* Posts by Glen 1

129 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009

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'Leaked' EU digi wish list: Junkets for Eurocrats, sops to copyright and telcos

Glen 1

Easier because its already been done. See Shazam and related services.

As for identifying porn, one persons 'educational vid' is another's fap fodder.

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That's a big 4Ker of a cosmos: 3D planetarium to open in Bristol

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Coat

Re: Will there be toilets too?

Re: Armitage-Shanks Interface

Here is an example of such a device.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

Glen 1

Re: Sackcloth

Close - Primark

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Glen 1

Re: Hmm...$10,000...

W-86

Wanted a watch with a stopwatch for my running.

The next model down had one, but didnt have a backlight.

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Obsolete – and IP-baring – Anon tool linked to feminist blog DDoS

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Re: Self-victimization

Oh dear...

Lets just get this out of the way:

No True Scotsman Feminist hates men.

According to Emma Watson (and the UN), if you are for equality then whether you are male or female (or other), you are a feminist.

No True Scotsman GamerGater hates feminists.

It is right to be concerned about the integrity of people who present themselves as neutral.

Meanwhile...

While people like to draw lines in the sand between "Us" and "Them" they quite often draw them in the wrong place.

There are scumbags who threaten to rape the mutilated corpse of the target of their abuse. There are scumbags who believe that the male 'race' should be put on reservations and be allowed to die out once we have the technology to make babies without sperm. That women should shut up and do as their told, under threat of violence. Who deludedly think that if/when what they percieve as the 'Patriarchy' is replaced then we wont have war anymore.

It is our shame as a collection of societies that it's the most hate filled sets of these voices are oh so much louder than the rest. Shouting past each other, bringing out customised sets of strawmen to undermine what is 'other'.

When one set of scumbags does a particulally effective job? Blame the victim? Wow.

When a victim uses an atack as a rallying cry against the attackers... some how you think thats wrong? That the attack was a false flag op to milk symapthy? Wow.

Please go away.

My personal view on feminism?

Has to pass the hipocracy test.

If obectifying women is demeaning, then objectifying men is demeaning. If a woman lusting after a man is a male power fantacy, then the opposite is true. Otherwise it is not equal by defnintiton.

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So who just bought the rights to .blog for $20m? A chap living in Panama

Glen 1

Re Email Validation

Email validation is important when the email address needs to be used.

I would not want any important (or mildly pertinent) info being sent to me@myaddress.comm

That said, valid emails should be valid...

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Proposed US law could deal knockout blow to FBI in overseas cloud privacy ding-dongs

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RE NY judge getting EU data

Been looking for something like Digital Ocean's $5 a month plan, but based in the EU (ie not just having EU servers). I don't mind if its a bit more expensive, my (performance) needs aren't huge.

I just don't want any of my (potential) client's data to be available to a judge half the world away, it's a hell of a liability.

At least not without the proper authority of the local judiciary (for a given value of proper).

Any suggestions?

See also: David Carruthers

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

Glen 1

Re: Where is Zen Internet in this advertorial?

It could be argued that perhaps the smaller ISPs don't want 'a lot of potential customers' if it means expanding to the point that their service suffers.

There is little point in recommending an ISP aimed at techies to Nan and Grandad. The filter that is first line support is there for a reason, as much as it might irritate us.

That said, if they do start to get bigger, they will probably follow Plusnet's lead and get bought out...

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5 Times An 'Unhappy Person' Dared To Use The Word 'Boring' At CES 2015

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Re: And the problem with that was what precisely?

re: 'laughing at them'

why? They're out, and beating everyone who can't be bothered or are 'too busy'

Being shit at something is the first step to being not completely shit at something.

I tried to get into running with shorts/tshirt/regular trainers. After my first few 5k Parkruns, injured my foot, had sore nipples due to chafing (not fun). I couldn't run for 6 weeks. Did I give up? No.

Bought some proper running trainers (got them fitted properly), and a techcical running shirt. been running 5ks most saturdays for 2 years.

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Glen 1

Erm guys...

Fellow commentards, you know this was a spoof article, right?

