* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

5487 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Re: Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013

Fortunately I stuck with WindowsXP and OfficeXP so I'm safe

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Getting beer too weak or strong is not as bad a fault as crashing a spaceship

It was an American spaceship so its design would have been fueled by American 'beer' - it was probably a mercy that it crashed

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Or possibly failing to find theodolites and GIS packages that work in medieval

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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So why not

Move Colossus and all the computing museum to the Science Museum and let Bletchley Park Consolidated Global Holdings Inc Ltd try and continue on their own as a Community Catalyst Catapult funded conference center - as they obviously want to.

We don't insists that every WWII aircraft at Duxford is housed in a museum on the site of the airfield it served from or the factory it was built in

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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A brilliant solution

China spies on the NSA to see if they are spying on China to see if they are spying on the NSA ...

An in the meantime leave the rest of us alone

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Boffins working on debris float models to track MH370 wreckage

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Re: Looking for what isn't there?

>what I absolutely cannot understand is the crazy lack of continuous and uninterruptable remote telemetry from such planes.

Plane crashes are rare, fleets of satelites to continually relay data for perfectly normal flights are expensive. Adding redundant transmitters, batteries, antennae so that planes keep transmitting when in difficulties is even more expensive.

Remember that 7E7 that burst into flames at Heathrow - due to faulty wiring in a emergency beacon? There isn't just a cash cost in cutting holes in 1000s of planes and adding lots of extra batteries.

>Can anyone count how many times they have had these desperate (and expensive) searches for the black boxes?

About 2 - the Air France one and this, and even if they had the crash position of the Air France flight it was till a bit of search to find a black box in miles deep ocean.

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

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Re: Hang on a second

Yes, Lovely shiny blonde hair - but all she said was "sausages"

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UK.gov! frets! over! Yahoo! exodus! to! RIPA-free! Dublin!

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Re: Redefining Excellence!

Yes just like Grand Cayman is a center of excellence for OS development because Microsoft and HP and IBM are based there.And the Dutch Antilles are a center of excellence for flat pack furniture

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Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

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Re: Never happen here

It's one of the reasons I haven't flown BA in 20years - that and the old and dirty planes, crap in-flight entertainment, rude staff and their idea of customer service.

I had to fly them recently as the only way of getting out of a certain middle eastern country - and nothing has changed.

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Never happen here

Don't I remember something about BA spying on Virgin's bookings in the same way - and getting off because a BA owned company owned the server and a judge ruled they could do what they wanted on their own property

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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Pliers

So the el'reg run down of the top 10 pliers isn't looking so stupid anymore is it ?

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

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Obviously

Apple have noticed that lots of things outside computers have rounded corners.

Instead of taking a perfectly obvious thing and adding "on a computer" to patent it.

Apple have obviously decided to patent - writing with a stylus WITHOUT a computer uing letters with rounded corners.

Soon joined-up writing will only be allowed in fanbois schools

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Are you implying that the chancellor has 'e' ?

Can he sell enough of them for it to be the path to prosperity?

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Re: Deal With It!

Although some triangles do as Mr Reuleaux will tell you

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Re: Google

Google don't send drone strikes if you use DuckDuckGo (yet)

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Re: Stay tuned...

>It's getting tedious.

Yes can we stop bothering about the dictatorship - Justin Beiber just did something cute

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Facebook security chief: We're not encrypting everything between our data centers just yet

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Pointless

So they encrypt the data between two endpoints subject to National Security Letters and the Patriot act ?

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

An obvious solution is to turn back the tide of 60s permissiveness and reintroduce the Lord Chancellor Office. Then you just need to get approval of the publication of each new website.

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Re: 1950s obscenity law

> ISPs would just block any site not verified as being in the UK.

EWW - we could have the "Empire Wide Web"

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Re: The politicos said that grumble flick websites should require a credit card

>But here we have MPs telling us that if you want to show other people, it must be done commercially!

It is a conservative government dedicated to privatisation, wealth creation and the free market.

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Re: The politicos said that grumble flick websites should require a credit card

Don't they allow wives and servants to have credit cards these days?

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: I like it

I beleive that was Britain's compromise position

They would join the euro so long as there were 20 euro-shillings in each euro and 12 euro-cents in each euro-shilling

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Re: iSIS...

Invisible runes.

I can't see anything

That' how you know they are proper invisible runes

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MtGox allows users to see a picture of their money, but not have it

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Re: Interesting times ahead

Just a technical question.

What is to stop them saying - we were hacked at time X, we will restore all wallets to the point at X-1 from backups - and any transactions since then of those coins are assumed stolen goods?

Just like the NY stock market reversing all trades when a high frequency trading sent went crazy.

Obviously it affects future transactions later in time when these coins were legitmately traded on - but I thought you can track the id of each wallet they had been in from the chain carried with each "coin" ?

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Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

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Re: I did a stint at a City Council...

when your departments policy had been the plot of an episode of Yes minister 30years ago - you know you are "failing to achieve excellence"

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: "Disillusioned pilot possibly with a political motive"

It's a trailer for a new season of Lost?

