* Posts by wolfetone

1515 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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Re: In other news....

I did wonder why the wood I was setting alight kept going missing, I thought it was a renewable fuel?

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Re: Based on related experience...

You would hope so. But rules in regards to aerospace are usually put in place from "tombstone" regulations.

Basically someone has to use this USB device killer on the plane, and the plane needs to crash and people need to die before the aircraft companies and the FAA sit up and demand this be stopped. Otherwise you're paying money to prevent something that might never happen from happening.

That's what Air Crash Investigation taught me anyway.

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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

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Well I use a Billion router with my BT Infinity broadband, and I had to do minimal configuring really. There was some issues with the TV channels but that was a checkbox I needed to click on the router.

From memory though Sky are very arsey about you using a router that doesn't belong to them. Like a good router.

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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It was a genuine question, although I'm quite pleased I managed to make funny out of something serious!

From what I had read, the dome is meant to last 100 years. Which is a long time, but not longer than the danger posed by what's left of the reactor. In 1988 engineers had said that the current sarcophagus would need replacing in 20/30 years time. It's taken nearly 30 years to get the dome in place so with that track record it'd be prudent to start to do something about it now at least.

That said, 100 years is 100 years and I won't be around to see what they do. And I feel a lot of the people involved are looking to their children and thinking "Meh, I'll let them sort it out". But I've grown up in Birmingham and we have the Spaghetti Junction and that, too, is meant to last 100 years. But it's not even 50 years old and that's falling apart, and it doesn't have the excuse of stupidly high levels of radiation to contend with.

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Re: RE: Chernobyl wildlife

There are scientists who live on the land within the exclusion zone. I remember watching a documentary about the one guy and he said that certain vegetables he grew didn't contain any radiation, yet other vegetation did. I think root vegetables would take in radiation while non-root veg wouldn't.

I don't think the fact animals may live for 15 years has any effect on how their bodies react to radiation. We had a dog live for 19 years and it ultimately died from cancer of the bowels, whereas my auntie had a dog live until she was 7 when she died of cancer. My Dad developed cancer at the age of 70 and died 3 years later. We have Michael Buble's son who's 3 years old who has developed cancer.

But yeah, scientists are there on the ground monitoring these animals and working the land to come up with answers to these questions.

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Are they planning on building an even bigger dome to replace that one when it eventually starts to fall apart?

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UK cops spot webcam 'sextortion' plots: How vics can hit stop

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"Why would anyone do these things in in front of a webcam or camera? you have no idea where the images are going to end up."

For the same reason you'll ignore wearing a condom when you're horny as hell and you don't want to pass up a good opportunity to get your end away. You're never thinking that you could have a knock at the door in 9 months time with a lady holding the baby you helped create.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: This is the last backdoor

"As a foretaste, Hunt has just said yesterday he wants messaging swrvices to ban sexting for under 18s. You know, for things that 16 and 17 year olds can do legally and under 16s do anyway if so inclined. Of course this can only done by digital ID for everyone."

When was sharing naked photos of under 18's ever legal?

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RIght so can someone answer me this:

If there is to be backdoors to encryption, where is the backdoor? Is it to the protocol or to the encryption service? I highly doubt it'd be the protocol, so to my mind it is referencing the the provider. But, realistically, if I use a company based in the USA or Switzerland, how much weight can the law in the UK have outside of these shores? It feels like the Government can ask, stamp their feet, but the provider can just ignore it?

Further to a point Voland's Right Hand made: "If they are operating in the UK they have a legally mandated provider side backdoor now." - again, is this for a VPN company that's based here or has an endpoint here?

The second, more important point is this: What the actual fuck do we do now?

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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"If I did, would you then set about me to prove Murcans are inherently violent?"

No, I'd set out to prove that 'muricans are only brave and good at fighting when they have access to weapons.

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"No. What you see of America is what the utterly corrupt leftist press wants you to believe, just like they wanted everyone to believe Hillary could not lose. The truth is that if you take away the inner city black on black violence (due to the corrosive Democrat control of those cities), America has a violent crime rate similar to Europe. So I respectfully request that you shove it."

Come to the UK and say that to my face.

