* Posts by JimmyPage

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

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Re:second referendum

Really ?

I think, if nothing else, the brief fad for referenda we have enjoyed is well and truly dead.

We won't see another one for at least 60 years. When all the people who can remember this one are dead.

Of all the referenda we could have had, this is probably the most ill conceived, debated and executed as you could get. Certainly the most divisive. We need a "I weep for my country" icon.

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I'm afraid, as predicted

There will be so much post-Brexit shit to deal with, this is probably not even bottom of the list of lists of things that need to be done.

Generally the UK government seems to struggle doing it's day job. Gawd knows how it's going to cope unpicking the tangle of UK-EU connections.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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dubbed URL but pronounced Earl

well, it would be, wouldn't it.

Yee haw.

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Microsoft hops onboard bonk-to-pay bandwagon

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Like fitting wheels to a tomato

time-consuming and totally pointless

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

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re: What is the air-line ?

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/emirates-air-line/

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On 21 June 1791 ...the first map was produced 10 years later.

Maybe we should have a seance and get them to manage HS2 ?

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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Re: isn't there an old joke ...

"What do you call a gorilla with a banana in each ear ?"

"Anything you like, he can't hear you."

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: utter bigotry

except I did it while named ...

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Curious timing ...

Just long enough since 1973 for everyone to recall the 50s and 60s with rose-tinted glasses. As survivors generally do.

The general thrust to the Brexiters seems to be that you'll also be able to leave your front door unlocked, bread will be delivered by boys on (Boris) bikes, and the postman will wear a peaked cap and whistle a jaunty tune as he delivers your dole cheque. Basically, a past which never existed.

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Police ICT Company head: Eat your cloud, cops, it's good for you

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Back in the 60s ..

all big companies that ran "data centers" flogged time on their systems to smaller companies who couldn't afford a whole [IBM] computer.

What's that thing just about to hit the back of your head ? Oh yes. It's a full circle turning.

Of course all the skills and expertise that developed in those crazy days (not just technical, but administrative and contractual) has disappeared. Either carried off by death, or kicked out the door as redundant.

Anyone who wants to study that era may find they have a jump on the next breed of sharks selling snake oil.

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Lindt ..

Their Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel is *divine* -------------------->

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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How about just making it illegal to sell a ticket for more than face value?

Free market, perhaps ?

A lot depends on how you view a ticket. If it's property, then letting the state dictate what you may or may not buy or sell, and what you buy/sell it for is a really bad idea. Price controls generally are a magnet for even more crookery.

If it's not property, but a unique placeholder for an event, then maybe the ticket industry could take a break from counting their profits, and devise a system the end punter can have faith in.

In fact, anyone who has been to a Robert Plant show will know they have. Never seen a tout at a Percy gig because his management link the ticket to the card that bought it. No card. No ticket. Simples. Hardly a new idea either - it was trialled in 2007 when "Led Zeppelin" played the 02

Given that, one has to wonder why it's not in more general use. Clearly the ticket agencies aren't in a rush to help.

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A month to save digital currency Ethereum?

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however:blockchain != "currency"

(FSVO "currency")

Having been tasked by my employer to deep dive blockchain in general, it seems most people - *especially* "experts" have been a little bit starstruck by BitCoin, and can't separate the concept of virtual currency from blockchain. As even the tone of this article demonstrates.

Like it or not, there is a slow development of blockchain for all sorts of uses. Just one example is a distributed ledger for the provenance of gemstones - an attempt to address blood diamonds.

Blockchain is like paper - yes, you can print banknotes on it. However you can also do a lot more with it (including burning it :) )

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Lester Haines: RIP

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What can I say. RIP

One of the Regs stars.

---------------------> have one in heaven for me :(

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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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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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