* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

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Re: I think you may have mis-read that part?

"I've spent more hours of my life than I care to admit to trying to figure out a way to edit a document to bring a single word up one line to save a page before going to print"

I usually just fudge the line spacing for that page, or reduce the font size in a table or something :)

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Re: Last minute revisions are just that...

Thanks for pointing that out.

"That is seemingly true, with the report suddenly dropping 15 pages to 317 pages following a last-minute letter from Google"

When I first parsed this I thought it was typical El-Reg sarcasm, that'll teach me not to try and work whilst I am reading El Reg articles :)

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Re: Last minute revisions are just that...

So, from 15 pages to upwards of 300, that's normal in your world for a 'last minute revision' is it?

You also don't 'sign-off' the draft versions, you wait until all the revisions are completed.

So if this document has been signed-off (i.e. voted on and approved) then by definition it is a release version - so why not release it?

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Ahem, excuse me...

"He-he. He-he-he..."

Shouldn't that be more like "Mwah-ha-ha-harr!"?

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Worth every penny...

+10 for the person who registered as Mr Mulligan to make the 'crap' comment.

Well, Mr Mulligan, I think you're a load of old crap too :)

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Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

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Re: Land of the Fettered

"What always makes me laugh is that the Americans go on about the land of the free, about capitalism being the new religion, free competition etc. And then they turn around and moan about net neutrality"

You seem to be referring to 300-odd million people as if they had a single, unified, opinion.

Surely not?

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

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Re: Sad indeed

I don't know why you would think your post would be moderated, I didn't anything in there that would break the rules of this forum.

Having said that, it would be naive to believe that these forums are not closely monitored by all and sundry.

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Reddit showers gold on drugs, hippies and Tor-rorists

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Decimate

Finally, a correct usage of the word!

So often I hear people use this term when they actually meant 'almost wiped out'.

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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

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All hail DA

and the tome's that just keep giving..

" SEP (somebody else’s problem)"

aka how to make mountains invisible :)

For anyone who hasn't yet read the 6th volume of the trilogy (not by DA obviously) should give it a go. It tries a little hard in the first few pages and overdoes the swearing a bit, but once it settles down is practically indistinguishable (sp?) from DA's prose. So much so I did actually laugh out loud several times whilst reading it - highly recommended

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SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything's fine ... Security industry: No, it's really not

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"isolated from the public internet"

Are you aware of how many ways that could be interpreted? I can think of half a dozen off the top of my head which would mean that the servers could be cracked whilst still maintaining the 'truth' of that statement.

It's just PR shite to save their stock price or to try and stem the flow of people asking for new SIMs free of charge with new keys.

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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Re: To the editors...

" if all of them could be pictures of Jennifer Lawrence"

or 'Spooge-face' as she is known now :)

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UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

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Re: Well well well

I can't help but think of chickens and their chosen domicile.

The only way to fix that lack of in-house IT teams is to hire a few good people then re-instate training budgets.

Yes, it costs money, but then so does a crappy little art-installation for the birds to shit on.

Short-sighted, narrow minded tits, the lot* of them.

*all the management types that ignored the warnings about the hidden costs of outsourcing.

Phase 2 will be the realisation that stuffing all your company data in the cloud isn't such a fantastic idea after all.

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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"The question is where does the line get drawn?"

In a public court officiated by an uncorrupted judicial system.

At least not behind closed doors by shadowy people and organisations.

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The thing is, once the 'man in the street' is aware and pissed off enough about the loss of his privacy and all the ramications thereof, he won't have any tools at his disposal to fight back with unless they are made _now_.

You don't win a war by poncing off with your mates in the morning with a couple of hockey-sticks and back in time for a pub-lunch on the croquet lawn anymore. Most conflicts involve a good deal of losses before the 'majority' wade in and play their part. If it does all end up like that then it's better to armoured than not.

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Law of unintended consequences

Whatever people think about the current state of play, I take a lot of hope from Snowdens comments about the tech industry leading the way and making updated software that costs more to subvert. It is exactly the way to overcome a monopolist corrupt political system - make it really expensive to do the things we (the people) don't want them to do.

If the tools are made, but people don't use them, then democracy has spoken, but we need to have the choice and people need to be educated on the issues - this is what Snowden has given us and it is a powerful undercurrent that I see throughout the industry.

