* Posts by JimmyPage

1747 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

HMRC breaches job applicants' privacy in mass email spaff

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If only they'd hired a script kiddie

to write a plugin to stop emails with more than <x> addresses in the "TO" field from being sent.

If they were *really* clever they'd have got a job applicant to do it for free.

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French hacker besmuts road sign right under Les Plods' noses

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Bravo !

et nous ditons les Francais avoir pas un bon sens de l'humour.

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NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage

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Ah, the paperless office, like nuclear fusion ...

just around the corner.

Those El Reggers old enough (like me) to remember the PC boom of the early 80s will recall how the first peripheral that got purchased after the computer was a printer ....

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Canned laughter for Canadians selling cans of air at $15 a pop

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Seriously ! 35 comments

and NO ONE has mentioned this is the plot of "Gasping" by Ben Elton.

Which I saw in the 1980s, with Hugh Laurie and Bernard Hill.

Well, at least I know how this story is going to end.

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Legal eagles accuse Labour of data law breach over party purge

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Unhappy

Merely a reflection of society

where few people take data protection seriously

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Proof, (if it were needed)

That a lot of this linguistic pride is an affectation, pure and simple. Which would be fine and dandy, if public money weren't being spunked on it.

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What's Russia smoking? Kremlin bans Wikipedia for dopey article

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Because there are no other online resources

telling you how to grow plants ?

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Oi, Google! Remove links to that removed story, yells forceful ICO

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Out of interest ...

what are Bing doing ?

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Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank becomes TV reality

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Re: More ideas

Celebrity Beekeeping ?

Feltch with [Vanessa] Feltz ?

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Throwing shit against a wall ...

...with Chris Eubank ?

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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A storey of flaws ?

Anyway, all of this seems to underscore what I said nearly two years ago, after messing around on the fringes of Android (because my wife has accessibility issues).

Android is a great toy operating system. But it's not ready for any real work.

Having bought a new phone, with a much later version of Android, I'm still of that opinion.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Evidence based policy ?

That's for other people.

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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If mumsnet just hashed the passwords

Or protected the Access database with a password ?

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

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Surprised the statement didn't end

with an offer to "...borrow you a phone, while yours is being fixed"

It a sad state of affairs, when a techie has better English skills than the marketing department.

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

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Hermies

My understanding is that some female plants can change the gender of some of their flowers when they haven't been pollinated

If they do, they weren't "female" plants, but hermaphrodites that were expressing female traits over male.

A true female plant, is a true female plant. Cuttings and clones will always be female.

It's all to do with F1/F2 hybridization.

As a previous poster suggested, for an "illegal" substance, there is an awful lot known about cannabis. In PhD. depth.

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Male plants

depends. The psychoactive part of the plant is concentrated in the trichomes, which appear on the flowering tops. These are tiny hairs, which have a sac with the resin atop.

If a plant is fertilized, then all the energy goes into producing seeds, rather than trichomes.

(There is no accepted consensus as to the evolutionary reasons for this feature. Given the Himalayan origins of Cannabis species, it has been suggested it's a protection from UV light).

Therefore, drug producers try very hard to prevent their female plants getting fertilized - they try and keep them without seed. And Spanish for "Without Seed" is "Sinsemilla".

However, some people also like to breed their own strains of cannabis. For this (obviously) male pollen (and therefore plants) are needed. Once the pollen has been gathered, the plant has no use.

The fact that I know all of this show what an utter farce the past 44 years have been.

Incidentally, it's fucking anti social to dump any waste material. But even worse when it's something which could have easily been composted. If I caught the culprits, I'd give them a pass on the drugs, but cut their balls off with a rusty razor.

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Government embarks on futile mission to censor teen music vid viewing

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Wow. Another chance for Geo-IP lookups to fail

and VPNs to prosper.

In fact if we combine this news story with another today - that VPN usage is required to avoid the immortal cookie monster, you have two drivers to progress pulling in opposite directions.

Anyone remember a pushme-pullme from Dr. Doolittle. ? The irony being Do Little would be the best thing the UK government could do about a lot of things.

Whatever happened to the push for more Reg icons ? "Fail" seems a little weak. "Facepalm" to obvious. "Morons" would be more suited .....

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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Or alternatively

The Swedish authorities decided to treat Assange like any other person of interest in a criminal investigation, and refused to allow him to dictate terms ?

I know which I believe,.

