* Posts by Paratrooping Parrot

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

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Meh

I am a bit worried

Yahoo deal with email. If the Daily Fail take over Yahoo, how would we know whether the Yahoo services that are currently running will still be available? I have a feeling that Daily Fail will take over services that it feels are profitable and remove those that are making a loss. Therefore things like Yahoo Mail and Flickr may suffer.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Happy

Yay!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jn8K8EA7-Q

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Mindless Flash masses saved as exploit kit devs go astray with 0day

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Paris Hilton

One small question...

When will The Register stop using Flash for videos?

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Spies rejoice! Gmail, Facebook Messenger BREACHed once again

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Mushroom

Some may complain "Why are people publishing details of exploits?" Thing is, I have a feeling that governments and *cough* NSA *cough* have probably been using these exploits.

This is why using computer communications worry me. There is no way to keep a secret. :(

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Facepalm

Today????

Really??? Why is the coin dated 2014?

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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

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Paris Hilton

Why not just visit m.facebook.com ?

The only thing is that you don't get audio notifications of when you get a message.

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Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets

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Childcatcher

Requirements specification

Maybe one of the options for the requirements specification should be:

"Use an operating system that is guaranteed security updates for the life of the physical system at no or minimal extra cost, assuming at least 15 years."

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Ransomware scum sling PowerShell, Word macro nasty at healthcare biz

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FAIL

Job recruitment offices

I remember they always insisted on me sending them Word versions of my CV. I wanted to send them PDF for security reasons (although I do know about the problems with Adobe!). Maybe if Word refuses to run macros, it will be better. Otherwise, it should sandbox them so then it cannot access any other files.

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Boffin

I would love this idea, but...

The problem with Open Access at the moment is the number of predatory journals that are about. There are websites that claim to list predatory journals, but I have heard that some of those websites had secret payments.

What we need is someone well known and reputable like the Wellcome Trust to create open access journals that we can submit to. Predatory journals request large sums of money and they claim to have papers proof read and so on, but they don't.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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Isn't this basically GIGO??? Twitter is full of garbage!

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

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Boffin

Interface with an Arduino

I think if you can get it to interface with an Arduino, then you can get a really good system to run as a robot controller with the Pi doing the processing and the Ardruino interfacing with sensors.

By the way, what is the speed of the latest Raspberry Pi like? Is it like a Celery or an Atom or faster?

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These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

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Boffin

What they need is a course on how to use computers and the Internet safely. They don't need a full blown computer course in coding. Maybe the bit about project planning and requirements that are needed in other fields.

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Samsung off the hook as $120m Apple patent verdict tossed

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Mushroom

The eventual winners...

It seems that the lawyers are the winners in all of this. They must have been raking in fortunes from Apple and Samsung.

I think the lawyers and managers should be sued for encouraging such behaviour. So, can we have a summarised list of the patents that have been accepted and rejected? I have lost track of them.

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

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Childcatcher

Too many cooks spoil the broth

With all these competing IoT foundations and what have you, we are going to have a big mess. Most of the effort will be spent on making their standards as sexy as possible. This will mean there may be a half hearted effort at security. All the networking experts will be working in a fragmented fashion and so the eventual winner will be so full of security holes (as the current crop) that it will be like Swiss Cheese.

Depending upon how much effort each foundation spent, there may be a time when they will not want to collaborate. So, the basic advice for end users is to wait and see. You may find out that you have absolutely no need for this IoT rubbish. :-)

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

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Megaphone

The reason I block ads

I have decided to block adverts for a few reasons:

* There are so many adverts on a page that use up valuable bandwidth.

* I had enough of those adverts that have flashing graphics.

* There have been too many dodgy adverts serving malware.

If those issues are resolved with a simple text based advert that is clearly marked and that does not download any other content or involve stealing logins, then maybe the site will be given the green light. Until that time, I will use my adblocking plugin.

It is up to the advertising community to clean up its act.

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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Paris Hilton

Feeling worried

I think I better start downloading my emails. I feel a tad worried. I have been using the same email since 2005.

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Android Xbot trojan poses as banking app, nicks your login creds

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WTF?

I am a bit confused. Why did the Palo Alto Research Team create Xbot?

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Big Content picks first download-block target: THE SUN!

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Megaphone

All that effort...

There is so much effort being spent on getting video pirates blocked or arrested. However, nothing is being done to stop scammers. If they spent as much effort on protecting the ordinary folks instead of the very rich film industry, then it would gain more support from the public.

It seems that fighting crime is only done to satisfy the rich.

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Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks tough AI challenge: Beating a top Go board-game player

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Re: Confused

Thank you. So it seems that the media decided to talk about Facebook which just updated an old paper today. So the whole media circus were gathering around Facebook, while Google had their paper published today that is so much superior. However, the media were talking about Facebook.

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Paris Hilton

Confused

I am a bit confused. The Internet news websites insist that it was Facebook who was doing the work, yet you have mentioned it was Google. So, who did the work?

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MariaDB hires new CEO with code daddy Monty in as CTO

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Coffee/keyboard

You got me worried for a moment! I thought you were talking about the Tory MP.

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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Thumb Down

Re: Quality Vs quantity. PC Chimps.

This brings back memories... I had a PC Chips motherboard. Was livid to find out that it had fake cache. The next upgrade I did was to an Asus P5a. :)

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Mushroom

Made up Caller ID numbers

Will they be able to prosecute those who make up caller ID numbers? We had many calls from those who use incomplete phone numbers in the Caller ID. They all seem to be selling PPI or are ambulance chasers.

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

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Headmaster

For those who disabled Adobe Flash

Is it possible to give a link to the Youtube video so then we don't have to use Flash? Thanks

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

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Mushroom

I know that some people will say "But she should have known that this was a scam!"