Oh wait, you can't, because you can't bring your gun. And America's solution to solving problems is through the use of guns. When you don't have a gun what do you have? Some thick coward who's parents were related before they were married who gets shown up by a Cuban who has better literacy and medical care than they do.

So delightfully and promptly fuck off.

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You know there's a song by the Manic Street Preachers called "Ifwhiteamericaknewthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart"

Right here in the reaction to the writers comment about the kid probably being shot shows you that there are some in America who can't handle the truth. All the world over that is what we see of America. Freely happy to give guns out because it's their "right", then wondering why kids are being shot in school by other kids or other gun nut idiots.

It wasn't even that long ago a child died after shooting a gun themselves, or when a toddler took a gun out of his moms purse and shot the mother dead. Even yesterday some idiot went in to a college and started shooting the students.

But if a writer says the kid would be more likely to be shot in America than Canada, nooooo thats wrong! Nooooo you can't be saying that. Downvote for you, downvote for you, everyone gets a downvote.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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I'm wondering whether his feet were less of a handful. We should ask Sarah Fergusson...

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I bet the Queen's internet history won't be kept, nor that of other members of the Royal Family. I'm looking at you Prince Andrew...

But that's none of my business.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Re: VPN sales are going to skyrocket around the world.

"Opera comes with integrated unlimited free VPN - you just tick the box in browser settings thereby rendering this legislation pointless."

Free for this moment in time. What happens in 6 months time when numbers skyrocket and Opera think "Ah you know lads, this VPN thing is costing us money. We need to start charging or shutting down"?

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: "but it's still an unnecessary waste of life"

Pint for you sir.

It's disrespectful to an animals life if it's killed just for it's hide, or for a specific cut of meat. When an animal is slaughtered everything is used, and I mean everything. Those cheap chicken burgers you get? The 50p ones? Well that's full of mechanically reclaimed meat. Essentially produced from throwing in chicken bones which have had the most of the meat cut off leaving little traces of meat on the bone, and removing it using high pressure water jets. The bones are then ground up in to animal feed or plant food.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Re: Oh dear

I had always wondered what happened to Ben Dover, saying that though I couldn't give a damn what happens to Anita Bath.

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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Thank God Ryanair don't fly to New Zealand, he'd used this excuse to bump the fares up.

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Debian putting everything on the /usr

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Good Idea

Now cue a group of developers who are unhappy about the decision who will then fork a version of Debian called Debold which maintains the traditional folder structure.

Personally I think this change is a good idea.

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Re: Good luck finding a PC with more than 2GB RAM these days

"AC, well it's PC World init! Last time I went in there, one of their assistants was asking me for advice on Chromebooks!"

Well what do you expect? They're there to assist you in removing money from your bank account. Not to assist you in buying what you need.

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Oh, calamity!

This is NOT going to run on my 486.

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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Mr.Thiel, if you're reading this, I'd like to be part of your think tank.

My credentials? Well I own a computer. And I've never lost an election. Nigel Farage can't even say that and your boss wants him to be an ambassador. So I'm immediately the better candidate. Actually, I should have the ambassador's job too, in case the think tank job fails.

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WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide

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You know, if you told me this in 2015 I'd have been shocked. But it's 2016, we've lost Bowie, Prince and the ability to remain sane and make sane decisions. So right now, after reading this article, all I can think is "nothing new here then".

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Barnet Council: Outsourcing deal with Capita has 'performance issues'

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"I'm worried about this, because I moved into the borough a few months ago and one of the first things I did was to submit the online form to register as a voter in the borough ... however, since then I've had several letters from the council reminding me that I still need to register to vote!"

But if they put you on the register it'd cost them £31 million, and I don't think your vote is worth £31 million to them.

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Anyone remember the f**k up on election day when people were turned away in Barnet because they weren't on the electoral register - even though they were?

Well good news! That stunt saved the council £31 million.

Bravo.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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"Oh you mean the button I use to switch it off with?"

And finally we find out why shampoo bottles have instructions on them. For dingbats like this woman.

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Pluto has massive underground oceans, say astro-boffins

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Pluto's a dog. How can a dog have underground oceans?

