* Posts by Swarthy

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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.

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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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Reusable autonomous swimming microbots soak up 95% of spilt lead

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Uranium?

I don't know of too many Uranium-contaminated water sources, but I would think that Mercury would be an outstanding target.

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NASA gives blacked-out Kepler space 'scope the kiss of life

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Re: Bah!

I know quite a few people that I would like to "volunteer" for that mission. Where do I send the names?

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Saturn spacecraft immune to mysterious Planet 9's charms

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Re: Personally I'm triggered.

Gnomebody cares.

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Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

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Re: Is it just me

Really? I read it as half an homage to the Reverend Spooner. I've taken my kittle lids to see runny babbits at the zetting poo.

And I did that with out any references to "Our queer old Dean".

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Re: You learn something new every day

From the complete shit-shower the two "Main" parties have given us, I believe that if more people knew of Gary Johnson he would stand a very good chance.

Of course, given the offerings of the Left and the Right, Cthulhu would seem like a viable alternative.

Vote Cthulhu, and He'll eat you first!

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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The current internet is already full of tools

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White House flushes away court-ordered decryption like it was a stinky dead goldfish

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Re: Prohibition

Actually, Prohibition may not have accomplished any of the stated goals, bit it did accomplish exactly what is was intended to do: it made some people a LOT of money. We've learned how to profit from deal with the knock on effect of organized crime in the intervening years.

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Re: Feinstein and Burr, ...

Those two working together is the poster child for a 2 dimensional political graph, using the x-axis for "Conservative" and "Liberal" and the y-axis for authoritarian/libertarian. these two are as far apart as possible in US politics on the x-axis, but they are on the same level regarding authoritarian policies (right at the top).

Since the US is big on putting content labels on things (foods, broadband contracts) maybe we could put them on politicians.

Bonus points: Include the list of ownersPolitical Donors where the Nutrition Labels have the vitamins and minerals listed.

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IQ: Negligable

Left/Right: Right (50%)

Authoritarian (100%)

(Warning: Contains Nuts)

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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Re: Irredentism

Upvoted for teaching me a new word today.

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Nvidia's Tesla P100 has 15 billion transistors, 21TFLOPS

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Can I get this GPU in a graphics card? I want to use it to finally try Crysis.

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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

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Re: Can I switch them off as they mess up the front page layout....?

I don't even use the front page anymore. I just go to the Week in Review: http://www.theregister.co.uk/Week

IM(Not So)HO this is what the front page should be.

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Just how close are Obama and Google? You won’t believe the answer

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Re: Yes, sir...

Just what current candidate they are purchasing now is a question up for grabs.

- All of them.

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Re: For Sale

The Definition of an Honest Politician: One who, once bought, stays bought.

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PayPal plugs phishing-enabling vulnerability, stumps up $500

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Paypal fixed a fraud-enabling bug?

I call April Fools on this one.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Erm

While I am inclined to agree that she did a Dumb Thing™, I have to disagree with those that call her a moron as she seems to have learned from her misadventure. She has recognized that it was a Dumb Thing™, even apologizing to her rescuers; and is taking steps to not repeat said Dumb Thing™. Not only has she said she's sticking to smaller mountains, but she is also learning about mountaineering so that if she does decide to go again, she won't be the bother she was this time.

"A smart person learns from their mistakes; a wise person from the mistakes of others." - Unknown

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

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Re: Hurry up

I thought Ix meant "boy who is not able to satisfactorily explain what a hrung is, nor why it should have chosen to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven"

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Re: Wasn't there a sci-fi story about this?

So a distant planet, for out in the Kupier Belt (or perhaps Oort cloud?)..Here's hoping it's not red.

Then again, I wouldn't mind having a companion dragon.

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US Marine Corps launches hacker support unit

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Re: MCCYWG

Funny thing, if you put MCCYWG into Google Translate and tell it to detect a language, it believes it to be Welsh.

