* Posts by sabroni

2095 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

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It's outrageous! ACs on here demanding that we grovel for being old! I can't believe they've got the cheek to suggest that.

Because they didn't.

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Valley techies to protest outside Palantir – Trump adviser's creepy citizen database biz

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Re: But Trump said...

You've been there 400 years. The ancestors of the native people got there 14,000 years ago. Who're the immigrants?

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Good for him.

Why? The man's an absolute cunt as far as I can tell and incredibly smug to boot. Giving him tons of cash is only going to make him even more removed from the reality facing those trying to keep the NHS running.

That 14 million could help hundreds of low paid Hospital staff make ends meet, what's he going to do with it?

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Oh, for F...acebook: Critics bash WhatsApp encryption 'backdoor'

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@VinceH, facebook don't delete

Hi Vince,

They could generate that message based purely on your email address. Unless you follow it through and actually re-open your account how do you know they had any more information than that? I know that keeping your email address isn't totally deleting all your information, but if that's all they've got it's not the problem that it would be if they still had everything.

Fancy taking one for the team and actually setting your account up again, just to see exactly what they've still got? (I've never been on facebook, or I would give it a go.)

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Miserable old gits

The article clearly states that it's not supposed to be for general use, it's a concept browser, and yet the comments are full of people moaning about how frightful this is, how old things are better and browsers don't need to change.

How can you be sure that there isn't a better way to do things if you never try anything new?

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: Mint v Updating Windows.

Wow, what an interesting and novel original post. I'm surprised someone hasn't already mentioned how Windows sucks and Linux rules, considering that I'm sure El Reg has published articles about Linux before. What a breath of fresh air, certainly preferable to the "echo chamber" that makes up most of the internet.

More please!!!

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Re: Ad blockers on Android

I think you might find that your version of Firefox is too new for the Noscript add in. I have it on my phone but I installed it a couple of years ago and it was an unsupported, install at your own risk job then. Worth digging around for it, it's crude and basic but works.

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Yeah, that was mentioned a little higher up. I thought Iron was abandonware but looking at their site there was a release in December, so definitely worth a look! There's an Android version as well!

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Re: Google are largely quite upfront about what they do.

Either you're very high up in Google management, or you're assuming that what they say is what they do. If it's the second then I'd suggest you become a little more realistic.

Blocking ads doesn't stop google following you around the internet. You need to block Google analytics first. While a site owner only sees analytics for their site, Google can follow your analytics cookie around the web. They don't publicise that much.

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Re: they have a responsibility...

... to their management to ensure ad clicks appear bona fide so customers don't complain.

FTFY!

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Re: Come on

Can't help thinking it'd be better if you had a slider to set the percentage of ads it clicked. Google'll spot that you're clicking every ad pretty quickly (in fact I'm surprised they killed the add-on and didn't just ignore the clicks) whereas if you were to click 0.2% of them you'd look more like a normal user.

Surely that'd do more damage to their business in the long term, it'd be much trickier to pick the fake clicks out of the real ones.

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Re: It is malware for their advertising system and financial streams.

This doesn't seem quite right. Surely the advertisers are the ones losing money, Google still get paid. So while their bottom line may be impacted in the long term in the short to medium they're quids in.

The question is how much will the fake click trail confuse their behavioural targetting, and how long will it take for the fake clicks to impact the effectiveness of the ad campaigns?

Nevertheless, now I know about AdNauseum I think I'll be changing from UBlock.....

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Re: why would anyone use google chrome?

Because they have something to debug and need to see how it behaves it on the most popular browser. IMO the Chrome debugger is better than the firefox one for general web dev anyway.

It's not my daily browser but when I'm working in JS Chrome is my default debugger.

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Google gives up YOUR private data to US govt – but won't hand over its OWN staff personal info

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Re: forces companies to keep the information they'd need to discriminate.

IKR! How can you discriminate against people properly without the right documentation?

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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Re: Lunch

I've just had a sandwich made with Asda cheese and onion sandwich filler and thick Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps.

Lush!

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

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Re: Why?

It's perfectly possible to exploit people without them being aware that that is what's happening. How many of those doing work for Wikipedia for nothing, on the basis that's it's a charitable organisation, are aware of exactly how big a cash pile the organisation is sitting on? They're giving their time to what they believe is a charitable, knowledge sharing organisation, not Jimbo's massive yacht fund.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Re: Can't you find a different forum?

Classic attempt to ensure there's no discussion of the actual issue. Don't feed the troll.

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Re: The issue was not the hack, the issue was the content.

No, the issue is the fact that only one party was hacked. Neither of them should be allowed secrets.

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Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

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Re: Seems simple enough...

Obvious.

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Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

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Re: Frame got it right the first time

This message was brought to you by www.fra.me, secure, software-defined workspaces. One seamless experience on all your devices.

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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re: Also they will say that there was a whole load of intelligent interference....

... (they will read design) in the process

That's a fair thing to say, isn't it? The experiment was designed to try and show this behaviour and it succeeded.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Not much of a chemist then?

From: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/theres-a-minute-amount-of-rendered-animal-fat-in-canadas-banknotes-bank-of-canada-confirms

>>The polymer in virtually all of the world’s plastic bills is made by a single Australian company, Innovia Security.

Innovia are the makers of Guardian, a substrate used to manufacture the polymer currency of 24 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico and New Zealand.

Tallow does not appear to be a stand-alone or critical ingredient in Guardian, but the by-product got into the substrate because it is used in processing by Innovia’s resin suppliers.<<

So it's in there accidentally by the sound of it. As such probably not going to involve masses of retesting to take it out.

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WTF?

Considering it's such a tiny amount

Why is it so tricky to change?

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Re: Pandora's box?

