* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

3093 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: Stuff kids say

"so thats one feature that won't be returning to my phone any time soon."

Superb :)

I think all* products should be tested by toddlers.

*There will obviously need to be *some* restrictions!

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Re: So how behind *are* Google

*voice* I have detailed files on human anatomy. */voice*

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Re: Stuff kids say

She sounds quite advanced to me, can't find fault with either her timing or what she said.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: A beautiful aircraft though - Possibly the loudest thing I've ever seen move.

The Lightning's are a fearsome beast, it's basically a couple of huge jet engines with a couple of fins attached to it - the pilot is almost an afterthought!

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Audit finds new flaw at US Office of Personnel Management

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Re: Why do so many people *need* security clearance?

Don't forget: a lot of these jobs will involve access to buildings as well as networks. Even if someone doesn't have clearance to get into the 'secure' room, they could still do something nasty in the canteen where people with all sorts of clearance will visit at some point.

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Is that a FAT PIPE or are you just pleased to stream me? TERABIT fibre tested

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Re: Omg, what is it with the headliens?

Except that they improved the speed by eliminating delay, so it's faster :)

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Re: Omg, what is it with the headliens?

Not a FAT pipe either, more of a FAST pipe I would say :)

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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

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Re: Ahh, the Brits

Care to elaborate on where you saw the Racism(tm)? I'm not sure I spotted it.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Re: just watch this

I'm a killjoy so I would have tried 'ten' and walked the rest of the way ;)

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I was think along similar lines, but I was going to ask what's three times three hundred and thirty three :)

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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

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Re: ha hah hah

Which would still be more secure than a static password that never changes and doesn't meet complexity standards.

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Verizon outage borks phones, TVs, internet for hapless East Coast folk

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"but I'm sure I would have heard of FIOS outages from my wife."

How? Do you keep trained carrier pigeons to hand?

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Tidy Cabling

this is a real pet-peeve of mine.

Not that long ago I had to perform an audit in preparation for a live system migration during the run up to Christmas for a major drinks distributor (yeah yeah - not my idea - but it certainly focuses the mind! :) )

The rack cabling was so bad that at the end of the audit there were four cables which proved totally impossible to trace!

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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"It is now official: switching off AV software is the first step to securing your system..."

I installed Norton once, I had to leave the room and nuke it through the window. Never again.

I monitor my outbound connectivity and CPU processes for anything suspicious and turn off everything that isn't immediately required in my browser.

I've never had a virus, only the odd bit of adware etc, and those fscking toolbars got installed once when I was in a rush - so I must be getting old. With that in mind I'm moving to a VM based solution and just run a vanilla Vista image to browse the net. If it gets infected it's gone when I shut the thing down.

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CSC insiders: 800 job cuts will hit service delivery for punters

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You can't make a person redundant (in the UK) you can only make their 'role' redundant.

So to say you are making people redundant and moving their roles offshore just means you are sacking them.

Unfair dismissal anyone?

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Oi, UK.gov, your Verify system looks like a MASS SPY NETWORK

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Re: In any post regarding security issues

Personally I think it indicates a certain naive charm :)

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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The look

That's odd, because I looked at the picture and thought ' that's exactly what I pictured he would look like' - read into that what you will :)

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: "...Jar jar binks was shot and killed in a 7-11 robbery."

Isa seein' nuthin.

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Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

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So, I'm guessing you liked it?

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Dev probes bad proxies, writes white hat checker, black hat DIY guide

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Re: It is

I've been seeing this at work a bit recently - someone uses the phrase 'appreciate much' - I just put it down to them being non-English (even though they speak the language perfectly well).

They aren't Chinese either.

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NIST issues 'don't be stupid' security guidelines for contractors

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Re: "Headings" list has probably already sent senior managers to sleep.

"Which is a pity as only their involvement is likely to get this done."

Especially since most of these items aren't free. It's as hard to prove a negative today as it was 20 years ago, but at least people know what you mean when you tell them that a breach will cost not just money, but reputation and career advancement as well.

