* Posts by Captain TickTock

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Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks

Captain TickTock
Headmaster

"almost no one is updating their operating systems"

perhaps ambiguous writing?

In context, could mean "almost no one is updating the devices' operating systems"

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

Captain TickTock
Joke

'Faulty Router'

So which customer had the faulty router? ;-)

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Nude tribute to Manet's Olympia ends in cuffing

Captain TickTock
Joke

Earned herself a cuffing.

Was she similarly collared?

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Ground control to Major Tim! Brit's spacewalk halted after NASA 'naut takes unexpected leak

Captain TickTock
Boffin

He/O

They use He/O mixtures for deep, deep, deep sea diving, where you have high pressures.

Would it be appropriate for space?

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

Captain TickTock

lazy evaluation mention

see Haskell in table

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Captain TickTock

Re: No mention of Prolog?

Because it is a logic programming language

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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

Captain TickTock
Joke

Parking Spot Taken

If it's Paris, you land on top of them, or push them out of the way...

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

Captain TickTock
Childcatcher

Re: How exactly does this work

So if you wanted to stitch someone up you could easily set up a page such than when they visited your legit page you sent them off to all sorts of dodgy sites just for fun.

Of course this is simply defeated by opting into the family friendly web filter kindly set up for you under the direction of our esteemed government. You see, they've thought of everything!

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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

Captain TickTock
Facepalm

"I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part."

That's a suspiciously specific statement. I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part, but I'm aware of massive wrongdoing on other people's parts at my behest?

Which is a wrongdoing on my part - D'oh!

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Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

Captain TickTock
Joke

Re: Shirley...

So when they turn it on and back off again, they come back and say "Yes, but it didn't work"

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IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls

Captain TickTock
Trollface

Re: Long overdue

Do not feed the troll

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HGST closing SSD plant in Malaysia – report

Captain TickTock

Re: Odd target

Because maybe:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/21/wd_buying_sandisk/

?

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Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

Captain TickTock
Joke

Reminds me of the old joke...

"There were 2 of them!"

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Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

Captain TickTock
WTF?

Re: @ Captain TickTock: Still Not A Valid Argument

You erect a huge strawman saying "there will be other issues, so don't even bother to implement this measure".

I said all that? You jump to a huge conclusion based on what you assume I was thinking.

The inertia is not malice or laziness, but economic. As A non e mouse said, who will pay for it?

There are some Rust OS hobby projects which could be promising, but there's a long way to go.

Some of us have families and day jobs, but please, don't let me stop me you from rolling up your sleeves.

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Captain TickTock

Re: @A Non....

You might rewrite your compiler, but to do anything useful, it has to call OS lib functions, which are written in... etc.

Turtles all the way down is right, especially when you implement more & more in HW, which is not completely immune to screw-ups either.

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TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)

Captain TickTock
Paris Hilton

Take 2 data breaches into the shower?

Not me - I use Head and Shoulders.

Paris, just because

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Captain TickTock
Childcatcher

Think of the Children...

... like little Bobby Tables...

https://xkcd.com/327/

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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

Captain TickTock
Headmaster

Cedilla has no place in licence

Only needed before an a, o or u

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FBI dumps on IoT security

Captain TickTock

Re: Well said FBI

RH side of the pond? are you looking south?

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

Captain TickTock

Re: Faggot

Porked, basically

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Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright

Captain TickTock

Re: public service...

At least the Stagefright workaround is easy: disable auto-retrieve of MMS msgs in any app you use for messaging.

And ASLR mitigates the Stagefright vulnerability, too.

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Thought YOU'd had rude service in France? Ce n'était RIEN, M'sieu Pantalons Malodorants

Captain TickTock
Headmaster

Re: Mangue des baguettes.

Mango of baguettes? ;-)

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

Captain TickTock
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Range Rover Clown Car

They should have a little vase on the dash with a plastic flower, like the VW Beetle.

But unlike the Beetle, it should squirt water at the driver randomly.

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Captain TickTock
Joke

Head of Jaguar Land Rover was unavailable for comment...

Following the budget he's spending a year dead for tax reasons..

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Infusion pump is hackable … but rumours of death are exaggerated

Captain TickTock

Re: You forget the "Killer Nurse" syndrome

Air bubbles are not the huge risk that Columbo would have you believe, I was told when I complained about the huge air bubbles in my infusion line...

