* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

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Re: So, in other words...

But how else will I send pictures of my man parts to young women who are interested in me for my political position - and are definitely not News of the World journalists

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: Audit

Bet they made you say that ;-)

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Re: Audit

Can you trust the reporting of the audit?

Perhaps the audit said it was full of NSA spyware but the NSA infiltrates the interweb and intercepts all mentions of the news and replaces it with fake report saying it was all good

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Exploding somethings

And my phone is from Motorola, they're American.

But the circuit board, battery and all screen is all built by the lowest bidder in China.

I wasn't saying anything specific about Chinese manufacturers but old time power electrical engineers over built things, like old style telephone system engineers. Consumer electronics designers and manufactures - not so much.

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Re: Exploding somethings

>Why would a smart meter explode and not a regular one?

The old ones were designed by proper electrical engineers who worked in the power industry and built stuff to last for decades.

The smart meters are built by the lowest bidder in China who could produce a document which said they were designed to IEC123-XYZ and built by an engineer who had a vague idea it meant to leave 2mm between power traces and the case but isn't sure.

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So suppose the line had been hit by a couple of million volt lightning strike?

Or is an exosed wire strung for 1000s of miles above the roof tops being hit by lightning in the USA considered too unlikely to be worth considering?

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Met Police in egg/face blunder as shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires

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So you would say that was secure would you ?

Please put a few 1000 quid in an envelope and send it to "Mr Inland R Evenue, 1 Railway cuttings, London" but remember to send it by G4S so it is secure.

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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

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Re: Tim foil hat? - maybe

The USA can already do that, it can simply refuse to honor US govt bonds held by foreigners.

The result is that the rest of the world wouldn't accept worthless US debt anymore and would demand gold before selling them stuff like oil or iPhones

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Organic cat litter

Remember to wear gloves when you handle it. It can harbour a brain parasite which affects your behaviour - in tests it caused lab rats to start saying "and another thing about immigrants ...

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Huawei networking kit gets the green light from Blighty's spooks

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Re: Same again for Cisco please

Cisco were at least trying. They were drop shipping kit to fake mailbox addresses so that the NSA didn't notice when a potential target was buying cisco gear.

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Re: Speculative speculation

The UK govt can't say it's insecure without the public demanding that Chinese made kit is all ripped out of every govt/police/school/hospital which might cost a few quid - and be followed by a Chinese ban on Downton Abbey tea-towels or whatever it is we export to China

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Re: Is it such a big deal?

I thought it was illegal to make a copy of your passport since Her Maj owns the copyright and will set the corgis on anyone who tries.

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'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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Simple - you declare the person a terrorist and use perfectly-legal(tm) extra-fun(tm) interrogation techniques.

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He's from Texas so he is naturally in favor of having the government in Washington being able to monitor everything you do. Defending that freedom is why you have to have all those guns.

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Isn't "double-rot13" export restricted ?

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Re: Copy Water Meters

Because the water companies don't (yet) need to double the cost of water when everyone wants it at the same time to avoid building more water factories

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Frayed British Airways plays down mega hack attack on frequent flyer accounts

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I hope it was Virgin

And I hope the people who did it get off free because the law lord in charge of the investigation and the lord in charge in whoever hacked them went to school together

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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That's not a mining machine

... this is a mining machine.

It's designed for the capitalist alternative system - which is dig up coal to dig up steel to make BMWs and then lend people the money to buy them and then bailout the banks when the people didn't pay the loans back.

An alternate theory is that the Germans have learned from their mistakes and next time they invade a country they intend to dig it up and take it back with them.

Another sillier theory is that they are strip mining the low quality lignite from half the country to burn to make electricity so they can close all their nuclear power stations to keep the Greens happy - but nobody believes that.

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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Because the ordinary consumers aren't allowed to buy yet - hence the advanced special price for trademark holders.

And 0.000001 seconds after they are, every company name on the S&P will have been bought by scammers

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Re: Who the hell cares about domain names? It's just an address!

That's the sort of address an idiot would have on their luggage

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Poor Oisin

And it will have phone-ins and be hosted by Stephen Fry

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>unacceptable to hit a minion,

I thought he punched a producer?

Surely hitting the boss (and a member of least accurately named profession on the planet) is pure BOFH

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Re: Not on

>he Top Gear / Steven Fry Channel, AKA Dave"

I had heard Mr Fry had got married, was it to Clarkson ?

And who is Dave ??

And where does he fit in?

Is this the sort of bizarre 3-way gay love triangle that is being produced at the expense of the licence fee payer ??????

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Re: M&S

Women do natter on don't they ......

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But Clarkson is a yorkshireman so this was just culturally appropriate behaviour and a normal means of communication.

I am sick of southerners (defined as anyone from 0.1mi south of me) making value ill-informed judgements about people from the North.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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You think this is more true now than in the 1920s when Carnegie and Rockefeller ran thing?

Or the 1950s when "what was good for GM was good for the USA"

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Re: Indiana, WTF?

The law allows private businesses to pick and choose their customers without the risk of being sued by publicity hungry political groups. essentially this is already the law in the UK

Should a synagogue be allowed to refuse to rent a room for a neo-nazi meeting?

Can a church hall turn down a booking from satanists?

Can a French restaurant turn away a UKIP member

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: About friggin' time.

Here on the wrong side of the pond the Subaru Forester is the car of the "women in comfortable shoes" So perhaps having a booth babe who then locks your wife, rather than you, in is a deliberate part of their sexist marketing campaign,

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Re: About friggin' time.

This is a conference where American software companies sell you security products that both you and they know have been backdoored by the government.

The same government that wouldn't allow one of the inventors of RSA a visa to visit a previous conference because he had a suspiciously middle-eastern name.