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Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

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Re: A lot of truth in this

And what's even better if you did hire skilled experienced engineering graduates to run the country - you would only have to pay them £16k

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Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

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Re: What fucking idiot ...

Remember that industrial revolution thing in Britain that turned out to be quite a big deal?

Alibaba already has a lock on most new B2B into China, now imagine a consumer marker 4x the size of the USA that skips the whole mom-pop stores, main street and malls and goes straight from barter to online shopping.

How much is the entire shopping spend of a chinese middle class worth? A bit more than a free text messaging service used by a dozen californian teenagers

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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Re: Good news

But if the plod on the street don't rely on the IT system working - then why bother running it?

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IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

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Disgusted

So the preferred supplier of data processing equipment to the Third Reich refused to help the noble NSA in defending freedom, democracy and Apple pie from the evil terrorists?

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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Re: We need something more simple than webbrowsers

Except a "browser as an OS" has less local state.

My chromebook could be hacked - although the attack surface is probably less than Windows - but I can do a full restart and lose any locally stored data.

So I would have to visit the attacking site immediately before doing my online banking

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re: The Germans learned that with Enigma.

Every side in WWII broke at least some of the codes of their opposition - while assuming that all their own codes were perfectly safe.

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Re: Practicality

> Not much fun to live there though. But safe.

I don't know - I think it would be entertaining to have a moat and drawbridge.

People trying to get me to change gas supplier - meet boiling oil.

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Re: @goldcd

Do you think the limited range of colours for head attire is what limits the number of women in technology?

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Re: re. "Maybe this happens in the UK."

That's a ridiculous statement, a good chap would never dream of asking another good chap such an impermanent question, You have to trust a chap.

It's like asking an MI5 candidate if they are actually a KGB agent - it's just rude really.

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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Re: The "Free" Market, Eh?

There is something different about driving in the US/Canada which requires the oil to be changed every 4000mi. It doesn't matter if you are driving a Chevy or a Maybach - the same car that needs an oil change every 2 years in europe needs one every 2 months in the US. Doesn't matter if you are driving in Alaska or Texas - 4000miles.

To keep the warranty these need to be done at a dealer. With a special discount - if I prepaid the first three years of services - this came to about 10% of the price of the car/year. On a mid range Japanese saloon with the best reliability record in the business.

With an electric car there is no smog tests, no oil changes,with regenerative braking the brakes last for years and when something goes wrong the smartphone app tells you exactly what and how much it should cost.

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Re: IMO, Elon is a huckster

If Apple contributed as much to the gov of California as the dealers do in Jersey, only Apple would be allowed to sell computers.

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Re: Musk in salesman mode much?

But that's the prices to get your Ford fixed at Halfords. The annual "keeping the warranty" main dealer service costs on a $90,000 sports car is a lot more than $600

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Re: Allow me to comment on another country's practices

>Are they unable to open their own dealerships a la Ford et al in the UK

The car maker doesn't own the dealership.

They sell the franchise to whatever local Arthur Daily wants to it. The customer then deals with the dealer, argues with them, gets their customer service, pays their servicing prices, and remembers the process as the face of the brand - it's like the difference in buying from an Apple store or Comet!

The other problem with Tesla, and electric cars generally, is there is no servicing - so no profit for the dealer, so they only way the dealer would make money is if Tesla wholesale the cars at 40% discount.

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Re: Allow me to comment on another country's practices

>Does seem a bit dodgy - why should't they flog their motors directly?

Because then the poor consumer would be at the mercy of the evil car manufactures without having the services of honest car salesmen to protect their interests.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: "choice and competition were best served by having a single service provider.”

Car workers, unions and management all working together to produce a great product?

What kind of socialists utopia do you think this is - BMW, Mercedes or VW

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Re: All the wrong decisions for all the right reasons?

No, all the UK needs is duchy original biscuits, Hugh Grant movies and bankers

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Re: @ Jim Willsher

>I work for a government agency

Shouldn't you be exchanging documents by meeting on a bench in a park and picking up the other briefcase?

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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Re: NDA denies sending malware to "millions" of PC's

No it was just that they hacked 2,000,001 machines so that's not exactly a number of millions

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: Quelle surprise! - Why is Echalon upgrade such big news now?

Because Echelon was used by the US and UK to spy on the military activities of a USSR that sent millions of it's citizens to death camps and had 20,000 nukes pointed at us.

Using it to spy on every one of our own citizens 24x7 to make sure they had some dirt on anyone who ever complained to the local council is a little different.

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Re: lol

>The NSA are stuffed.

More importantly Facebook are stuffed.

If foreigners start thinking that Facebook just equals NSA they might not "like" it so much.

If foreign companies believe that Facebook is being backdoored by the NSA to hack their machines, as Linkedin was, they might start blocking Facebook.

If BRIC countries start to think that Facebook is just an NSA hacking front then they might start blocking Facebook from their entire country

So Zuckerberg paid to elect a president which has just destroyed his business.

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