* Posts by Pen-y-gors

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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What are the odds...?

Anyone know what odds the bookies are offering on the UK still being a member of the EU in, say, 5 years time?

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Gartner: Brexit to wipe $4.6bn off tech spending in Blighty

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Re: Gartner again?

Ah hah, a down vote! That means at least one Gartner employee reads El Reg. is this where they get their ideas from? Should we be getting paid?

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Gartner again?

If El Reg is going to keep on publishing Grtner's wild prognostications, could we perhaps have a daily horoscope and a series on the best tea for reading tea leaves? (I think Lester might have liked writing that last one)

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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Bit late but..,.

Okay, the actual petition has a definite whiff of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted or, to use the rather more evocative Welsh phrase "Codi'r pais ar ol pisio" (Lifting one's skirt after pissing)

But having said that, the basic idea of having a threshold of votes/majority for any referendum on constitutional change is a very good (essential?) idea. Obviously not to trigger never-ending referenda, but a simple requirement for 60% support on a 75% turnout (or 55% of the electorate or whatever, but something clear) for any decision to change the status quo. They had that in the first devolution referenda back in the 70s. Why on earth didn't that idiot Cameron include a similar requirement this time?

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

It's sooooo difficult....

every time I see or hear Gove or Johnson I decide to vote remain

Then every time I see or hear Cameron or Osborne i decide to vote leave.

My head is spinning!

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

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Local bobby?

"find out what your local bobby is doing,

<fx>Hollow laugh</fx>

What's a 'local bobby'? All ours spend their lives sitting on their fat arses in an expensive car, looking out for minor traffic offences. I suppose it beats working for a living.

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Re: In theory a nice idea...

Possibly something to do with the appalling security risks and vulnerabilities posed by all those damn plug-ins. Wordpress started out as a good blogging platform. It still is. Wordpress itself gets patched quite quickly when problems are found and the sites can update themselves automatically. That's good. Problem is all the dodgy plugins that people use to try and turn a blog into a 'proper' website, and which never get patched. Wordpress is such an inviting target. Look at any server logs and see how many robots are trying to log in to Wordpress admin on sites which don't even use Wordpress!

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Re: Not translaed into English

The Irish may still want to read it you know.

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Stains?

Think yourself lucky they're just coffee stains!

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Voter registration site collapse proves genius of GDS, says minister

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Evidence?

"We’ve spoken for many years about evidence-based policymaking,"

or to put it another way...We look at the evidence and either completely ignore it or do the opposite of what it suggests, 'cos our knee-jerk gut reactions are so much more reliable as a way of developing coherent, integrated policies.

N.B. the above quote applies to politicians of most of the big parties, in most countries. Sigh....

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: One wonders

When you're only 10 seconds from touchdown? Quite a lot of redesign!

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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

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No help for us Brits

<poliitical rant mode on>

If the lunatics take over the asylum and we leave the EU, then we won't be able to transfer data to the US via an EU country, as the Tories will have dismantled all the data-protection legislation! Alternatively we could keep EU-compliant data protection legislation, but without having any say in what that actually contains. Seems a bit silly, no?

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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There is another option. They are afraid

Good point. Inability to assess evidence and risk seems to be a prerequisite for being a career politician. Have a +1

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What is it about this people?

Are they genuinely stupid? or genuinely evil? or a bit of both? What is it about 'privacy' that they don't understand? The role of the citizen is not to make life easy for the government, whatever their reasons. Yes, technology can be used by criminals as well as the good people. That is no reason to ban the technology and stop good people from gaining the benefits. Dick Turpin used a horse to assist in his highway robberies. Did any MP in 1739 suggest banning horses?

Criminals will communicate. That's a fact of life, get over it. They will always be one step ahead of the goodies. If they need to make their plans and have a whispered conversation in a rowing boat 12 miles offshore, how will MI5 intercept that? Should we all be required to wear a continuous recorder, just on the off-chance that we might want to fiddle with a kiddie or BLOW UP a photograph? After all, it may help to prevent a serious crime, and please think of the children. Personally, I don't think it's a good idea, and I suspect a lot of other people might not think it a good idea, but it's no different in principle to government demands to provide encryption backdoors to russian mafia bosses.

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Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

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Don't give Network Rail ideas

First it was leaves on the track and the wrong sort of snow...

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FBI tries again to get warrantless access to your browser history

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Why are they so scared of getting a warrant?