When someone who has not had love for a long time suddenly finds someone who claims to love them, then I guess they want it to be true. They are vulnerable and are not in the right state of mind to think properly.

Although what gets me is that she had two people who claimed to love her? They are nasty vile thugs who are preying on the vulnerable. They are in the same league as those who fleece the elderly for so called jobs needed in or around the house.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: If you wanted to learn about computing from the ground up

awww It would have been great to see the Z80 as I was using Z80 machines.

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Kids charity hit by server theft

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Coat

"The Register contacted Plus UK to enquire about its security practices. We have not received a response as of publication."

Maybe if you contacted Plan UK, you would have a better chance. ;-)

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Mobe-maker OnePlus 'fesses up to flouting USB-C spec

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Boffin

I have done experiments and have noticed that some cables barely draw in enough power to charge my mobile, while other cables have no problems in charging the mobile. These are all from the same Samsung charger that I got with my Galaxy S4.

It seems that cables are different.

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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Unhappy

Re: Do people still use Yahoo?

I did somehow or other manage to get my address book hacked. They stole my address book and spammed everyone from a different account. I mentioned it to Yahoo via Twitter, and they just gave out the usual thing about changing passwords. I only log into Yahoo Mail through two devices. My laptop which is rather secure, and Android Yahoo App.

I have been using Yahoo Mail since about 1998. I don't want to leave now.

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TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

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If you listened to the News Quiz last week (or the week before), there was an interesting thing mentioned about the connection between Dido, her husband and David Cameron. It's on BBC iPlayer, Radio 4.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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The spider spied her and she shrieked!

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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I remember the first time I used Windows 3.1 after coming from a DOS background. I hated it! I couldn't use Program Manager properly. I abandoned it until I got a PC of my own which came with MSDOS 6.1 and Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.

Windows 95 which came out while I was at university was a much better system. All your programs were visible in one place unlike Program Manager where you had to double click each icon to check if the program was in there.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Is this how a gorilla takes a data dump in the woods?

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: True - but unlikely

I had the same problem with my yahoo email address book. They somehow managed to hack it. Luckily the "iphone user" sent me an email as well. So, I replied without that address to the recipients to warn them not to click.

I use the Android Yahoo Mail client. I changed the password.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Happy

2020 you say?

I think I will stay with Windows 7 on my laptop. I don't think it will last another 5 years. I had it for 3 years already. :) As long as it gets the updates for the next 5 years, I should be fine with this laptop.

By the way, there are so many spelling mistakes in the article that needs correcting.

"Windows 10 is coming in just over a week's time" I think it has come out already.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Reliability

How reliable are SSDs? Are they prone to failure fairly quickly? I have external Western Digital hard drives from about 6 years ago, and they are working fine.

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KILLER! Adobe Flash, Windows zero-day vulns leak from Hacking Team raid

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Black Helicopters

This has definitely opened up a huge can of worms. Now we see that private hacking companies are out there searching for vulnerabilities that they exploit without letting the software companies know. This is basically black hat stuff.

I am sure that if an individual made use of that kind of information for his own benefit, then the US authorities will extradite him and send him off to Guantanamo. If this is one company's information stash, imagine what kind of stuff the NSA and Mossad have with the amount of funding they receive. Imagine how many exploits they have access to. We have seen what has been leaked by Snowden.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Clangers

I have been watching every episode. :-) ITV has been producing dross for ages! They used to have some decent stuff ages ago. Although they have gone downhill.

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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

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Boffin

A new idea for fines

Instead of fining the company for say £1 million, how about saying that board of directors' pay must be cut by 25%. Plus, the board of directors cannot quit the company until they have sorted out the problems. Then once the issues have been fixed and there are no problems for a year, then it can be reinstated. This way, the company will really try to sort out issues, and hopefully the customers don't lose out.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Boffin

How about Morse code?

I remember years ago, there was a program in Windows that would listen to Morse code and write it on the screen. I then set up an Amstrad CPC 6128 to transmit Morse Code. We could send messages from the Amstrad to the PC using Morse code. :) It was brilliant!

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Facebook does fling COOKIES around, but privacy is assured

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Paris Hilton

Would Ghostery help protect one from this?

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Happy

Re: Bookmarks.

For drop down menu, just press the ALT key on the keyboard. This is on Windows. I don't know about other versions.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Stop

MMX? Surely that's an Intel trademark isn't it? Also, I really wonder with all this computer technology on the dash, what are the odds that it will crash, or there will be a lag and so the speedometer doesn't tell you the correct speed.

Also, I have a feeling that people will be concentrating on the dashboard rather than on the road ahead. The whole idea of a dashboard is that it is there for information only. It should be there for the driver to glance at, not gawk at.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Joke

You do know that this is actually a Death Star? What they have found is the entrance to it. Go in, and you will see all sorts of activity happening in there.

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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WTF?

This is what really infuriates me about the police and other law enforcement people. Unless someone is famous or rich, they will not bother checking to see who is causing all these scams. Many people who are uneducated about computers are being scammed and embarrassed and the only reply from the police is: "Sorry folks, no can do." Whereas if it was a high ranking politician who had been scammed, the FBI is used in the United States.

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Thunderstrike shocks OS X with firmware bootkit

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Scary

What are the odds that the NSA and others like it have been doing something similar? How many more exploits that haven't been exposed are being used against us?

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Terminator

Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

I was going to vote for Marvin thinking of the TV series, then I realised that it was the film version being talked about. I hated the film. So, I voted for Johnny 5.

What about DARYL? Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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Paris Hilton

They had unfollow for years. Basically use that and you don't see anything they post. Very useful for some people I know.

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UPGRADE your CHILDREN with KANO: All you need in one box

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Re: Tablets

Have you tried typing on a tablet?

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