* Posts by VinceH

1687 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

Drone delivery sparks Ohio prison brawl

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Re: lower than low

"Unreported: The drone was called "Lucy" and the drugs were paid for with conflict diamonds..."

The only problem with that is Lucy was in the sky with the drugs - not the diamonds.

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Mac fans! Don't run any old guff from the web: Malware spotted exploiting OS X root bug

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"It'll need to somehow be made into a browser based exploit, because no one is using Flash let alone Java on their Mac (or anything else) anymore."

Citation needed. (I can counter the claim of "no one" because I know of two local companies that are Mac-based and who do have Flash installed*)

"If you do"

...you are proving DougS wrong, because he just said "no one" does in the same post? :p

"there are so many security holes in those pieces of trash that need weekly patching you couldn't further reduce your security if you posted your password on Facebook and Twitter!"

This I can't disagree with!

* As a relevant aside, I know that one of them recently paid someone to remove some malware from one of their computers, though I don't know the full details: I do stuff for them, but it's not IT related - I don't do Macs.

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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Re: Seriously?

Icon says it all. Brilliant. :)

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Re: Seriously?

"Somebody needs to give W3C a slap, then the browsers that actually implemented this."

Those responsible at W3C and on the browser development teams should be slapped with the browsers.

The browsers themselves being installed on the chunkiest laptop available (a laptop being the most practical for the purpose, I think).

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Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

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"If a biometric behavioral profile is either shared or stolen, it can't be changed like a password."

I beg to differ. Firstly, as Mark 85 says above, both accidents or alcohol can change the way you type. And secondly, the device/keyboard you are using - or even the way you are using it - can affect things. Keyboards differ - I'm typing this on a decent, raised keyboard that is quite the opposite of annoying pancake keyboards that you get in most modern laptops, and I type differently on this one than I do if I'm using the laptop keyboard.

And as for the laptop keyboard itself, I type differently on it when it's sat on a desk compared with when it's sat on my lap.

This whole idea is just nonsense when it comes to the proffered use - IDs and security - which only really leaves the invasion of privacy.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: It's pretty bad... Really

"more info here"

Thanks for the link - bookmarked for future ref. Have a thumbs up and one of these --->

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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MISSING

One sense of humour.

Last seen on a bus heading South. Please contact kryptylomese if found.

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Does this mean 2015 won't be the year of Linux on the desktop?

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OnePlus phone fanbois flock for a shiny phondle

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"You'd think after the success of the first phone they'd drop this crap and be in a position to supply on a larger scale by now."

Indeed. The whole "invitation" nonsense just puts me off. I see it as nothing more than a marketing ploy, to make people who get an invitation and are able to buy one somehow feel as though they are part of an exclusive/select group.

The phone looks like it could be a reasonable replacement for my current one, which is becoming increasingly battered, and for a reasonable price - but I won't be buying one while it's on this silly "invitation" basis (even if someone sends me an invitation). If and when they make it generally available, I'll consider it - IF I still have my current phone and IF their phone still looks reasonable for the price compared with other phones on the market at that point.

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I was tempted to say "Photos, or it didn't happen."

Then I remembered there are photos in the article.

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Re: Are you sure it's about the phone?

"We British say pavement, no septic tankisms please."

And on that note, I'll give a thumbs up to Andrew for calling invitations "invitations" and not "invites".

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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Microsoft should make everyone wear each new day's clothes on top of all previous layers.

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Re: Firefox 'owns' HTML

They must have purchased HTML from Microsoft somewhere down the line then, because at some point in the dim and distant - I forget now which version of Windows that was - I noticed it was "Microsoft HTML Document" on a new computer.

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: Maybe...

"Honestly, Sam, I was merely researching to find out just how easy it is to access. Now I know, I'm going to see what can be done about it!"

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Re: I want to be reasonable but find myself foaming at the [BLANK].

More likely, it's a first step in creating a list of people who look at porn. Start by making sites authenticate users' ages using credit card verification - then later, insist on having that information fed back to the newly formed Porno Commissioner's Office*.

* Actual name may - and probably will - vary.

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Re: You have to remember

"And long may it continue, otherwise we might be facing another extinction event..."

I think that would be more like an extinction non-event.

Anyway, just tweeted this:

I gather @Number10gov wants to stop people looking at tits on t'internet. Soon, you'll no longer be able to look at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=uk+politicians&t=ffnt&ia=images

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: 40mm Glock

"This is a slippery slope. There will be hating on Thunderbirds and the Clangers next."

Have you seen the new Thunderbirds?

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Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

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Re: Lock in....?