They always say 'follow the money'. Well, the contract market for skilled security workers has never been more bouyant, and there feels like a real scarcity in the market, especially since JP Morgan started hoovering up all the loose contractors.

The profile of online security (and thus the ability to keep data private) has come a long way in the last couple of years and I don't see it changing course anytime soon.

There is a war going on right under our modems and has been for some years.

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Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

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Re: If it ain't broke

@Moiety, thanks for the tip.

Unfortunately for my work I have to use whatever software the company I'm contracted to dictates, they take a very dim view of non-sanctioned software for some reason ;)

Once upon a time Outlook had standard plug-ins for PGP and for saving attachments offline (whilst leaving a link to the file in the email itself). Sadly no more with 2010. Progress eh?

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Re: If it ain't broke

"Spam is not a thing caused by natural laws"

We'll have to agree to disgree on that one since human nature (i.e. some tits still click on links in spam and open attachments etc.) is a natural law.

I'd like a decent email client with built in key management and file storage options. I used to have a couple of add-ons for Outlook that did these things but every company I work at is different regarding what you can and cannot install.

If it was there by default it would be useful and that latter would especially be useful for all those expanding waistlines on the HDD's where users store all their attachments and important emails in the Deleted Items folder.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: Timeless wireless communication ...

"Numbering always starts at zero"

Except zero isn't actually a number, it's a baseline from which to start counting, or simply a symbol to represent the absence of an integer.

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

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Re: They use Windows

If only they could somehow re-configure all the HDD's at such a low level that installing any mal-ware would be impossible without the proper code.

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Re: Not so bad

+1 for Sweep, couldn't stand Sooty or that bossy little britches, wotsername?

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: From such things are "special relationships" built

"A more pertinent question is if you were PM *could* you really put a stop to it? Or, conversely, if you wanted to put a stop to it, could you really become PM?"

This.

There are some dunderheads in this thread that seem to think that because some other foreign spy agencies might be able to get their hands on my cell phone transcripts that this somehow justifies the potential misuse of such data by our own security services.

Perhaps GCHQ should be putting more effort into preventing exploitable weaknesses in our communications systems rather than just driving a fucking great JCB through them at 80mph.

Government FOR the people, not OF the people.

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Re: Any chance of clarification...

@Bluenose: You're so full of crap that I can't work out if you are trolling or really believe the stuff you are writing.

For example

"I am pretty certain that they will have the necessary legal sign off to obtain this type of material. Remember the Security agencies of any country are not directly bound by the laws of the land "

If they aren't bound by the laws of the land, why would you assume that they have legal sign-off?

I suppose you haven't heard that the spooks have recently been identified as having been in breach of the ECHR for over a decade (up until the point their secret spying became public knowledge which somehow made it magically 'legal')

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Re: Does anyone still think this is only about terrorism? ...Its just too big a dragnet...

@Bluenose, you are comparing apples and screws. The difference is that the spying activities of China et.al. do not have a direct impact on my ability to protest in my own country.

The spying of my country's state aparatus on it's citizens en-masse is a tool of oppression.

Is your argument that 'because China does it' that it's ok for our spooks to do it? To their own citizens?

If so, then damn right I will blame the 5 eyes.

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Hackers now popping Cisco VPN portals

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"Customers that have found a compromised customization object should follow their incident response process"

Haha haha hahaha, nice one Centurion, nice one :D

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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WTF?

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"Hi, my name is Chuckie, do you want to play?"

Seriously, what kind of fucked up idiot thinks that it's a good idea to imprint on children the concept that their 'doll' is alive.

Of course children believe their toys are alive, but that's the power of their imagination. If they don't have to imagine it, then poof, there goes the imagination. Not only that, but how will a child ever grow out of thinking their toys are alive if they do actual behave as if they were alive?

Someone is going to have a lot of fun hacking the response servers >:^}

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Watch a hot, speeding space alien explode all over Earth's Beaver

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Re: Harumpf!

"Hmmm, nice beaver!"

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Re: Y'all jus' don't understand our inherent goodness ... !

I'd be more concerned about all the Jews fucking off to Israel than I would about this cretin getting into The Whitehouse.

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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"It does not mean that there was any deliberate wrongdoing on the part of the security and intelligence agencies"

In other words, the ends justify the means. How is it that these people, who presumably have some degree of training in the classics as part of their background, can be so blind to the lessons of history?

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: heaping pile of Bolshevik BS

I can't see any Russian having the foreskinsight to name something 'Fanny'.