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

Captain TickTock
Headmaster

MEEELLIONS

.. is the correct spelling and capitalisation

as in this example

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

Captain TickTock

Got in early.

Part of my route to work was a walk from Kings Cross to Charlotte St, past Tavistock Square.

I remember we suspected it was more than just electrical problems on the tube.

And then from the office we heard the bus go off.

At midday they sent us home, and we walked with half of London it seemed, to Finsbury Park, where the trains were terminating.

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NATS ignored previous recommendations – IT cock-up report

Captain TickTock

Qantas?

Methinks the pic has been nicked from another story!

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Captain TickTock
Trollface

And would you like

... an extended warranty with that...?

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

Captain TickTock
Headmaster

is it me...?

Or do the headline and first paragraph say opposite things?

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Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

Captain TickTock

Re: Bundaberg

"the drink of losers"...

or 12 year old winners

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Captain TickTock
Pint

Mmmm

Bundaberg Ginger Beer!

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Australian traffic lights need better security says auditor-general

Captain TickTock
Stop

Could've at least...

used a photo of Australian traffic lights...

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

Captain TickTock
Joke

Re: How is this a DoS Attack?

Room service, of course

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

Captain TickTock
Joke

Re: The Independent tells me all I need to know...

The reporter didn't look it up because the world ended in 2012, silly ;-)

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Seagate and SGI buddy up to flog HPC bigness to big business

Captain TickTock
Joke

Impressive...

They float in the air. That's cloud computing for you...

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Hunt the RAID killer: Exablox builds object storage that isn't

Captain TickTock

Re: Buzz Overload!

It says the opposite: "[RAID]disk failure likelihood during a rebuild increases with rebuild time"

If I understand correctly, more advanced filesystems like ZFS (and I suppose this "SmashFS") are much quicker to rebuild, because they know to only rebuild the data which was on the dead drive (and not the whole drive). And so they stress the remaining drives less.

Which begs the question - how is OneBlox better than the likes of ZFS and BTRFS, etc? (ZFS is designed to scale out to Zettabyte scale, hence the name)

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European SPACEMAN exposes EERIE snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

Captain TickTock
Boffin

Re: ISS science

"I can do experiments into the behaviour of soap bubbles in gravity right here - I'd have more trouble doing experiments into the behaviour of soap bubbles in zero gravity.."

not strictly zero-gravity. gravity up there is roughly 85% of gravity at the surface. The ISS (and its contents) is perpetually falling towards the Earth but missing. ;-)

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

Captain TickTock
Headmaster

That word - I don't think it means what you think it means...

By meddling - do you mean dabbling?

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Freescale lassos Ethernet cables around car, calls it 'Internet of Things'

Captain TickTock
Joke

Re: Ethernet to the rare seats... How modern

19" alloys... got to put the rackmount servers somewhere, I suppose...

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Captain TickTock
Childcatcher

Re: VB for children?

Won't somebody think of the children?

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

Captain TickTock

Recommendations?

Editor's choice? etc?

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

Captain TickTock
Boffin

Re: Bit of an empty article?

follow the links?

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

Captain TickTock

Security through ambiguity

I originally read the headline as implying that they were deciding not to encrypt emails as a result of Snowden...

Still, it got me to read the article...

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

Captain TickTock
Joke

Re: "heptane-based fuel"

"Petril?"

"No, Cheesoid! Not petrol, cheese!"

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Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

Captain TickTock
Boffin

Re: Could this happen with LibreSSL too?

This is a highly entertaining read which should answer that.

In a nutshell, they've created the LibreSSL fork because OpenSSL have been sitting on bugs (and creating horrible hacks) for years, because it's just too horrible to work on.

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Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

Captain TickTock
Facepalm

Stale bread and butter...

...perhaps the reward system is working against timely reporting?

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

Captain TickTock
Boffin

Re: Break out the game....

Vector graphics is the term you're after

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

Captain TickTock

Re: Just wondering ...

"With so much (and very expensive) high-tech stuff in orbit, how come there's no sign of Malaysian Airlines MH370?"

There was an article about this on El Reg recently. Basically the plane disappeared in a boring part of the world, spy-wise, and is now hidden from satellite view by 4500m of water..

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