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Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

billse10

Re: "it’s at least as secure as printing a secure envelope and trusting it to the postal system."

"Well... that's why whenever I request a new PIN from my bank I have to go to the bank myself to pick up the envelope and show them my ID to prove that I am who I say I am..."

Last time I needed a new PIN i was told by the bank it could only be sent by post as that was trusted - I couldn't pick up either a new card or a new PIN from the branch, both had to come via postal service. Doesn't say much for their view of their own staff's trustworthiness, does it?

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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"The news set alarm bells ringing in Berlin as DLR not only researches space and aeronautics systems but also “armament and rocket technologies”."

This also set alarm bells ringing in parts of London: I think we always knew there was some reason the DLR manages to be more efficient or at least less cr*p than some of the alternatives, but armament research isn't on the list of things that would seem obvious .. (unlike some very obvious things such as being a hacker from absolutely anywhere in the world and trying to leave China-shaped suspicious markings behind, knowing that certain parts of the commentariat will blame the NSA anyway, no matter what the truth, and others will find China a perfectly credible suspect)

Oh well, back out in to the sunshine (via the arms and space research company) ...

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

billse10

Re: Politicians....

"the next thing there'll be a law making Reality illegal"

Can we get this changed:

"the next thing there'll be a law making Reality TV illegal" ?

that'd make today a worthwhile day ...

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

billse10

Re: poacher/gamekeeper

It is a ruthless inquisition, how can you question that?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tym0MObFpTI&feature=player_detailpage#t=14

Possible correction: maybe for Fleet St it's more like a witch-hunt - well, this kind of witch hunt (with apologies to anyone who takes the "she's a witch" reference as a reference to gender)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrzMhU_4m-g&feature=player_detailpage#t=27

with the pleasant side-effect that it gets phone-tapping, bribing public officials etc out of the public's focus for a while ..

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

billse10

Re: What has the EU been smoking?

"15% is the lowest national VAT rate permitted by the EU. 21% is the agreed target rate.

Why?

Well, because ..." .... because theft is legally endorsed by governments and the EU. 21% target rate is taking the *, a target rate of 2.1% would be more reasonable ..

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Only block illegal content...?

"So the ISP cannot block the website and framework that, by itself is not illegal, but must solely block the illegal contents within that framework?"

Sounds perfectly reasonable: before suppressing content that is 'illegal' that content must be identified.

Only things missing are painful (punitive) sanctions for blocking content that is not illegal, seeking such a block without identifying the specific offending items (ie requesting an ISP block access to an entire IP range just because one item on one virtual server in that range has been shown at some point to be 'illegal'), and similar sanctions against anyone aiding / abetting such a "blanket" block or those seeking it.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

billse10

:(

In a country where a subway driver can fail to provide a breath sample for intoxication testing, and yet the tube unions can claim drivers are necessary for passenger safety and driverless trains are dangerous, not very much is that surprising any more.

As I said, :(

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Cisco belches forth mighty intergobblenator CLOUD OF DOLLARS

billse10

suppose it was only a matter of time .....

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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Re: It's the same as with companies

so don't fine the organisation, fine the individuals - and if a specific named individual cannot be identified for a given *-up, levy the fine on the salary bill for the entire organisation, and then apply the same fine again (on the same basis) on the political overseers who were asleep on the job ...

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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Re: Vi

"This is not a cPanel exploit per se."

There's a relatively old TV comedy show Drop the Dead Donkey, set in a TV newsroom. One of the news anchors (ok, the airhead in chief) is talking about US gun policy, and corrects a journalist, saying "Guns don't kill people, people do".

I think his reply is "Yes, but guns save so much time .... "

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Pint

Re: I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

we should all support pie day ...

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

billse10

Re: Self-powering?

"Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?"

A Northern line tube train fitted with the new "passenger frustration : electrical energy" conversion unit ....

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

billse10

Mr Jones,

Thank you for your measured response to that comment.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

billse10

Re: Perhaps..

i like this overall idea: £16 plus full retail cost of software to install it, therefore they should discount machines by £16 plus retail for software you don't want ...

£299 Inspiron 3000 (base model)

-£16 McAfee Live Safe remove

-£40 McAfee Live Safe 12 month subscription (approx avg of UK retail)

-£16 MS Office trial remove

-£16 MS Windows 8.1 remove

-£110 MS Windows 8.1 (PC World price, saw it yesterday & still laughing)

brand new PC for £101, with free shipping offer?

Oh OK, go on then Mr Dell, you've twisted my arm ....

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

billse10

Re: I dispair

"Is there no end to their lies, deceit, arrogance and ignorance?"

Conversely:

Is there no beginning to their honesty and competence?

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

billse10

Re: call me a cynic

"(As I understand it, this second factor is the official reason that folks like ATI don't just document their hardware and let the experts write the drivers.)"

At a guess, you could probably remove the word "just" from that sentence, so the rest of it couldn't really apply anyway? As I said though, a guess ....

