* Posts by JimmyPage

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GitHub presses big red password reset button after third-party breach

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I don't have a phone

Not being funny, but what are you doing The Register ?

Are you *ever* going to get a phone ?

I can understand Joe Public holding out from having a (I presume you mean) smartphone.

But a nominal techie ? Surely you should be - to a certain degree - leading your customers. Not following them.

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Microsoft planning blockchain-as-a-service for Azure apps

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In which case ..

It's not true block chain ... The key word being "distributed". Also you can create a chain which requires a depth of blocks before confirming transactions to prevent deck stacking ....

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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

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But *why* 320 km from a nuclear installation ?

I would have thought Apple execs - whatever their characters - were not in the same league of morons as my in-laws.

Clearly wrong.

If anyone owns any Apple stock, they may wish to diversify, if this is the level of intelligence at the top.

They may as well have suggested it'll be little-people-powered ....

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Re: Hmm

IIRC NT DOS has quite a rich set of features that can be used in BAT files. Certainly it's possible to work a directory tree of files generated by DIR, and have some pretty nifty IF/THEN paths through a script.

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Re: File Endings

Upvote sir !

For ".pif" last seen by me on Win3.1/95/ME

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Hang on a second

so it's *relying* on the extension to determine the file type ?

No. Please no.

I predict we will see a lot more of this, as the young hipsters swagger into the office, and the old greybeards leave.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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I guess this "constitution" thing isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Seizing goods and property without due process ? That is soooooooo 13th Century.

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Boffins send encrypted quantum messages to spaaaace – and back

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Interesting this story

appears after the one about Lord Hagues warning on encryption.

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Dyfed-Powys Police fined for publicising pervs' particulars

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Hmmmm

Group policy to ensure external email addresses can't be added to Exchange address book.

Job done.

Where do I send *my* bill for £250,000 ?

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Don't agree ...

but it's nice to have a less hysterical voice in the debate

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Speaking as a consumer ...

All I really care about, is to be able to buy a phone, and have control over what crap I do - and don't want on it.

So if this means no longer having to have a "Facebook" app I never use, bring it on.

And don't get me started on the "Motorola" or "Samsung" apps I can't remove.

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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RS-232C (or is that V22/V24)

(can't remember the DIN)

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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our national animal, the unicorn

So the unicorn is Scotlands national animal.

Things seem to make a lot more sense now ....

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Now those exam question leaks make sense

it was to get the pupils to proofread them ...

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Rogue Somerset vulture lands at Royal Navy airbase

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Surely there's a marketing made in heaven here

Vulture central meets vulture mobile ?

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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

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It's inevitable they will snoop

whatever the law says.

Rather than wasting^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H spending our time and effort here, maybe a better approach would be to amend the laws of evidence to explicitly exclude unlawfully obtained material.

The fruit of the poison tree and all that.

Knowing this would greatly reduce the temptation to go snooping in the first place.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Actually, the jokes about fob watches ....

I can actually see a space in the market for a wearable like an old stylee fob watch.

*Wrist* watches were developed for use in WW1 in response to a need ...

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There is *something* somewhere ...

not quite sure what, but having to take a smartphone out of a pocket to check the time is the gap we're looking at.

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

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Now I'm Here ...

just saying ...

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Miscreants demand Bitcoins to stay silent on 'dirty secrets' of Tumblr, LinkedIn hack victims

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Nothing new under the sun ....

"All is discovered. Flee at once." ....

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Is a $14,000 phone really the price of privacy?

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Shouldn't they be sold as pairs ?

like matched pistols ?

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FAA to test Brit drone-busting kit

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Using AUDS, the operator can effectively take control of a drone

hmmmmmm

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Shhhh! Facebook is listening

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You *can't* "opt out" of Facebook

(unless you know no-one online).

Even if you don't join Facebook, by the time a few friends have, and Facebook has worked out who you are (because your email address is in their contacts list) Facebook doesn't need you anymore. It knows you exist, and can probably have a good stab at your age, sex, location and interests.

And you never went near it.

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Fuck the privacy

what about the battery ?

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: Even though most people evidently prefer Android and IOS

Sorry, bollocks.

I *use* Android, because it's either Android or iOS. But I don't "prefer" it.

I still "prefer" Windows Phone (v8). However, the lack of apps means it simply isn't a viable choice in 2016.

Manufacturers need to be very careful of assuming every sale is a committed customer. Personally I think there is still space for something other than Android and iOS (wife uses that, so I can evaluate both). Which means I have no automatic compulsion to make my next phone an Android.

(UK) Big supermarkets made the same mistake, assuming you shopped there because you *wanted* to. The rise of Lidl, and Aldi shows that was a mistake.