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

Glen 1

Re: Am I a wrung'en?

'relies on secure financial transaciions'

Are you so naive that you think the spooks dont [have the capability to] monitor this?

The US openly admits it hoovers all the SWIFT banking records. All in the name of terrizm of course...

One of the many reports on the matter

Edit: perhaps not all, just the ones they like the look of.

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Glen 1

re: https illegal

The trust mechanism used is already broken, they dont need to ban it.

Google results for "snowden https"

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Glen 1

Re: Ahh The dereaded VPN

They won't outlaw VPNs...

They will probably mandate that all VPNs are encrypted with certs from 'authorised' or 'known' certificate authorites. (which the spooks can already MITM)

cough*easily removable fig leaf*cough

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

Glen 1

Re: nothing new here

but Dihydrogen Monoxide is a key component of acid rain!!

Won't somebody think of the children!?

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Glen 1

Re: Well..

Re: Dinosaur pee

XKCD's What If

Near the bottom of the page

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

Glen 1

Opportunity missed...?

Background music for the vid:

Benny Hill theme

Cool Breeze from Outrun

Plus all the AC/DC classics

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

Glen 1

Re: Some points

@ Doctor Syntax

I do indeed, and fair enough, a convoluted commute would have me thinking twice about not driving.

You've thought it through and made a decision, and at least have a contingency if the car is off the road due to Reasons.

At my previous job, when the subject came up, I was spoken to as if there was something wrong with me for not wanting a car, ('You'll never have a girlfriend unless you get a car' etc).

But then, that was the same job where my 'Team Leader' didn't know what a tsunami was, and believed bisexual people didn't exist (that they were either gay or straight and just confused).

Sufficed to say, I don't work there anymore.

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Glen 1

Some points

For many people, it is more cost effective to get the bus.

The bus only needs to have ~5 people on it for it to be space effective (vs 5 cars)

point to point bus service is called ring and ride.

Some sums:

Price of bus pass for my area: £51 /cal month (£612/yr)

vs

£1000 car spread over 3 years: ~£333.34 (rounded up)

Insurance: min £1000 for 1st year insurance: £1000+

(as e reference my 72 yr old Dad pays £553.90/yr fully comp for his 4yr old fabia)

Tax: ~£140

MOT:~£50

= over £1500 not including petrol/service/repairs

(less for no claims, more for more expensive car)

Sooo... I can spend £800 on taxis/delivery fees and still be ahead

even something as simple as:

Parking in city centre = £4.80 for 4 hours

Daysaver = £4

I'm a single guy living on the outskirts of a major city, so YMMV.

There are logical reasons for having/using a car, but its suprising how many people think of a car as something your *supposed* to have without really thinking it through. They think anyone who doesn't have one is a weirdo.

Fuck those people.

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2014: The condensed conference keynotes

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Yep

Seems legit

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Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

Glen 1
Facepalm

Spotify web player is flakey

Soo...

you've imbedded 12 takes-ages-to-load-widgets...

that require a new tab/window to be open...

and memebership of a seperate site..

and doesn't seem to like it if you try to listen to more than one song...

The "They Might Be Giants" tracks aren't available in the United Kingdom. Did you even check given that its a UK Site?

Could have linked to a playlist.

Like This

Or youtube vids.

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GSMA denies latest Snowden leak

Glen 1

erm...

Haven't the Chaos club been demonstrating interceptions of GSM for years?

My memory may be faulty, but they also pointed out that while they coudn't (at the time) break the better 3G encryption, hardly any carrier used it anyway...

link to talk from 2010

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Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

Glen 1

Re: hacking

Tell that to the admins at "Little Bobby Tables"' school.

On a slightly more serious note, its a point of ingress which may be possible to exploit further if the attacker was so minded.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

Glen 1

Benchmarks?

I get that the extra CPU grunt is being used to decode things, but for NAS type work, surely the key issue is I/O? If the SATA port is also on the USB2 bus, then you're going to have the exact problem as the Raspi...

Fortunately a google away puts the combined disk-to-network speed at ~55-60 MB/s read/write, easily out pacing the Raspi's 3-8 MB/s over its shared USB2 bus.

