* Posts by Ian 55

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Re: Chip & PIN or Contactless

US card procedures have always been incredibly lax.

Back in the 90s, we went to the US with a new credit card and forgot to sign it. It was nearly a fortnight before an Amtrack office apologised for expecting it to be signed. Everyone else hadn't bothered to compare the signature just given with anything or been bothered that the card was unsigned.

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Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

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Re: @Aodhhan - Easy fix

I keep trying to be a penetration tester, but the women keep saying 'no'...

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

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Re: "man in the crowd"

One of the Pee-Wee Herman films has him shouting 'mirror shoes' when told that the main female character is about to come round.

A film that was, you know, for the kids.

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: 5 years?

Either fans of David Bowie or our hero and leader, the great Stalin?

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Addendum

Thanks for the pointer. The PDF works fine in atril.

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You've patched that Flash hole, but have the users? Phone's ringing. It's for you

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Is anyone affected suing..

.. dailymotion.com, vodlocker.com, answers.com and legacy.com for putting those ads on their sites?

If not, why not?

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Landmark computer hacking archive deposited at TNMOC

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Re: Available there, to bona fide researchers

At least some of it has been digitised.

Somewhere I have a CD-ROM of stuff about it from one of the pair, thanks to an offer by they made on cix.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Thank fuck I wear glasses (and not rose-tinted ones)

My eyesight means that there was no way I was paying several hundred for something that might not be wearable / usable.

My cynicism means that I didn't expect any of the promises to be kept.

So I saved my money and at least one of those was right.

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First rule of tech

Never be the first on your block...

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

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How did it manage to lose $2bn in the first place?

It's not as if they have hordes of staff closing down bots and abusers.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: The very high price of loyalty

It would be fascinating to see who has profited from this.

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Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web

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Re: So, who do you pay?

Or you could have some actual, you know, CONTENT.

That people want to read.

That'll get you better results.

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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Re: The final countdown?

I am completely sure that Adobe have fixed all the problems this time. They've had enough practice.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Free vote

'Isn't that why Cameron allowed each MP to choose which side they wanted to be on rather than having them toe the party line?'

No, it's because the Tories are so horribly split over the issue that he has no choice.

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Facts

Fairly obviously, when you have print media dominated by groups whose owners are 'outies' - there's a alleged Murdoch quote along the lines of 'when I go to Brussels, they tell me to fuck off, but when I go to London, they do what I say' - then the vote leave campaign should do well.

But as with the Scottish independence lot, they can't offer any *facts* about life outside Europe. Lots of *hopes*, sure, but before 2008, the SNP's vision for an independent Scotland was a banking-driven success story, like Iceland but in the Euro.

Fortunately, that one fell over in a horrible mess before the referendum, but the same level of wishful thinking is being offered by the leave lot now. We know what they'd like, a return to the 1950s, but not what we'd get, just the knowledge that whatever IDS says, the people in favour of out are not the friends of the poor.

And the idea that Farage would be better at presenting the case is laughable.

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Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

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It's effectively what he said

Who do you think are the last two in the list 'musicians, songwriters, performers, publishers and music investors'?

Investors = big music companies.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: The lock in Question

Yeah, but you can threaten to destroy the planet if you don't like the service.

Me? Never had a good experience with MS 'support'.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Re: Of course corporate shills completely miss the point.

You know the estate of MLK demands, and gets, royalties from people who quote the speech, don't you?

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WTF?

It is out of copyright

The only thing saying otherwise is the claim by the foundation - just before it went out of copyright - that, 'Oh, didn't we mention this before? Her father co-wrote it and please can we keep having the royalties?'

Nice try, but it's out of copyright.

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Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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Re: Who's using ImageMagick on the server?

It's on one of my servers (actually, I thought it was more) so that I can do occasionally necessary batch processing of stuff there.

I don't think it's listening to the outside world, and the firewall would block it if it were, but I've just changed policy.xml to make sure.

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

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Noooo

'Stupid' would be going 'Yes, it's mine... is there a problem?' unless you wanted a free colonic inspection.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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"because it works better than anything else"

Until it doesn't, when you are completely in the shit.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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Re: Conflicted

"Why do I turn green when really cross?"

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Re: "...520Mhz processor..."

1K RAM?? I had 128 bytes and thought myself lucky...

None of this poncy cassette storage, neither, unless you were prepared to pay more.

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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Re: Hope he loses

It's going to disappear under the sea in few years anyway...

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Pwner pwns Pwnedlist pwnage property, pours pwned passwords

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Re: Call me cynical

It just wanted to know the email address.

For sensitive stuff, like the AM hack, it also checked it was yours...

But as he said, this info was already leaked - that was the point of the site.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: @ tannin

How many of the 'whole lot of users' are human though?

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It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

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Living Dead Doll

You also get people like Cliff Richard whining that they would have stopped being paid for a couple of hours work they did over fifty years ago if their copyright wasn't extended.

