* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

3157 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

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"complained that the controversial outfit is “being treated as the offender, and the criminals who attacked the company are not”."

Well Boo fucking Hoo.

Is this guy really so deluded to not see why he is being treated like the villain by people who find his behaviour reprehensible (even if it is technically legal)?

He is a disingenuous turd-bot that's out of control.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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That's been done - see Bruce Almighty for results

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"If the chances of ever winning were 0:∞-¹ then nobody would bother playing it at all..."

Unless the prize was becoming a god or something.

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Re: Are you saying...

"impossible to cheat due to the physical nature of the draw"

Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.

Give one of those machines to a decent stage magician to work on and he will come up with a way to do it.

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Re: I live in the state, there's more to this story

If the guy was *really* clever he would have given himself tickets for decent value payouts, but not the jackpot. He might have gotten away with that forever if it weren't for those pesky CCTV camera's.

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Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

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Re: I don't publish my actual name here...

You're only saying that because you don't want people to look to closely at what happened to the other 11 !

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Re: not possible

Could he put in a clause that says that any use of the code for profit making ventures needs to obtain permission from the author, subject to being sued?

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Dough! Dominos didn't register dominos.pizza – and now it's pizz'd off

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Re: no pizza in name

The guy who owns the domain should open a little games shop in Pizza and sell...oh I dunno, dominoes.

It would be worth it for the publicity alone :)

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: The solution:

Thin wedge, beginning of; or the first bullet in a hail of them?

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re: Annoys me sooo much

"Not unless they have a useless accountant"

The more people there are taking the piss (aka the low hanging fruit) the better.

I try not to take the mickey and cross my fingers I don't get audited, because no matter how well you try and run your accounts they are bound to discover some rule infraction (or at least make your life hell whilst trying to find one if rumours from people subjected to an IR35 audit are true).

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Re: Yes, they will emigrate

I'm sure you could pick some things up quickly, like 'scheisskopf' for example :P

Also, in this context I think it might be 'Die Computer', but it's been a while so I'm probably wrong.

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Re: Annoys me sooo much

"but how many contractors pay employer's NI?

Most pay themselves the tax free allowance as salary and take the rest as dividend or leave it in the company until they fold it."

Citation required.

I pay myself a 'normal' wage and pay employers NI and tax etc. Anyone leaving money in a company until they fold it is probably breaking the law, tax evasion at the very least? ianal of course.

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Re: Upvote from me as well

Don't most contractors pick up contracts through the jobsites which involve an agency? The agency take a cut so the end customer pays a lot more for the contractor than if they dealth with them directly.

Doesn't this limit the amount you can be undercut? Also, if you are employing people on a fixed salary (and not salary+dividend) aren't your labour costs lower? (I know you have pension contributions etc. to cover so I understand the differences aren't cut and dried).

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Re: Yes, they will emigrate

And if you work in a technical field in Germany you will find they are pretty much all fluent in English. Most of the technical terms are used as-is (i.e. English words).

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Re: I will be worse off

The article didn't mention that as freelance consultants we don't get sick pay either.

A bit of extra tax is one thing, but if they make it more complex and risky then contractors are more likely to seek refuge in permie roles as they will at least will get some perks like pension contributions/sick pay/redundancy entitlement/HR protection from unscrupulous managers/protection from unfair dismissal etc.

At which point, believe it or not, the government will get less tax, not more.

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An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one MEEELLION miles out

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Excellent idea! Time to start buying shares in Bacofoil.

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Re: Eclipse.

Solar eclipses don't cover the entire planet at once you know!

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"If you need an analogy it's a bit like buying a car with a stated mpg of 37 mpg and finding it actually does 37.1 mpg."

I can't argue with a car analogy, that will do nicely :)

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I'm not sure I understand how the resolution exceeded their expectations - did they order the imaging hardware from Amazon and just plug it in before launching?

If they designed it and built it, how can it be better than they expected?

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Snowden to the IETF: Please make an internet for users, not the spies

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I think they may have been thinking along the lines of DHCP for MAC addresses :)

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Someone once told the control freaks that information is power and effectively a form of currency.

Now that they have collected all this data on everyone they need to spend it on something.

Analyst: I know, why don't we sell the nebulous idea of a war on something so we can spend all this 'information' currency and convert it into some REAL currency.

Monger: That's a terrifying thought!

Analyst: That's it! A War on Terror! We're made, it's the gravy-train for us alright...choo choo!! I'm just going to call uncle Broomfondle and let him know the good news - Magickthighs was right all along :)

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Much more Moore's Law, as boffins assemble atom-level transistor

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Re: Well, we've created this computer that uses single atoms for transistors...

but can it play Crisis?

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Project Morpheus VR headset hands-on at the Sony Summer Showcase

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It does, I had a look at a trailer yesterday and it shows some promise.

Something like that with Rockstar level production would be most welcome :)

I also had a look at Limit Theory and Ascent.

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Isn't it about time we got a sand-box game that was both land and space based (and good)?

I want Megatraveller Elite Redemption GTA VI, and I want it in VR. (Please)

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STARS SNUFFED in massive galactic whodunit

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Re: It's the remnants of a space battle.

