* Posts by Woza

93 posts • joined 25 Mar 2011

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Behold the fruit of your techie utopia: A $43 San Francisco fog-infused martini

Woza
WTF?

Obscurely disappointed

I read the headline as "frog-infused martini"

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What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?

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Go

Came for the subheading

Stayed for the snark - not disappointed.

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Re: Round and round the Isle of Wight?

You have a woman's robot's legs, my lord!

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How much does your kid hate exams? This lad hacked his government to skip them

Woza

Or perhaps working via /dev/rroger ?

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IT analyst: Oz census data processed as plain text

Woza

Not conclusive

Perhaps I missed it in the article, but I don't see how data not being decrypted in the browser implies that the data is stored as plaintext. The same observations could be made if data at rest *is* encrypted, but is decrypted server-side before being sent over TLS.

It's certainly possible that IBM / ABS / whoever *is* storing data unencrypted, but this isn't sufficient evidence to prove that claim.

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Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

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Joke

Re: Tu use Hillary's own words...

He's not making a point, he's pointing a finger...

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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Black Helicopters

Re: Off script?

"Right, so what if McPuck, or someone else, succeeds in passing a new law? Bottom would then be sulking, but wouldn't be entitled to complain about it."

However, if Bottom *did* attend and a new law was passed, then he's still not entitled to complain - he'd have given his input and been consulted, right?

Heads you win, tails I lose. I don't blame him for staying out of it.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

Woza

It sounds harmless but the trick is knowing when to stop - I've seen nested messes of

#if 0

#if 1

#if 1

#if 0

....

that have to be seen to be believed. It makes grep happy too!

Icon: The goggles, they do nothing!

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Are you an Olympian of software, a titan of tech? Prove it in our coding competition

Woza

Well, it's true to life

Their example inputs do not match their written specifications...

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Woza
Mushroom

This gaming rig

Is it pre-installed with Windows 10?

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

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Black Helicopters

So how long until

We can detect a passing GSV?

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YouTube sharecroppers start world’s most useless trade union

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Joke

Re: But ...

Well, they're only a mute button away from being the Guild of Mime Artists...

Where's the scorpion pit when you need it?

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It's not us, it's you: Boffins ditch supercomputers in lust for new materials

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Re: It's neither...

Gently does it...

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NIST readies 'post-quantum' crypto competition

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Re: Even easier.

How about carrier pigeons? There's a n app RFC for that.

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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FAIL

We're going to need a bigger corner soon...

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

Woza

As Robin Williams said

Politicians should be like NASCAR drivers - they should have logos from all their sponsors on the back of their jackets. Then you'd know why they vote the way they do!

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Coat

Re: These laser strikes...

Well, it is stimulated emission...

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Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem

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Joke

Re: A problem with a text editor?

M-x remove-bear

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Google crafts custom networking CPU with parallel computing links

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Joke

"There is no floating-point support, so it won't be juggling tasks involving lots of math."

I guess number theory doesn't qualify as maths, then?

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CSIRO says it's not firing scientists, it's re-balancing

Woza

"Rebalancing"

<cynic>

Fire all the scientists and hire more administrators? I've seen that pattern before.

</cynic>

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

Woza

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/01/bofh_2010_episode_11/ ?

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Overhaul Wassenaar or ruin next Heartbleed fix, top policy boffin says

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Facepalm

Canberra will meet later this month

Will we? Guess my invitation got lost in the mail.

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GCHQ Christmas Card asks YOU the questions

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Re: What a GCHQ Christmas card might look like

On those lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mMaRmMthWQ

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

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Coat

Voom

Someone needs to be paid for those 4,000 volts

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Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

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Coat

NIST compliance

'Except for one thing: back when FIPS was created, the standard didn't consider astrophysical sources for randomness, so it stipulates that “the RGB or portion of the RGB cryptographic module that generates the key must 'reside' within the FIPS 140 key-generating module.”'

So if the key-generating module is the universe, the CMB is within the module, no?

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Why was the modem down? Let us count the ways. And phone lines

Woza

Re: Luxury

Morse code? Luxury - we had to make do with dots, because dashes hadn't been invented yet. The only letters we could send were E, H, I and S.

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Bookworms' Weston mecca: The Oxford institution with a Swindon secret

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Re: surrounded by hundreds of thousands of books, there is near silence.

I just hope they've taken precautions against the .303 bookworm.

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Australia builds facial recognition as a service for plod, spookhaüses

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Joke

Typo, or political commentary?

the prime minister *of* counter-terrorism

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

Woza

Research life cycle in action?

Given that the statement seems to originate from a press office, I wonder if we're looking at the start of this effect:

http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1174

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Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

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Re: Hmmm...

The G&S could switch into a classical-style opera, with lyrics in Italian...

"Gli angoli sono rotonde,

e si tiene sbagliato

C'è solo un pulsante,

Non un grosso problema"

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

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"have no soles"

I see what you did there! Have an upvote,

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El Reg hosts the IBM Bluemix Programming Competition 2015

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Stop

Well, I was going to enter, but

"THE CHALLENGE is open to United Kingdom residents only."

(from http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/hub/ibm/terms.html)

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Cell division: The engine of life – and of CANCER. Now some of its secrets are revealed

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Fantastic accuracy warning!

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'Save the teachers!' 184 cryptologists send Oz Govt cleartext petition

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Re: First they came for the wind and solar farms

You shouldn't excuse one bunch of idiots by pointing out what a different bunch of idiots did. Politics (like life) is not a zero-sum game.

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Brandis' metadata retention recipe doesn't prohibit USB drives stored in a garden shed

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Black Helicopters

Did I miss it?

Was there any mention about whether the data has to be stored within Australia? Or can it be encrypted with ROT13 and then stored in the cheapest cloudy location?

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Joke

Looking at the colour

I'm pleased there is now a real Red Dwarf in this solar system.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Go

But how many of them are called Rod? According to http://howmanyofme.com/search/, there are 20,841 people called Rod in the US...

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

Woza

Re: Question

Ah - thanks for the answer.

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Woza

Question

Can you pair it with more than one phone? I assume it broadcasts the video to all connected devices - if so, can you have 3 way conversations between (say) your spouse and the person at the door (does it relay sound between paired phones)?

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Joke

Re: customers should conduct rigorous penetration tests

And then track the perpetrator's IP address through a GUI?

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: Why was the first response to Taser him?

"Perhaps they should have left it to special branch."

This is called winning.

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Aussie priest BLESSES an APP – and the sacred iPad it runs on

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Joke

So, is this like other certifications?

If they release a new version or patch a bug, does it need to be re-blessed?

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Surface Pro 3 update has so much new stuff for sysadmins, we can't fit it all in one headline

Woza
FAIL

Where's the Stob?

I was promised the Stob, damnit.

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

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well done

on the subheading!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Paraphrasing Soul Music

People will always remember the books he never had a chance to write, and they will be the greatest books of all.

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OpenSSL audit kicks off for post-Heartbleed strengthening program

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Go

Start with

Some of the early change logs for Libre SSL.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

Woza
Mushroom

Have they planned for

Deep Ones?

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Nope. That's not our FAKE BOMB say Oz spooks and cops

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Joke

This is why

we need warrantless metadata access, obviously!

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Nailed it

Superb writing.

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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

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Joke

the lack of privacy “opens up a market” for votes to be bought

I thought the current lot were all in favour of market-based approaches!

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