* Posts by moiety

1642 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009

Periscope smeared by streaming security SNAFU

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Re: The Bong! Crowd?

Social media wankers, as satirised by El Reg's Steve Bong.

Here's an example to give you an idea:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/06/bong_what_digital_really_means/

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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Would this be China attempting to extend censorship beyond their borders? That's a bit cheeky.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Sticks and stones

Good answer :)

I was interested more in the process. Manning up is fairly easy...plenty of beer; an incredibly dangerous and pointless project (ideally involving explosions and/or high speed); followed by a steak barbecue and mutual insults shared by the survivors. And more beer, of course.

I'm a bit fuzzier on how to woman up, but strongly suspect that shoes are a part of the process.

No clue how to $gender up if the gender isn't clearly defined. Possibly you could split the difference (with, say, rocket-powered designer shoes), but that doesn't seem right, somehow.

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The baboon-faced bastard bit is from (and here is where I get some endorsements on my man card) Fried Green Tomatoes. Not sure where "go fuck your hand" came from; but it has long been one of my favourite insults. The remainder was just some freestyle alliteration.

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Re: @Moiety

I have not a clue

what you are alluding to.

Love the word 'chortles'.

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Re: Sticks and stones

Can you transgender up? That's scientific interest, that is.

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By criminy, you're right! Can't imagine what came over me there.

<reboot>

Go fuck your hands you blubbery, bilious bunch of baboon-faced bastards.

</reboot>

..and forum equilibrium is restored. Good catch x7; that was a close one.

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Re: Good riddance, I say

That portmanteau has been around for a while. It is a good one though...you know instantly what it means.

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Re: Good riddance, I say

"Not even a question of PC - it's simply a question of common decency."

Clarkson's entire schtick is being non-PC. That's bound to go wrong from time to time.

That's no excuse for punching his producer though. I'll admit to being less than charming when hangry myself; especially when a specific food has been promised and is not delivered (and thoughts of RPGs occur when McDonalds advertise 4 minutes after the local branch has closed); but punching someone is well out of order.

I reckon the BBC did the right thing, at considerable cost to themselves. Consider, if you will, the positions being reversed (always a good test for forum debate) and imagine that the producer had got tired of the abuse and punched Clarkson...he would have been out on his ear in seconds, despite provocation.

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Generally on-topic-ish, I'd like to congratulate El Reg on having one of the least dickish forums around. Sure there is some trolling -usually playful- and there are some sensitive subjects (let's face it, site redesigns are never going to go down well); but on the whole a witty, informative and helpful bunch. Raising a glass in your general direction...

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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"asked for a dismissal on the grounds that no one suffered financial harm"

At the very least it's stealing bandwidth

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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Re: The fine print

"substantially exceeds or differs from normal use by other users"

...in other words, if things start getting expensive, they'll just axe the top 10% of heavy users

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Re: 30 Days to back out - there's your limit

Bugger! I was mathing on iStore's $20/month figure. RTFA moiety!

$12/year does make the numbers more favourable; but having in the game long enough to have seen many net businesses implode the risk doesn't really work for me.

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Re: 30 Days to back out - there's your limit

Not that good. £60'll get you a 2Tb external drive from eBay. Hang the expense, call it £120 for two of 'em. You've made your costs back in 6 months; you have an extra 1.5Tb to play with; there's nobody reserving the right to 'change your formats' (whatever that may mean) and it's a lot harder to intercept. Also it's faster than relying on an internet connection.

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Samsung forgets fingerprints, focuses its eye on YOURS

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So where is the iris processing done, and who gets copies?

Unless it all can be done locally on the device; with no data leakage anywhere I'm certainly not interested.

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

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You know, in retrospect, I should probably have phrased that better.

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I bet he's sick of the taste of Ferraro Rocher by now. "That ambassador and his smug fucking parties"

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EU creative collection agencies want YouTube et al to pay their wages

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@Dan 55 - Not the first clusterfuck in Spain. There's a tax on all blank media which was supposed to go straight to copyright agencies; in return for which it became legal to download films/music for personal use.

Despite the fact that music/film copyright infringement technically no longer exists in Spain, the collection agencies haven't stopped bitching about how piracy is rampant.

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Want to hide your metadata? You probably can't

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The right to silence was always going to be looked on unfavourably in court anyway. Shutting up is still the best thing to do until a lawyer arrives though.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

Terry Pratchett with the serial numbers filed off...In the book (The Last Continent), Australia is full of camels that got there by clinging to driftwood.

It's even sillier with mammoths.

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Re: Cool

Splice 'em into politicians and you have a food source that comes running whenever you drop a coin. Of course, you'd have to fight to the death and find a way of winching the steaks up to your huge barbecue; but that's still probably nicer than going to the supermarket.

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

"All you have to do is introduce 5K breeding pairs of mammoths into Oz"

That's a bit risky. They'll be clinging to driftwood and becoming a worldwide epidemic in no time.

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Re: Cool

"All they need now is a sabre-toothed tiger and a sloth!"