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OH FOR FUCKS SAKE

Even if Assange were to be extradited to Sweden. HE COULD NOT BE EXTRADITED ON TO ANYWHERE ELSE WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE UK.

Although since that has been explained clearly, many times, I have no confidence anyone who doesn't already know it will correct their understanding.

You can invent all sorts of black helicopter conspiracy scenarios whereby someone who at one point must have been the most recognisable man on the planet, mysterious appears in a US court, but real life is not a comic book.

Assange is more at risk of being eaten by an arctic lion in Sweden, than of being extradited to the US.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Of course those of use with long (or good) memories

can recall bluejacking

which was going to end the world a few years ago.

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Re: Exif

or that he didn't send a picture (culled from wherever) of someone elses schlong ...

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Police use RIFLE AND TASER to relieve man of iPhone case

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Jeez

there are some morons around

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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No. It sounds like something Fry & Laurie would have rejected when writing a skit involving a brash, in-yer-face, hornswaggling yank.

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IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online

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Childcatcher

No outrage here

But sadly, morals, and evidence-based policy hardly (if ever) coincide.

Drugs and sex are two of the most legislated areas of human behaviour, despite being, in the main, activities which take place in private.

Bear in mind, the more hysterical and pitchfork-wielding society becomes, the harder we make it for people who might realise they need help to seek it. Thus increasing the risk to children.

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WTF?

Am I being a bit thick here

Or could this whole castle of sand be skewed by changing at very least a byte or two of data in the source image ?

I appreciate this might have some - limited - effect. But it's hardly the dragon-slayer it's being touted as.

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What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies

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Coffee/keyboard

Icon says it all ->

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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Brainstorming ....

1) Use t'internet. Aggregate a few thousand web pages from a dictionary of millions (say every odd result from a Google search for cat videos, plus every even result from yesterdays most popular search), then a running XOR of a selection of bits from said pages to give you a seed ?

2) Surely there is a market for a chip with an inbuilt radioactive source, detector and a clock ? (I've seen an old XT clock chip with an inbuilt battery). You'd only need picograms of material.

3) Use next weeks lottery numbers ?

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Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9aM1f8nVYc

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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Presumably if it can't be owned

it can't be taxed.

Sounds like a result.

Or will this become another irregular noun ?

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Blighty a 'smartphone society' amid rise of 4G middle class

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Anyone else feel the phones are getting smarter

and the users dumber ?

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Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

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Stop

Easily solved.

When you buy your [next] smart TV, insist that you receive one which won't do this. In writing if needs be. Then if (when ?) it misbehaves, you can return the TV to the retailer under the SoGA, and bypass the manufacturer.

If more people did this, it would happen less.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: Almost a dictionary definition of the word

I first heard it used by Armando Ianucci, in a "Red Button Extra" for Stewart Lees comedy Vehicle, but it turns out to have a longer history (2004 according to UrbanDictionary).

But yes, it is a word you have to find an excuse to crowbar into a conversation (see previous post)

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Almost a dictionary definition of the word

"Anticipointment"

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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How the hell ...

after millions of man*-hours testing, is this only news now.

A week after the launch date ?

* I may have just answered my own question ....

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Vague memories of systems lectures

hysteresis, and learning that some buildings have a response time of days ....

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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Re: Derren Brown

he did. And much as someone who has paid to see the hugely talented and entertaining Mr. Brown twice, I have to say the teardowns of how he (probably) did it were very insightful.

There was one where a guy basically copied DB and posted a pic-in-pic video of him doing that.

I think my biggest disappointment with DB was having to use some pathetic excuse about the numbers being "copyright" to explain why he couldn't reveal them to us plebs *before* the draw.

The bottom line is it *was* camera fakery.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Why do we put up with these morons ?

Why is there not an automatic fine for misuse of 999. Especially since we have 101 ?

I get the same rage with missed NHS appointments. Just fine the bastards.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Looking forward to a suefest now !!!!

Presumably the BBC wanted to ensure no competition from Clarkson, May and Hammond (he's not a real hamster), hence the "no UK networks for 3 years" clause.

Given that this move basically negates that clause, are we going to see the BBC sue it's legal advisers. Because given streaming services are hardly new (which, as the operator of one of the oldest and widely used on the internet - iPlayer - the BBC should be aware of) then surely the clause could have been drafted to preclude appearing on UK screens - no matter where the contract is signed.

Bet the shows get made in the UK.