And whilst it may take some effort to temp a naysayer to your corner (as in my case with Android) it's at least twice the effort to persuade someone to return to the fold once they jump ship ....which brings us full circle back to Windows Phone.

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

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This article is all over the place ...

A programmer doing installations on Oracle kit ?

And was there not a UK resource available ?

Also the whole article reads like it was written by one of Mirchevs' compatriots ... I've already emailed one correction in today ... two starts to look like carelessness ....

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Hmmm ... of course if the advertisers *pay* for the data usage ...

Will this force a debate around net neutrality ?

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Marketing by opt-in, opt-out, consent or legitimate interest?

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The real test, is where the money is to be made ...

because, mysteriously, premium-rate phone numbers are *still* "opt-out", not "opt-in".

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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All this casual "who cares about my LinkedIn" password ?

On the one hand - a fair point.

On the *other* hand, LinkedIn - like great many sites with the ability to post text on - is a vector for potential libel suits or worse, depending on your jurisdiction.

If your LinkedIn account were to be compromised - without your knowledge - then you might be onm shaky grounds with a defence.

Probably better to be as cautious as possible with *all* passwords.

Hence another vote for a complex-password-generating password manager .....

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Re: lottery wins

I recall a story that the NY lottery was once won by hundreds of people.

The reason ? The winning numbers made an "X" in the playslip .......

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Not about linked in, but a plug for "haveibeenpwned.com" (and Lastpass)

Been signed up with them for a few years now, and this is the first alert they have had to send me ...

You're one of 164,611,595 people pwned in the LinkedIn data breach

Like others here, my LinkedIn password is probably the lowest level, since it's not really used much. Still I note (with interest) that it was last changed in 2014 (Lastpass notes such things.

Oh, and a big-up for Lastpass here. I just tried their "autochange password" function (on LinkedIn) and it worked a charm. So weighing cloudy encrypted vault against top-notch per-site password protection, I'll risk Lastpass anyday.

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British cops to film you with 59k body-worn cameras by end of year

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Re: Chain of evidence in the cloud

I would have thought - particularly with blockchain being so sexy at the moment - that crytographic checksums will be the order of the day.

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Re: video evidence from a freelance cameraman

this was in the UK ?

Trial judges are there to see the rules of evidence are followed, and one of those rules - a *fundamental* rule, is the concept of "disclosure", which means one side can't pull a rabbit out of a hat (no matter what TV shows you watch) and go "ta-da !". Woe betide any side that tries that in a UK court - the judge would go ballistic and very likely seek to admonish the offending side (prosecution or defence) with the costs of the collapsed trial.

In reality, if such video evidence only became available once the trial had started (since it's axiomatic that had it been available before the trial, there would have been no trial) then the defence would have approached the judge to introduce new evidence, at which point the prosecution (CPS) would have a chance to review it. I would suspect at that point, the CPS would then offer no more evidence, and the judge would direct the jury to acquit.

There have been courtroom surprises, but they are rare. The only one I remember was of a person arrested by the police in the 1990s (it may have been the poll tax riots). The police claimed they were arrested at such and such a time, which placed them at the scene of an assault. As the case was being heard, a series of photographs was shown to the jury, one of which showed the arresting PC putting the accused in the police van.

With his wristwatch clearly visible, and showing a time completely different to the claimed time.

Sharp-eyed defence lawyer spotted it, and started asking questions about police procedure for synchronising watches before operations, and was assured it had been done. They then queried the picture, and (if memory serves again) the judge immediately shut the trial down.

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Re:I wonder how this will square with PACE?

It almost certainly doesn't. Hence the note in the article about needing to seek changes in the legislation.

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Just curious ... how many commentards here

have *actually* worked with anything other than username/password security ? Because there seems to be a lot of (being charitable) ignorant nonsense being spouted.

First off, as an enthusiastic user of Google Authenticator (other 2FA solutions exist) I know immediately that losing my 2FA device (in this case my phone) isn't the end of the world, as Google allows you to pre-seed a set of 10 keys for such occasions.

Similarly, when my 2FA key for work got broken (it's all very well them being supplied as "keys" but with the punishment most sets of keys get, failure is inevitable) it was the work of a phone call to have my account temporarily "de-2FAd" until they got a new one to me.

For the supposed brightest and best of the IT world, a lot of commentards aren't half grumpy old sods.

If you start (as I do) from the premise that the "classic" username+password authentication paradigm is broken, then you have to accept we need something new. It may - or may not - be what Google are cooking up. But at least they're trying.

It's not just me that has decided classic authentication is broken, btw. Most UK banks do. Hence 2FA card readers.

Incidentally, it seems Google are trying to clarify situations where *identification* is separate to *authentication*.

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Time to move away from Android to something else then?

