* Posts by Lyndon Hills 1

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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Stealth mode?

I remember there was a competition to design the LOHAN livery. Is this the alternative stealth mode to fool the FAA?

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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Re: THIS IS MADNESS

MADNESS are/were a band.

This is a quite sane idea, to start again with a standards-compliant browser, giving the opportunity to remove all the code that does non-standard stuff.

Potentially the new browser should be fast and lightweight, and the redesign should make future development easier and quicker.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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details of 450,000 young people and volunteer adults,

Where can I volunteer to be an adult?

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: I always

Sex lives of the Potato Men, I'd forgotten that one. I'm still not sure of was meant to be funny (it wasn't) or it was just crap.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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It quite possibly depends on the laws of the country you're in. Supported life of the device is going to be how long the manufacturer expects it to last.

Since no-one repairs anything nowadays, it's probably about 5 minutes.

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Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

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Re: In that case...

I wonder where Fox News reporting on Birmingham and Paris fits in? Fake or just satire?

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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Re: Get a grip...

I wonder if it's time to start sending emails containing nothing but random numbers?

For this specific case - detention on the basis of encrypted email - the answer must be for encrypted email to become the norm, and so no cause of suspicion.

For this to happen I'd think it needs to baked in to every email client, setting up the key as part of the install process. It would need to be so transparent that non-technical people wouldn't even know it was happening. I'm a bit hazy on details, but if it was public/private keys, then I guess you'd need a global key-server infrastructure, similar to dns?

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

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Hmm

And there was us making sure all hard drives / usb sticks etc are encrypted, so as not to fall foul of data protection laws!

It's already an offence not to decrypt material or provide keys if requested by the various law enforcement agencies. If the home secretary is going to sign off on a warrant anyway, why not just use this route? I guess the difference would be that you'd know you were being spied on then.

Still the 'number one government priority is to keep people safe'. If necessary by ensuring that we have no e-commerce to speak of, are the nation most likely to suffer from id-fraud, and live in a state reminiscent of East Germany under the Stasi.

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Boomerang rebound: Site shut amid credit card securo-fears

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WorldPay

I don't know about Sage, but that is definitely the case for WorldPay. The customer enters their card details on the WorldPay site, so should never be seen on the merchant site.

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Arrr: The only Pirate in European Parliament to weigh in on copyright

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While I do agree with you, most people hearing a person referred to as a 'hacker' assume that the individual in question breaks into computers. This feels like the same argument that was raging so long ago. So basically while you're right, the majority either don't know or don't care and either way you might as well save your pixels.

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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Re: Ignorance, malice and boredom

Up vote for dig @ facebook

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

I'll echo the comment on drop down thingys. might get used to them but it took me a minute to be sure I'd opened in a new tab, not just opened in the same one. Seems to be fine in IE Win Phone 8.1.

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UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

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Re: PAYG

While I have some sympathy with your point, having a contract gives you more than free bling. I buy my phones and have a contract.

What is annoying is that I actually asked if I could put a cap on the bill ( it would be exceptional for me to exceed say £150 / mo), and was told I couldn't. Your data usage is clearly monitored, so that any excess can be charged for. If you're PAYG you can't make calls when your credit runs out. I don't see why the same couldn't be applied to contract phone calls.

I guess it can, and will be once the telcos are forced to.

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

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Re: BIG Business approach to IT.

Have a programme to insure all IT's system are brought up to the latest spec's at least every 3 years.

While I think you make a lot of valid points, have you considered what this suggestion would cost? I guess if you were doing this all the time, you'd become expert at building test environments and implementing regression tests etc, but even then it would still be a massive cost.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Re: "Popped the company"

It's also used to mean pledging some item in a pawnshop, so 'pawned the company'. make more sense?

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Why remove it ?

Also on the front page of the web site

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Giving mobile users the applications they want is child's play

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Re: A single language for all platforms does exist.

Also Xamarin studio, if you're into c#.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Re: If we did not have Isis we would have had to create one

Reminds me of The man who was Thursday

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: "the UI is too deeply embedded in the OS"

And there is also embedded. If we skip to server versions, you can install server 2012 without a gui at all. This gives you a server OS that you manage and configure, preferably using remote scripting via powershell. Just like *nix admins have been doing for what, nearly 50 years....