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Hacked US OPM boss: We'll fix our IT security – just give us $21 million

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Re: We can comment all we like but

"a burning ambition to get it done. If you lack the last then you are fucked."

Even (especially?) in high risk environments there are those who are more concerned about cost of deployment than the cost of breach (both material and reputation).

These people just consider what they do a 'job' and you could no more extract passion from them than you could the money for the cost of a round of beers for the tech team that save their nuts on a weekly basis for no real benefit.

However, it is possible to inject passion into a project - but it's a draining process and can go off the rails with one well placed internal political manoeuvre from someone looking to make departmental gains.

Sad, but that's the world we live in :(

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Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

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"Whether the remake can provide anything new to encourage a similar success or if it will simply be an attempt to cash in on the nostalgia of its initial fan base is yet to be seen"

There are *some* games that definitely need to be updated with new graphics, maybe some new things added (as options) but the original gameplay should be kept intact.

For instance, if Nintendo released a machine with updated specs and all they had to run on it was Ocarina of Time (updated) then I would pay good money just for that.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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Re: Another Example

If pretty much the whole developed world is in debt, who owns this debt? The banks?

Since the weeds that are choking the flowers is interest payments, perhaps we need a UN led initiative to allow a certain amount of 'recovery' time to re-stimulate the world economy.

E.g. An interest free year on national debt for ALL countries.

Obviously not going to happen, but perhaps it's time to start thinking of what can be done on a larger scale than trying to sort this out at a national level.

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: Snowden

"Interesting article on how the hack was discovered."

Doesn't sound right. Unless the OPM are running a flat network and the computer running the demo software was just plugged into a meeting room ethernet port to run a scan.

Deploying this software into complex environments takes time and planning (aka projects) - I just don't seem someone plugging their laptop into the network and 'discovering' this malware unless that network is completely open - in which case there are more problems to deal with than I could list!

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Re: Here we go again

Someone once postulated that the only things that were infinite were the Universe and human stupidity, expect they now know the Universe not to be infinite.

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Considering this was a 'hack' and not being reported as an inside job - perhaps they need to be looking at processes with admin rights rather than people.

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Re: Fine with me

""Can't tell you: National security"."

To which the correct response should be 'you're fired'.

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Dossiers on US spies, military snatched in 'SECOND govt data leak'

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Re: I'm still not believing this...

"I wonder what odds one can get for a flutter on this incidentoid, in due course of course, being "traced" to Huawei network kit..."

That would be even more embarrassing than this leak since the spooks just signed off that kit as safe

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Re: Sauce for the goose...

Except this isn't just 'government' - this is real peoples' lives we are talking about here.

What if you had to have this clearance to work on a particular project for a US company and your details ended up in this database? How would you feel then, knowing that your loved ones might be in danger if you know something they want? Or how about the worry of traveling abroad and wondering if you'll get 'snatched'?

Ok, a bit melodramatic perhaps, but it's a possibility. It's also one very good reason I don't actual put information online about what I do, it's just not worth the risk of painting a target on yourself if someone decides they want that information - whether it is another state or a criminal gang.

For some reason I am reminded of the railway workers working on the Jubilee line at Canary Wharf jeering at the now unemployed workers leaving Lehman Brothers with their box of possessions in their arms - none of whom you could ever accuse of being a fat-cat or responsible for the crash - they were just office workers. Not nice.

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

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FFS Tier-1 ISP's have been using AS filter paths for 20 years - how the hell is this still happening in 2015?

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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

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Re: It must be real, there's a _picture_!

Is anyone else thinking modified file table on a Flash drive to indicate more storage?

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Epic use of tech

Obvious troll is obvious.

Account only created today :)

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"Considering that the event is on private property"

I think that becomes moot once it is an even open to the public.

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Re: Abu Hamza facemasks....

facemasks? aren't you missing something?

