* Posts by lglethal

1331 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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Re: Only 50 odd years behind the curve

My apologies! Of course you're right! Mitsubishi not Toyota... Still a wanker of a car though... ;)

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Re: Only 50 odd years behind the curve

Apparently (according to our Chilean cleaner in College) the Toyota "Pajero" means "Wanker" in Spanish.

I always thought it seemed quite appropriate. A Chelsea Tractor indeed...

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Privacy advocates rail against US Homeland Security's Twitter, Facebook snooping

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When i hear things like this...

It kinda makes me hope that trump does win over there, but instead of just building a wall to Mexico, he can build it all the way around the country (hell I'd chuck some money into the pot for that). But not to keep us dirty foreigners out, but to keep all the Americans in!

We could turn it into a sort of large scale Battle Royale show! Hell they've already got the weapons!

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

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Re: Change management 101

Google?

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German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

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Re: Ban my backpack? You don't want my money then.

Sorry, but you haven't been to Oktoberfest have you?

Lets have a look at your arguments:

a) Families - You don't bring babies and children to Oktoberfest. It is not the sort of event you just happen to bring the family along to. So frankly the comments about diaper bags are ridiculous.

b) students/hikers - if your hiking and coming to Oktoberfest, then you're probably going to hole up in a hostel. Hey guess where you can leave your bag? In the hostel! Wow who would have thought it? And if you don't have a hotel or hostel, then why don't you go and get one? München is not a place where you just go sleep on the streets because you're too cheap to pay for a hostel. And if your willing to do that, well your hardly going to be able to afford to go to Oktoberfest in the first place are you?

c) No-one in their right mind takes an attaché case to a beer festival!!! Really you arrive in München, dressed in a suit and tie for a business meeting (without having a hotel booked apparently), and just decide to go to Oktoberfest? Nope. Cant see it sorry.

d) Medical supplies - You can pretty much guarantee that there would be medical exemptions for your bag of diabetic medication but your going to need a note from your doctor most likely. Just like going through airport security. Not so difficult that, is it?

So to summarise, you've given 4 examples that were plain stupid for a beer festival. But don't worry, I guarantee that the Oktoberfest organisers don't mind that you wont be giving them "your business". Feel free to start your own beer festival somewhere else with your own level of security. Those of us in Germany will keep going with what we have here, and we'll take the heightened security. Cheers... bye

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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outlook.com is fine

I've been using outlook.com for years, well technically Hotmail, but that got switched over about a year ago (though thankfully it didn't change my email address) and it works great. I've also never seen a single ad in all that time, but maybe that's because I use NoScript and ADP?

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: The big picture

Did you miss the figures in the article? EU Exports are worth 44% of exports. China and India (the two expected big growth markets) are worth 4.6%.

Even if you double trade to China and India (unlikely). All it takes is a 10% reduction in EU trade (which is very likely) and you have reduced net exports.

And you really wanted to say the outlook looks good? OK then...

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Shark bosses sink teeth into booming ransomware market

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Re: 20 per cent cut

I'm hoping its the latter, as that would mean there would be control and command servers for the white hats and security bods to track down and take the whole damn package off the net...

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: Risk?

lets do a little comparison shall we:

birds = bone, meat and feathers

drones = steel, plastic and potentially explosive lithium ion batteries.

Which do you think you want being ingested into your engine during take-off or landing - the two points in a flight where you do not want a sudden loss of power!

muppet...

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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Re: Yeah but

@AC: Australia is nowhere near as backwards and right wing as the US. What your saying is just hyperbole.

Australia takes far more refugees on a per capita basis then the US. That it sends boat people to PNG and Nauru is to try and discourage people from dying by taking the boat route. Those that come in by plane tend to be accepted.

Also the whole black face thing, it's hardly encouraged and it is beginning to be viewed as unacceptable but it is worth remembering that Australia does not have the history where using black face was a way of humiliating black people. That was never part of our history or culture, so we have no hang ups about it. A few years ago, KFC got hugely bad press in the US because it showed an advert in Australia to do with the cricket which showed a West Indian family (so Carribeans in other words) and an Aussie family sharing some KFC chicken. It was funny and there was no problems in Australia, but Americans got all up in arms because showing the West Indians loving to eat KFC was apparently racist stereotyping. Since we don't have that racist stereotype in Australia, it wasn't racist here. As another example, in Australia the Pakistan cricket team are known as the Pakis. Just the shortened form of the name Pakistan. However, you would NEVER call someone a Paki in the UK as there is a historical context there which is highly racist.

