* Posts by teebie

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

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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!

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"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

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"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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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

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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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Churnalism

So there was never any evidence the site was set up in response to Emma watson's speech, and it turns out the site wasn't set up by the 4chan "community", but was part of a bizarre pro-censorship pseudo-feminist(*) campaign by Rantic. But The Register happily repeated their guff anyway.

May I suggest hiring some less credulous writers?

(*) If your feminist campaign's means are to lead people to believe that the result of giving a pro-feminist speech is a nude photo backlash then you aren't very good at promoting feminism.

If your feminist campaign's means lead Emma Watson to believe that nude photos of her will be released as part of an agnry internet campaign of harassment then you don't seem to be particularly keen on treating women well.

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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Re: Question

No, the standard of proof, and degree of misconduct, is much higher for the CPS.

A court/tribunal would back you if, on balance of probabilities, you were justified in dismissing someone (i.e. if there is at least a 50% chance they committed gross misconduct, or other fireable offence)

The CPS shouldn't take action unless there is a 50% chance they can convince a jury beyound reasonable doubt that a crime was committed (i.e. if there's a 50% chance you can conince a jury there is a 98%(*) chance they committed a crime)

(*) ish

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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"We will switch your account within the next 28 days, but please bear in mind that, in the meantime, you won't be legally considered to be a person."

I'd rather my identity not be determined by a company that claims that verified by visa enhances my security.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: Twisted their words.

But it isn't an offence - they are unable to give any single offence that viewing the video would constitute. So they are lying about what the law is. It would be better if they refrained from doing so.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: hypothetical

The copyright for the film belongs to the company that owns the film.

The copyright won't be transfered to the dog because:-

It's a dog, and dogs can't copyright things

Copyright doesn't transfer to you when you make a copy of a work.

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Re: Too Late Now

Except the decision doesn't relate in any way to pictures taken by movement detection.

It's perfectly reasonable to say that setting up a camera to fire on movement detection (or even setting a timer) constitutes "taking the photo". The Copyright Office hasn't said anything that would disagree with this.

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'This doesn't put Slater's image "in the public domain" at all.'

No, but it does seem to put the monkey's image in the public domain.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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So the boss of the company that has a co-branding deal with Yahoo isn't very keen on Google? How strange.

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

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Re: there is a legitimate use for these...

I was talking to someone about how it was entirely possibly for a payday loans company to be run ethically, and in a way that benefits society as a whole (e.g. in the broken down car example). He pointed out I had just described a credit union.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Netmarketshare's graph is far more colourblindness friendly than StatCounter's

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METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

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Re: El Reg {rolls eyes up}!

"Playground humour is both childish and annoying"

So's your face!

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Police declined to explain how they "snared" the suspects

...because they don't want anyone to think about Operation Ore, where they arrested hundreds of people, most of whose only 'crime' was to have their credit cards nicked.

If they actually *have* arrested the right people this time then congratulations, but based on past form I suspect they ahve arrested more passers-by that paedos

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British data cops: We need greater powers and more money

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Re: FUCK OFF

"pussy"

Surely it depends on the reason for non-collection - if you just don't bother to collect then, yes, people you later fine are more likely to not bother paying. But it's different if there are concrete reasons, such as, say, early payment reductions, appeals and impairments.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Meaningless research

So the share price reflects whether investors think other investors think the torrent will affect the films' sucess.

Assuming the investors are all holywood insiders, does this study give us an insight that the film industry doesn't really believe that torrents affect their revenue? Or am I stretching too far?

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Re: Cause or effect

"So the implication is that studios should be paying the filesharers for the benefit they confer?"

No

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In space no one can hear you scream, but Voyager 1 can hear A ROAR

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I was made shortly before 1977, and I also often fail to receive commands.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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"she questioned why it had taken the government so long to act [...] Cooper warned that there was a lack of time for proper debate to take place in Parliament."

Presumably her next words were "Oh, sorry, I answered my own question"

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Turn off the computer, then turn it on again...

"A user is complaining that he can't reconcile the figures"

"find out what's going wrong"

[...]

"He's trying to get a report from our system, but he can't"

"What happens when he tries?"

[...]

"Yeah, he had forgotten his password"

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

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"Well I have as much right to the code as you do"

"I am you"

"Shut up"

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Re: These are getting too much

"Yes you have to knowingly be lying to the court."

That is the law as written, but the argument that EFF made (when Hotfile countersued against Warner) that "[...]Any company could sidestep accountability for improper takedowns by simply outsourcing the process to a computer.[...]" *might* stand up in court (The Warner/Hotfile case was settled out of court)

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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"Where was the NSA when those two brothers were bombing Boston during the marathon?"

On Reddit posting "Hey guys, does anyone think america should be destroyed? Let me know! ;)" in the hope of getting easy leads.

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"'ll' gives you the hidden files as well."

Goddamnit, don't teach us linux commands. Now we are all on a list for "receiving training in terrorism"

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Re: they're a spy agency

"People who are looking into ways to hide their online communication are more likely than the average netizen to be doing something of interest."

And yet still the overwhelming majority of them aren't interested in committing acts of terrorism

Increasing the amount of noise you collect doesn't help you refine the signal.

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You CAN'T bust into our login app's password vault, insists Roboform

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Re: Roboform not 'on form'

"We are investigating the report, and will issue a statement when our tecnhical staff have fully evaluated it. In the meantime, to avoid embarrassment, we have distracted our VP of marketing and business development with a number of shiny objects, hidden his PC and changed his twitter password"

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Re: Happy Snapper

"In that scenairo you'd hope the police and the courts would exercise some common sense."

Good luck with that.

The law should be based on "I'm sure everyone in the legal system will behave themselves". Just ask Paul Chambers, or Andrew Robert Holland (the tiger video) or the lawyer dragged through the courts for owning perfectly legal fisting pornography, or...

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Oh, it's "automated"

That's ok then. Because computers are magic and will fix all of our problems.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Re: OMG Mirrors!

"did our forebears have to go through this farce when printing was developed"

There was a hgue 'home printing is killing calligraphy' campaign

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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I think a certain water bureau might not be very good at their job

So, 1 manwee (500ml) of pee in 140 million litres of water - around 3 parts per billion (ppb) is unacceptable.

But the level of arsenic allowed in the water by the Portland Water bureau is 10(ppb) - over 3 manwees per reservoir.

So they would have been happier if the guy was peeing arsenic?

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NHS chiefs' claims exposed: GP-data-grab boss claimed fattest expenses of the lot

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Dr Foster

I can only hope he steps into a puddle right up to his middle.

(head first)

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