* Posts by Paul

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Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

Paul

Just don't use this near the aurora watch project, otherwise they'll cause a global panic!

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German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

Paul

Government minister seeks to use technology to solve social problem without understanding the effectiveness of it and how easy it is to defeat it.

Nothing new here then.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Re: Don't drop that wrench

You can't deep link directly to an image on that wp site

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Banking system SWIFT was anything but on security, ex-boss claims

Paul

Security is a lower priority than the director's bonuses, fancy offices or new car.

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

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I've often thought stupidity is a fundamental force of nature.

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Thailand waters down alien-tracking plan

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It's no good changing the SIM once they know your IMEI, which they will be able to track.

It's difficult to change the IMEI, but not impossible, depending on your exact phone model.

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Users of secure chat app Telegram popped after possible nation-state attack

Paul

Your html for a link to a Reuters article is broken

Your html for a link to a Reuters article is broken

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

Paul

Re: What's all this then?

p.s. Thales are a French company, partly owned by the French government.

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Paul

Re: What's all this then?

Thales e-Security are pretty big, part of the huge Thales organisation, and sell hardware security devices, trusted by many household names.

Based in Cambridge (England).

I'm sure they'll be happy to pick up lots of customers fleeing from the US mandated backdoors.

Disclaimer: I work there.

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

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Re: For contractors, it's a big world

http://fortune.com/2016/02/08/renounce-us-citizenship/

"Bye-bye, USA: Record Number Give Up Citizenship for Third Year in a Row"

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Paul

lenovo make a smartwatch?

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: I wait with interest...

then all we do is use a different encryption wrapper so that the plain text part of the handshake looks different.

if the government think and try to block unauthorised types of encryption, then the only people who will be affected will be the dumb and lazy and technically ignorant people, who are likely to be the least interesting.

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4-day Fasthosts outage: Customers' sites go TITSUP

Paul

Re: Depends on their size!

if £60 is a lot, then they're probably not running a business, but a hobby that pays for itself.

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

Paul

their spokes-person wrote:

"Our sites have been operating for over a decade without an major issue with security"

chances are they have no way of knowing whether their systems have been compromised and root-kitted to hell and back.

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Alleged Brit hacker Lauri Love bailed amid US extradition battle lull

Paul

But a judge in Virginia said that if you connect a computer to the internet, you have no expectation of privacy,

http://www.eweek.com/security/home-computers-connected-to-the-internet-arent-private-court-rules.html

so Lauri L can't have done anything wrong!

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Jury awards US$3 BEEELION to HPE in Oracle/Itanium lawsuit

Paul

Should I feel sad for Oracle?

Naah.

Does Oracle have any friends?

Naah.

Just pay up!

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Lester Haines: RIP

Paul

RIP

I'm very sad we've him to the great /dev/null in the sky

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

Paul

or he has a social media personal assistant who is charged with setting up accounts for him on any new services that get created, and that PA creates accounts with easy to use passwords and Zuck is meant to login and set them to something strong.

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Facebook to kill native chat, bring opt-in crypto to Messenger

Paul

No Facebook apps on my devices

Since my phone is rooted, I was able to delete Facebook app entirely off my phone.

If I partly go through installing the app off Google Play Store, the privileges it wants are vast, it might as well want root!

So there's no way I'm going to install their messenger app or their main app.

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Nexsan sues EMC in tussle over Unity name

Paul

two companies claiming trademark over a commonly used word in the dictionary.

the only winners are the lawyers.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

Paul

Re: Takes courage

I've seen that. Such bash horrors are written by people who don't understand how to use single and double quotes properly.

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Paul

Re: "Hosting biz still working on fix for outrageous outage"

Hosing Blitz?

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Australia should be the 'Switzerland of data', Cisco head hacker says

Paul

How many different prime ministers have they had in the last six years?

"political stability"???

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This is the Australia which tries to censor the internet as if it's a TV channel?

The same Australia which has a monopolistic national telco?

It'd take ten years, massive investment in new fibre links to the rest if the world, and a total reeducation of their government before companies would host there.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

Paul

Now most Apple kit is sealed, anything with a battery will only be useful whilst the battery has capacity or Apple are willing to service it.

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

Paul

Re: Peasants! It's all your fault

> you can demonstrate, if it's gonna make you feel better

Not without permission

https://www.gov.uk/protests-and-marches-letting-the-police-know

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Tracy Emin dons funeral shroud, marries stone

Paul

Kate Moss had been the stone's previous fiancee, but he still wanted to roll, and the relationship didn't survive.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

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my car radio is pretty good, but doesn't have DAB.

still, it's only purpose is to be a bluetooth receiver so I can play podcasts from my phone. I listen to quite a lot of BBC R4, but as podcasts. I play them at 1.1x normal speed. I can rewind too and pause. far more convenient than radio.