Had anyone gone into the 1950s recording studio and gone 'No, wait! You will only be paid for fifty years for this!!' everyone would have laughed themselves unconscious at the idea that what they were doing had a life of more than a few months.

Even if they had any conception that it would last longer, they'd still have recorded it.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: I'd love to upgrade

No video output happened on one PC here - adding nomodeset to the launch command line in grub got it back.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: systemd isn't hated

Come on, if you have a laptop and want a quick startup time, you put it in suspend mode, not shut it down.

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But Mainframes are extremely expensive for the performance you pay.

Reassuringly expensive, as I am sure the IBM sales force would say.

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Who cares about start up times?

I know OS suppliers like to boast that they've shaved a second off the time, but in the real world uses for Linux, kit is either on 24/7 and gets rebooted once every six months or so with kernel updates or is put into suspended mode.

Either way, the difference between 20 or 30 seconds to boot is irrelevant - even a minute or two would not be 'too long' - and the price of systemd to shave those seconds off is too high.

You want a faster boot? Boot off an SSD. If you need it to be quicker, you're doing something wrong.

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123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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Re: I worry about firms who are still naively waiting for a restore

Private schools are very good at over charging aka 'corner cutting to save a few quid a year'.

Why else do you think they wanted the exemption to allow them to hire unqualified teachers?

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

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Re: Virulent disease won't be stopped by AMC!

The last time I saw Cosi Fan Tutte in London, some young woman behind me waited until the second act started before beginning to make a call.

I am generally against the death penalty, but I'd happily pull the lever for this.

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Facebook's big trouble in its little world domination plan: China

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Re: "China doesn't see the need for Facebook"

It does make me tempted to move there.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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.. and the domain name costs more

Making someone an offer on a short bunch of random letters dotcom is likely to be cheaper than what you really want too.

wfbei.com anyone? Mapping or law enforcement use beckons.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: May I be the first to say...

I had a guaranteed military sale with ED 209, erm the F35, - renovation program, spare parts for twenty-five, erm forty years... Who cares if it works or not?

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Re: Next week's "Line Break" article....

.. at 29,000 feet, 28,000 feet, 27,000 feet, 26,000...

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Intel tock blocked for good: Tick-tock now an oom-pah-pah waltz

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'The sports viewing market is huge'

It is - and the tech to do multi-angle views in real time is impressive - but there are not many TV stations with significant sports rights, and they're the only realistic market.

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Re: How can Intel be dead?

"As long as Windows only (for all practical purposes) runs on x86, and Windows remains dominant on the desktop and important on servers, Intel will be fine."

Yep.

The converse is probably true too: when Windows loses its dominance, anyone who has been investing in alternatives is probably going to leave Intel in the dust.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: Old photo caption

The local technical college had an RM-380Z in, erm, 1979. It was where us sixth formers from the local grammar school who wanted to do O-Level computer science were sent because they actually had access to a computer.

At the start of the new course, we were using a leased line to an Open University computer. Once the first bills for that came in, various faces went white and, although the 380Z was appallingly expensive, it was seen as a bargain in comparison.

I broke it for about a week by inserting an 8" floppy the wrong way around...

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

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Speaking of not doing error checks...

The code for Microsoft's DoubleSpace Stacker-clone played 'what could possibly go wrong?' with user's data.

When it wrote to disk, it looked at the returned value to see if it had succeeded or not, then threw it away and assumed that it had.

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It's nuts but 'shared' is still shorthand for 'worthless'

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Re: Thunderdome scenario

Most probably down to not having sugar in everything any more.

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Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

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The rights issue is an interesting one

One reason for playing the stupid Premier League / European Championship anthems before games is that it's a lot easier to copyright music and lyrics - and go after people who broadcast them - than it is what happens in a game.

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Re: Stamina

On the other hand, human players don't have to sit there going 'WTF did you do that, you stupid program? It better be someone else's fault' like machine programmers do.

It may not decide the outcome of any game, but being one of the machine's humans is extremely stressful: you are judged by everything it does.

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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Re: Amazon

They used to have a 'If we price it for less in n (90?) days, we'll give you the difference. If you ask' policy, but quietly abandoned that.

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Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

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Sure you weren't renting the phone?

Somewhere I started working in 2002 was still renting its answerphone from BT - the payment was hidden in the very small print of the bill.

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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Re: Planned obsolescence

I suspect you would be after an upgrade to a Pi B 2 or 3 before very long.

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Re: "One solution is to boot a Linux USB stick ..."

Obviously MS would love to start charging for every month's use of Windows, but even with a 'buy ten years for the price of five!!' offer, its going to go down like a bag of cold sick with a LOT of users.

I suspect that - for anyone MS thinks has any choice - it's never going to happen. That leaves them with the costs of supporting an OS with a shitload of baggage and rapidly declining income.

At what point do they decide that porting the real cash cow - MS Office - to Linux makes sense?

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Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

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Re: Headed to Spotify? Why?

Yep, expect everyone who's not already rich to be told that they don't deserve any royalty payments from Spotify because they use the same notes.

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