Different cultures have different considerations for what is racist or discriminatory. You would do well to remember that....

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$200,000 for a serious iOS bug? Pfft, we'll give you $500,000, says exploit broker Exodus

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Out of curiousity

Who exactly are Exodus intelligence's customers?

"...only discloses after it has extracted the "maximum value for our customers." " is a rather worrying statement...

On the topic of bounties, if the process go up and it starts costing MS, Apple and co. significant cash then maybe they will start investing more cash into designing secure systems in the first place, i.e. letting the creators spend a bit more time plugging the holes instead of rushing out shipping to man+dog... It's only when it starts hitting the bottom line that companies take security seriously...

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Actually lets be clear here...

The reason Sweden never interrogated him before was that they were not legally (under Swedish law) ALLOWED to! Apparently that law has been changed so now they can.

Not that it makes any difference, he still wont be able to come out of the Ecuador embassy anytime soon, he's still wanted for jumping bail in the UK...

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UK tops European charts ... for carder fraud

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Re: Wait what?

Maybe its because I'm in Europe, but yes I would (and have) backed out of transactions if a site wants me to complete a purchase without a CVC.

I expect any site that wants my custom to implement at least THAT minimum level of security. I will pay extra for it if I have to (by going to another site).

Your mileage may vary, but I've still never been defrauded online, and maybe that's been responsible or maybe I've just been lucky. But I don't think I'll be changing my habits anytime soon. If your happy to shop without at least CVC being used as security, all well and good I guess, but I hope were not with the same bank...

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Wait what?

There are still sites that do transactions without CVC? And people use them??!?!?!?!

The stupidity of the "average" person never fails to shock me...

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Google password fill effort could kill Android malware's best tricks

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A bit light on details

This article is a bit light on details - how does only ever signing in once improve security?

Ok, I get that if you don't have to sign in multiple times, things like keyloggers cant grab your password. However, if your phone is stolen then the thief immediately has access to everything in your phone because your automatically logged into all of your apps. And I cant imagine it would be that hard to come up with a new type of malware that gets into your accounts because once it is installed on your phone, all the other apps are already logged in.

So I'm really not getting the benefits here except maybe, maybe against keyloggers. Anyone able to provide more details?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Blue Screen of Death

I know that's the term we all use, but I still find it funny to see it in official press releases.

Like hearing a news report on swim costumes and hearing the announcer call a pair of speedos "budgie smugglers".

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Oh come now its all in the name...

This is the anniversary edition. Did you happen to forget it was the anniversary? Did you buy it a present? Did you take it out for dinner? What's that? You forgot?

Then is it any wonder your machine was borked. Be happy that's all it was! Geez you would think people had never been in a relationship before...

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Private moonshot gets the green light from US authorities

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Rare Earths really?

Rare Earths are not actually that rare. There's been plenty of articles on this very topic here on El Reg. Sure China produces most of them for now, but if they try to raise the costs people will just set up their own facilities. It's not even that expensive to do.

Seem a strange thing to target...

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

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"Of those, 25 per cent spent up to a day internet-free..."

It wasn't really their choice, they're just BT customers...

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Mobile banking for the poor has flopped in India

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Well quite obviously innovation and competition weren't working, as they had to create there own version. If innovation and competition had worked, they wouldn't have needed to.

And I can understand the logic in limiting the number of steps , IF your going to allow the phone companies to charge an arm and a leg for each step. But basically, they got the logic backwards, make each step CHEAP and no one gives a flying f%&k how many steps it takes...

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If they liked M-Pesa, why do they need to reinvent the wheel. just take M-Pesa translate it to Hindi, Telegu, and equivalent languages, and put the same cost restrictions in place. boom. You just saved a ton of cash. Nope, have to redo it their own way, at more cost, worse design, etc.