That's why I've taken to calling it DaaPR (Data as a Protection Racket)

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: sounds like enough but...

""wtf do you do with all the icons!"

Scroll through very fast and yell "WEEEE!"

Better still, emulate three wheels, displayed edge-on with the icons on the outside. Have a launch button which, when clicked, spins all three at slightly different (random) speeds. Only launch an app if all three wheels stop with that app's icon displayed.

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Re: @OliverJ -- 512 apps ought to be enough for anybody...!

"What manner of moron are you?"

I suspect the manner of moron that isn't a moron at all. He probably said that in jest, as a deliberate play on the old 640K quote.

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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

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Re: Privatising the search for extraterrestrial life

6. Everyone on Earth profits because those particular lawyers will have to visit the alien homeworld in person, and won't be back in our (or their own) lifetime.

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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

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Re: It's broken...

"APM doesn't recognise you as a Prime subscriber if you have both a .co.uk and a .com account with Prime only on the .co.uk (as i suspect a lot of people have)."

That describes me - and prompted me to try it. I'm now listening to one of the their stock playlists via the web browser.

Could it be a cookie issue (Amazon's don't live beyond the session here)?

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Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

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Re: But . . .

"You could just use offline ones"

This was pointed out to Elmer a few days ago.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Re: My guess

It's the Pope doing the pooping.

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

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Re: And the point of this article is?

My reading of it suggested the point was "I've bought into iOUT* lighting... and now I've realised that not only was there no problem for it to solve, but it's actually more of a problem to use."

I didn't pick up on that opening sentence - or I'd forgotten it by the time I'd reached the end, until reading the comments!

* iOUT: Internet of Useless (or Unwanted) Things.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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Re: I've never owned a console…

" I also had every single issue of Amiga Action, complete with cover discs, till my dear mama decided they were junk, and chucked 'em without even ASKING. No sense of nostalgia, my mother. She could've ASKED FIRST!"

I feel your pain. I have - repeated - first hand experience of a similar problem. With the first two I know what happened:

The first time: When I was a nipper, I bought comics - just things like Beano, Dandy, Whizzer and Chips, etc - and I didn't throw them out. I built up a nice little collection. We moved. On packing day, I brought all my comics down into the living room, intending to take them with us, then went out with my friends. When I came home, the comics were gone - and I discovered that mother dear had used them to wrap her ornaments. :(

I'd also built up a nice collection of toy cars. On this occasion, those did go with us, and the collection continued to grow over the next few years. I had some nice ones - and I'm sure some of them are now worth a nice few squids. At some point, however, I no longer had them, and it's only in recent years that mother dear told me what happened. She said that because I didn't play with them - I merely got them out of their boxes, looked them over, then put them back again - she decided to give the lot to my cousin (or was it cousins - I forget!).

Unexplained disappearances - which probably amount to things in the loft being thrown out with no notice taken of what they were - include Star Wars, Marvel and 2000AD comics.

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Re: Moon?

So it's only dwarf-canon, then?

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Re: Moon?

But the moon is neither - it was revealed in the Doctor Who to be an egg!

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: Muppets

"Spacegoats? I haven't fired up goat simulator in a while, is that something new?"

That would have to be something by Jeff "Mutant Camels" Minter, wouldn't it?

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: My new car does something odd

'when I called the number it just said "Incoming calls not supported"'

Next time, bung the number into your search engine of choice. It might find the number listed on the relevant company's website, or maybe the search will lead you to one of the various sites dedicated to identifying the companies hiding behind non-geographic numbers (most especially those that make annoying sales calls).

Either way, there's a chance you'll be able to identify the company that owns the number, and from that work out how they got it. As gerdesj says, it might not be what you initially suspect.

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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Re: Disappointed

"+1 for George Michael - but how old is he now? He must be in his fifties."

Don't be ridiculous. He's only about five or six years older than me, so how can he b...

Oh.

Wait.

Carry on.

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

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Re: For its part, Disney said

“the impact of the Commission’s analysis is destructive of consumer value our profits and we will oppose the proposed action vigorously"

There. Fixed it for them.

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Choc Factory research shows users just don't get security

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Re: Password managers

Password managers don't have to be run 'in the cloud' - they can be standalone applications running on your computer, and which should therefore continue running long after the developers have gone.

(I wouldn't touch a cloudy one with someone else's highly secured bargepole.)

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Something nobody has commented on. Am I the only one who spotted it - or who didn't already know this information was stored on the card?

"With an easily obtainable reader and free software to decode data, they were able to read the card number and expiry date from all 10 cards. Limited details of the last 10 transactions were also exposed."