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: "Tesla can continue to fill cars with the skins of sentient beings"

"Unfortunately most the harvest would have be tossed in the bin as it is asshole."

You know when you look at dog food ingredients and it says 'moisture' - I believe that is produced by pressing waste products, such as asshole, to extract the moisture content.

Sounds worse than my still-suit -->>

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Re: Lifeboat Earth

I prefer the GTTFBM* v12 myself.

*Get Thee The Fuck Behind Me.

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Re: Hmm let's think about this...

Are they (the vegans) advocating that the world actually *wastes* the leather that comes off the back of our food supplies? Now that *would* be a crime.

If we raise and slaughter an animal for food, we at least owe it the respect to make use of every piece of it and not just dump it.

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Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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"All the US tech companies would move out of the US"

They would also have to stop using US banks and all the US citizens will have to renounce their citizenship* to avoid the World Police.

*I'm not sure if they still think they own you at this point, but I assume yes.

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

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Re: failing to adequately address the issue of her cleavage

If they are objecting to the recordings of the abuse, then surely someone just needs to lay in wait for the Vogon woman and deliver a good slapping beyond the view of anyone else. Hey presto - no crime was committed because even if someone got it on camera it would have been without permission!

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

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no populous either

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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Considering how these agencies are always able to 'know' about someone who ends up performing an act of terror yet unable to do anything due to lack of resources, it's interesting to note that they can instantly deploy 200-250 people to try and plug the gap in their dirty underwear.

Perhaps if these agencies spent more money on actual people, doing actual intelligence, then they might be able to make more of less (data) and not get everyone's arse-hairs in a twist about the massive net they are casting over the populace.

They don't seem to be able to comprehend public opinion; at least they certainly don't give it any credence or respect - and it is that attitude that is distancing themselves from having any kind of popular support.

Fucking idiots if you ask me. Which you didn't :)

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China cracks down further on VPNs as censorship intensifies

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If you are an IT professional then simply purchase a co-lo box and run openswan on it or something.

A subscriber base of 1 is hardly going to show up on their radar now is it?

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US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

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Re: "Freedom" Act

"inane acronym affinity (acronymiphilia?)."

More like Acronomicon.

"Did you say the words correctly?"

"Uh..yeah...sure..." <aaaarrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhh>

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GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

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Re: Bad Guys

The real question is: Does this conform to the law of intended, or unintended, consequences?

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Re: Gay Russian

You've just reminded me about the massive Police operation in Suffolk last week where several forces combined and deployed APNR and spot checks etc. to "disrupt the criminal community".

Brilliant, you might think. What they actually did was nail about 60 people for using mobile phones or not wearing their seatbelts, a few of those they pulled were driving without insurance.

Not sure how much the whole operation cost (>100 Police) but the "criminal community" are apprently so scared now that some of them have stolen some hands-free kits to slip the net next time.

Linky

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Re: Perpetuating ignorance

I'm not aware of anyone in either the for or against camp that is advocating that GCHQ stop monitoring communications. To suggest otherwise is just a straw-man argument.

I would, however, like there to be a lot more scrutiny and oversight as to what they are up to.

After all, if we get saddled with an oppressive extreme left/right wing government and want to organise a protest you might want some freedom to express yourself.

Or, you might come up with a new way to harness energy that could change the world - except that knock on the door at 3am with you and all your research notes being bundled into the back of a van courtesy of corporate interests who know what you are up to.

You never know.

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Re: The Great Attraction ..... in a Nonsensical Comment

I would say that there had been tremendous growth in the VPN and security product sectors :)

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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Re: Devils Advocate...

Doesn't aiding and abetting relate to criminal, rather than civil, offences?

I was under the impression that Copyright Infringement was a civil offence, or am I out of touch again? (Must be getting old)

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Measures will also be brought forward to promote social cohesion

"That's because simple VPNs cannot provide you with privacy. <snip> If you want privacy you use Tor."

I think you might be confused between privacy and anonymity.

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