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Paul

Re: DAB would have some great potential if you get propper equipment

there's an interesting related project:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/radio-4-matic/

grab and time slice the audio stream from the radio for time shifted playback

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

Paul

And in other news, GCHQ has found a way to make horses run backwards into the stables they bolted from, so that they can retrospectively lock the stable door.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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I note that the contact page on the portoftyne website is fscked, insists that the message field shouldn't be blank.

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Paul

and yet only 17 months ago...

http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/ews/port-of-tyne/photographers-urged-to-put-south-tyneside-in-the-frame-for-port-of-tyne-reflect-awards

"The Port sits at the heart of the South Tyneside community and we hope people will pick up a camera or smartphone and start taking pictures of what life means to them."

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

Paul

Why am I reminded of "things I won't work with"?

http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2014/10/10/things_i_wont_work_with_peroxide_peroxides

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Ransomware scum add Joomla to their list

Paul

it's worth checking you've turned on the a bunch of headers that make the site less prone to these problems

try https://securityheaders.io/

on your site and fix it. I've been doing that.

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Blighty cops nab Brit teen for 'hacking' CIA Brennan's AOL email

Paul

You'd have thought they'd know about the Streisand Effect by new

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Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

Paul

I remember streetmap being pretty crappy, and even the first version of Google maps being so much better that I stopped using streetmap straight away. Frankly, had streetmap been any good they would have been able to hold on to their user base.

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Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly

Paul

Lazytown computers run Debian

Lazytown computers run Debian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58Sphh1QOpU

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The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

Paul

Re: Lenovo have lost the plot

At previous job I had a T540p. Same problems: no indicator lights for caps lock, wifi, hard drive, battery charging. Also there were no mouse buttons at all, just a horrible track pad. I was glad to surrender it when I left.

It seems that in the T550 that Lenovo went back to a previous design and brought back mouse buttons etc.

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CMA to review BT whinge over superfast broadband price setting

Paul

Since BT Openreach and BT Retail are the same company, it means Openreach can set their prices really high and then let Retail sell on the services almost at a loss, and thus Oreach make all the profits.

That then makes it almost impossible for third parties to compete as they have to make a reasonable margin on the prices set by Oreach.

This then allows BT to sign lucrative deals with sports entertainment industry and have it subsidised by their competitors.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was paid more than $28,000 a day in 2015

Paul

I guess he's being paid in iWatches, he gets a couple of the most expensive ones every day.

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Was Android moving to OpenJDK really a Google gift to devs?

Paul

If found this article to be confusing, like it was written by someone who was very tired, by them dictating it to someone who simply spell-checked it and didn't bother to restructure it into simple clear english with good punctuation.

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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

Paul

I find this painfully ironic. I recently bought and signed up to their mobile broadband service special deal.

Immediately my Osprey Mini started receiving premium text messages from T-Zones, run by IMI Mobile, with chart updates regularly, at 17p per message!

I called up EE and they failed to stop them. Eventually I tracked down the 3030 number to IMI Mobile and demanded they stop - they ignored the "STOP ALL" message I sent.

I then called EE again and they said they would block the messages, but I would have to wait a while before they could refund the charges.

So on this basis I would say EE are in cahoots with the text spammers.

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Vodafone joins calls to pry Openreach from BT's hands

Paul

Re: Ok this isn't difficult

you do know, don't you, that even if you're a Virgin Media customer then part of your connection may go over BT infrastructure.

BT essentially have a monopoly in all but very specific parts of the country it's nearly impossible to not use at least some part of their infrastructure.

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Those football deals need to be paid by someone, and if the costs can be pushed into OpenReach, then all ISPs using Openreach's infrastructure can be made to subsidise BT's Retail operations.

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Holmes

Re: Link?

http://mediacentre.vodafone.co.uk/pressrelease/frontier-economics-report-into-bt-overcharging/

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Furious LastPass fans fear password wrangler's fate amid LogMeIn's gobble

Paul

If you use XMarks (once foxmarks) for bookmark sychronisation then maybe you need to be reminded that lastpass bought xmarks.

so you may need to find a new bookmark sync service too.

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

Paul

According to ARS VW have known for years

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/09/report-vw-was-warned-about-cheating-emissions-in-2007/

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Pope Francis' first act in America: Halt iPhone 6S, 6S Plus deliveries

Paul

Re: Oh the Ronny

"the pool will always be with us"

... especially if they keep upgrading their iPhones!

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

Paul

IPv6 adoption is doing fairly well

http://blog.mythic-beasts.com/2015/09/24/uk-ipv6-council-forum-2nd-annual-meeting/

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PSINet was one of the first dotcom collapses. I lost a fair few $$ in the value of my options :-(

I think 38/8 is now controlled by Cogent. Buying the remnants of PSINet for their IP addresses might have been the best part!

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