Source (one of many)

Looks like a much more appealing proposition when put in this light...

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Edward Snowden: best ... security ... educator ... EVER!

Glen 1
Facepalm

In other news...

People who take an interest in security are better at keeping up with the latest developmets/incidents in security...

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Bank of England: What's all this then, CHAPS? Review to get a grip on IT cockup

Glen 1
Joke

*ahem*

Bitcoin rulez, Fiat droolz

see icon ->

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

Glen 1
Coat

Re: Re why stick at coding?

"Perhaps being a year of being a 'modern apprentice' (with all it's gory details) in a firework factory should be mandatory? (irony intended!)"

But surely working at a firework factory would weed *out* the bright sparks?

IGMC

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

Glen 1
Holmes

Re: Xerox didn't invent the GUI

The Mother of All Demos

That was at the Stanford Research Institute, Demo given in 1968.

From the Wiki artice:

"As the seventies started, much of Engelbart's team departed ARC and went their own ways, with many of them ending up at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC)"

So Xerox didn't invent the GUI, but a lot of the team who did, ended up working there.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

Glen 1

...and the cause was?

I think while the "server reset" fixed the glitch, it is inportant that VM investigate why it glitched in the first place. Otherwise, we will be reading the same article in a few weeks time...

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

Glen 1

Optimus Prime will return

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

Glen 1

Re: Sophomoric Humour

In-YOUR-endo!

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How many digital commissioners does it take to change a lightbulb? 13!

Glen 1

Re: Newspeak.....

Does anyone else have "use of leverage as a verb" on their bingo cards? Its quite an easy one to mark off these days.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Glen 1
Pint

Still alive

A lot of the lyrics ring true here :)

Look at us talking when there's science to do!

linky

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

Glen 1
Trollface

Obvious Troll is obvious

HAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAA - Obvious Troll is obvious

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Glen 1

Re: Such things should be illegal

As I mentioned up thread. These filters were put in place to pre-empt legislation that the tories were going to bring in (that the Lib Dems objected to). Labour has said they would bring in similar laws via a BBFC style system.

So the this thing that should be illegal, will also be manditory pretty darn soon.

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Glen 1

Re: I'm not with stupid

Downvote explanation:

"waste money importing a censorship system"

Cameron basically said to the big four ISPs (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin) that if they don't implement censorship, the gov will legislate for it. While pointing at a consultation survey to say there was a demand.

Example question (paraphrased from consultation survey):

"Should everyone have their internet connection censored, or just people who live with children?"

This legislation was rejected by the Lib Dems. Labour has said they would introduce a mandotry BBFC style system. Don't blame VM for scummy censorship when it's our political masters who made the decision (or implied menacingly that they would).

Source (with citations)

"Openreach don't even see inside your packets"

As you know, Openreach is not a consumer ISP. It's the companies that buy services from Openreach that are introducing the filters. Such as (i dunno hmmmm let me think) BT, Sky and Talk Talk.

From Wiki article:"Default filtering of existing customers will be implemented by all four major ISPs during 2014 with the aim of ensuring that the system applies to 95% of all households by the end of the year"

"spam customers to arm-twist them into using it"

I have recieved precisely 2 emails on the subject. One with the announcment, and one with the big ON/OFF buttons. Hardly arm twisting.

"force it on everyone by mistake anyway"

It is not by mistake. It is part of the threatened law. Again, that is not VMs fault. (looks meaningfully at Tory voters). If you've not turned it off from the email, it can be turned off via the ISP dashboard (under my apps->web safe).

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

Glen 1
Coat

"Months not years"

obligitory XKCD

http://xkcd.com/678/

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

Glen 1
Megaphone

Re: lack of 2G signal

I thought the point of a lot of the 4G tech was greater capicity with fewer/same number of base stations?

It struck me as odd in the reg review of 4G tech where it assumed 3G coverage had been relegated to being a poor neighbour. The logical answer is that its just the 4G stuff doing its job from the same base stations. Isn't this why the lower frequencies were being rejigged/auctioned? To allow greater range?

