* Posts by Velv

1982 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

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Re: False accusations

Since the judges also acknowledge the worrying trend with lawyers exploiting the system, perhaps it's time to introduce punitive rewards for vexatious prosecutions.

Plaintiffs should have a realistic prospect of winning their case on the evidence presented in court, not the defendant failing to turn up.

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Tom Hanks

As featured in the trailer Tom Hanks reminds me more of Steve Jobs

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Companies are legal entities in themselves and since the employees are representing the company said company is legally responsible. The Directors are the named individuals who's duty it is to ensure the company operates within the law, and Directors can go to jail if a company commits a criminal act.

So both the individual and the employer can be prosecuted for the criminal acts. It's very important that this concept exists, otherwise unscrupulous business owners could encourage their business to break the law with impunity.

The level of punishment or compensation is a different issue

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Principles are all very well, that's up to you. Every time someone mentions Vegans and animals we get the same line about them buying plastic shoes instead of leather because of the animals.

Plastic shoes... Bought with plastic fivers... Plastic...

Just sayin'

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

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Sub-second accuracy

I'd suggest if you've got something that critically relies on sub-second accuracy then you shouldn't be relying on the OS clock and NTP.

If you don't have your own counter, at the very least you need code to handle fluctuations in the length of a second because all sorts of things can affect the clock cycles of off the shelf hardware running off the shelf OS's.

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Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

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Re: You deserve everything you vote for.

I'm going to down vote, and here's why

If the vote had been purely about Net Neutrality then yes, you get what you vote for, Simples.

But I don't recall any candidate in the entire race standing on that issue. So irrespective of the faults with American "democracy" resulting in the losing candidate winning the election, it's a package deal where votes were cast over other (many would argue more important) issues, not net neutrality.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Tallow is for Steric Acids, as a lubricant.

Thank you, you got there before me.

So the next logical conclusion is that all packaging and non-food products need to contain an ingredients breakdown, as a quick google indicates a number of animal by-products are used in the production of many plastics. And many other things

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Confirmation of who constitutes average whisky consumer helps resolve dispute

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Re: Blended

Technically, unless it's the outturn of a single cask, even Single Malt is a blend. It just happens to be a blend of casks produced from the same distillery.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Well...

You forget that the law only makes it legal for the security services to do what they've been doing for some time

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Oh, well, that's all right then, nothing to fear. The new law is simply permitting the practise they're already doing.

And it's not like nobody has ever taken a law and put an new interpretation on it at a later date. Loophole I think is the term normally used. Doing something unexpected within the letter of the law if not the spirit.

Can we all now avoid paying tax using offshore companies because the letter of the law says we can even if HMRC says that's not the spirit of the law?

Didn't think so. Muppets!

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Re: Scotty?

Los motores no pueden tomar el capitán!!!

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Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

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Re: Does this give Apple Pay the finger then?

Apple Pay is only a front end to your existing card.

It may be that unlocking the phone is deemed sufficient authorisation in the chain.

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Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

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"bungling Brit broadband ISP Plusnet"

Last time I looked El Reg wasn't owned by News International. Please stop with The Sun style journalism.

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Back doors are BAD!

Watching War Games should be mandatory for everyone working in IT. There needs to a Certification and you don't get to work unless you've passed the movie exam

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Push The Button To Exit

Which is one of the reasons good security doors require you to authenticate every time you open the door no matter which way you are transiting.

Even more securely some of them will have mechanisms to attempt to ensure only one person can transit at a time, although not being the svelte athlete I once was I have fallen foul of one suggesting there were two people inside :(

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

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I am no security expert. What we need from one of you frighteningly clever chaps is an idiots guide to setting up this vpn

There's some really good security guides on the NSA and GCHQs websites. They even have some recommendations on good providers.

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Re: Can we get rid of this myth

While I agree with you at the high level concept as an end result, the reality and legality is also different.

Banks view transactions against accounts as legitimate customer activity until proven otherwise. So in this instance Tesco Bank considered the customer had withdrawn their loan and reduced the balance on the account as appropriate. The customer had effectively lost their money without the bank going broke and being able to claim from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The customer then potentially failed to meet other payment obligations they had. While it might all work out in the end, it certainly isn't as simple as your analogy.

