* Posts by Bernard M. Orwell

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Re: I'm so glad..

"> It doesn't matter whose products you use.

Wrong."

I am entirely swayed by the eloquence of your argument.

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Re: I'm so glad..

Yes, I've heard of them. May even have used them a bit from time to time. But, here's the shake: If you're connected to a network you are not secure. Data will leak and can be intercepted. I note that Mozilla has cookies and a browser history too.

If you think that somehow your particular rig and config is magically immune to snooping, hacks or any form of interception then you are woefully mistaken.

It doesn't matter whose products you use.

Gotta love techie hipsters though.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/178587-firefox-is-still-the-least-secure-web-browser-falls-to-four-zero-day-exploits-at-pwn2own

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Re: I'm so glad..

Wow....what browser did you use to post here?

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Re: Ban the sale of Windows 10 in Switzerland?

There's no such thing as a free lunch.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: Run!

Yep, you've got to play their game.

Get it all down on paper, run a risk analysis including all budget requirements and externalisations the company has created over the years and get it under the nose of the bean counters and execs. If you want to be flash, follow this up with a HLD doc, showing how, if *you* were the shot caller, it could be sorted out with various plans/costs clearly shown. Never make an actual change without CAB authorisation and approved rollback plans.

due diligence mate.

They love that shit.

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Re: On occasion

Welcome to El Reg, where you can speak your mind, in various levels of language, without undue censorship. There are plenty of dicks here already, erect and otherwise.

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Re: On occasion

I bet he was told not to run updates too, because they'd be "inconvenient for staff" or "might cause problems with critical software"....

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Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

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Re: @gazthejourno - hmm

Well, to be fair, they are journalists and not IT professionals....

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Re: Whatever next?

Don't you go too near!

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Re: Whatever next?

Bats with Bombs?

owait. That one is real....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: From the article....

Happy staff are more productive, and ensuring your staff are engaged with the product and service you provide is essential. They need to feel part of what you're doing rather than just an unimportant statistic. From a capitalist POV, simply put, it pays to look after your people at all levels.

You can't buy or demand loyalty; you can only inspire it.

Here, have some research on the subject. We don't need to be bastards to be capitalists.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=happy+staff+are+more+productive&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IENTTR&conversationid=&adlt=strict

(Sorry for the use of Bing, the Employer's Choice, not mine....)

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Re: maybe its me ...

Unionisation is still an option, surely?

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Re: "I'm not sure about a title yet."

The Great E-Scape?

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Re: Stupid Fight

"Has anyone ever been harmed by looking at the opposite sex?"

Bear in mind that staring at the opposite sex can be considered as sexual harassment in and of itself too.

http://www.safeworkers.co.uk/SexualHarassmentWork.html

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IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online

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Re: "The view of society is to vilify those that do get aroused by images naked children."

"we are no longer allowed to vilify or hate anyone else."

Nah, we get to hate the Terr'sts too. And the poor. And the lazy scroungers. And disabled scroungers. And immigrunts. And furreners who are weird. And lefties.

Lots of material available for the Mandatory Daily Hate.

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Doesn't even have to be a real child/person; a drawing will suffice....

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Re: @AC - "Not Pornography"

"Samantha Fox and other models like her posed for photographs when they were 16."

And if you now have a copy of any of those pictures, in physical or electronic format, you are committing an offence against children and may be charged as a sexual offender.

Can't help but wonder if the images have been redacted in the newspapers own archives....or the British Library service....

...Think I may go and throw out or burn that old stack of newspapers I keep in the garden shed. Just in case....

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And deleting/filtering those images does nothing for the victim and does nothing to apprehend the abuser.

Again; carpet meets broom and nothing more.

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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CHA-CHing.

Dat the sound of da police!

(also, told you so.... Pilot Project).

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Errr...

No... he's a comic presenter.

"intended to rival Top Gear"

Hah. It won't merely rival it, it'll make Top Gear and the BBC eat it's dust. Clarkson is a good presenter, Evans is a knob.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: Maths != IT

This whole report flies in the face of my personal experience, so I too shall call shenanigans.

I suffer with a problem when it comes to basic arithmetic; it's a form of minor dyslexia associated with number itself. Simple problems can confuse me no end, and learning the "rules" of arithmetic has proven difficult throughout my life. My mother in law, a professor and tutor in mathematics demonstrated that I didn't have a problem with "maths" by giving me several simple tests which showed that when presented with a complex mathematical problem, I was able to solve it in a logical pattern. The MiL showed me evidence that many great mathematicians were able to solve problems through a process of creating the tools they needed, mentally, to cope with a deficit in arithmetic skills.

