* Posts by auburnman

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NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

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They probably arrange for one of those spam robocall companies to call any two numbers they want to link. Once you've got the rationale to track the second number by 'association' with the primary, sift through the data until you can justify tracking it independently and boom, another root to grow out through the system.

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Chap slapped in Dogecoin crap app flap

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Re: Blah blah "no wrongdoing"

Of course there was wrongdoing, but to admit that would utterly finish them because they would almost automatically lose any further lawsuits against them. Therefore the company offers up whatever else the prosecution want.

The prosecution don't have getting a courtroom verdict as their main motivation though: they want a win on their track record (and a one-sided settlement is the best kind of win because you don't have to waste countless hours in court) especially when it comes with a nice fat payout for the state coffers and the company surrendering to government audits for X years (jobs for the boys.)

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

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Wonder if Assange is angling for asylum in France? From his viewpoint of the world it makes sense. Sneak out of the embassy dressed as a delivery guy or somesuch, then sneak on the Eurostar or more likely bribe someone with a small boat to cross the channel. Then jolly it up in a nice château, stirring it up occasionally to keep his name in the papers and everyone pissed off.

Only question is, would France buy into the conspiracy theory that the charges against him have been orchestrated by America? And if they did, would they be willing to defy Sweden just to piss off the US?

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: Thoughts

"That the nationalised industries provided many more well paid jobs than the privatised ones is all the proof we need to show that the nationalised industries were inefficient."

False: You also need to show that the lower number of jobs in the privatised scenario are shouldering the same or higher workload (of actual work, not busywork) rather than just slicing everything to the bone.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: BBC - "We forget nothing"

Dad's Army.

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BBC - "We forget nothing"

Wish they had this attitude decades ago before they started taping over bits of our national heritage...

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Archuleta sounds like the name of a mole working for Ming the Merciless. When the attack from space begins, her spider-minions will reveal themselves and strike at key targets throughout the globe!

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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The TV list seems to be heavily biased towards most recent shows getting the most votes. With a few exceptions like Frank and Homer it looks more or less like a roll call of memorable characters time ordered based on their show airing date.

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Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

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Re: Darkness. No Parents.

Not just PC games. Arkham City was borderline unplayable shortly after release on PS3 due to some insane slowdown if you tripped certain conditions (Gliding too long, using fast travel? Can't remember now but it was fairly easy to fall foul of.) Luckily a prompt patch fixed it, but putting up with this sort of day 1 bullshit appears to be par for the course now.

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Arkham Origins was not developed by RockSteady FYI, it may be why some parts of it were not up to par with the rest of the franchise. I have to say I'm looking forward to a Batman game where the Clown Prince of Crime has ceded the spotlight to allow one of the other superlative villains a crack at being the main baddie.

I'm sure I'm going to be raging when the whole thing turns out to have been staged by the Joker and he comes back from the dead though.

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E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

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Re: I hope Doom is due out well into 2Q2016

The people who still want to play DOOM are already playing DOOM. The original is still being supported with hi-res texture packs, top notch map packs and mods by the community.

The 'modern' era graphic DOOM games can't hold a candle to them, especially when they discard the original virtue of throwing you straight into the action for various cutscenes with various people you don't care about gurning at the camera, trying to lay down story rationales more complicated than 'Kill all the baddies.'

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Oh bollocks, Batman comes out tomorrow! There's no way I'm going to beat the last boss of BloodBorne in only a day.

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Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

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Multimillionaire loses pocket change

The main thing I'm taking away from this article is that a flash pad in New York can be more expensive than a holiday IN SPACE.

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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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"Which means they are essentially piggybacking on the work of others?"

If they are (making no judgement here) Google will have a hard time doing anything about it. They can't make Google search harder to access without shooting the golden goose that's made them billions over all these years, and I don't think they want to open the can of worms that any sort of lawsuit around profiting off the work of others would bring (people in glass houses and all that.)

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: auburnman gloabl? Come on.

It's all worth it to see something as rare as rocking horse shit - a Matt Bryant post with no downvotes and not insulting anyone (if we let 'a bit tragic' slide.) :)

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gloabl? Come on.

I realise deadline and money pressures are squeezing the proofreading process, but this clearly hasn't even been spell-checked.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Re: Cortana lived a VERY

As I understood it voice recognition is not quite ready to be standalone with the oomph available on portable devices, although this information might be out of date. But if you were serious about using it as a personal assistant you'd have to tolerate Siri/Cortana/whatever having network access if only to answer questions like "Find out when the local B&Q shuts tonight".