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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

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Re: For all you PFYs out there ...

I also upvoted Rich 11, however, feel obliged to point out that the next line is

"Just like witches at black masses"

which - 35 years after I first heard it - still sounds clunky and naff.

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600 MEELLION apps open to brute force account guessing

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Once again

the lack of *any* RFC standard about web-based identity and password handling is telling.

You'd think they'd have fixed that before they moved on to video formats ?

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Government...

It was also an important trade hub in the Bronze age, but was largely abandoned for unknown reasons during the Iron Age.

Probably climate change. There are a few sites in the UK where archaeologists (among others) have linked changes in habitat to changes in human activity. Long before the industrial revolution (although our ancestors way of clearing forests for crops by burning them might be a factor ?).

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

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What part of this is news ?

Face recognition - old hat

Face recognition as security - old hat (my Android tablet has done it for 2+ years)

Payment verification - old hat

Biometric payment verification - old hat.

Or is it a Friday grump ?

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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So how behind *are* Google

Having seen IBMs take on artificial vision (http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=PM&subtype=SP&htmlfid=YTD03119USEN/ ) at Hursley, it seems Google are still in the 1960s when it comes to processing.

Most impressive things I saw, when they ran the network over a video of a park scene, were:

1) Although it had never been told what a skateboard was, it correctly labelled a skateboader in the same box as "cyclist". So it had worked out that "cyclist = human on wheels" and then re-applied that to the skateboarder.

2) Correctly following a cyclist dismounting, and changing the label from cyclist to pedestrian.

3) Correctly identifying a static shape (person sitting on wall) as human (technically very high probability of being a human).

Spoiler alert: some if not all of this project is funded by the DoD ...

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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

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There's a reason for that ...

There is a chronic funding gap in the UK for companies creating digital media content, as our venture capital funds do not typically invest in this sector.

UK Venture capitalists don't do investing - what a curious idea. They do do short term profits over any idea of long term growth.

As a result, while US companies such as Vice, Netflix, Hulu ...have attracted huge amounts of investment, comparable British digital content companies have not.

That's because they have a decent track record. Sopranos, Breaking Bad, True Detective, The Wire, Mad Men. All top-drawer stuff. I can't see UK TV - particularly the commercial players - investing in a 5-year drama that means you have to think. Not when shite like Dapper Laughs managed to get commissioned.

Me ? I just gave Richard Herring £30 via Kickstarter, to be able to enjoy his excellent series of podcasts on video. I think that's the way the market is moving.

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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

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Re: Why do government projects fail?

One word.

Politics.

Where reality and response are rarely seen together, as ideology gets in the way. The classic example of this, writ large, is the Alice-in-Wonderland approach to drugs, whereby the response is far out of proportion to the harm. Something experts (paid by the government) have repeatedly pointed out.

With regards to IT, it depends what the original (political) premise was.

It use to be held up as a paradigm of "government" IT gone wrong - the Nimrod fiasco. Rooted in the fact that the [Labour] government of the day had to posture about buying a "British" solution, even though (a) the RAF wanted AWACS and (b) AWACS was readily available, whereas Nimrod was vapourware. Cue a decade of bunfighting (3,000 + annual specification changes - or 10 a day), as the RAF insisted on benchmarking Nimrod against their requirements (which AWACs satisfied) and Nimrod kept failing. In the 1980s (when I studied it for a module in my degree) the £3billion wasted was unheard of. Nowadays £3billion won't buy half a non-working Universal Credit system.

Oh, and no government project has *ever* failed. Cancelled. Respecified. Replaced. Renewed. Yes. But if you look carefully, no government project has ever failed, or been classed as failed. even GDS will be written up as "unsatisfactory", "unable to meet expectations", "unable to deal with updated requirements", yes, yes, yes. But "failed" ? Never.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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We won't forget Max "spank" Mosley's dad was a Nazi sympathise

And ?

Who gives a shit.

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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

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Vague memories of a sci-fi story

Where there's a universal blockchain, and everyone uses it for everything.

(Obviously the story is because something goes wrong).

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Hmmm ... compare and contrast ...

people object to paying for tracks they don't want on albums. But apply the same model to books ....

I await the inevitable downvotes from people without my sense of irony.

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Spiceworks in WTF-class social log-in SECURITY BLUNDER

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WTF?

I just don't get this "sign in with Facebook"

Why should I want to let Facebook know what other sites I use ?

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