Not having a go at Tesco Bank on this one, this is how all banks in the UK work.

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Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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Why worry about Facebook and Google being used to disseminate false information as fact, religions have been doing it for over 2,000 years, (although competing factions may be more recent)

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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If a Spaniard standing on the French side of the French-Belgian border shoots dead an Italian citizen on the Belgian side, where does the trial take place?

While I love reading the opinions of the commentards here I doubt any has the legal expertise to make any legal proclamation of fact.

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UK.gov has 18,000 IT contractors on its books due to dearth of skills

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And slowly "The Plan" by the big consultancies pays off. Don't for one minute think they aren't in collusion, they are actively setting up a cartel.

HMRC engaged the consultancies to investigate UK income tax. "Oh look" they thought, "there's all those independent contractors taking roles our staff could be doing, lets advise the government how to put the small guy out of business (or at least off government contracts) then we'll be free to fill the gap at twice the price"

So rather than the tax payer "receiving an extra £400m a year" they'll end up spending twice the amount on every project.

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Godwin's Law

Good to see it still holds true...

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Why isn't this bigger news?

I think something else in the news this week may have Trump'd it

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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£129 for all that cardboard. Missed a trick there, should have just ordered something small and cheap from HP

(For those that don't remember)

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Wasn't there a pledge about building a wall on the Southern border to keep out the criminal illegals from the South?

And getting the southerners to pay for it?

Just sayin'

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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Re: Go after the lawyers as well...

That's a very dangerous precedent to be setting.

Our legal system REQUIRES lawyers to act for those alleged to have committed a crime, and while there are lawyers who are profiteering from unscrupulous activities I'd hate to see our system go back to the days where you didn't get a lawyer if you couldn't afford one.

OK, so perhaps the activities are different, but don't forget the lawyers are simply working within the law as it's written today. Perhaps it is the law that needs changed on liquidating companies rather than chasing those who execute it.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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I love how they have to get search warrants so they can make public the fact that they have the emails...

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Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

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Re: Just a thought...

The BitDefender article linked also has the screenshot straight off iTunes in case you had trouble verifying.

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Re: Why do you need a camera in your kids bedroom?

So that Moms can still go down the pub/club with their mates without the need of granny or babysitter.

(I was going to put the joke icon, but sadly this occurs more often than it should)

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MacBook headphone hell

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Excuse my ignorance, but why would you go to the effort of developing a port (Lightning) along with associated devices and accessories then not deploy said port on all your devices?

Or is the Lightning port only for "mobile" devices like phones and tablets and not really appropriate for portable devices like the Macbook?

(and I'm not trolling, I am an iPhone and iPad user, but not "Mac", hence why I don't know)

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Apple urges court to hurry up with hearing Galway data centre objection

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I'm guessing they're not Fruit Bats then...

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PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

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Re: 2fa choices

Assuming the device you're accessing the site from has a USB port Yubikey is one potential alternative. A unique physical device you have, and Yubico are part of the Universal 2FA programme, so if the industry really wants to it could make things more secure quite cheaply by supporting u2FA. They do an NFC version now too.

The key doesn't authenticate you to itself so your not protected if the device is physically stolen along with your credentials, however that's probably a tiny percentage of breaches.

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HMRC IT boss quit £185k job for more cash

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I wonder if he's truly an employee of the new "employer" or if he's contracted for his consultancy services through an intermediary...

Probably the self same big name Accountancy and Consulting firms who will be the only ones left to supply contract staff once they've advised the government on wiping out the little guy through IR35.

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Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

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Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

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Why do Chrome and IE11 support it internally?

Drop it now, and anyone who wants Flash can install it for themselves. Those of us who know it's unsafe don't need to worry about it existing in the background.

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Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

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Stand, sing, sit, stand, sing, sit ...

Good boy, have a biscuit

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Judge orders FBI to reveal whether White House launched 'Tor pedo' torpedo exploits

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Re: This just got "interesting"....

