* Posts by teebie

507 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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No, but native New Zealanders are descended from polynesaians

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Emergency-service comms omnishambles worsens as HP dives for the door

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Home office thinking

"It is also expected to save the emergency services around £1bn over the next 15 years."

Because if no one can tell you about an emergency then you don't spend any money responding to it.

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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That's a picture of megaman in profile.

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Hated Care.data scheme now 'unachievable', howls UK.gov watchdog

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""significant performance issues were investigated and corrected""

"Guys, we are just *so* bad at coming up with specifications. You wouldn't believe how bad"

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

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Re: Why in the world would space probes need liquid water???

No, in the far future they'll land, pick up some of water (etc) that was extracted by the MuskCorp WaterDrill, and pump that into the probe.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: Words fail me.

I *think* that European law (the directive that introduced this format of the [card] license maybe?) said that endorsements couldn't be stored on the license, so the UK government said "we'll stick the endorsements on this bit of paper, which isn't part of the license. Also the license isn't valid without the bit of paper. This is fine, there is no contradiciton here. Shut up"

So rather than just obey the law, they have spent millions uselessly circumventing it. You may be familiar with similar stories.

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Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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I'm thinking Baltimore, that way they don't have to make any changes to the city's appearance.

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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Despite being a loyal xubuntu user I am still unable to discern...

how the hell I am supposed to pronounce the name of the thing

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Re: For those who need a laugh.

so he provides services to both the Register and the Conservatives? Suspicious.

(No, of course it isn't suspicious, but nor is getting training from the same company as someone else)

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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capital is what increases productivity?

"we want to tax capital incomes at lower rates than labour based incomes. Because capital is what increases productivity"

Surely having enough staff, paying staff enough that they can be arsed to work, and training staff enough that they can be effective all increase productivity (*), and are labour, not capital

(*) of course there is a point at which this becomes counter-productive, but I doubt many companies reach this

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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marketting

They picked a clever name if their aim was to sell the machines to corrupt policiticains

"buy, winvote"

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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"We will need to update our investigative laws to keep up with changing technology"

This seems like it will end badly.

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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Is this a precursor to "Weeeeelll, we've sent out some leaflets now, so we might as well start selling patient's data"?

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: Seriously?

Upvoted for the reminder that Andrew Crossley is a cunt.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

teebie

Tall buildings?

Some of the problems that they failed to anticipated were related to the fact that sometimes buildings are tall?

Should the work not have gone to someone who had the requisite skills to realise that the UK has multi-story buildings? Someone at least as smart as a five year old?

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Evil CSS injection bug warning: Don't let hackers cross paths with your website

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Re: Going to ignore this until it has a catchy name.

PRiSSI?

People paid attention to POODLE, and they are the prissiest of all dogs.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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As you know, the greens don't run Brighton. That's what 'no overall control' means.

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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To which the reply is: that half-arsed phone operator / jobsworth / survey taker / personal bugbear you had to deal with last week - how much would it be worth to you to never have to deal with them again?

Sometimes putting someone in a job makes it worse for everyone - them, who don't want the job, the employer, who has to deal with the awful employee, and the customers, whose lives are impacted by the awful/incompetent/obstructive behaviour.

Sometimes its cheaper to pay comeone not to work than to deal with the consequences of their employment.

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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Re: As Commentard as detects as secret as code

Is this conversation *definitely* in the right order?

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: Leverage, Leveraged, Leveraging

"We don't hear people using 'a sequential' when they mean 'a sequence'"

You do in Bristol. They speak funny there.

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Here's a hint

If youto build trust in your information-sharing system, trying not to sound like a fucking supervillian when you are trying to persuade people to use it.

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Excitement in boffinry circles as GIGANTIC ALIEN RING BLOTS OUT SUN

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Nice picture

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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"But the Tory peer then went on to expose himself"

That's par for the course.

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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. "

I think this would be the study by Loftus, Braun, and Ellis where they convinced people they had met Bugs Bunny and Ariel at Disneyland when they were children.

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Instagram FLASHED YOUR PRIVATES to picture pervs

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They didn't have access controls on any of the images, and just relied on the URLs being, I'll use the word 'obscure'.

That seems like a pretty basic security error. Someone should coin a saying about it.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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How was this supposed to go?

~North Korea hacked Sony

-Based on your past record, and lack of support for this weird claim, I do not believe you

~There is an evil cake

-I am now utterly convinced

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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

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Re: "must try harder"

"Must try harder, further away from where they can do any harm"

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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Re: But Has Anyone Found something To Do With Them?

I use my tablet as a device to quickly google things. Mainly what has gone wrong with my PC.

I think I expected more when I bought it.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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A senior security official said: “Snowden has been very damaging to our work. We have specific evidence of where key targets have changed their communication behaviour as a direct result of what they have read.”

Something tells me that there will never be any evidence presented that shows this to be true

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

teebie

As I understand it the problem with the original POODLE is that the SSL 3.0 specification was broken - so if you are using SSL3 you are vulnerable.