In addition to the mother in law, my wife is also a mathematician, and her brother and my sister in law are both maths teachers. I, on the other hand, am an IT professional with comprehensive programming experience, working at a relatively high level in the public sector. Guess who the family come to with their IT issues?

I solve mathematical problems using the techniques I've learnt from coding; my coding ability doesn't depend on my maths acquired from formal schooling in any way. If you need any particular mathematical skill in coding circles, its probably useful to understand a modicum of algebra and have a rough understanding of Boolean logic.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: "the only risk to children is fathers and other males"

"Well you have to admit that women are rather rarely of the rapey sort. They can bloody well kill you just as good as men though."

That's an interesting take on things.

I think there's a distinction being made here between physical violent abuse and sexual abuse; I'm not sure how useful that is.

I'm willing to bet that if you include ALL abuse of children instead of just limiting it to sexual abuse, that the gender balance of perpetrators will move swiftly towards something more like 50/50.

Just a hunch though, and I'd be interested to see some figures.

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Re: Smut filter and nonce-catching

" he urged the online industry to 'obliterate' such images."

Yep, because deleting the images means that the abuse isn't happening.

Carpet. Broom.

[END Sarcasm]

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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WTF? Noob!

I play various online games with my niece. She is 21, I am 47. She'll batter me at DOTA, CS:GO and most other "twitch" games. I, on the other hand, will wipe the floor with her in any strategy game you care to mention. Her peer group are all males. she is a clan leader and runs her community with an iron hand. When people lose to her they never mention the fact that she's female, and when she beats them its because they are "noobs" (just like any male gamer would point out).

Why is this? Because the opposition don't KNOW she is female and her peer group accept her as an equal. She doesn't advertise the fact she is female and competes on a completely even keel as a result. She's a gamer in her own right, using her own skills, and is a model of equality as a result. She doesn't play the gender card when beaten or when winning and she's going to give as good as she gets if someone starts trash talking in TS. (I have occasionally heard people state that they believe she's a "nine year old boy" because of her voice, and she will correct them then, which often results in stunned silence).

If I were to ask her about this whole thing. she'd probably roll her eyes and say the following two things, which you may or may not "get".

Rule #16: There are NO girls on the internet. Also, on the internet no one knows you're a dog.

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Re: Cryovulcanism

Whoever did so would be a fun guy.

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

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Under "Zero Hour" contracts, an individual is considered as employed by the contract provider, but has no fixed hours of work. Employees under this contract have limited employment rights, often no corporate/employment benefits, and are paid on an hourly or daily basis. The employer is under no obligation to actually provide the employee with ANY paid hours or work, and often the employee is engaged exclusively meaning they can't seek work with another employer when no hours are offered.

So, in summary, be "employed" by a company with no guarantee of pay, hours of work, employed benefits, the right to claim any kind of income support and, often, not be permitted to seek work elsewhere without breaching the contract.

The DWP, by the way, considers this to be "gainful employment" and will/has insisted that those on JSA or DSA be moved into Zero Hours contracts when they are adjudged fit for work.

And we thought "work fare" was bad.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: "including users' sexual fantasies"

For some people, these are all the same thing.

The more power they have, the more likely they fail to see the distinction.

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

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Re: No big deal

"Give me Liberty or give me death."

~Patrick Henry, 1775.

I'm with him.

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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"NASA had nothing to say about them for days after... [] ...We now know that silence was caused by Dawn swinging around to Ceres' dark side"

Is that because radio silence prevents NASA from talking about things they've already discovered? Are NASA actually aboard the probe then? Can NASA only do one thing at a time?

...or is it that they just don't like saying "We don't have a clue what that is."?

No TFH needed, but I'll get my coat.

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

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Re: reprehensible

Better to be a warrior than a sheep.

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2.8 million victims squared up by malicious Minecraft apps

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Would they kindly...

...Produce one of these apps for all the GTAV hackers out there? Please? If I ask nicely?

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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"can we get back to the discussion about grammar, I'm finding its particularly fascinating."

I'm finding it particularly fascinating. FTFY!

You're welcome.

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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Would it not be fair...

