* Posts by mark 177

35 posts • joined 1 Feb 2010

The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

mark 177
IT Angle

Re: As for the men

Yes, if you know what the integer codes mean.

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mark 177

Re: I feel old

In the first half of the nineties, the profiles weren't fake - I know this from experience. But that was in the days of real profiles on paper, mostly.

But after the Russians learned the ways of Mafia-style capitalism on the Internet, it all went downhill.

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mark 177
Devil

Re: Source?

Well, out in the real world, a "chat" does imply a two-way conversation. If it's not two way, I'd be inclined to call it "messaging" or something similar.

But as this is the Internet, who knows?

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mark 177
Pint

How Many Men Actually used AM?

For completeness, could we have the stats on how many male profiles were similarly never used?

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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FAIL

Re: WTF?

Definitely a joke. But a remarkably unfunny one.

Well below El Reg's usual standard.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Black Helicopters

Re: Free country?

Yes, they seem to go through such phases, but surely Dubya's reign was even worse and its legacy lives on in the NSA.

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Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017

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Happy

Double Taxation?

In the EU at least, VAT is not charged on exports outside its borders. So tax would only be charged once. A similar arrangement applies to sales tax in the USA - except it applies to any purchase shipped out of the retailer's state - even within the US.

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Ashley Madison hack – Tory MP Green denies registering account

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Coat

Re: Excellent.

And 95% of those bushes have been heavily pruned back.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

mark 177

Re: Pot? Kettle?

The system itself is not lunacy, just the corporate shenanigans that accompany it.

Who would spend money on R&D if their competitors copy it without paying? That would be a classic "free rider" problem, leading to a dearth of innovation.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Joke

Re: Breakdown by tech company was interesting.

Well, once you've got used to being screwed, it kind of gets addictive.....even outside working hours

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

mark 177
Black Helicopters

Re: Who is paying the bill for the mobile data?

I'm not paying for 3G to Internet in my new Tesla Model S. Tesla pays. So I can't cancel.

It does have its uses, like free software upgrades every now and then, enabling cool new features.

But long before this story broke, I did have concerns about the system being hacked. On the Tesla, just about everything is electronic, so a hacker could have a field day.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Coat

Re: Argh!

No cable acually costs 30 quid. It's just the really ridiculous mark-up that you get in PC World etc. They sell you a cheap PC and make it up on the cables.

The difference in cost between the most basic cable and a fully-wired one is probably no more than 10 pence.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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FAIL

Newcastle Building Society Fail

"The Newcastle" asks for a memorable date. Now most people will choose a date of birth or marriage, etc. of a relative or friend.

Say 8th June 1950 (08061950)

Then they ask for three digits from that date:

Digit 3 - can only be zero or one

Digit 5 - for the last millennium or so at least, 1 or 2

Digit 1 - can only be 0,1,2 or 3

That means I have approximately 1 in 16 chance of a completely (well, almost) random guess being correct.

Also for dates in the recent past, digit 6 is likely to be either 9 or 0.

I told them about this years ago - did they change it? of course not.

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TPG ups offer for iiNet to AU$1.56bn, includes clever cash kicker

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FAIL

Why TPG, and not M2?

The spineless board of iinet has folded miserably.

You would have thought they could extract at least a *slightly* better offer for TPG, rather than one that is arguably worse than M2's existing bid.

Breach of fiduciary duty to shareholders, anyone?

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Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

mark 177

Re: the solution is simple...even simpler

Tell your phone provider to activate "barring of all premium rate calls" on your phone....or find an app to do it (I'm sure there are some out there...)

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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

mark 177
Headmaster

Time for Pedantry

"Google neutrality pacts has shifted the balance"

What has happened to the pedants today? Still asleep?

Oh well, I'll have to do it then - plural subject requires plural verb, El Reg!

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You go fast, but we go 'further' and 'deeper' – Voda tells 'Speedy' EE

mark 177
Happy

Re: 500Mb/s on 2 x 20MHz?

Clever multiplexing with a high number of baud per bit.

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

mark 177
Facepalm

Sale or gift - doesn't make any difference

Calling it a "gift" doesn't help. Gifts are still subject to tax and duty at normal rates on the declared value.

I know this as a friend of mine sent presents to Poland from Australia for her family. The family had to pay VAT, duty and a handling charge to the post office.

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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WTF?

Strange Minority

"Yet women are by no means the least represented minority in Redmond"

Minority? Er, isn't the majority of the population female?

Which of course, makes their representation in tech companies look even worse.

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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

mark 177
Alert

Re: I kind of expected more focus on Simon's fake iPhone

Good argument, but you start from a false premise - global inequality (between the world's people as a whole) has been decreasing:

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/hot-topics/worldinequality.aspx

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

mark 177

Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

No, only the characters were simplified - fewer strokes making them easier to write.

Since then the two have diverged somewhat, but this has more to do with political differences (Taiwan v. The PRC). They were originally identical in meaning.

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Steelie Neelie orders Germany to sort out its mobe charges – or EU will go FULL LEGAL

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Stop

Re: 5th time warning or else

Germany's net debt to GDP ratio is a whopping 78.4%, compared to the UK's 90%.

So about 10% better is the difference between "addled with debt"and "stable and balanced public finances"?

Still facts always get in the way of a good rant, don't they?

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mark 177
Thumb Down

Termination Fees are Evil...

...because the network's own customer does not pay them, just his friends, colleagues and family.

