* Posts by Swarthy

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Insure against a cyberwhat now? How the heck do we crunch those numbers?

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This may help goad security upgrades

If it comes down to spending a million now, or two million later if when there is a breach, most corporates will opt for the latter. If it comes down to spending a million now, or having your premiums hiked by 100K per month, I can see some CFOs actually agreeing to splash out on security upgrades.

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UK distributor Steljes goes titsup

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Re: Steljes, which specialised in ... interactive whiteboards

Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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Re: I've got an idea...

Somebody already has a patent on that.

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US Telecom beats up FCC over investment

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Threats of scaled-back investment forgotten

Apparently, they also forget promises (and contracts) to increase investment when they get what they want. So history tells us that what ever happens, the Telcos will do what they were planning to do.

Kind of like politicians: what comes out of their mouths has no relation to what will happen.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Re: Workaround

Similar to the NoCD hacks of yesteryear, I present the AnyVR hacks of tomorrow (well, today as it has already been released)

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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And I just learned that Shift+Backspace goes forward. This is why I read The register.

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I used to use Backspace all the time

But I did not know about the mirror key stroke for it (Just learned about Shift+Backspace from Orange Skydiver below). I started using Alt+Left/Alt+Right for back and forward because that is better UI design. I still use backspace when back-tracking over several pages though, one keystroke and no hand spreading.

I don't think losing focus in a form is people being less than clever, or not losing it is a matter of being clever, I think it's a matter of how sensitive your touchpad is and where you rest your hands on the laptop keyboard. I never had a problem on a desktop, but I had some problems on a laptop until I changed the sensitivity, and moved my resting arm position.

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Re: Long overdue

No, Alt+F4 closes the window.. Ctrl+F4 is what speeds up page loads.

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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Re: So....

So if they put the fly paper on the back of the car, to catch them as they roll over....

Added bonus: the trophiespedestrians won't block your view.

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Africa poses for 7,000 snap mosaic

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Re: I can see clearly now

There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

I bless the rains down in Africa

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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Re: Other copies?

I'm not sure who I trust less... NSA, CIA, FBI, or Congress. I think I trust MS a bit more than those 4.

Cthulhu is more trustworthy than those four.

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

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A good start

Now, take the number of files on the computer and use that number as a seed.

Then XOR the "random" number from your method with the "random" number from the files, and you have a decent random number. Even better: you can use the XOR result as a seed, and that should be an acceptably random result.

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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Well, Crap!

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: we're scientists, we know what we're talking about!

Actually, Thalidomide may be making a comeback as a chemotherapy addition. It is still an unparalleled anti-nausea drug.

But yeah, I do wonder why the pre-approval testing didn't show the fetal effects, were mice/pigs not susceptible to the damage, or was that part of testing "streamlined"?

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Re: Sterile Seeds

True, M*nsanto only make sterile seeds when required - They would much rather let the crops cross-pollinate and sue every farmer for miles around for back-royalties for using their IP.

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Re: Well DUH

Some crops *naturally* put pesticides (and herbicides) into the soil, and a lot more food crops are positively saturated with neurotoxins (Look up the nightshade family of crops). This is not the result of "a salmon humping a corn cob"; this is the result of plants trying to not get eaten, and to reduce competition for soil nutrients/space/sunlight. Coffea Arabica secretes caffeine into the soil around its roots, in addition to being toxic to a large number of warm blooded species, caffeine prevents the germination of seeds - it is a pesticide and herbicide. Peach pits are quite rich in cyanide, so that animals eating the peach will not eat the seed, but rather drop it somewhere it can sprout. We are not doing anything that nature has not done to some extent in some species before.

As to getting fish genes into crops: Fertilizing crops with fish guts + Horizontal Gene Transfer = (possible) Salmon genes in corn. If this hasn't caused a problem in 2000+ years, I doubt that a more focused effort with improved testing will bring the world to an end.

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Re: Genetic modification has been done since a long time ago

Selective breeding and gene manipulation are not the same thing.
Errm, It kind of is. My favorite anti-GMO rant was when a person informed me that there are "SIX kinds of grass DNA in corn! Human beings don't eat grass, there should be no grass DNA in corn!"

..Except that corn (and wheat, and rice, and millet, and sugarcane, and...) are grass. When maize was first being cultivated its corns were no bigger than wheat heads, and wheat heads were not much larger than the seed clusters the grass sprouts when you don't mow your lawn.

But by dint of gene manipulation (cross breading, selective breading, culling, etc - Gene manipulation with a machete, vs a scalpel) we have "heritage" varietals of maize that have corns over 10x larger than "nature intended".

Having said that, I am cautious about GMOs. Not because of the crops themselves, but because Monsanto is almost as evil as Nestle - they make 1990's Microsoft look like a non-profit charity for widows and orphans.

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Adpocalypse 'will wipe out display ad growth' by 2020

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Re: how much would you pay for an ad free subscription to ElReg?

Probably about 15 quid, or US$20 (-ish)

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Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

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Re: More information please...

axial tilt + elliptical orbit = uneven distribution of solar flux.

The way Earth is tilted, along with our elliptical orbit means that the southern hemisphere gets a bit more warmth. We are at perihelion during the Australian summer (when the south of the planet is tilted towards the sun) and at aphelion during the Northern summer.

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Even the Moon isn't hospitable.

No, in fact one could say that she's a bit of a harsh mistress.