Could any Welsh speakers here suggest a proper pronunciation for "MCCYWG"?

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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

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Theeyy'ree Baaaack

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/30/zombie_sco_rises_from_the_grave_iagaini/

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Surface Hub: A Howard Hughes folly, or a cunning Post It Note killer?

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Re: Jumped the shark

So where do you rate the 'Kin'?

Eaten by the shark.

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Amazon ports Alexa voice assistant to Raspberry Pi

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Re: Alexisiritana

But they need to include Genuine People Personalities; how else will we know who's to be first against the wall when the revolution comes?

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Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

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Re: PLED

So you're saying that "pled" and "gotten" are hideous, misbegotten words that should be removed from usage? In that case don't read below.

Let us flee, said the fly

Let us fly, said the flea

Together, they fled through a flaw in the flue.

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: BOFH, the movie

Salmon Days is coming back?!

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US State Department sextortionist gets 57 months in cooler

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At first glance this seems to light

I mean, less than 5 years for this kind of abuse as a government employee, c'mon!

But then I thought, he's going to lose any clearance he had, he'll be an ex-con on a sex offenders registry, and a former federal employee. No-one will hire him. So he has a shade under five years to adjust to living in squalor that he will never rise above. He may want to go back to prison after he gets out and realizes how badly this has destroyed his life.

And that makes me satisfied.

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Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

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He's the basalt of the earth.

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Methinks she's the one trolling.

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Re: If they have a child together...

She is already taking the megalith for granite ("it will always be there waiting for me"). The boulder has a heart of stone, so will not be overly gneiss. All in all, I think this union will put both parties between a rock and a hard place, unless they can find an igneous way to metamorph their incompatibilities.

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Troubled Acer is going to chop itself into three bite sized chunks

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Re: Fire sale buys them time to recover?

May want to put GWX Control Panel on the updates-only one; seeing how Win10 is being pushed, I wouldn't be surprised to see it delivered as a security update.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: Maybe it wasn't a drone?

I had to do a quick search to make sure IRON PIGEON wasn't a Laundry Files reference. It's not quite up there with EQUESTRIAN RED SIRLOIN or SCORPION STARE, but it's in the area, and I would absolutely fear what Bob would be going up against with IRON PIGEON.

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Re: The rest of that interview

"Where is the "won't someone please think of the children?" icon?"

You mean this one? --->

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Microsoft traps and tortures poor little AI in soulless Minecraft world

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Re: SimCity for toddlers ?

I thought that Lego was "Lego for adults".

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DDoS protection biz Incapsula knackers its customers' websites

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I think it's funny that a lone (very talented/dedicated) actor could potentially attack the DDoS defender and Deny Service to multiple targets. Would the media then have it be a SDDoS (Solitary DDoS), a SDoS (Solitary Denial of Service), or would they resurrect the old DoS Attack?

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Google-backed British startup ‘stole our code’, says US marketing firm

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Re: Yieldify Theft

They work in "behavioural marketing", which sounds like "long con" to me. I thought in this case poor ethics were the best ethics one could hope for (No ethics being far more common).

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US taxmen pull plug on anti-identity-theft system used by identity thieves

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Re: shoestrings and chewing gum

Shoestring? The IRS?! this is the agency that is always referred to with the definitive, because everything is "TheIRS". The have no lack of funds; if they are feeling a little tight, they can just "audit" someone. The IRS can claim that Joe Shmoe owes $X,000, and when Mr. Schmoe appeals, with the relevant reams of paper, the fax gets "lost", the resend is "not received", and the delivery-confirmed certified parcel arrives "after" they have raided your accounts for the money they claim you owe.

The IRS is not law enforcement, and as such are not bound by things like "innocent until proven guilty" or "beyond a reasonable doubt" or even "preponderance of the evidence".

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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anarchy confused for ochlocracy - That's easy to do: they look similar, and I'm not sure which scares me more.

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