Booth babes are sadly the least embarrasing thing about it

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Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

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You can pressure europe to spy on its own citizens and you can always rely on the Brits and the colonies to hand it all over to their Ft Meade masters. But you can't force Airbus to keep using your cloud service if they believe it is all being copied to the NSA and then on to Boeing.

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However the people in charge of funding the political campaigns of the people in charge of the people doing the spying are getting worried that the other 6Bn people on Earth are not going to be buying services from a US company if it is all going to the NSA.

And that makes those people, the ones with $Bn to fund political campaigns, sad.

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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

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Re: True poverty still exists in the UK

Why is it their job to predict it or fix it?

Markets go up, there are opportunities to make money, markets go down there are even more opportunities. Some economists bet that there would be a housing induced crash and made a fortune.

Rushing to inject subsidies to keep your local car plant open, and then have it close exactly 18months later when the subsidy ends is politics not economics.

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Re: Free market nut stew

I think I have a modest proposal to add to the cookbook

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EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

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Re: Stupid Question

I suppose its a little better than when Blackwater or Lockheed-Martin were in charge of the Whitehouse.

At least if Google needs to boost business they just tell the president to lean on the FCC, they don't have to start an actual war.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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It's better than that. The FCC (evil Feds) said that they can't prevent a state or town from building its own municipal network.

Tennessee is arguing that the evil Feds MUST step in and prevent the states from doing this !

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YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

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Re: In the UK

Sorry the "in the UK" title was from something else I was writing in another thread - forgot to edit it before posting.

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In the UK

From rec.humour more than 25years ago:

Do these guys at Radio Shack ever get on your nerves, asking you for a bunch of personal data when you're just there to buy something as simple as a couple AA batteries? I think we should inconvenience these people as much as they do us. A while ago I was in Enid buying a printer cable adaptor and the guy asked me for my name.

"Ghosseindhatsghabyfaird-johnson," I replied.

(blank look of confusion)

"How do you spell that?" he asked, obviously not wanting to know.

"With a hyphen," I clarified

"Once more?" he asked

"Ghosseindhatsghabyfaird-johnson"

"Could you please spell that?" he asked, glancing at the half dozen people waiting behind me.

"Oh... just like it sounds," I said nonchalantly.

Putting down "Johnson," he went on and asked about the address.

"Washburn, Wisconsin, 14701 N.E. Wachatanoobee Parkway, Complex 3, Building O, Appt. 1382b," I replied.

Almost through writing all this down, I said, "Or did you mean current address?"

Stoping, he said, (becoming irritated) "Yes. Current address."

"Diluthian Heights, Mississippi, 1372 S. Tinatonabee Avenue, Building 14C, Suite 2, Box 138201," I replied quite slowly.

Waiting until he finished I said, "No, wait, it's NORTH Tinatonabee Avenue." Annoyed, he backed up and changed it.

"I think," I interjected.

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TOP500 Supers make boffins more prolific

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Re: Chemists are...

Nope - a real improvement in efficency would be to get computer scientists to help chemists write programs about chemistry.

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Re: Surprising

"Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes." - Edsger Dijkstra

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Does it do correlation calculations?

So MIT,Stanford, Caltech. Carnegie-Mellon, have big supercomputers and do better in rankings than ToadSuck Arkansas community college who don't?

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Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

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Re: Cyanogen -

And a big chunk of Cyanogen's money came from Microsoft with a promise to "disrupt" Android.

So once the market is "disrupted"enough that you can't guarantee a certain app will run on a certain phone then the funding will end.

embrace, extend, extinguish.....

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UK.gov shovels £15m into training new quantum engineers

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Re: What about the quantum mechanics?

> Maybe I could do both?

Nah,can't do that - different union

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15M is fsck-all money.

It will be simply moved from other funds anyway

It gets him on the TV

The other lot have to either promise 16M for flying unicorns or be accused of not supporting Britain

- I did my PhD next door to an "interdisciplinary superconductivity research center of excellence" built 20years earlier under a previous vision, nothing ever come from it.

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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Simple rule

Anything the Guardian tells you about economics is about as reliable as anything the Daily Mail tells you about immigration or the Express about the death of Diane (or Independant about Kim Kardashian's arse)

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: IE 4. Oh gods, no...

We had a dash board app to monitor our servers that somebody under the influence of MSFT decided to do as an active desktop. So all you had to do to check the servers was to iconify every other window and hope no icons obscured any important bits.

And it used some javascript to refrsh itself every second which caused all your app windows to flicker on and off

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Re: French O-Level

Fortunately French O-level bears about as much resemblance to the French language as ICT does to software engineering.

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Re: Bing thing?

Wouldn't that summon the evils of bing and deliver them into the heart of your machine?

< insert demonic laughter >

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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Re: Choice not control and enforcement

And the places you sell it in should have the right to make you obey any laws they want.

So if Germany requires you to reside in Germany, pay German income tax, learn German and have your works only feature Germany characters before you are allowed to sell your content in Germany - you might reasonably complain that it is against the free market.

But demanding that you can sell anywhere in europe, base your HQ in whichever eu country offers the best tax deals, and live in another country - but then not allow customers in one country to buy your product in another - is a little unfair.

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

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Re: Attn: Senator George Brandis

“All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive,”...

AND of course all private and sensitive information should be tracked by the government

- so all browsing activity should be tracked by the government - QED

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NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

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Re: Reasonable and proportionate

>Why the hell would you invade Calais?

First step, then Burgundy and on to Aquitaine. Then we raise the French in a combined attack on Paris - the one set of people the French hate more then the British are Parisians

The big advantage of Brits invading Calais is that nobody would be able to tell until it was too late

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