We could do with a Gray lensman visiting Earth to sort it out a bit to be honest - anyone got their telepath number?

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Metadata slurp warrant typo sends cops barging into the wrong house

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Re: Typo's [sic] happen

'It could be argued that the apostrophe indicates the missing letters for "typological error".'

Errors, surely?

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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Re: So what's new here?

I was thinking that too - how come I've known this for years yet there is new research to 'prove' it. I certainly didn't do any experiements so I must have read it somewhere (and it was a fair while ago too).

Perhaps the world is suffering some kind of reboot process where bits of it forget that stuff has already been done (prior to the reboot).

<awaits BSOD aka 'The Sky' to fall in on me>

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FireEye intern nailed in Darkode downfall was VXer, say the Feds

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"22 Year old Victorian"

I take it there was no mention of them confiscatiing his time machine?

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

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Re: I wouldn't normally do this but...

And you get multipliers if those involved come to some sort of disagreeable/amusing end.

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Re: First ORION launch?

but..but...that's what makes it a worm!

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Re: 2.0013% of the maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum.

I don't think it would have weighed that much after a couple of seconds of ablation from both the upward force and the atmosphere, plus any effects of vibration breaking chunks off.

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Re: Very interesting story,

That does sound spooky :)

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

Considering how often updates can break things the knowledge that you can't stop them is a fairly important consideration on when you decide not to use Windows 10 (aka Windows titsup)

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Re: Microsft A/V support ending? No great loss.

Running XP with no AV at all is probably a reasonable move at this point since a lot of the cleverer stuff tends to view such machines as honeypots whose sole existence is to attract infection with a view to decompiling their operations.

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Re: Does the XP Point of Sale improvement still apply?

"Me, spending the money I have saved on White Lightening!!!"

Mind bleach?

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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Re: Mitigation?

Deploy a proxy using a whitelist.

Anything that doesn't go via the proxy gets blocked.

Of course, then you need to set up a proxy for your proxy etc :)

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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Re: Surprisingly high: Compared to what?

That link takes you to a paywall, so it's a bit hard for me to examine what it actually says.

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Re: Surprisingly high: Compared to what?

No, I'm not certain that there is such a thing, but then I'm not making any assertions to that effect am I? So no proof necessary (to ask questions).

Any chance of a citation for the claims you made in your last sentence?

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Re: Surprisingly high: Compared to what?

@AC You seem to have drawn things up into two camps again, leaving little room for those who have not been convinced by the evidence so far, a lot of which is tainted by accusations of fudging and bias.

"We know as a physical fact that increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere will cause global warming (basic physics)."

Do we? If you only include basic physics then this is probably a fair assertion, but what about increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere of a complex system with a large number of subtle (and not so subtle) feedback mechanisms? Are you 100% certain there is no feedback mechnism in play that reduces the impact of rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere on heat retention by the planet?

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Re: Surprisingly high: Compared to what?

"The poor old AGW deniers are desperate for crumbs of anecdotal evidence because there is just about no one left with half a real science qualification arguing their side, and no substantial evidence."

For the record, I'm not an AGW denier. However, I am yet to be convinced that man is the primary cause of any warming we are seeing. A lot of the rhetoric seems to focus on people who are for or against the idea, when in reality there are quite a few people who just don't think the evidence* provided so far is conclusive enough.

Whilst we are at it, you don't require evidence to prove a negative. It is incumbant on the proponent of a theory to provide evidence that can be tested rigourously by independant parties. You can't prove a negative (that I am aware of).

*especially when there appears to be a lot of fudging going on.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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"I think there was a special bus"

I remember those, although I don't seem to recall seeing any sunshine buses recently :(

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Re: Photos are special; they do not belong to a single app

I think you need to re-read the article.

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Re: So

No, the person taking the picture has been volunteered for that crime.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: "Because there’s something about having your life on the line."

Unintended is always funnier :)

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Re: "Because there’s something about having your life on the line."

"got a whole bunch of hits"

deliberate? :)

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Re: dogs and b-a-t-h

When it comes to actual food potential the whole spelling thing just goes by the way-side and she brings out the big-guns: telepathy.

Seriously, you've only got to think about going into the kitchen for something and she can go from 'laying on her back with her legs pointing to the four corners of the universe' to 'stalking mode with ears in jodderal bank position' in as much time as it takes to blink :)

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Hacking Team: We’ll be back in the spyware biz before you know it

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Re: translation please

"Specifically because being stolen made it worthless junk."

Or rather it being stolen and released publicly made it worthless junk.

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Re: "ethical" behaviour.

New business case proposal:

1. Buy zero day exploit for $x

2. Sell zero day exploit for $x/10 to 11 customers (i.e. knock-down price)

3. Expose zero day through puppet company to reduce value to zero.

You make 10% to cover your running costs and you eventually eliminate all known exploits (or people stop buying them).

Worth a go?

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Hacking Team: We're the good guys, but SO misunderstood. Like Batman

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Re: "We're the good guys."

"I don't recall Clint Eastwood ever saying a line of that sort in any of his three Sergio Leone movies."

He didn't need to, he was clearly labelled as such in one of the intro's. I'm also not sure those movies can be safely placed into the 'cheesy' category.

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