...to point out the picture you've used for this article is a still taken from the dystopian sci-fi Children of Men and not an actual representation of immigrants today?

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

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TerrorPedos Away!

"the NSA has been collecting the details of commercial deals"

I'm so glad that the intelligence agencies, as they are intended to, are keeping us safe from the terrorpedos everyday....

....owait.

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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: jet fuel can't melt

That meme is such a successful disinformation technique.

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

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Re: Reviews all appear to be on the PS4

Quick update: Changing the FPS setting in BMEngine.ini, along with disabling the motion blur setting, resolved *all* the issues I had with the game. It now runs slick and smooth at ~47fps.

and what a hell of a game it is!

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Re: Reviews all appear to be on the PS4

"the PC version is capped at 30fps. (You can change it by editing config files, but it's illustrative of much if the developers are making this the default)."

yeah, that tallies with what I saw last night. I hate it when they nerf PC releases this way! There was an incident a while back where Microsoft were actually bribing a software house to dumb down a game on the PC so that the performance on the Xbone was comparable at release; can't remember what the game was though.... ah yeah, WatchDogs, that was it.

Thanks for the tip on unlocking the framerate!

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Darkness. No Parents.

Played this for about an hour last night and yes, its very engaging and slick. The combat does indeed feel smoother, the keyboard controls are instantly familiar from previous titles and the graphical fidelity is indeed of a very high standard. The opening scene is original (press Space to do what now??), amazing and horrifying all in one go and sets the tone for a darker Gotham than you might expect.

That said, even though I run on a fairly powerful gaming rig (AMD 8 core, watercooled, GTX Titan) that can churn out GTAV in full detail, I had some very noticeable stutter when driving the batmobile (oh god, yes!) which appeared to be related to the motion blur/depth of field setup; the usual criminals. So, off to the menu I went only to find that I had no option to decrease or remove those effects! I'll take a look at the config files tonight, but that's something of a shortfall in PC configuration settings and will make the game unplayable for a lot of players I suspect.

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It begins: Time Warner Cable first ISP accused of breaking America's net neutrality rules

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Re: "Thru" ?

"that should be grinds thee'"

Forsooth and verily it doth grind most foul upon my person and my tooth, liken unto grit drawn from befoul'd oysters, but for thee and thine I can'st not speak.

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"Thru" ?

*grinds teeth*

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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

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Re: Boring Bernie Boring Bernie Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

...awww, but daaaaaaad....!

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Re: Boring Bernie Gordon 10 Talking thru their arses

Dave probably would steal my shoes. Well, one of them, just to maximise the annoyance.

Again, you assume you know my politics, and assume I am a labour voter. You'd be wrong.

The fact of the matter is that the majority of the population chose NOT to vote. That still makes you wrong in saying that the majority voted FOR the conservative agenda.

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Re: Boring Bernie Boring Bernie Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

""Pointless ad hominem attack....." Standard Boring Bernie response when he has no counter to offer."

ooh, look another ad hominem. Surprise!

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Re: Gordon 10 Talking thru their arses

"you must have missed the fact that the majority of the electorate in the recent UK elections are not included in your "our". "

I see you share Mr. Cameron's idea of "majority". You know, the one that's not.

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Re: Boring Bernie Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

Pointless ad hominem attack.

Let me know when you're properly awake...

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Re: Dodgy Wheezer Listen carefully...

""....Security Service suspect someone, imprison them, and then try to extract information from them with no interest in due process....." Fail! The Secret Service does not have the power to arrest or detain."

Take a look at the remit of the newly formed NCA then. Covers that "judicial gap" very nicely.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Typical.

" quickly identify known criminals (including those that are wanted) before they can do more crimes" - MB

"What is meant by 'known crims'?" - Divided

Quite so. Back in the day, when I was still a young lad living in an enlightened country, we had a word for people before they'd committed a crime: innocent.

Not a word you hear much anymore.

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Re: Two words.

Some may call me a paranoid conspiracist nutcase for suggesting that this is a pilot for a larger scheme (indeed, some have in the last hour or so), but consider the alternative explanation:

That the Powers That Be, believe that attendees of a major music festival are more likely to be criminals, untrustworthy or international terrorists than any other section of the population. It seems to them that its a good idea to surveil this very specific cross section of the community, for whatever reason, and to prevent them using cash in the cause of crime reduction.

Personally, I'm not sure which explanation is worse.

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