To be cynical, I guess its harder to scrape cash off the top if you just buy an already working system, then if you "develop" a brand new one...

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: #FeelTheJohnson

I always find it funny to hear Americans speak about the "left" and the "right" in American politics. You do realize that your "left" would be counted as so far "right" in Europe, it would probably count as a "far right" party? The fact that you then have something to the right of this, and its a major party is friggin' terrifying!

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: Wait until you see the next generation fighter...

The next gen fighter jet wont have a meat sack inside, so it will be significantly cheaper, faster, and better.

Until Skynet takes over of course and then we're all screwed but at least we'll have saved some money...

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Russia reports RAT scurrying through govt systems, chewing data

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Re: After reading the description of the malware...

Yeah because a dedicated phishing operation compromising thousands of machines was organized in under a week to get revenge for hacking an American political parties servers.

Well done AC, well done...

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

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Re: Last Chance To See

Funny how all of us who have bad mouthed Air France have been downvoted.

Would the Air France employs lurking on the El Reg comments section please stand up? ;)

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Re: Last Chance To See

"The A380 is definitely the best of the best in terms of cabin experience. I've flown three different carriers and all four classes on the A380 and it's never been less than superb."

Avoid Air France if you want to keep that feeling!!! Even they can make the A380 experience terrible. I've flown the A380 with other carriers and it was as superb as you say, but my one experience with it on Air France was truly, truly awful...

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Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

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And for us non-Americans?

So what do us non-americans get?

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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It always surprises me (though i know it shouldnt)...

... when companies hold big expensive events and hire big expensive superstars, and then sack other people for not making a profit.

The money spent on hiring Justin Timberlake to sing a few songs was probably the equivalent of a dozen people's yearly wage. I can never understand how that's justified... :/

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Re: Drone on

Pretty simple reason for using the oldest aircraft available with the lowest tech you can get away with - there's very little benefit from the other side trying to steal the tech.

If you had your brand spanking new recon beauty with all the bells and whistles, you'd have to protect it 24/7 with armed guards to stop some spy trying to sneak aboard, not to mention the long distance lenses, IR cameras, and whatever else that would be deployed at range to try and steal your secrets.

Much cheaper and easier to rely on 1950's tech which the other side stole long ago or no longer wants...

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Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

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Re: "Scientists named it dark matter as it did not seem to emit any light"

I'm going to throw an idea out, feel free to shoot it down if someone has data! :)

Could the missing mass in our view of the universe simply be that we are undervaluing the amount of mass found a) in star systems (i.e. planets, meteor debris fields, star system dust, etc all add up and we are just underestimating that for the star systems we see out there?); and b) that we are massively underestimating the number of brown dwarfs and other "star" systems that never actually became light emitting "star" systems? What I mean by that is that I can imagine MANY star systems existing that feature at their centre a Jupiter-like "star", i.e. an almost star, not large enough to actually ignite. This would still have a fair bit of mass, but would not emit detectable light.

Since we can track down so many star systems, and so many brown dwarfs, surely there would be an even larger number of "star" systems which never made it to light emitting status, because there just wasn't quite enough dust around. They would also be relatively small from a viewing perspective (a Jupiter sized exoplanet is only really visible when it crosses in front of its parent star, and we measure the change in light. This is only confirmed when it actually does an orbit in front of the star. A Jupiter sized star system is not in orbit and so would be super hard to detect by current methods.

Anyone see anything obvious with this idea which shoots it down entirely?

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Well...

Well if we can take it a step further and have it determine the difference between a person and a politician, I think we can all agree that not stopping for one of them would be perfectly acceptable?

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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I guess they can take reliability of their list now as well....

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Good hacker uses vid vulns to spy on Quebec Liberal Party meetings

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Re: Off topic

I have no problems with ads on the sides and top of the website. I said that in my previous post. But autoplay video ads are an abomination that piss EVERYONE off and a tech site like the Reg should know better!

I wont be logging back onto the register today until I'm at home where I have an adblocker installed and that means they will get ZERO revenue from me. I probably wont bother looking at El Reg from work anymore since it's such an annoyance, which then translates to no more revenue coming from me. Sorry El Reg, but you should bloody well know better then to drive your customers away (that's us by the way not the marketing twats) by showing such annoying ads.