Oh, wow! No, I think I speak for all of us vegetarians when I say we've never considered that animal products could be used for anything other than food or money.

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Or maybe it's that people are more likely to sign something that they think might make a difference? If enough people complain about the tallow they'll find an animal free alternative, it's not like it's fundamental to the money making process.

See how far complaining about RIPA gets you......

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: what Vegans think will happen to all those animals we breed for food and dairy

They think that we'd stop breeding animals for food and dairy and the population would die out. They think that being born to live your life in a cage and then be killed isn't worth it. They think that a smaller population of animals living naturally is better than a massive population living in misery.

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Absolutely correct, but why should those who avoid animal products in the rest of their lives have to put up with your food by product in their money?

Suggest you make some chips, a much better use for beef fat apparently.

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Fuck sake. Do none of you know any vegans at all? It's not that obscure a lifestyle choice.

It's perfectly possible to get shoes and wallets that don't involve animal products. Many people do. There's no sensible reason for using animal fat when making money, and a lot of ethical vegetarians would be equally outraged. You don't have to be vegan to think that unnecessary cruelty should be avoided.

Who the fuck thinks "I'm making a more robust form of currency, what that needs is some dripping"?

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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No, it's free rein, as in a horse's reins, not free reign as in royalty. They both make sense which is why you see "free reign" quite a lot.

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Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Facebook Messenger

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Re: Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Microsoft Windows

its not a jpeg.

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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Re: He won, your 'guy' lost - get over it !

All through Obabma's presidency he's been blocked and campaigned against by his opponents. Why would you think the same won't happen to Trump? Democracy doesn't stop after an election and people who are opposed to racism and sexism (snowflakes) aren't going to change their minds because of the president.

Get used to it.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Re: Just switching from next day to some time delivery pays for the subscription.

Amazon prime comes with free next day delivery. What are you talking about?

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Re: The rest of the disk is still encrypted

jake linked to this article http://hmarco.org/bugs/CVE-2016-4484/CVE-2016-4484_cryptsetup_initrd_shell.html

As it points out in the section marked Impact there may be other unencrypted partitions attached to the system, the hacker could compromise the boot partition for later exploitation, the encrypted disk could be copied for brute forcing at a later date or the attacker could just blat the encrypted disk.

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Hacker's Mac pwning expedition: 'Help, I've got too many shells!'

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Re: Get some perspective.

I agree! El Reg should stop publishing tech articles until we've sorted out all the real problems in the world. Or at least until we've stopped the earthquakes!

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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re: Micro$oft used to top the vulns list 100:1, because it was the obvious target

Oh yeah, I remember. Everyone used to be on here commenting on how it was unfair on MS, how the number of vulnerabilities wasn't important, etc....

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Re: but at least with Chrome it doesn't lock you in to one OS

No, but another big problem with IE 6 was sites that only rendered properly on IE 6 because that was all they targetted. A lot of developers these days think supporting Chrome is enough. I was on a site yesterday that had a form on it that didn't' work on Firefox (cursor moved but no text appeared as I typed). It worked fine in Chrome though.

It's a slippery slope, the more sites that are like that the more users will think that the only browser that isn't broken is Chrome....

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Re: Chrome is the most popular browser because it's the best browser.

I don't think so. A lot of people use Google to search. When Chrome came out Google pushed it hard on their search pages. A lot of people clicked on the "Make the internet better" link because they thought it would make the internet better, not because they were making an informed choice about which browser to use.

From a user perspective it's a good browser, from a developer perspective it's probably the best, from a security perspective it's dubious.

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Twitter rolls out troll controls

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Re: Whaddabout...

Numbers are hard. Claiming victimhood is much easier...

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Re: Well he did receive a lot of bullying and harassment.

Yeah, the media reporting on what he said and did. The bastards!

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: What does Windows 10 have to do with this?

They both suck all your personal data.

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

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Re: You ban "agile".

Agile can work very well for business level stuff, certainly compared to old fashioned development practices. If I can write javascript that compromises the device it runs on that's a problem with the javascript implementation on that device, not my code. Of course I may do stupid things like send passwords in plain text, but that's not the sort of hack we're talking about here.

IT is too big a subject to expect every business dev to understand all the low level stuff. Likewise you probably don't want coders who are shit hot at device drivers designing and implementing client apps. Horses for courses.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

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Re: The thing I hate about bundled apps

No, it wouldn't, because a lot of users would just use what was on the phone when they got it.

Android should have to have a choice screen for each bundled app listing some popular alternatives (and a few left field ones no-ones ever heard of). Sauce for the goose and all that....

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Re: GROSSLY NEGLIGENCE is the legal term.

No, "gross negligence" or "grossly negligent" would both be valid terms. Your knowledge of English appears similar to your knowledge of politics.

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Re: By far the most damage was done by democrat supporters

No, more damage was done by the FBI guy's letter, giving Trump an excuse to claim that Clinton was back under investigation after early voting had started. Must be some of that election rigging that Trump keeps going on about....

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

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The root of the problem here..

..isn't the insecure browser, it's the stupid AdSense network that's pushing links to malware. It doesn't matter how many browser bugs Google fixes if it's going to keep distributing dodgy Ads.

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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The law is there for a reason, it’s to stop companies inundating people with unwanted messages

And as long as people can close down old companies and spin up new ones easily the law is pretty pointless. Maybe it should target the people running the companies instead?

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

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Weren't the exploits in the wild going through Flash player? If so getting Adobe to plug the vector makes sense.

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Re: is the windows bug

I believe that many versions are affected. MS are trumpeting the fix in the latest Windows because that's what they think you should be running.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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If I had a Facebook account and I wanted to share my posts with Admiral what would that have to do with Facebook? It's almost like they're not my posts...

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