I'm sure the FBI et al. have a long list of friendly judges who will put their bottle of Jack Daniels aside long enough to sign anything put in front of them without reading it. So why are they so afraid of asking for a warrant?

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Re: You don't understand what they're asking for

Very true - and it will show a long list of https connections to a VPN server in Iceland

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: "sadly no deep-fried Mars bar"

haggis lasagne, mmmm

Tried some in Newton Stewart a couple of years ago. Definitely a step too far as fusion cookery goes. Don't get me wrong, I love haggis, but in lasagne? No.

But what about the haggis quiche the St Andrews Students Union used to make many moons ago? Now that was yummy!

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Space exploration: Are Musk and Bezos about to eclipse Gagarin and Armstrong?

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International Space University?

I refuse to take any institution calling itself the International Space University seriously until it has a campus on the Moon and a field study centre on Ceres

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Re: The answer is no...

Nazi? Schmazi!

+1 for Tom Lehrer reference

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Useful

The Pakistani Quranic marks will make it easier to issue a fatwa on the bacon.

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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Re: Well duh

Hmmmm....if you actually NEED remote access (and there are many occasions when people do) how would you do it WITHOUT using the internet? Radio? Snail-mail? Telepathy?

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German boffins' clock drops 10 seconds in a billion-and-a-half years

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Not good enough

If I rely on that I could arrive a minute late for my booking at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and I might miss everything.

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Hang on....

I thought pythons worked by crushing their victims in their coils before eating them once they'd suffocated? Is he sure it was a python?

Of course I may be wrong, I'm not David Attenborough...

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ISS 'nauts to inflate pump-up space podule

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How about...

They just fill it with helium on the ground and let it float up to orbit? Cheaper even than Space-X.

(What do you mean - 'did I fail O-level Physics'?)

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Galileo satnav fleet grows an extra pair

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Love the video!

Even after all these years there is still something wonderful about the sight of a rocket blasting off into space on a pillar of fire - even better at night!

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

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Re: And move to what?

There is a lot of linkedin spam/scams - I get the odd email (but interestingly NOT to my linkedin e-mail address) asking me to connect to someone - the strange thing is the email only offers one button "confirm you know this person" - there's no option to click on "never heard of the little sod", so only option is to delete email and ignore, until another arrives next week telling me I haven't responded yet. Who designed this shit?

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Apple: Another bug fix. Er, thanks, GCHQ

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Bounties?

Who gets the bug bounties?

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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What's the point?

A driving licence has only one purpose, to show that you are licenced to drive a vehicle. You need to show it to a car hire firm if you're renting a car, or to a police officer when requested. In the latter case you have 48 hours to produce the licence at a police station.

That's it. So why would it be 'handy' to have it on a phone if you're only going to show it to someone once in ten years?

A driving licence is NOT an ID document. Same with passports - their only purpose is to be shown at borders to allow you to enter a country.

When someone asks me for photo ID I say i don't drive and don't have a passport, and what are they going to do about it. This is the UK, ID is an alien concept. If I say who I am that should be sufficient for anyone, unless they know to the contrary.

David Cameron

10 Downing Street

London

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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Great!

Hit and run victim, instead of ending crumpled on the pavement now gets to have a two hour journey from hell glued to the bonnet of the fleeing car as it's chased up the motorway at 120mph by the police!

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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VPN is your friend

I've had HMA on my phone for quite a while now. Makes me feel a lot safer, but I still wouldn't use it for banking!

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Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

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Still might be a tad excessive

Yes, it makes sanse for physical and digital bulk copyright infringement to carry the same penalties.

BUT isn't a maximum 10 years a bit on the steep side for a financial crime? I mean, you can kill someone and get less! Surely lengthy prison sentences should be reserved for serious crimes against the person? I'd suggest a couple of years max (and some serious confiscation of assets, lengthy community service etc) should be adequate - two years as the cellmate of Big Roger should be more than enough to put most 'pirates' off a life of crime.

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Secure?

“kept for a month on a UK 'cloud' managed by an outside company which police bosses are confident will be secure,”

<chokes on coffee while laughing>

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Guns can actually be quite dangerous

Some interesting statistics:

Last year, estimated deaths by shooting of children under 19 in the USA 2,600 (that's two thousand six hundred)

2013, total deaths on British roads from all causes 1713

Makes you think (well, obviously doesn't make american gun nuts think, but should make anyone with a working brain think)

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Hurrah!