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Re: What about apps I develope

For Windows 8.1 this is no problem. If you want to deploy to a Windows 8.1 Phone, then you have to register the phone as a developer device with MS first. I think you need a dev account to do that, but I might be mis-remembering. You can only install 10 apps at a time in this way.

I guess the story on Windows 10 might be similar to this.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: This law is just another overreaction like "The War on Drugs".

Compare and contrast with the damage caused by the financial meltdown, and the average sentence served by the senior bankers responsible.

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

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Re: Backslash, Backlash!

The piece in the Guardian quoted (I think it was Vodaphone) as stating that most of the salary cost incurred handling these requests is met by government.

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El Reg Christmas Lectures to span space, big data and GCHQ

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Joke

Re: Featuring speakers who are even cleverer than some of our readers

yeah, next year have some of the commentards do an address. Possible subjects; advantages of iThings over MS/Linux, are Google worse than the TLAs? and Media, to download or to buy?

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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this being a UK law, and YouTube being an international US based web site, probably not. They'll just ignore it.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Joke

Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

I think a tile showing fundamentalist opinions will be illegal, should the Tories win next May.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Selfie

Uploaded to iDrive to be shared with 4chan, and the rest of the world?

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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Re: URL - typos

I thought 'all the people who perpetuated it should be used for misconduct' in Cheesy's comment was more fun...

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Who wants to be there as history is made at the launch of our LOHAN space project?

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All you can eat buffet

Reminds me of the 'living on a pound-a-day' challenge.

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Re: An opportunity

Given the motto of the LOHAN project, this seems a legitimate line of research.

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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

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Re: VAMPIRES!!!

Didn't realise teletext still existed...

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: One password to rule them all - tesco

have you read this ?

Tesco and SSL

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Steel Panther

Don't care about 3D printing, but Steel Panther were well worth checking out.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Re: Karma remains balanced Channel 4

4oD is just one example

I got a link to page that said something about ad-blocking, clicked ok and went on watch the episode of Utopia I'd missed. <-- something that i thought was worth watching on Channel 4.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success

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Autotune

Music business rip-off, I prefer the latin theme. I think i'd have made it Autopimp, which is kinda oxymoronic.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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Re: Hosting providers in Canada and Germany

like HavenCo?

HavenCo [wikipedia]

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Pi palaver perplexes LOHAN Pixhawk pair

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Remote working

Considering this is an IT publication, I'm amazed that Linus felt it necessary to travel all the way to Spain just to do some computer programming. You guys never heard of the internet?

Mind you the weather looks pleasant and the digs comfortable. Beer's cheap in Spain too.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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Re: Lost in Translation

There are many historical examples of amputation being used on thieves.

Indeed there are many current examples in some Middle Eastern kingdoms

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Did you see the leopard? Are you still alive? Get in touch and let us know. ®

very BBC

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: Dammit Lester!

Shame you can only upvote a comment once. That deserved more. Or maybe I should ask GCHQ to do it...

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MonkeyParking FLINGS AWAY San Francisco service

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Re: Our Mission

I've never had to drive round for ages looking for a parking space. I have to wonder what these drivers are doing wrong.

Not catching the bus?

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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

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Picture caption of the week

Lucy is available for modelling assignments and is payable in cider

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: HMG ????

Can't say I noticed, as I don't use their DNS, but as it happens i had an email from Virgin telling me about a new option to switch on safe internet. that was going to be done using DNS, IIRC.

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MIT and CERN's secure webmail plan stumped by PayPal freeze

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Re: The USA again

For quite some time you needed state approval to export encryption code. It was considered to be munitions. PGP code was once distributed in printed form.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: Vomit .... heave ... vomit ....

yeah, i read that far, then started to feel ill and I need to go home now...

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: Just drop the damn thing when above the point you want to be above...

yes of course. I mean, they could plant the prison garden to be a giant QR code target, needing no direction at all....!

Or even just plant dope in the prison garden, and save all the other grief.

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Re: Hm.

Needs a release switch. Then it would drop the package silently from above.

For some reason I'm immediately reminded of El Regs' Special Projects Bureau. When the LOHAN flight is completed, perhaps this is an area for further research?

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

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Re: Help!

" At that point I decided not to bother voting for UKIP again."

again !?!

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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ban Gummy Bears

See the Amazon review and consider, could a smoke (spliff or fag) ever do this to you?

amazon

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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best post I've read all day

Yo

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: definition: applied scientist?

Shouldn't it be

"pipe -> dream

lab coat -> anorak" ?

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