Let us know when you've written it then.

Because that's the only way it'll happen.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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@Adam 52

you are of course right, sir !. Have a ------------> on me

, and enjoy the glorious sunshine :)

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"Red Queen Race"

it's fascinating - if a tad worrying - how naturally the work of Lewis Carroll can be used when writing about IT in C21st.

The other great phrase (from the Red Queen herself) being

"When I use a word, it means exactly what I choose it to mean",

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Watchdog snaps: Privatise the Land Registry? What a terrible idea!

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The *real* reason is to make it exempt from FOI requests ...

since it's the only single way of knowing how much of Britain has been sold (presumably, by the pound).

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Half of EU members sidle up to EC: About the data-sharing rules. C'mon. Chill out

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Colour me cynical

But the UKs inclusion (not quite sure why "Great Britain" was mentioned, since that's a geographical term, not a political one) is probably part of la May and the Brexiteers greatest hit : "Ditch the Red Tape ("White" house mix)", rather than the result of a carefully considered evaluation of all the facts.

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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Is this more a Windows thing ?

I use Chrome on Windows and Linux, and only recall having the lost-form issue on Windows.

Maybe the fact that Windows seems happy for anything to steal focus whenever it likes has something to do with it ?

But then I am old enough to remember system modal windows - what an arrogance.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Funnily enough ...

I was predicting for work recently, and put forward a view that mobile *hardware* development has hit barrier. You can't make phones much smaller. Screens are as hi-res as possible, and processor grunt and memory seem to be able to handle 80% of everyday life.

But then, you read that Android Pay is to join Apple Pay, and you see a trend of concentrating peoples lives into a digital device.

At which point you realise that said digital device is only as useful as it's battery life.

So my predictions are:

1) phone development for the short term will concentrate on less sexy - but more useful - tweaks which help keep peoples digital assistant alive.

2) There's definitely a market for someone to market a "get a spare phone when you buy one" package so that you can charge one while using the other (almost like a return to the days when people bought matched pistols).

Given point (2) if there are any firms working on software to clone phones - legitimately - then your hour may have come.

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Why the joke icon ?

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Android Lollipop sucks at security, says researcher

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Barely anyone operates Marshmallow

Banging the drum for Wileyfox Swift (Cyanogenmod) here.

Upgraded automatically last week.

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

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er....

1. Technology's progress makes a lot of the skills the course was designed for obselete even as its being taught

Not sure about that. In the main we're still running on a Von Neumann architecture.

I think the problem is there are very few "Computer Scientists" of the past 20 years who would understand that statement based on their degree. Although they are probably a whizz with Dreamweaver (or whatever the cool kids are using this year).

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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HoL/Second chamber

My suggestion is that the second chamber (for oversight rather than origination) should be formed from the 2nd choices in a PR electoral system. Only one election, and a way of addressing the "liberals always come second" which used to be the case until recently.

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Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

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Ah, the old "not our responsibility" canard ...

right up until it's in their interests that it is.

True story. MrsJP was issued an electric wheelchair yonks ago (I suspect they had budget to spend). It's spent most of it's life in the garage as (a) it wasn't suitable, and (b) it packed up within a few weeks.

Fast forward a few years, and it's frankly in the way. Repeated calls to various arms (legs and feet) of the local NHS rehab outfit suggests that no-one has any clue as to the provenance or responsibility for said wheelchair.

"I know", I said. "Ring someone up. Tell them we sold it on eBay, and ask where the proceeds should go."

Had a callback within 10 minutes - they had *all* the paperwork, and were in full "prosecute to full extent of the law" mode.

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

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If you know why "the twenty committee" was so-called ...

Then you'll know why schemes like this are *extremely* high risk for the authority involved.

Perhaps we could have an El Reg competition to see what the most outlandish thing we can get them to swallow ?

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ICO fines NHS trust £185K for publicly airing personnel files

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religious beliefs and sexual orientation

it took a further five months to alert affected staff, who had been left at heightened risk of identity theft and other scams as a result of their employers’s data handling incompetence.

Sorry, given the number of fundamentalist knuckle draggers out there, I'd say - depending what those two fields held - that identity theft would be the *last* of my worries.

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EU set to bin €500 note

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Re:It's time to start hoarding gold while you still can

Why ?

You can't eat gold. Nor drink it.

If we ever did enter a post apocalyptic nightmare, you'd be better off hoarding useful skills like how to make and fix things, along with knowledge of farming, husbandry and environmental management.

You know, all those skills the hipster boys dismiss over their macho-lattes .....

The older I get, the more I look forward the collapse of civilisation. I think Douglas Adams had it spot on, and the vast majority of humankind would be dying of hunger wondering how to post the experience on Facebook.

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