Which is why the telcos love them so much, of course. And also the reason why it often costs more to call a mobile from a fixed-line than vice-versa.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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FAIL

Re: Average?

The CEOs who are paid these ridiculous amounts are rarely the people who built up the company or put their own money into it. They are hired hands getting paid millions without the slightest risk to their own finances, and who often still get the big bucks even when they fail (Meg Whitman, anyone?)

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Telstra ambit claim gets ACCC pushback

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WTF?

Typo?

Wouldn't the first para make more sense if the word "not was inserted at some point?

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Google NOT guilty!

I'd imagine that with the bandwidth they need, Google would have transmitted this content *optically*, rather than electronically.

I rest my case, your honour.

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HP says it will sue former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussein

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FAIL

She's Got Form.......

Meg Whitman:

CEO of eBay. Bought Skype for billions, sold it at a loss.

CEO of HP. Bought Autonomy for billions, wrote value down soon after.

Why do such serial under-performers keep getting employed?

Enough said, methinks.

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

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FAIL

Not *Just* Software

What about the string of V.xx flip phones that had the "silent" button on the outside, in just the right place to get pressed when in your trouser pocket?

My boss became increasingly sceptical of my claims that "my phone switched itself to silent mode by itself" after it happened for the tenth time in a couple of months when he was trying to call me.

This "feature" persisted for at least 5 years before it was finally corrected. Doesn't that tell you a lot about Motorola's attitude to its customers?

Not only that, but I knew a "Corporate Veep" in Motorola (that's a *real* VP, not one of the 1,600 "toy" VPs in the company - I kid you not!). I told him every time I met him how stupid this design was - nothing ever changed.

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Can My ISP Delete my Incoming Mails?

mark 177
Facepalm

Re: @mark 177 (was: eCircle has been trying to send me spam for a decade or so.)

Pyramid scheme? How did you work that one out? People lend money, borrowers (we hope) pay it back.

Can't see anything pyramidal there. Perhaps I am sterically challenged??

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mark 177

Re: eCircle has been trying to send me spam for a decade or so.

It isn't crap that eCircle is sending - they manage a weekly newsletter for Zopa, which I invest in.

I can see why my ISP has to stop spam, but they are deleting mail without so much as a notification to me. In addition, their reasons for doing so are often weak - they use advisory blacklists for blocking, even when the blacklist provider recommends not doing so!

I'll be changing ISP as soon as I can manage it. I am trialling Google at the moment. I might even run my own mail server.

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mark 177
WTF?

Can My ISP Delete my Incoming Mails?

Does anyone out there know if ISPs are allowed to delete incoming mails without notification to the customer?

My ISP/Hosting Company - Webfusion - deletes incoming mails that it identifies as coming from spammers (that's right, it deletes them, it doesn't just mark them as spam or put them in a spam folder).

Some of these have turned out to be important mails regarding my investments which are sent out on behalf of the investment company by the bulk emailer, eCircle (I believe this is one of the biggest bulk email companies in Europe)..

My understanding is that eCircle is 100% legit and sends out bulk mail on behalf of many companies. However, my ISP claims they are spammers (the first time simply because of a DNS record misconfiguration) and deletes their emails to me without notification.

So is this legal? If this happened with postal mail, it would be a criminal offence punishable with jail time. How can they get away with this?

The worst thing is that I have no idea if they may have deleted other important emails.

I'd really like to hear from someone in the know who can point me to concrete information on whether this is allowed, and if not, what I can do about it.

Regards

Mark

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Australia’s NBN too expensive: EIU

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FAIL

2% or 0.2%

The quote from the EIU says 90% of the Australian population lives in 0.2% of the land area.

The later calculation in the article uses 2%, not 0.2% - BIG DIFFERENCE.

It makes a complete nonsense of the calculations in this article.

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Tories promise medals not money for science and R&D

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Stop

Manufacturing /= engineering

So many comments confuse engineering with manufacturing. How many engineering jobs did Dyson offshore? Probably none - his engineers are still working in the UK designing new products, like his fancy fan, and upgrading existing ones.

The value-added is in the DESIGN folks (=engineering + industrial design) not in the manufacturing. When Dyson sells a vacuum cleaner for 300 quid, how much of that goes offshore? Very little, I'd say as these things cost peanuts to actually manufacture.

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Anti-Internet Explorer 6 protests grow with online petition

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FAIL

Chrome no Better

I became a regular user of Chrome until it suddenly decided to "run" (if you could call it that) slower than a three-toed sloth. Thirty seconds or more to open a page!

Went to find support - there is none - deleted history as suggested; no difference.

Removed program from PC, changed to Firefox - it has its faults but at least it does not turn my machine's guts to treacle.

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Aussie censor balks at bijou boobs

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Coat

Cause or Effect

Has anyone considered *why* small-breasted women have come to dominate pr0n?

In the old days, men's magazines could still shoot 15 year olds legally - I remember one such case and she had DD breasts!

Now we have 20 year old women with tiny boobs wearing ribbons and their hair in pig-tails pretending to be schoolgirls (whilst the schoolgirls are all trying to look like 20-somethings).

Why?

I would blame the current mass hysteria over "paedophilia" (in inverted comments because true paedophiles are not interested in sexually mature but underage girls - they want children, as in 10 yr old and under). Making something forbidden, especially in a sexual context, tends to make it more arousing for some people. Before the great paedophilia paranoia bloomed, this kind of stuff was as rare as hen's teeth!

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