The Which? article merely says "We were also able to read limited details of the last 10 transactions" - so no more information there.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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I'm a bit late reading this, and have yet to read about the discovery itself, but I'm just a touch confused.

They were saying that "astronomers are on the cusp of finding..." and set the time of the media call for 5PM.

I want to know how they were so damned sure they were going to find what they were on the cusp of finding by that time? What if they didn't find it until 5:07PM. Or even didn't find it at all?

They would've had egg on their faces then!

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Cyber poltergeist threat discovered in Internet of Stuff hubs

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Re: Never

Quite.

The other day, one of my brothers was proudly telling me about his new smart thermostat - I forget which brand, only that it wasn't Nest and was one I hadn't heard of (he described it as the "next one up from Nest"). It learns their behaviour patterns, learns how much time it takes to bring the house up to the right temperature, tracks where they are via GPS on their phones, and works out when they're heading home, etc.

I pointed out that because it's connecting to a remote server, there will always be a doubt about security (and that I would try to steer clear because of that). He just laughed and said "Who'd want to hack my thermostat?"

Way to miss the point - and the bigger picture - Bro. But I suppose it's new and shiny and you can show it off to people who aren't as cynical (and paranoid) as me in order to impress them.

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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Re: The petrol station business model of the near future

2 and 3 are also possible attack vectors, of course.

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Dead device walking: Apple iPod Touch 6th generation

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Joke

To the person who didn't like my suggestion - don't you realise that the next one again could have been the iPad Do-do-dodo-do?

(Hey, El Reg, as well as a 'joke alert' icon, can we have a 'really, really bad joke alert' icon?)

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I was going to be slightly sillier and suggest the iPad Minimini, but it's the same joke, really, so you've just beaten me to the punch by suggesting Nano. Have an upvote, you git. ;)

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'Apple lures labels from free streams – and why is no one doing anything about it' shrieks group

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Re: Optional

Yeah - it wasn't theirs so they got rid of it sharpish by giving it away to as many people as they could! :p

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"Apple's distaste for free streaming music anything that isn't theirs"

FTFY!

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Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off

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Re: And what was the point of gTLDs again?

"Seriously, whats the point?"

Well, if I make a correction to this sentence from the article:

"Many companies have decided to give the expansion of internet endings a wide berth – leading to very disappointing sales figures for the companies that were hoping to cash in on the expansion brand protection racket."

Does that help make the point of the new gTLDs clear?

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More Apple Car mutterings: Cupertino slurps more autobiz brains

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Re: Apple car?

And you'll only be able to use Apple approved parking spaces and toll roads/bridges. For which they'll get 30% of the fee.

(Yay! It's the old "If Microsoft made cars" meme reinvented!)

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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No, no. He's just resting.

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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

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Re: Thekla!

It has seen some renovation work. I don't think the Banksy (as pictured) is still there, though. ISTR reading that it was too deteriorated to preserve in situ. I think it's in one of Bristol's museums now, but I don't know which. I could ask our creepy friend Google, but I can't be arsed.

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North Korea's Red Star Linux inserts sneaky serial content tracker

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Obvious joke is obvious: No icon was necessary.

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Spamquake subsides: less than half of email is now processed pork

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Re: Phishing

"Then there are all the idiots who send me a RE: mail. You fail automatically because I always put a subject in my mail. The ones with RE: and a word are not better off because the word they choose is never one I would choose"

Usefully, these can be defeated by a very easy filter, provided you know your message-ID format. Your filter checks if the subject begins "re:" (or variations) and if there is a References or In-Reply-To header that ends with a message-ID that matches your format. If you're worried about the possibility of false positives, drop the results in a spam folder for the occasional once over.

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Re: @Fibbles - MS's Game Plan

"or cobbled ?"

I think you might have stumbled upon the ever mysterious step 2.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: This seems too obvious

"Nb. So, what, he uses Gmail because it's free?? My superior provider charges me ~£5 a year."

Gmail may not necessarily be free, depending on how Torvalds and/or the Foundation use it - for UK pricing, I'll they'll see your £5 per year and raise it to £3.30 or £6.60 per user per month.

I haven't checked those prices for myself - I've no intention of farming the email for any of my domains out to Google - but because of clients who seem to think Google's arse is the source of our sunshine.

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Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart. Thursday doesn't even start. Friday I'm in .love

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Re: Sooooo many possibilities ...

"puppy.love - So many things you could put behind that"

Ewwwwww.... that's probably illegal in most parts of the world! ;)

hate.love - for those who like to tattoo their knuckles. (Though I think it should really be the other way around, like your Richard Curtis one).

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