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Re: Cortana lived a VERY

It's the nature of the beast that if you want a digital assistant you give up privacy. Not just because the corporate monoliths want to know everything about you, but an assistant will HAVE to track your speech patterns, habits, friends and generally 'know' a ton about you to even get close to being as good as a human PA.

The cynic in me wonders if the big 3 are pushing assistants so heavily precisely because you can't have a good assistant without surrendering data.

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I block, you block, we all block Twitter shock schlock

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Everyone gets blocked on Twitter, I'm talking about a single account being blocked multiple times triggering a flag. If one guy blocks you, he might just be a bellend who doesn't want to hear an opinion from outside his echo chamber. If ten people block you in a month, someone at Twitter needs to take a look at what you're posting.

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Wouldn't it be much better and simpler for Twitter to proactively review accounts that are blocked over a threshhold number of times? I can see this backfiring if it's possible for blackhats to game the system. Easy money for them if they can extort it from corporate twitter accounts.

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

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I'd much rather OfCom looked into 'Activation dates' if they want to crack down on broadband. It's a pain in the arse when you get into a property that is clearly wired up, you've got your own kit and you're willing to pay only to be told BT 'needs' to send (bill you for) an engineer round. Especially when your connection typically fires up at 12.01am on activation day.

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You won't have the power to walk away

We 'have' the power to walk away from shonky contracts currently and it doesn't do us any good; there are enough ways for companies to ruin customers days (i.e. poor credit records) to provide a chilling effect.

I remember years ago I returned a broadband dongle the day after getting it because it was nowhere near as good as described in the shop. Queue retailer and provider ping-ponging me back and forth saying I could only cancel with the other until the cooloff period ran out, and when their invoice went unpaid they bounced me along a chain of debt collection agencies in the hope I'd give in and pay them.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Good luck in getting a response from Youchip

That's okay, the dealers & punters can trade in BitCoin!

Come to think of it, this whole RFID debacle sounds like someone tried to explain digital currency to a PHB who then tried to implement their 'vision' of it.

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Re: The RFID braclets don't infact work

I would say 'called it' but I neglected to include 'don't even work in the first place' in my list of failure states.

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Re: theft

This is assuming they get paid on time and that they are not being charged for the 'privilege' of using the RFID payment system. And that it doesn't cost them to integrate with their tills.

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Disaster waiting to happen

Revellers at a festival WILL lose and/or break these on an industrial scale. Anyone willing to bet the process or stock for replacements are nonexistent or woefully inadequate? What's the reaction going to be when someone who has paid good money to be there resigns themselves to paying £18.50 for a burger only to be told they can't eat because the dog tag isn't working and the vendor isn't allowed to take cash or card?

While we're on the subject, how secure is paying for things with the RFID, is there an identity verification measure or are they as good as cash if you nick one?

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Trustwave: Here's how to earn $84,000 A MONTH as a blackhat

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It's almost as if someone at Trustwave is subconsciously willing IT professionals to go rogue as vengeance on the masses for years in HellDesk trenches somewhere...

"That’s an exceptional, albeit unethical and illegal, investment," NUDGE NUDGE WINK WINK

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Re: Seriously?

Why not? It's how they got Capone...

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Capita wins four out of five stars for 'good', 'inexpensive' service

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Re: Advice for Government

I don't know, then you'd have to trust them to keep food in date and in stock...

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HP coughs up $100 MEEELLION to settle Autonomy lawsuit

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A payoff of this size is surely just blood in the water isn't it? Practically begging for more lawsuits while at the same time looking guilty as sin. You can't look at a settlement that big and not think something's up.

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DARPA unTerminators gather for Robotics Challenge finals in Hell*

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Re: Observations

The bot can't be engine powered if it's intended to go into buildings and rescue people. And I'm just speculating but I would imagine the engine wouldn't be able to scale up & down in power supply fast enough for the balance adjustments needed to stay upright on two legs.

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We stand on the brink of global cyber war, warns encryption guru

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I suppose if you look at it in a certain light* hacker attacks are sort of a spiritual successor to the commando raids tactics developed in WWII: Get in, do some damage well behind enemy lines, and leave. With the added bonuses of not having to risk lives or physically penetrate enemy territory in the first place.

*eg maybe after a few pints or a herbal cigarette

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HP haters: Get ready to rage against THE MACHINE 'next year'

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I'll stick with volatile memory for now

Sometimes you just have to suck it up, pull the plug and start over as the only way to get back to a usable system. I don't know if I want a system that will try to go back to whatever shit state it was in before the power cycle.

The secure from the ground up and ludicrous data transfer speeds sound much more promising.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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No pun about selling dodgy pills? For shame El Reg.

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Re: In which country? And why?