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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

billse10

Re: Database file compatibility

try MySQL

http://www.clusterdb.com/mysql-cluster/mysql-cluster-running-on-raspberry-pi

"who runs windows on Itanium these days?" Well, certainly no-one who wants to run Windows Server 2012 ;-)

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Cisco asks court to bin Rockstar patents

billse10

Re: Probably because it is wrong

"PAEs should be branded, right down to the individuals running or supporting or enabling them, and banned from related activities"

More fun - if it's a non-performing PAE (ie one which does no R&D of it's own, just tries to make money off the efforts of others), then the accussed infringer should be allowed to choose random members of the PAEs management, staff and/or subcontractors, and make them explain under oath what a random patent clause means. If they can't, case dismissed and PAE required to pay all costs plus a huge punitive, with all claimed patents owned by that PAE granted a new status of "free of charge for any use whatsover", Oh, and it's lawyers disbarred.

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

billse10

Re: Avoid the commodity

"I'm not saying that all workloads can have their power significantly reduced, ...... running simple data processing workloads, and running web sites are hugely inefficient because of the way they have evolved and the tools used to write them."

Very true: why, for example, in a system specification I recently reviewed (it had come from a reasonably sized consultancy) have things like dual-socket x quad core boxes just to run caching in front of a web server farm? Surely that's the sort of job crying out for lower power boxes with lots of RAM, not big (ok, relatively big-ish) tin with RAID5 for the O/S (!) and SAN access for the cache data (again, "!") Surely a small (maybe 32 bit, maybe 64, does it matter for this task?) ARM server can do something as simple as a static file cache, with the correct software and configuration?

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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well if Mr Obama does, why shouldn't NASA? At least this is a more appropriate place .....

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Pint

Re: Integration

Oh, it's a Friday afternoon ... have a nice cold one to help get rid of the image of the motorcyle-riding kangaroos, before you start seeing two of each of them :)

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

billse10

Re: Outrageous

"Firstly such a generic term should never have been granted as a trademark in the first place."

Next we'll have patents being granted for obvious ideas for which there are loads of examples of prior art that even the most cursory search would reveal.

Wait, the USPTO already does that. My mistake.

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So, which people you read about in The Register got gongs in the Honours list?

billse10

"There's an OBE for Joanna Shields, head of the "Tech City" government push to create a white-hot technology business zone in East London, which has seen hundreds of "digital businesses" spring up in the area (many, sad to say, with a distinctly Nathan Barley air about them - or no particular tech aspects at all other than having a website)."

Don't forget that OBE stands for "other buggers' efforts" .....

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

billse10

Stanene?

"Zhang and his team say that they named stanene by combining stannum, the Latin word for tin, and "ene", borrowed from that other much-touted one atom–thick wonder material, graphene. We also suspect that they added "ene" simply because, well, it's the materials science suffix du jour."

It's pure coincidence he's from Stanford then ....

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IBM gives up fight to build CIA's $600m secret cloud, hands deal to Amazon

billse10
Headmaster

for the general hoi polloi

or, even, for hoi polloi

(see icon)

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Cisco: Us, competing with Amazon's cloud? You're having a laugh

billse10
Holmes

my view, for what it's worth (probably not much) is that A Non e-mouse is correct; all I'd add is that "Cisco isn't going to compete with any of its partners, or its channel," any more than it does so at the moment (which can be quite a lot, at times).

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

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Freakonomics

the chapter in Freakonomics about names is good, including the story of the two Lane boys called Winner and Loser, respectively.

Loser graduates, becomes NYPD sergeant etc. whereas "The most noteworthy achievement of Winner Lane .. is the the sheer length of his criminal record".

But my favourite in there has to be the poor kid called Amcher. You've got to be especially "gifted" to name your child after the Albany Medical Center Hospital Emergency room.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

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Happy

Re: Green fatigue

@spleen, got to worry about those tortoises. They have important jobs :)

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Oracle muscles way into seat atop the benchmark with hefty ZFS filer

billse10

"Also the street price/performance numbers will be lower than list price/performance, depending on how good you are at getting a discount from your supplier"

when was the last time anyone paid Oracle list price for anything ?

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

billse10

"TalkTalk, of course, debuted its Homesafe system in 2011. That system, provided by Huawei, works by harvesting every URL visited by every TalkTalk customer. It then follows them to each web page and scans for threats, creating a master blacklist and a whitelist of dangerous and safe URLs."

Nothing wrong with that in principle (please read rest of this sentence before downvoting) provided the name & contact details of the human beings reviewing every single exact URL are published, along with that exact URL (ie not just www.dodgysite.com but www.dodgysite.com/pages/12/terribleppic.jpg) that's been blocked, and replace e.g. blocked images with something that identifies the individual person who chose to block it.

Then make those individuals personally liable under civil law should they block anything that is not illegal, and their employers liable for a penalty equal to one years' revenue from each affected subscriber per exact URL affected by filtering of legal content. Just for completeness, then make the MPs and campaigners who support this nonsense accept joint & several liability for all fines and penalties.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Tube cleaners to strike

How will we tell?