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PLEASE get rid of these god awful Microsoft ads from the middle of the page El Reg!!!! Autoplay Videos in the middle of the article that run whenever your mouse crosses over the bloody ad space are NOT acceptable. Get rid of them!

is it any bloody wonder people are turning on ad blockers left right and centre. I don't mind the ads to top and to the right, but the ones in the middle of article AND Autoplaying video are absolutely disgraceful coming from The Register! Get rid of them ASAP!

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Come now, we all know this is just the lights from the latest concert of Disaster Area!

Not content with spending a year dead for tax purposes, they've now come back bigger and louder (and brighter) then ever before!

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Re: Condolences to China Space Agency.

I just want to be clear here that it is the US government which is the issue. NASA would like co-operation, its Congress who doesn't...

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If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

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The thought that came to my mind with Link's Links was the eponymous Hero battling to get a birdie on a wet and windy day at St Andrews!

What do you mean its not Friday yet?

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Time Warner Cable, you've 'earned your miserable reputation' – NY Attorney General

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Re: Anyone surprised?

But fixing things costs money! Better to just keep screwing over the dumb people who still sign up for their services and taking the money and running!

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Boffins shake up smartphone with motion-sensor as microphone

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Clever

Clever boffins. I imagine someone in one of the phone companies (or all of them!) is now going off to see if a) they can turn a regular mic into a vibration sensor or b) a vibration sensor into a mic. One less component in your phone is almost always a good thing (less failure, cost, weight, etc.)

Here's a Beer for those Boffins!

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Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

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Re: selection criteria

They are telling the truth - That is exactly what they are looking for. To be selected for reality television you must have no knowledge, no ability to communcate clearly and no ability to handle conflict reasonably...

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I worked in the Space industry for a couple of years just recently (I'm now back working in aero - it pays better!), and I cant say I met a single person in that whole time who believed this was anything but a scam.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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I must come from a different planet?

I really must come from a different planet or something, I honestly cannot see how anyone can take offense for someone else playing dressing up in a style that is over 500 years old. That would be close to 20 generations ago. If your taking offense over that, you need your head read!

What next, being offended at the Danes for dressing up as Vikings (Vikings raped and pillaged large parts of Western Europe for centuries! boo-hiss!), or being offended at the Italians when they dress up as roman legionaries (the romans conquered Europe killing thousands on the way! Evil bastards!)?

Utter tosh!

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Shouldnt the American Bar Association be delisting this douchebag?

He's been described as a serial time waster by a judge. Bringing the profession into disrepute is usually still a grounds for delisting in most legal bar associations. Delist him and watch people's opinion of the profession rise very briefly...

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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Re: How many pints?

My guess is that 300k was raised on kickstarter, plus whatever amount they are putting in as well (probably 300k as well), plus whatever the Council would be kicking in to get great big beer trucks off the local streets.

I may be wrong though...

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It certainly carries the fix for whatever ales you.

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

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Yep you're remembering right (if I'm also remembering right, that is!).

The LinkedIn breach was from 2012 and they were unhashed (or very weakly hashed) passwords. Ok so he reused passwords, most of us do that on throwaway accounts, big deal. However, the claims that two factor authentication is borked, and using this as an example is total bollocks, this has nothing to do with two factor authentication, this is all to do with very poor database security and the re-using of old passwords on throwaway accounts. (I'm assuming throwaway since from what I read elsewhere Zucks pinterest account had 30 photos on it. Yep sounds like he's using that a lot, doesn't it... )

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: manufacturer fail...

My old Holden LJ Torana came with a kill switch hidden under the dashboard. If you didn't turn it off, there was nothing you could do to get the car up and running. Admittedly, no doubt professional thieving sods of the time knew exactly where to look for the kill switches, but these days a kill switch would be highly effective I imagine...

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: Do you have any tea?

Joe most coffees have exactly the same ingredients - coffee water, and milk. but there's a hell of a lot of difference in the way you brew it and prepare it!

Just because all beer is made from hops, water, yeast and barley does not mean all beers are the same!!!

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: Software and mushrooms

A plumber named Mario comes to mind...

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