* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

3457 posts • joined 29 May 2007

School network manager wins £10,000 in NCC Group Cyber 10K challenge

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Re: Shouldn't be needed

I'm one of those weirdo's who liked Vista *because* of that pop-up.

Didn't bother me that every time I went to do something that required admin rights I had to authorise it. Annoying for a bit, but you get used to it and it's a lot easier than a tidy-up exercise for clicking the wrong link.

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US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

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Have we actually entered a new era for power dynamics?

The State vs. Corporations vs. The People.

Usually, the people come a very poor third in that particular dynamic, but they are also the catalyst for change in balancing the powers of the other two.

For example, whilst we can only ever vote in politicians, we can play on their insecurities and power grubbing desires by threatening to oust them if they disobey us for too long.

As for corporations, we can withhold our money from buying their products if they piss us off too much.

Of course, it will come as no surprise to anyone reading El Reg. that this dynamic can only work if the people are:

1. Aware of what is happening

2. Not totally brainwashed already

3. Are prepared to forgo the usual promises/bribes by the politicians/companies

4. Are intelligent enough to know that the above 3 points even exist

So, in general, we're pretty screwed without people like Snowden to throw this murky world into relief for the great unwashed to actually notice.

Therefore, any attempt by The State or Corporations to limit the ability of The People to disseminate the dirty laundry of the aforementioned should be interpreted as a direct attack on our ability to act as a catalyst and have any control whatsoever over anything that is happening to us.

The logical extension of which is 'attempted slavery' by anyone attempting to suppress the ability of the public to communicate freely*.

*(irrespective of the 'cost' that these people tell us we will have to pay to have this freedom. They aren't actually saying "here is a choice - freedom or security - they are saying "you must sacrifice your freedom in order to be secure")

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EMC creates a Star Trek holodeck ... and uses it to simulate a data center

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Re: EMC

At least the next time someone asks you what the 'cloud' is, you can just show them that picture :)

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: RIBrsiq

FYI, for all you bashers - Iain Thompson != Diodesign

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Re: GIMMIE! =-D

My adventure is underway!

I am now a level 1 Enchanted Motorcycle Voodoo Princess called "Chitz-fer-brains"

You go girl! lol

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Re: GIMMIE! =-D

Gotta say, this was intriguing enough to warrant a closer look..

"Advice for completing Spite of Gromth quest

As any player who has participated in a Spite of Gromth instance will no doubt have discovered, once Aco Rogbath is down in health a ways he will cast Big Sister. At that point, if any player moves before the effect decays it will chain geometrically, as both Curse Family and Acrid Hands will most likely be already active. This will blow up the raid, causing multiple base kilodamage with significant overdamage lingering. (This is particularly true on Spoltog and Pemptus, where trilobite familiars are disadvantageous in mountain marsh biomes.)"

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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I once had a boss (several layers removed from my direct presence I might add) that outsourced and entire database team to India (around 20 people) - oddly enough to a company he seemed to 'own'.

Of course, he entirely forgot to raise a request for a new VPN into the network for them to do anything.

These people really are fucking clueless.

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Re: Let me see ...

Do they have admirals in the army?

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"Yes, you do. And maybe glasses?"

Like this one? >>>>>>>

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RSA awards 7-year infrastructure overhaul deal to Wipro

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Pay peanuts..

“This partnership with Wipro will provide RSA with a secure, cost effective and agile infrastructure service"

HAhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiip...bonk...

Talk about frying pan to fire.

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Assange will 'accept arrest' on Friday if found guilty

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Re: Wil be glad to have him out of the news

"If you're hesitant with Assange (most are) then what about his work with Snowden?"

A good point, and anything Assange had to do with getting Snowden safe is definitely in the plus side of his ledger in my opinion.

He does like to load the negative side up though doesn't he? :)

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Re: Wil be glad to have him out of the news

@Bota, I appreciate the response, but I can't help but feel you've taken its intent and tone as some kind of put-down; nothing of the sort was intended.