What is depressing is that when it comes to Parliamentary reform, I sometimes feel that we'd be better off abolishing the Commons rather than the Lords.

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Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

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cold, dry and nasty

Perfect place to ship all the lawyers, bankers, politicians, PR people and telephone sanitisers.

Could Elon Musk be persuaded to build a B-Ark version of the Mars Dragon?

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DARPA wants god-mode attribution platform to pin and predict crime

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criminal campaign behaviour?

Zac Goldsmith's campaign advisors?

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Re: And when you find...

RAIN DOWN A HELL OF CLEANSING ATOMIC FIRE ON THEM!!!!

...it's the only language they understand

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Actors?

Seems a bit OTT just to track down a few luvvies posting nasty anonymous tweets about their 'friends'

I'd have thought they'd be more worried about trrrrsts.

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EU set to bin €500 note

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Re: The usual bollocks from the Euros

<willy-waving mode on>

100,000DM? That's nothing...

I have a 500 MILLION Mark note (from 1923) - sadly I can't persuade them to convert that to Euros either.

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London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

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Re: computer aided burglary.

Interesting point - remember when scumbags used to break into cars to nick the stereo and then flog it to some guy down the pub, who'd buy it because they were all a standard size and fitted into the standard rectangular slot in the car? Security meant a detachable front panel that you were meant to put in your pocket when you left the car.

Now every car comes with a built in system, so no point in nicking the stereo as they don't come out easily and no-one needs to buy one.

It would be interesting to know the actual statistics.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Bury it and mark it

Burying it deep is a sound idea, but the site needs to be marked well so that people in 10,000 years know not to go fossicking around underground. That's tricky - a nice painted skull and crossbones is likely to have faded.

How about a nice big ring of giant granite stones raised up on end with more stones across the top, and a massive slab in the centre marking the entrance? Should be good for a few millenia...

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So where has the legal 'right' to 10Mbps broadband gone?

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Strange silence

"it might be reasonable to speculate that if money were to be set aside for the project we'd know about it by now"

True. Given the tendency of our politicians to announce every bit of spending three or four times, and try to pretend that each time it's new money, silence is very worrying.

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Faulty nagware

I got the usual pop up this morning but realised there is a serious error in the design. I'm really amazed that it managed to slip through their QA system. The screen pops up and offers three choices - Upgrade Now, Upgrade tonight and Choose a time. What wally managed to forget to include a button for 'When hell freezes over'?

Makes you laugh - massive software giant can't even get a simple thing like that right. Bet there are red faces at Microsoft!

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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FTFY

"...there was an ethical problem presented by encryption money, cars and oxygen and it was necessary for industry's technical experts to help them work out a solution on its use by criminals."

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Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Time for a compromise?

Given that it appears to be possible (if somewhat surprising) for Apple to get access to 'the phone' perhaps they should do what the court orders and hack it, under protest, this time. Really, it's not that different to a safe manufacturer cracking a safe. BUT, Apple then update their OS so that that hack isn't possible in the future.

Seems a reasonable compromise, no? Both sides save face, and future security is enhanced.

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Activist investor tells dot-word biz to sell off 'garbage' new domains

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Expectations?

"Cannell is certainly right in that the sales of new internet extensions have been far lower than expectations."

That would be the expectations of a handful of greedy optimists who dreamt up the whole stupid extension of the tld system, as opposed to the millions of web professionals whose expectations were that sales of most new tlds would be pretty damn close to zero.

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HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

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Slight correction

"DROWN basically allows a miscreantGovernment agency to snoop on and decrypt a victim's encrypted web connections, allowing crooksGovernment agents to swipe passwords and so on.

"DROWN allows attackersGovernment agencies to break the encryption and read or steal sensitive communications, including passwords, credit card numbers, trade secrets, or financial data," said the research team.

FTFY

GCHQ/NSA will not be happy with this disclosure.

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Computers abort SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

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Quite positive really

It's better to fail-safe rather than make a mega-expensive fireball on the launch pad that destroys the payload (even more important once the payload includes wetware)

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MapR acquires Geneva Lake to embiggen its worldwide reach

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Confusion?

"Vulture Central's backroom gremlins would like to emphasise that Geneva Lake is a person, not a geographical feature in central Europe. That's Lake Geneva, in case you were wondering."

I was wondering... some sort of story about serious water-cooled datacentre?

People shouldn't be allowed to have confusing names. I DEMAND that everyone (apart from me) has their name changed to John Smith at once. That would stop any possible future confusion

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