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Re: cold, dry and nasty

Perfect place to ship all the lawyers, bankers, politicians, PR people and telephone sanitisers.
The only problem is that they may emit enough hot air to provide a livable environment.

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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Getting stuck in a ring spanner (box wrench)...

may just about beat out the 13 steel rings. I highly doubt that the rings were heavy-duty drop-forged tool steel. Spanners are made out of stern stuff: think about how easily they round off bolt heads, and how little damage they take in exchange. Add to that, the weight of one dangling off the danglies, and this is a truly cringe-worth experience.

But it serves as a reminder (for those that need it) to keep your tool away from the tools.

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UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months

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Re: Technological advancement

I thought accountants went the other way; that is to say, they are usually pulling numbers out of their arses.

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Re: Technological advancement

Better bludgeoning than buggering, I guess.

And either is better than bludgeoning then buggering....

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Name it Pern?

It is, after all, a red planet in the outer reaches of the solar system. Does it have a highly elliptical orbit?

Icon, 'cos there's no dragon icon.

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Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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Re: "designed to protect our users"

Google thinks it is the Internet Police. But only if it doesn't affect them.

Just like the real Police.

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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English would be the worst possible candidate. Being a creole language with rules that contradict each other, and exceptions to all of the rules (including this one), English is very difficult to learn. One word is derived from German and is pronounced <one way>; this other word is derived from French/Latin, and is spelled similarly/the same but is pronounced <completely different> and a third word, probably derived from Greek, is pronounced like the German word, but is spelled with no letters the same.

E.G: "He wound the bandage 'round the wound." and this.

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Re: Esperanto?

Exactly! It's a real language; but as there are no native speakers, we will all be on the same playing field. If we were to standardize on English or German (or goodness forbid, French) the native speakers would have an unfair advantage over the rest of Europe/the world.

Esperanto or Loglan would put everybody at the same level of disadvantage.

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Esperanto?

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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"Incentivized" - yech!

Having said that; we, as consumers of stuff, are further "incentivized" towards ad-blockers by the recurring theme of "malvertisments". Yes, large ads are ugly, video ads are obnoxious, tracking for targeted advertising is creepy, and I value my bandwidth and my privacy. I can live with that (-ish) for good content.

What pushed me to ad blocking was the fact that I can get the computational clap from reputable sites because their ad network was compromised slinging ads with more malice than most.

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Re: Ahh the French

That's just a base canard!

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DARPA wants god-mode attribution platform to pin and predict crime

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Re: Ignorant media writers

On the other hand, DARPA and Skunk Works are both examples of skunk works.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=skunkworks

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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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Re: must be difficult...

Blackberry phones, when they had the Android run-time, but before they went Full Android. The BB10, I believe?

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Re: awesome

Woah.

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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Re: If UPS don't want theirs...

piss.ups/ina/brewery

With handy how-to instructions for those that couldn't organize a....

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It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

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Re: Pay a fair amount if you like to - torrent as you please.

Hastur

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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Re: Cruz and Carly?

There is a third option(and even a fourth and fifth). We don't have to to bathe in the shit-shower of the two main parties. But the "common knowledge" is that any vote that isn't for Krang or Krodos is a wasted vote.

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: CIH

I remember that Bastard! It cooked a (vulnerable, but expensive) motherboard of mine back in the day. Crispy-fried the BIOS.

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Facebook: 1m Tor users

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WTF?

Using Tor to access Facebook?!

Maybe I'm missing something here. The idea of using Tor, the poster child for privacy on the Internet, to access Facebook, the polar opposite of privacy on the Internet, just hurts my brain.

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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

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Re: I'm not quite buying the "previous security researcher" story

I'm thinking the "previous researcher" may, in fact, have been a semi-current researcher who was trying to use the FB employee logins to get further into the FB system and claim a larger (2-part?) bounty. Orange, upon seeing the malware, did not follow the same strategy, and procured the prize by publishing prior to the previous penetrater.

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: Cooling hammer on fleshware

Ah, a fellow believer in Retro-phrenology.

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Big telco proxies go full crazy over cable box plan

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Re: Dear Digital Citizens Alliance:

Well, that's a simple explanation: they closely guard your data because it's commercially valuable, so it only goes to "partners" that pay for it. If you get a third-party box, then the third-party could get that data, and then the CableCo won't be watching over your data to make sure it only falls into the "right" hands.

Ergo, (some of) their profits your privacy is at risk.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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@werdsmith

You do that stuff at the pub?! During Lunch no less? You sick pervert.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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Re: Hanlon's Razor

I see your Hanlon's razor and raise you Clark's law: "sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice".

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Well, cut me in half and call me a munchkin

'Cause Ding-Dong the Witch is dead!

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Next time they'll tell us Jedi is not a religion!

Well, Pagans use hex....

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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Will this allow the host to disable power?

As described, this looks like it could be a preventative for the "bank of capacitors in a thumbdrive" attack. If said thumbdrive does not authenticate itself, it gets no power, and cannot fry the USB host. Or would said sabotage-minded thumbdrive be able to send the current across in lieu of authentication and do the damage before the host can lock it out?

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'Cat-flap' pendulum offers 7x improvement for grav-wave detectors

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Re: For schroedinger's cat

Yes

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Re: Evidence is available from the phone company

Bad law, politically motivated and solves nothing.

That sums it all up, perfectly. This law will not accomplish any of it's stated goals, as those are all covered under existent regulation; it is merely and attempt to be seen to "Do Something".

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