Don't forget that I was only responding because you made a disparaging remark about the posters on this forum, of which I am one; a very generalized and presumptuous remark if I may say so (imho).

I'm not entirely certain we are on different wavelengths in our views, but it looks like we are poles apart in our manner of communication.

For what it's worth, I treat everyone as an equal, even if they are making valiant efforts to prove otherwise (not directed at you, just in case you think it is).

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Re: Wil be glad to have him out of the news

"Be careful, the thought policed mob scene here will be relentlessly down voting you."

I'm not sure you've really grasped how the comments section on here works. You see, it is entirely possible for an intelligent human being to hold many conflicting views simultaneously. It is also possible to have a nuanced view of a situation/person.

For example, it is possible to appreciate some of the work that Assange has contributed to in the past, yet totally abhor the way he has gone about his defense in this scenario.

I can also think that his published behaviors and attitudes could cast some doubt as to his motives for all his endeavours (both good and bad).

The one thing that I am remembering right now is that a legal fund was set up through Wikileaks to help Bradley Manning. I don't recall that ever being sent to the poor sod when he was being held, naked, in isolation with charge or trial in the US.

I've lost interest in his actions, and I think he's a total arsehole. He might, conceivably, be hiding even more motives deep down that could end up showing him in a better light and thus redeem himself within the eyes of the educated commentards on El Reg - but I'm not going to be holding my breath!

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Re: What are the odds looking like?

" Innocent Smoothies"

nice one :)

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Re: Maybe not Friday.

The one thing he is definitely guilty of is contempt of court by jumping bail.

That's a crime in this country, which is why he is marked for arrest. He is in self-imposed exile - the UK government didn't make him seek sanctuary in an embassy - they gave him full access to the judicial process.

When he didn't get the answer he wanted he ran for a rabbit hole and has been there ever since.

This finding by the UN panel is unfathomable.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: QI

His audio-book of Harry Potter & Philosophers stone was pretty good as well

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Re: Who is Steven Fry?

Didn't he play the brother of Sherlock Holmes opposite Robert Downey Jnr.?

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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Re: Take down all road signs...

Unfortunately they have made up for it since then..

Where are we?

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Get yerself into that nest laddie...yarrr!

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Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms

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Re: ICRs

"Or maybe we'll just flog 'em."

You have to catch them first. Oh, you meant the *documents*

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HSBC online banking outage: Moneymen are 'still under attack'

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Re: How can you defend against a DDOS ?

End users aren't really in a position to defend against a proper DDoS. That can only really be done at the ISP level and isn't particularly easy to do without drastic measures (like blocking all source addresses from outside the UK heading to the UK HSBC website for example).

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

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What about an employee of the ISP who (whilst not revealing any details to the public) refuses to help El-Governmenti hack some poor buggers laptop?

Do they get sacked? Could they even claim unfair dismissal if they can't cite the reason without going to jail?

At what point do morals outweigh (bad) law?

At the risk of invoking Godwin, the Nazi's made it ok for their army to do lots of nasty things - many of the soldiers on the ground didn't want to do it, but they risked a bullet in the back of the head themselves if they didn't. However, this hasn't stopped a lot of people from being hounded to death by the international community.

Whilst obviously not in the same league, what if (in the future) these kinds of immoral laws are made illegal on an international scale - do the people who were made to implement them get prosecuted?

Seriously, we have a bunch of clueless twats (seemingly) in charge - they probably aren't even clever enough to realise they are being led around by the nose by the vested powers. It's shameful.

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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

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Re: Wrong approach

"2' steel ruler?"

I'm gonna regret asking this, but - what would you do with it?

<shuts eyes, covers ears>

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Lenovo's file-sharing app uses hardwired password '12345678' ... or no password at all

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I had to buy some luggage with one of those TSA locks on it. Good job no-one else has a copy of the key

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: Meh

It's all a whitewash to cover up a badly built wall.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Re: He is in fact almost right.....

