreliable information floating about, you know?

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Re: Defence Doublespeak

"He looked like he was gonna punch me, so I nuked him!"

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Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

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Re: Onroad parking would be better

"Gentrificator"? Nice neologism for builder, have an up vote.

But, unlit obstructions where cyclists will run into them, have a down vote.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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Re: But

Too many layer 8 devices have buggy software, and they are notoriously difficult to re-program.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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Re: Sadly common in UK Gov

Perhaps they think you're complaining because you want to use a shorter password?

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