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Re: So

And who, pray tell, are the 'crims' you are referring to?

For all you know it could be you.

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Re: Stay away from Fanny...

I was going to say something about Grayfish but thought better of it.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: Interesting...

...and a sniper rifle fitted with a suppressor makes a handy substitute for a crutch when you've taken an arrow to the knee.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Re: First things first

That was the insidious Ordos landing craft.

They're doing spice mining.

Mars (aka Dune).

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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I don't get it.

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Watch: FIRE-SPITTING time-lapse images of Sol showcase NASA's sun-gazing highs

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Plasma/Fire, whatever, it'll still fry your eyeballs :)

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Terrifyingly beautiful.

And to think that is where we were all born :,)

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Paris Hilton

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and what speed is the LAN port? Are we to assume 1Gbps or what?

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Re: I am glad you're excited about this.

Did anyone else read the sub-title as HADRON?

Oh...

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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I was over there many years ago when I was 15 and we were walking through Tabuk when we were accosted by a crowd and pushed to the front to view whatever it was they were looking at.

They were stoning a woman to death. For adultery. Apparently her husband had cast her off and she took a lover, but technically still being married she was sentenced to death and they tried to force us (children) to watch them carry out the sentence.

Fotrunately I was already 6ft and the other lad with us was quite stocky and we forced our way out of the crowd, but it makes my blood boil to this day.

Fucking animals.

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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Re: I had the C64 version

OMG, Paradroid on the C64 loaded from a 1541 disk drive using the @ loader in around 1.5 seconds.

I bet you any money you couldn't get a game to load up on a modern PC in that time, even a simple one like Paradroid!

Taking on a 999 with a poor 100-series was always a tough ask, timing was essential to have the last erg of energy to flip the switch to your side :)

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Stress

My memories of this game seem to trigger feelings of anxiety for some reason :)

It was a very stressful game, and I don't even recall that there was a 'space' level, let alone reached it!

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Re: Warming???

On the other hand more heat in the system means more energy, meaning more extreme weather patterns - not necessarily warmer weather.

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Hacker kicks one bit XP to 10 Windows scroll goal

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Re: Impossible!

Hmm, I couldn't find that quote in the page you linked to. In fact, there was only one mention of the word 'codebase' and that was (ironically) in the phrase 'A big complex codebase can have many lurking holes that will take many years to uncover.'

I'm going to have to agree with the previous poster about you not understanding what quote marks are for (as applied to Google search terms).

Look for "the entire codebase of Windows has been rewritten from the ground up" and you will only find reference to your post (plus possibly this one now that I've repeated it).

The closest I could find (within the edit window of this post) is this:

"“We have re-imagined Windows from the ground up.” ~ Steve Ballmer"

from here

https://techpinions.com/8-questions-for-windows-8/10010

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: liquid innovations

"I think he's taking the piss!"

Indeed, closely followed by someone who bottles and then sells it.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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I don't recall that from 5th Element.

Although I do remember the blip-verts from '20 minutes into the future' which made lard-arses explode.

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Re: 1948 - 1984 - 2015

The biggest problem for Brother is that of scaleability. It takes a lot of man-hours to sift through all the data for anything meaningful.

Sure, computers are getting better at doing it, but ultimately it comes down to how many people are in a position to look through the info.

This is why we should stop this kind of thing in its tracks before spying on one another becomes the 'norm'. Once the public start doing their job for them they have solved the labour problem and we will no longer even be able to resist.

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Re: how much the British public trust our "authorities" nowadays

@AC I can understand where you are coming from, but in general there has been increased awareness and resistance to state snooping since Snowden.

If the populace can be swayed by smoke and mirrors, they can also be swayed by truth and eloquence.

It's a lot harder to sell the truth obviously, but not actually impossible. Whilst I have breath in my body I will not give in to oppression, whatever 'brand' it hides behind.

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Re: Let's be realistic about such as these things .....

I'm not disputing the effectiveness of this ruling, but we can't dismiss the symoblic effort that it represents.

It's a start.

The only sure-fire way to fail in this regard is to believe we have already been beaten.

We might actually already be beaten, but I would prefer to go down swinging as they say :)

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"Privacy International are really wasting people's time and their own money."

Yet they have stuck their necks out on our behalf and are trying to do what they can in the face of almost aggressive levels of apathy.

Try some solidarity.

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