With POODLE against TLS the problem is that some companies'(*) _implementations_ of TLS were vulnerable. So, if you are using TLS it depends on who wrote the implementation whether or not you are vulnerable.

(*)e.g. A10 and F5, both of whom released fixes very soon after - if your bank is using either company they should have applied the patches by now

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: Money speaks, as usual

"I didn't know ABP did this"

Assuming you use ABP, this reflects well on whatever vetting rules it uses to only allow non-annoying ads through.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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So take a company who tells you they are making no profit in this country, ask them how much profit they are making in this country, and take a quarter of that amount in tax.

I see a flaw.

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DNA egghead James Watson sells Nobel prize for $4.8m, gets it back

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Re: According to wiki...

He did say that it was possible that different races may have developed different intellects - maybe this true, and is a point that could be made with no racist intent - maybe it's ok that race X in underrepresented in job A, but a scandal that race Y is so underrepresented in job B.

Had he not followed up with "people who have to deal with black employees find [races being equal] not true" he probably wouldn't have had to sell his nobel.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Advancement of science

I (coincidentally(*)) listened to 2 podcasts about this at the same time, one was about 2 years older, and outlined the possibilites of fecal transpants, one was up to date and said that, if a fecal transplant was made from a skinny twin to a fat twin the fat twin would lose weight.

So 2 years is how long science takes to get from "early implementation" to "psychotic pranksterism"

(*) I don't have a google alert for "pooh transference"

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Re: Gut ... er journalism?

"the practice is ancient" has mixed results - the precursors to aspirin have been used since Hippocrates' time, but so were treatments based on the 4 humours.

Of course, if something seems to work it's good to know that it actually does work, and why (like discovering it isn't the surgery that fixes stomach ulcers, but the antibiotics given afterwards)

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

teebie

"The police say they've given copies of the leaked information back to Vodafone."

This doesn't seem like a terribly useful thing to do

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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"These broke down into 18 separate submissions of junk data in a web form tantamount to 'cyber stalking"

I don't think the register is at fault here, but there is no way that sentence makes sense in context.

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

teebie

"ISIS may attack bankers"

is the most effective terrorist recruitment slogan ever.

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Spyware-for-cops Hacking Team faces off against privacy critics

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Oh, they said it was about terrorists, it must be for our own good then.

(I hope the sarcasm shines through)

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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How targetted are the snapchat ads?

"Based on your recent activity, we think you would be interested hearing about divorce lawyers, and non-paisley pajamas"

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

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Re: respec?

You are right to be suspicious of the figures the police release, given that the police can manipulate them, have incentive to do so and, based on recent headlines, do.

However crime rates are falling according to british crime survey stats, which are less easily manipulated. The figures come from surveying members of the population, and so can't be altered by no criming an offence.

Crime falling in the UK shouldn't really come as a surpise - it is the worldwide trend.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: Totally inadequate

Three strikes gets more people killed - if someone has been jailed twice burglary, and are offending again when the owner comes home they have 2 choices - give up and get jailed for life for burglary, or kill the owner and maybe get away with it.

I also think any system that can send someone to jail for life for failing to pay their TV license is intrinsically wrong.

(You seem to mean a total life sentence - the rest of you life behind bars, rather than a minimum term and life on license)

The prupose of a justice system is to reduce crime - if someone robbed me I'd want them punished, but I would much rather they didn't rob me in the first place.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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"The new welcome stress on changes to the law to tackle cyber bullies comes from my amendment to the criminal justice bill re malicious comms"

She should send whichever relative she pays to write her tweets on a writing course

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Re: Care.data opy out

The "similar staff" you mention are NHSCIC, which was given a facelift but largely left unchanged when it became HSCIC

As for there never being a perceived problem search The Register's for "careless data-sharing plans" or "Triple-headed NHS privacy scare" to read about them selling, inappropriately sharing and failing to protect data.

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teebie

Boooooo

So I guess now the publicity campaign to tell everyone how awful this is has to start up again. Will this lead to another 6 month delay and half-arsed window dressing?

Fortunately I am with a surgery that makes is fairly easy to opt out.

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Australian spookhaus busted for warrantless tap of own phones

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Re: A taste of their own medicine

And now they are saying "as I have done nothing wrong, I have nothing to fear (we do appear to have done something wrong)"

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

teebie

Re: If I understand correctly...

No, a model release would make a difference in a copyright case, but not any of the crimes covered in the new guidelines.

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Re: My advice

I'm not sure how effective mutually assured destruction would be. The people who post revenge porn will often be so angry, or such bellends, that they won't be thinking of potential consequences to themselves.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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Because 4chan consists of thousands of anonymous accounts and so can't be said to be taking a collective stand on a particular action just because one person posted something to the board.

If Dave Fictionalman posts to 4chan that he's going to streak at the Brit Awards, then Dave Fictionalman did it, 4chan didn't, and if he goes for a pasty later there should be headlines saying "Greggs threaten Brit Awards with streaking"

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: Churnalism

The emmayouarenext site redirects to a site calling for 4chan to be shut down, i.e. censored.

I'll admit it is a pretty bizarre reality, but it's the reality we live in.

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