TBF I have 3G turned off most of the time on my aging phone. I like the battery lasting more than a day, and only turn 3G on when im browsing.

The icon can be more effective in some not-spots

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Gimp

Re: product placement

Bones has also done this with a Toyota Prius.

A note about the power of marketing:

I don't mind the people who weigh the pros and cons and decide a particular product is worth paying top dollar for, my issue is with the mindless 'oooh shiny' brigade.

Thats where a lot of Apple hate comes from. Not that their products are bad (though pricey), but the shit eating grin on the face of the muggle who's bought the latest product on, or just after launch day. Especially if they upgraded from the only-incramentally-inferior previous model.

It makes the people who choose Apple products for more logical reasons (such as work, percieved build quality, resale value) look bad. Some Samsung fans have been gulty of this as well in recent years.

Horses for courses.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Megaphone

Re: going out of his way to feed the trolls.

You have to shine a light on cockroaches so they realise they should scurry away.

By standing up and being counted, Tim Cook is contradicting a certain kind of narative that goes on in anti-gay circles. No, gay people aren't 'deviants' on the fringes of society. Being gay doesn't magically make you a pedo. In more enlightened societies, you can be successful and gay.

The fuckwits that reach for their torch and pitchfork as soon as someone says a trigger word (for the smalltown straight/white/male) show how far we still have to go before we can even pretend to call ourselves a civilised society (context: I'm a straight/white/male Brit),

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Facebook lifts Tor ban, touts encrypted onion access point

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Paris Hilton

custom .onion address?

I thought the domain name system on tor used a "16 character name derived from the service's public key"

So have facebook brute-forced a custom domain of their chosing? If true, then thats the whole trust infrastructure of the hidden services is buggered. Unless something else is going on here?

Please can someone enlighten me?

Paris because that is how i feel.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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Holmes

Re: Many a 10p

Nope, it's called 10p. Psst dont look now, but your septic is showing. :P

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Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

Glen 1
Headmaster

Re: The issue with this article is that the article has issues

Nothing there that couldn't be solved by a few well placed commas.

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Celeb nudie iCloud pervs hatched photo-slurping Flappy Bird plot

Glen 1

Re: Apologies in advance

Fappy birds?

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OK, EU chiefs, 3 years of copyright wrangling - let's get it sorted. Now this white paper... DOH!

Glen 1

Hypocrites

It is downright hypocritical for these companies to demand other peoples content while protecting their own with religous zeal.

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Granny's Guardian: Acorn BBC Micro hero touts OAP watchdog kit

Glen 1

Not exactly original

How is this any different from http://www.justchecking.co.uk/ ?

They've been going for about a decade.

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Final LOHAN test flights codenamed 'Punch' and 'Judy'

Glen 1
Pint

Re: says

I think you mean Othar Tryggvassen Gentleman Adventurer

Have a pint

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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@DougS RE:@Andy Kay

>"How much is your electricity cost to power those GPUs that would otherwise be idle?"

"... £100/month after electricity is not to be scoffed at..."

emphasis added

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Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

Glen 1
Gimp

Re: HL3 Confirmed?

Now *THAT* on the OR would be quite the launch title for steam boxen...

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

Glen 1
Mushroom

Re: god would'nt let them be in charge

"because the leaders are right and have the blessings of their religion behind them, after all if they did'nt have the blessings then their god would'nt let them be in charge."

In the old days, we called that "The divine right of Kings"

but in those days we went to school up hill both ways etc...

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

Glen 1

I realise this thread is old now...

but I find it really fucking dumb that the partner of the jurno would try to get through the major airport of crony-in-chief with the files about his person.

That's just bad tradecraft.

All it would take is an Iranian/Chinese/Yemeni 'mugger' to have his way for peoples lives to be put at risk. Middle class bloke with a laptop bag? Easy pickings. Rubber hose cryptography anyone?

The same people who are too paranoid to use TOR trust to not have their stuff confiscated at airports?

*facepalm*

The journalists are now soft targets in possession of the crown jewels.

It is in the UK/US interests to protect them...

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