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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

JeffUK

Re: Really?

Probably not, the actual complaint seems to be that it doesn't metaphorically 'give you wings' any more than anything else with caffeine in it. rather than the fact it doesn't literally give you wings.

The suit says:

“Even though there is a lack of genuine scientific support for a claim that Red Bull branded energy drinks provide any more benefit to a consumer than a cup of coffee, the Red Bull defendants persistently and pervasively market their product as a superior source of ‘energy’ worthy of a premium price over a cup of coffee or other sources of caffeine.”

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Salesforce: Oh no! Dyre RATs are thirsty for our customers' logins

JeffUK

Re: Motive?

Yep! People have been selling stolen client lists for decades. It would also be a goldmine for social engineering, e.g. If MegaSoft was using salesforce for post-sales support, you could find a user with an open trouble ticket, and send them some malware as a 'fix.' Only the very paranoid would spot that one.

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

JeffUK

What the author is trying to demonstrate, is that he's been asked by an editor to jump on the 'Exam results' bandwagon, so had to make something out of the IT results regardless of whether there's any real story.

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

JeffUK

Re: Stop press

"To be fair, public or private seems to be absolute no barrier to being utterly clueless "

Fixed that for you

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

JeffUK

They seem to be shy to say how many of those arrested were actually charged, and subsequently convicted of anything.

So this story so far is that 660 people are innocent of any wrongdoing (until proven otherwise)..... which is a bit of a non-story.

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Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

JeffUK

To be fair, a lot of the people who call the office claiming to be "Calling From Microsoft" don't actually work for Microsoft either

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

JeffUK

Re: So much to do, so little time...

There's an argument that one of the IBM Chess playing supercomputers passed the Turing test. not because it beat Kasparov, but because he was convinced that one particular move had direct human intervention.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

JeffUK

"Stephen Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist" ... Why exactly should we care that he made a mistake about network protocols?

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

JeffUK

Re: Vinyl-fetish hipsters don't have a point

The sound of the 'Degauss' button on a CRT monitor that hasn't been degaussed in years is one of the best sounds in the world :)

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Scariest NSA revelation yet: Spooks are RUBBISH at CIPHERS

JeffUK

Unless I'm sorely mistaken, the NSA were operating in 2001, and quite evidently didn't succeed in protecting anyone from anything.

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Think-tank to infosec: You're doing it wrong

JeffUK

The most interesting question is whether we're building our economy on systems that we have no right to believe will be available to us for as long as we would like.

If Amazon decided that 'cloud' was no longer something they wanted to be involved in and turned all their AWS servers off with the minimum notice; unless one of the other providers made the commercial decision to pick up the slack (And had the capacity) there would be a lot of companies that wouldn't survive, and the people using the services of those companies would struggle for a bit too.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

JeffUK

I'm not so sure on a lot of those

I know that under-using them allows resistant bacteria to survive; I just don't know if over-using them is an issue.

The mental illness one sounds too easy to not be a trick question.. I'd actually be hesitant with that one.

The age of the universe/world, I have no idea if those numbers are correct. I also know that the 'big bang' theory fits all of the observable evidence, but the way that question is worded makes it sound a bit too simplistic for me to say it's absolutely true.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

JeffUK

Re: Authorised

Well I can tell you, lots of pen-testing companies don't do due diligence! I don't ever remember a pen testing firm asking me to confirm my identity...

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JeffUK

Re: Authorised

I've always wondered that. e.g. If someone called me asking for a penetration test to be performed on their network, signed all the normal contracts etc. Then turned out to be either someone without the proper authorization, or someone completely unrelated to the company .. Who would be liable! IS there a precedent for this sort of thing?

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JeffUK

Section 3 of the computer misuse act relates to impairing the operation of a computer. I'd have thought section 1 would be more relevant:

"he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or _data_ held in any computer " Bang to rights imho

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

JeffUK

Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?

Yeah, if someone now used this information to breed a potato with these exact same genes the old fashion way, no-one would have a problem. You could actually have two identical products, one which would be legal to sell and one that would not be legal to sell... that would be an interesting test-case!

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

JeffUK

Re: Hang on

I was thinking exactly the same. These lists of passwords from sites that have been hacked show that people use rubbish passwords for sites which were subsequently hacked ... showing that they've chosen wisely in using a throwaway password for them.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

JeffUK

Re: How it really was

Yeah yeah, you had to walk 10 miles uphill (both ways) to the printer after being beaten to death by the computer salesman, only to find the printer had stolen your car, girlfriend and mother..

Actually that's pretty much my relationship with printers to this day.

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JeffUK

Yeah, It's looking like my generation (born in the early 80s) are the last of a dying breed. When I started work, I knew more about computers than most of the people already working.. and I expected that the new graduates would be able to run rings around me.. but that doesn't seem to be the case.

I think there's an analogy with cars, my dad can change the head gasket on an engine, because in the 70's, if you couldn't, you might as well not bother getting a car, I, on the other hand, just had to google "head gasket" to check it's a real thing...

I can program, because my first computers were equally useless without being able to.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

JeffUK

Re: Compromise

IANAL but I can think of : Obtaining money by deception. conspiracy to commit fraud. Fraud. Breaches of the health and safety at work act. just of the top of my head.

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Serial killer hack threat to gas pipes, traffic lights, power plants

JeffUK

Re: An attacker therefore just has to wait for a valid user to authenticate

So the attacker sends the 'destroy all humans' command to the device once a minute, for the next year. Repeat the above for 365 devices that are 'only connected to once a year' and you've got plenty to be getting on with!