...and a really big barbecue.

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Re: Bah!

Move the mess upwind and let the gin fumes bring it down, I say. Bah. Harrumph.

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Got a killer Microsoft or Oracle cloud deal? Start sweating

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No such thing as a "pure" cloud vendor (your quotes). Some other bastard controls your access to your data and therein lies the fundamental problem with cloud anything.

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Silk Road coder turned dealer turned informant gets five years

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So he narked and still got 5 years in prison? There's a moral there somewhere...

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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Re: Still a rip off...

*Native resolution. Dammit.

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Re: Still a rip off...

Got to be careful with the word "interpolated" when speccing-out Chinese projectors. They often claim HD or 720p or whatever but if you read further you'll find that is "interpolated" (ie, fluffed up with software) from a "naive resolution" of sod-all.

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BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll

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Re: Newky

"And e pulled it out and there was corn on the end". NYHHHHHHAAAHAAHAAAARRRRRRRRR!"

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Re: Dog Roll

Meat from a named animal. That's posh, that is.

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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Maybe we can hook up the results with CERN and isolate the fundamental fail particle.

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Gov IT project = failure, usually.

Not sure what to expect from a rushed gov IT project, but I'm looking forward to some spectacular results...a redefining of the very concept of failure, probably. Maybe explosions.

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UK.gov crackpots: Let's build vapourware-based sharing economy CITIES

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Jesus fucking christ. Is it a mandatory requirement for politicians to sniff glue before making IT-related pronouncements?

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Analyst dons Tim Cook mask, thinks: Glass went well for Google. Let's do that, too

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It would be obvious that you're not recording, then, and that's the important bit. From the point of view of the HUD-user; you're not going to get randomly battered by people who think you're filming them if there's an obvious cover over the lens.

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I'd be up for a decent HUD provided that:

1) The video camera (if any) has a hard cover that has to be slid aside/opened before filming. Will protect the lens and also make it very obvious to bystanders whether you're recording or not

2) No connection to Google, Apple, FB, or any of them.

3) It was designed so that you don't look like too much of a twat

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'All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive' says US CIO

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If you can secret letter all the certificate signers HTTPS is entirely immaterial.

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Shock development: Darkweb drug n' gun dealers are untrustworthy

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Re: Important distinction

"Cashing that amount out, even in small amounts is going to be pretty risky for a while (given you don't know exactly who you've pissed off, or how well connected they may or may not be)."

You can guarantee that at least some of them have guns and are quite cross.

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There's gold in dem hills: 1000s of two-byte domains hit market

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no.interest

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The West's cloud giants toss escape rope over Great Firewall – and China's not happy

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..so could you do it if you were a small cloud provider and didn't give much of a toss about the Chinese market; or would you get squashed from upstream, do you think?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Re: Fridges schmidges

That'th about the thize of it.

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Make it £45m and at least look up the word "security" before getting all keen about IoT.

Controlling multiple fridges. Heh. Can't say it's a problem that keeps me up at night. Can't say I've ever had a fridge that wasn't "set and forget"

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Not in the Budget: Spooks beg UK.gov for £111m brown envelope

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What exactly is the taxpayer getting for that money? What I'm seeing is considerable time and effort being put into making Brits less secure. The chosen few get to protect their little power-bases at considerable cost to the rest of us.

It *possibly* could be a worthwhile trade-off if any miscreants were getting nailed; but I'm not seeing any of that either.

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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If the EU really wanted to protect our data; they could fund -and then open-source- a suite of comms programs to enable secure communications.

No one country could do it because there is no trust; but the EU could fairly easily...and with all the respective countries watching each other to ensure that nobody slips a hole in there, it's doable.

The only way to make sure they're not going to abuse our privacy is to make it very difficult and/or expensive for them to do so.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Girly slaps are probably fatal if it goes on long enough.

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Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It's up to you to thwart mass surveillance

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Re: End-to-end and more robust encryption and security is essential

I don't feel bad for the fuckers at all. It's rape. What the spooks want is -at the end of the day- unrealistic...they want an overview of our *private* lives; while simultaneously preventing other spook agencies/countries that same overview.

Software and comms are either secure or they aren't. You can't have partially porous software and comms because sooner or later (my money's on sooner) the unfriendlies and blackhats will work out their own keys to any backdoors.

Let's not forget both that the spook outfits have been enacting what amounts to war on their own side (without the courtesy of announcing said war) and also that many of the things we are in danger from were fucking started in the first place by our own governments and allies.

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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"Mark Zuckerberg apparently "goes to great lengths to protect the privacy of his personal life""

As soon as it's "one rule for us and one rule for them", it's time to opt the fuck out. That's a bit tricky when it's governments doing it and data-rape is pretty well inevitable; but you can at least make the bastards earn their spying paychecks and spread awareness by bitching about it loudly on organs such as El Reg.

The "no buttocks" rule is a bit ironic...if there is one place on the internet where you leave your arse hanging out; then facebook is that place. Divorce lawyers will attest to that.

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