"What you smell is what you get,

Burger King and piss and sweat.

You roast to death in the boiling heat,

With tourists treading on your feet,

And chewing gum on every seat "

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_eQBeVlROo

(warning, the language is possibly a little strong for most workplaces)

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Apple named in criminal lawsuit over Premier League–streaming app

billse10

"every ISP for every big of dodgy / copyright infringing material they transmit"

under a strict interpretation of some of the half-dozen Home Office proposals on this over the last few years, that is EXACTLY what they would like to introduce, at the behest of the lazy organisations (like the FA or most of the music industry) who simply can't be bothered to identify actual infringers and proceed with evidence of infringing acts by named parties, but just want blanket bans.

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Dominant web ad giant (Google) possibly 'weeks' away from Euro slapdown

billse10

Re: M$ again

that is possibly unfair.

One thing is definitely true, however: the only monopoly that is completely legal and is actively enforced across the EU is the EU itself

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Kiwis (finally) confirm software ban under new patent law

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@ vagabondo

"The real problem is that patents are issued without adequate examination, and once issued there is a presumption of validity with negligible penalties for ...... incompetent examination."

You mean there are penalties for incompetent examination?

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

billse10
Pint

Re: What Ever Happened To All The Fun In The World?

@AussieCanuck - not sure whether you're an Australian in Canada, the other way round or just generally confused, but have a pint from my local ...

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

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Unhappy

Re: Groklaw dead ?

from Ms. Jones's last post:

"So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't."

:(

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Megaphone

Re: So far, not so good, but when was it any better ?

"A lot of businesses, large and small are still using Windows XP because of the applications they are using."

A lot of people are running XP because that's what was on their PC when it shipped, and they were given no choice by the machine vendor.

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UK.gov intros shiny CREST badge for cyber crime-scene cleanup squad

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FAIL

Re: GCHQ?

just looked at the "advice sheets" accompanying some of the important information stuff from the govt on this, reminded me of this classic:

Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject - the bleeding obvious.

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Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters

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Coat

Re: Another Twitter triumph

" Also note that a smiley face at the end of a tweet more than compensates for any amount of inconvenience, cluelessness, incompetence and bureaucratic idiocy."

whereas if you only need to compensate for an amazing amount of idiocy, just use an

"innocent face"

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Serious Farce Office: 32K secret BAE probe files spaffed to WRONG bod

billse10

"People will be wondering how many other skeletons there are in the SFO cupboard that the attorney general is aware of but is declining to make public. The government needs to get a grip, get to the bottom of this mess and come clean about exactly what went wrong and how."

They don't need to wonder, they just need to have been reading Private Eye's coverage of the Serious Farce Office over the last decade - it was just as bad under Labour, Ms. Thornberry. The only way these sorts of things will change is when all of the individuals concerned are publicly named and then fired, and made to pay any ICO fines out of their own pockets.

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US federal judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY

billse10
Coat

Re: Duck test = fish test!

alternatively, "If she weighs the same as a duck... she's made of wood!"

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REVEALED: Cyberthug tool that BREAKS HSBC's anti-Trojan tech

billse10

have a relative who was actually told by HSBC staffer that if (s)he didn't install Rapport and McAfee their computer would be hacked into and used for distributing illegal content. Presumably the staffer in question was offering to pay for the licences ....

While the banks are allowed to employ morons like that, and we're not allowed to smack them about the head repeatedly, they should not be allowed to insist on particular software that only runs on particular operating systems. It's as stupid as BBC saying iPlayer is only available on platforms that they like but claiming it's a publicly available service, and advertising it on their advertising-free (hahaha) channels.

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

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Coat

Re: 'Yes, I would like porn please.'

"They will be banning carrier pigeons next."

specifically, they'll ban RFC1149 and 2549 .. .and whatever the IPv6 version is .. .

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Gov: Smart TV bods must protect users from smut-riddled badness

billse10

Re: This problem was solved in 2003

problem with that is most politicians will never have heard of RFCs - those that can spell it, that is.

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

billse10

Re: I thought it worked like this...

that highlights the stupidity of the tax rules, not whether or not someone should do it ...

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

billse10

Re: making it up

"Bit cheeky really, making something up and conning lots of gullible people into believing it"

Yes, that sort of thing should be left to the professionals, aka political parties

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

billse10

Re: Virgin Media tried this

a genuine AUP that just says "so long as you don't bugger up our network (or do stuff that's illegal), we really don't give a shit." would be good to see :-) Wonder if El Reg readers feel like starting an ISP?

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UK gov: Brit biz barons, get your privates in check before the spooks arrive

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Pint

Re: E&Y

"It was a scaremongering sales pitch."

Most big 4 pitches look like that at some point ..

"And it was poor."

unlike the partners in the big 4

oh look, it's Friday afternoon :-)

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