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JeffUK

Re: Telnet and FTP. Seriously.

Network Security 102 , the meaning of the word 'All'

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Re: dynamic IP

Nope, sounds like it's coming in over the internet. So you'll get the MAC of the router at the next hop. Not the originating host.

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

JeffUK

Socially Awkward Man is Socially Awkward

He's also president of the tautology club :)

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

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Re: You takes your chances..........

Perfect analogy.. I knew about this point of law, but now I GET it :)

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

JeffUK

Re: Sounds a bit expensive

$1500 was the pre-pre-release figure for the especially eager user.

My biggest concern is that you have to have an android device to make any use of it; Which will bump the cost up for me, as I don't currently have one!

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

JeffUK
Trollface

Re: traffic shaping for leccy companies?

I have a labour saving device in my house that does that.

She doesn't really like being called a labour saving device.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

JeffUK
WTF?

wtf?

A high spec laptop for people who 'live in the cloud' ... so that's a high spec laptop for people who, by definition, don't need a high spec laptop, because all they're processing is done somewhere else...

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

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Re: Even a Portable Faraday Cage? @AC

So in that case, if they're blocking wireless in a 3 metre x 3 metre box within a private building, it's probably not 'undue' interference.

some of the telcos will let you use boosters (If you ask really nicely and wave enough money under their noses) on the strict proviso that the signal is not detectable outside of your premises

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Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

JeffUK

Look at the numbers another way

Average class size :20 kids

15000 / 20 = 750

That's 750 schools that could have one classroom with enough RPis in it for every kid to have one each. that's a lot of schools!

My biggest concern is the fact that the foundation have claimed this donation allows them to hire some new executron, does this mean the donation is just a pile of money to the value of 15,000 pis that the foundation can waste as it pleases, or will this actually lead to 15,000 new devices in schools?

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Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest

JeffUK
WTF?

Re: Eh?

Yep, do anything a few times and you get a life sentence.

After you've committed a crime a certain number of times there's no incentive to stop, because when you get caught you are going to prison forever.

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

JeffUK
Pint

Re: When they "suddenly adjust the magnetic field...."

Suddenly, in this context, is defined as 1 millionth of a perfect pint (The time it takes for a pint of Guinness to settle acceptably)

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Chill out, biz barons... your new IT system might not look like the old one

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I've seen a few projects where the users wanted to spend £millions, and the primary success criteria was 'it has to work exactly like what we already have'...

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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tl;dr

sorry. Merry new year :)

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

JeffUK
Mushroom

Re: Brilliant

They're proof that if the creationists are right, then God's a bastard, nothing more.

I've never seen anyone claim they're proof that God does not exist. In fact most Atheists recognise that it's impossible to prove the non-existence of god (hence the cosmic teapot and flying spaghetti monster thought experiments)

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

JeffUK

There's a strong analogy here with genetics (Read Dawkins' "Climbing Mount Improbable")

By walking upright with a back designed to walk on all-fours; we risk spine degeneration, pain, and disability. But from a genetic perspective it was infeasible to go back to 'no spine' and build one from scratch; just to be able to stand a little bit taller.

The same applies to code, you get to a point where to add a new function, the 'right' solution is to start from scratch; But that might mean re-writing a £multi-million piece of software, JUST to add one new function. So the only feasible option is to hack it on in a sub-optimal way.

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'It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this'

JeffUK
Mushroom

Re: capitalism

no,no no!

They bail them out by printing a few billion extra notes and handing them over to the capitalists.

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US Army demos first robot Black Hawk helicopter

JeffUK

Looks like el reg's automated defense correspondent needs tweaking before it's safe to be allowed to fly on its own :)

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

JeffUK
Mushroom

freedom, security, jefferson

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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

JeffUK

Wouldn't happen in the UK

over-privileged fops who have never done a day’s graft in their lives are exactly the sort of people HR bods are looking for!

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'Look, isn't there some way we can get Julian out of here?'

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Remote controls with their own screens? new?

Not quite a new idea, Nintendo were pipped at the post by the Sega Dreamcast by a mere 14 years or so.

Nice try though :)

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A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds'

JeffUK

Can you store big data on it?

I invented a private non-reduntant read-only cloud storage device.. I call it a piece of paper :)

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Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

JeffUK
FAIL

this 'ethicist' assumes that warfare is always unethical.

It's never nice, but most of the wars we get into are, ethically speaking, the best of a bad bunch of options.

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NASA picks the target for Curiosity's first road trip

JeffUK

Yeah, we ended up with an incredibly expensive crater

that was 15 metres (19 1/2 inches) across, according to NASA :D

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Review: Raspberry Pi

JeffUK
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Don't see the point..

Every school has PCs; install python on them. Money saved....

Just because WE learned to program on a rubbish PC, doesn't mean that having a rubbish PC is a pre-requisite to learning to code...

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Gov IT contractors hire staff in India to work on benefits system

JeffUK
Go

To be fair, british industry has failed to deliver a working government IT system for quite some time, this way it's probably got a chance of working!

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Amazon boss finds Apollo 11 engines on seabed

JeffUK
Black Helicopters

Ok, we can work out how they know it's Apollo 11 later.

But first things first, what the hell are amazon doing at the bottom of the ocean in the first place?

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Cambridge student wins 'Hack Idol'

JeffUK

Re: im still wondering

The individual winner was chosen on different criteria to the winning team. The winning team members all got a bucket load of prizes too!

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Apple lands slide-to-unlock patent blow on Motorola

JeffUK
WTF?

This is a software patent...

I didn't think they were legitimate in Europe... what's going on there then?

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