I think the docs would have to be official secrets rather than just confidential by convention before leaking them in and of itself would be a crime. However as has been noted already, by offering payment for copies of the documents Wikileaks have created an opening where you could argue criminality on corruption or bribery laws (depending on the specifics of the case if there were ever such a leak.) Even if the offender weren't in the relevant jurisdiction, they could be hassled with extradition requests or limits on travel.

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US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

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Re: As Ive said before

"If you arent [sic] doing anything wrong you dont[sic] have anything to worry about - I havent[sic] got an issue with the NSA or MI-whatever slurping any data related to me as Im [sic] not engaged in anything illegal."

Yes you are, you just don't know it. There are so many laws on the books across the world that someone somewhere can get you for something. That's why it's important that the authorities don't have detailed records on everyone, otherwise an agent with authority (a human being like anyone else) can decide to go through your history to try and make your life hell if they take a dislike to you.

"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged."*

*Give me his browser history and he is totally fucked.

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FCC to crack down on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

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That's why it needs to be a scaled response:

On the Whitelist > Straight through -

not on Whitelist > Challenge of some description -

Fail challenge > No connection.

The problem will arise when bad actors get hold of voice recognition software that can beat the challenge and/or certain scams are profitable enough to justify using 3rd world call centres "Hello this is Microsoft calling we have detected a problem with your computer".

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Re: @Ole Juul But some people just don't care!

It actually makes a twisted kind of sense - they'll only get through to people who need their product!

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Re: @Ole Juul But some people just don't care!

You can get housephones now that play a call screening message so incoming caller has to prove they are human before your handset even rings. You can whitelist the numbers of your friends and family so they can skip this part. My parents got one and they love it.

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Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

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Couldn't they develop the tools to allow the Mozillaphone to run Android apps? Roll their own or licence what BlackBerry came up with (I'm sure BB would love the cash.)

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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Re: It doesn't matter...until it does

Yeah I made an absolute hash of reading those charts. Mea culpa.

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Re: It doesn't matter...until it does

The interest may be small as a proportion of GDP, but it's still more than we spend per year on Defence or Welfare or Education.

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'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

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Staffed by Microsoft Authorised Re-Sales ExpertS...

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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Re: interest on what?

I do mean interest on national debt, which is a separate problem, but also a concrete measurable example of why time is money and why tax delaying is such a problem.

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"(a) the use of facilities solely for the purpose of storage, display or delivery of goods or merchandise belonging to the enterprise"

They sorely need to turn the screws on (a) then. Not to eliminate it entirely, but acknowledge the fact that if you have a UK warehouse that delivers a certain amount of its stock within the UK you are a de facto UK retailer with a UK presence regardless of whether your sales are transacted via internet or mail order catalogue or smoke signals. That changing treaties is hard is no excuse if it needs doing, and as the article notes these are updated every couple of decades anyway AND they are all of a similar structure.

The other important point is that tax delaying may not be tax dodging but it is still bad because time is money. If work owed me a bonus by a certain date and then delayed it several months, I would be out of pocket for the interest in the sum of my mortgage/student loans/etc that I could have paid off, not to mention the added work of making sure I am still getting my money and when. Translate that to a cash strapped government paying millions in interest every week and you can see why people are miffed.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: The other way

Yeah they've had this for years. Reducing left turns (or turns that don't cross incoming traffic in your country) will inherently increase right turns (turns that DO cross incoming traffic in your country). This just sounds to me like a recipe for INCREASING vehicle collisions unless you're talking about only applying it at a tiny subset of junctions that are cycle accident blackspots* (and even then you'd be better off addressing the problem at the location.)

*queue someone informing that this is exactly what is suggested and that I didn't RTFA

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Re: Cancelled

I was of the impression that Kickstarter was only for projects that aimed to make something for their backers i.e. prepaid sales transactions, not seeking donations. They probably got punted for being on the wrong platform.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: Shy Tory

That could be what's causing the errors then; if you put me in a simulacrum of the real polling booth/situation, with a polling slip reasonably equivalent to the real one, but it's not the actual vote and there are no real consequences for whatever I write, I'd be fairly tempted to tick UKIP/BNP/whatever for a laugh.

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Re: "Shy Tories"

My mistake; I didn't mean to imply the referendum had been on PR, but rather we had the chance in recent history to signal that we wanted something other than FPTP. With it being voted down the govt can claim that the public is happy with the system we've got.

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Re: "shy tory"

City life steels you against interacting with strangers on the street. After a certain amount of practice in dodging nutters, drunks, chuggers, chavs and possible muggers, pollsters become just another obstacle to dodge.

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