If we only live in two dimensions, how come I get fat when I drink too many pints? (Or fall down for that matter)

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Re: Maybe its both round and flat

"Yikes - social media is, I am sure, making people more dumb..."

Dumber?

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"A Cunning Stunt no less...."

As in "What's the difference between Evel Knievel and an all-girl track team" ?

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Re: At time of writing, BoB was citing Genesis

I wonder where he thinks our centre of gravity is if the Earth is flat? - Also, why is the moon clearly a sphere?

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GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

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Re: The New British Empire

Me too. Anyone know if they are looking for security consultants in Denmark?

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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Devil

Why not?

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: PEBCAK

I've always used "Chair to keyboard interface error"

It doesn't have as nice acronym though :)

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Re: Of mice and men

Hmm.

I'm right handed, but I still use a mouse with my right hand. I just got better using the keyboard with my left hand.

Is this why I'm a little odd?

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Re: Fire!

"Unless of course it's something iMac-esque with the display integrated into the main unit..."

Let it burn I say. ;)

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FAIL

I think you may have bypassed the bit where the IT bod was clearly asking questions related to a computer - the user could have mentioned that they didn't have a computer quite a bit earlier in the conversation without requiring specialist knowledge to do so.

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Re: Fire!

You could have just told him that the monitor isn't where his files are stored and that they are safe, and can therefore immediately proceed to the lower priority of saving their life and possibly preventing the building they were in from burning to the ground.

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Re: Observed many times ...

Not sure who to attribute this to..

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they will be yours"

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Re: Land line joke

"Where"

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

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Re: In surprising news today

"spouting opinionated nonsense"

Anyone else read that as 'opiated nonsense' ?

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Bridgeworks reveals VMware-like tech for TCP/IP cable virty'ing

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If all the file transfers across a noisy link were implemented with this technology, what are the projected bandwidth savings and would they reduce the overall packet loss on the network through reduction of re-transmission of large packets?

I can see some people getting the benefit of this technology without having to pay for it :)

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: It's hopeless

My wife isn't exactly an academic brain-box, but she seems happy that her IQ is actually going up every year since the average is getting lower.

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

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Re: Nothing can possibly go wrong with this...

Not to mention Brainstorm. Really, don't mention it.

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Forget infrasound, now it's ultrasound that's making you ill (allegedly)

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Re: Old News

I thought Biggles managed to destroy all those (along with a time traveler from the 80's iirc)

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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

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Re: "Recycled", not "Reused"

I understand that zapping the platters with a stun gun can be quite effective too :)

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If you have an internal company document that states that standard policy is to wipe all data (or better yet, discard encryption keys) for data no longer required to do your daily business, then I don't see how this would be any different to what the IRS has done.

But then privilege is a very literal translation.

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Bigger than Safe Harbor: Microsoft prez vows to take down US gov in data protection lawsuit

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"The government can do so because it recognises no territorial limits to US power in its laws: everywhere in the world is the United States."

Well that's just fine. The problem only occurs when other countries accept this assertion.

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JetBlue blames Verizon after data center outage cripples flights

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DC disaster scenarios 101

"Taking out a well designed dc requires a fluff up of epic proportions."

I am aware of one particular 'DC outage' that involved a dump truck taking out the corner of the building. The subsequent daisy chain of events took the DC offline for days.

You see, as it collided with the building, it also took out some form of water main, which was now jetting up towards the underside of the truck (which is now forming an inclined plane pointing into the hole in the wall since the front of the truck was on top of the rubble.

All the water was basically hosed into the DC.

Try factoring that into a risk analysis report and see what the beancounters say :)

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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At any given moment in time? We're talking luminosity here, not wattage (aren't we?)

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Re: @LedSwinger

If the dimensions we exist in are expanding (therefore making the walk round to the back of your house the long way even longer) - how come we aren't getting bigger in proportion? Or do objects in space not obey the same laws?

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