"Fat finger syndrome"

So I'm pretty sure everyone has mistyped at some point in their life and landed on a site they didn't expect. But I'll bet they didn't spend the next hour surfing that site, especially if it was something potentially criminal. While this remains circumstantial evidence, it is still useful when added to an already strong case.

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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

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Cupertino is...

Not keeping up with Redmond!

My iPad Mini isn't being given a fix, and while mine is nearly three they didn't stop selling the original mini until 2015, less than 18 months ago. Not very good support!!!

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Chinese electronics biz recalls webcams at heart of botnet DDoS woes

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Re: Router Rules @AC

"...fixed DHCP MAC-to-IP mappings..."

DHCP is great for managing the address space automatically, but on a private network you generally have more than enough addresses in the scope to cover every device so they never need to share. Since the DHCP protocol asks to keep the same address at 50% of the lease you don't really need to worry about reservations. It's a very small risk for devices such as cameras that are almost always on.

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Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

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It's worrying when headlines are made about such inconveniences as Asda not delivering due to a glitch. Yes, it's inconvenient. Maybe you had to stay home another time, or go to another shop.

This country's going to be really fucked when something serious happens.

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

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"the dimwit IoT manufacturers who crank out criminally insecure hardware"

Name and shame. Until someone does it there won't be the incentive for the dimwits to fix it.

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Ageing GSM crypto cracked on commodity graphics rig

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"Security experts have known the A5/1 was breakable since 2009..."

Security experts have known since way before 2009 that that all bar one encryption techniques are only computationally secure (i.e. given enough time and resources they can be broken). Moore's Law ensures that what is classed as "secure enough" today will not be secure enough in the future.

Only the Vernam cipher is known to be mathematically secure.

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It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for home routers en masse

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Re: Who actually owns your router?

Depends on the ISP, but as a general rule in the UK:

Cable: Virgin Media own the cable modem (which now includes the router). They fix it if it breaks and they upgrade/replace it when necessary due to network upgrades.(not aware of other domestic cable providers); Virgin has a "modem mode" which makes it the NTE if you want to use your own router and disable theirs.

ADSL: the "network termination" is the Master socket and the user owns the ADSL modem and router. Most ISPs will sell you a modem/router (or give it to you for free as part of your contract) but if it breaks it's your problem to replace it. If you use the one they send it's usually configured for the correct settings and they'll usually help configure the NTE settings of the modem part of common models, but ultimately the customer owns it.

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"unknown and unpatched"

I'd expect hackers are looking for both avenues of attack

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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Re: Flawed assumptions

"A peer based system is far more likely to benefit these women because any misogynists will have their opinions balanced out by normal guys who will respect merit."

Unfortunately not. Normal guys who fully respect women will rate on ability alone, not favouring women over men, hence there would be an underlying trend favouring men. It only takes one misogynist to start skewing the figures.

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Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

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Paris Hilton

You've never been around the narcissistic world of entertainment have you.

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Spain's iPhone killer actually a rebranded Xiaomi – new claim

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And in other news, the Apple iPhone is an American made SmartPhone.

Perhaps they've been playing slightly lose with the term "built" in Spain, and in Apples defence they're clear it's designed in America and fabricated elsewhere, but if the Spanish outfit are modifying an existing base device to add value this is quite a common across technology.

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New UK National silicone database will help avoid boobs

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Paris Hilton

Can't they just put NFC chips in them so they can be scanned?

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Netflix reminds password re-users to run a reset

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Yes, but since NetFlix should know their own authentication algorithms they can simply pass the provided password through their authentication process and see if it comes out as a pass or fail.

The biggest danger now for NetFlix (or any other company) is that a malicious user inside NetFlix could run a batch of passwords through the authentication process to generate a list of known good passwords and sell those. So no matter how well NetFlix is hashed and salted it can now potentially be compromised on a mass scale due the the bad practises of others.

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RBS debit card payments have gone utterly TITSUP

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Re: So what happens when...

Richard 12:

I didn't say you had to maintain more than one current account.

I didn't say you had to have more than one debit card.

I didn't say you had to have a credit card.

But you do have an obligation to pay for goods and services you receive. How you achieve that resilience is your choice but you're utterly niaive if you think you can rely entitely on one piece of technology.

(Two, from different banks)

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