Silly scientists.

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Three Mobile, two alleged hackers, one big customer database heist

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One Question

Are the records of previous customers affected? Because right now I'm not all that bothered because I left them about 3 years ago, but I don't have confidence in a company to remove my data from their systems even though I've removed my flow of cash to their bank account.

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Searching for 'Fatty Kim the Third' banned on Chinese social media

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Re: Gugle Trainslate

"Fatty Kim the Third, not Fatty Kim the Turd."

He's not Irish. Thank God.

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Re: Co-op concerns

"I do security. I have done security at a very large bank. You'd be surprised."

I remembered another instance of Co-Op security going wrong last night.

About 12 months ago I went to do online banking, put in my details and I'm told to register for online banking. I've been with them for nearly 10 years, so I was confused thinking why do I have to register for online banking when I have always had it?

So I'm on the phone to their customer service team who are always very helpful, and I get told that I have to register. Not re-register, not unlock my account, I have to register. So I tell the lad that I'm already registered, and I can hear him click and type and he says "No sir you've never registered for online banking". I refute this, telling him I've been registered for 8 years without a problem. So he goes through security (obviously trying to make sure it's actually me he's looking at) and he again said that I've never been registered.

I get registered/re-registered, and the problem hasn't happened to me since. But when you say what you've said about the security in banks and there being one generic general computer, no I'm not surprised at all.

If only I could do bank transfers from the money under my matress!

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I am fairly bad at checking my bank account, but I think The Co-Operative (who I bank with) don't update their transactions as quickly as you describe. Which has caused me issues in the past but that's neither here nor there. I will say though that the Co-Op were about to do some maintenance but postponed it after the Tesco hack.

That said, my significant other checks her bank account all the time (she's with Lloyds) and they seem to update the transactions instantly. Maybe they have a different implementation to Tesco? I will say though that she does have a credit card with Tesco which was hacked/stolen, so I don't think Tesco's problems are restricted to current accounts at all.

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Dirty code? If it works, leave it says Thoughtworks CTO

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Re: hard to read and understand as possible.

"whats the point having it then? may as well just delete it once its been compiled."

Some people (I confess to being one of them) argue that it's better to write code that can be thrown away than to continually change and tinker with existing code due to time and cost restraints.

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You can have security risks with clean code, you do know that don't you?

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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In fairness to them they do have a point regarding the security of the independent backups. It's all too easy for someone to pop something on a flash drive and have it slip out of the pocket on to the back seat of a taxi.

But, that point is only valid if they have a suitable back up procedure in place to begin with. Which they don't. So what do they expect people who have already lost data to do?

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Be quiet Mr.Trump!

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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In a previous life I had to inform volunteers who used the IT systems of the charity I worked for that if they had to send an email to over 5 people (which is very common within this charity) they shouldn't put all the recipients emails in to the To: field or the CC: field, and if they could they should put them in the Bcc: field instead.

I had this one thick (as in deliberately obtuse) person flat out say she wouldn't do what I told her to do. In front of 20 other people. I asked her why, she said she didn't want to. I ask her why again (two can be obtuse as well dickhead) and she repeated her answer. I ask her 2 more times and she fires up "Oh my God I told you already why do you keep asking the same question!?". I answered "Imagine now that was an email you sent to 200 people, all of their emails in the CC field, and every one of those recipients hit Reply All asking you why you didn't use the Bcc field and why everyone now has their email address, and why can they see everyone's reply".

She looked fairly stupid, especially with the 20 other people sat around looking either a bit awkward at her dumbness or smiling that she had hung herself with her own dumbness.

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Left-wing cyber-hangout blames security breach on pro-Trump trolls

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"I got that directly from a British programmer in San Francisco."

Is that Scott Manley? Or is there more than one British programmer in San Francisco?

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"Yeah, right? I've been told that nearly the entire British population is to the left of Bernie Sanders. If true, that would make Obama seem a staunch bible-thumping Conservative by comparison."

Probably, but not left enough to think Jeremy Corbyn is a viable alternative to the Eton mess we call "The Tory Government".

Tory, for those not in the know, is gaelic for "Highwayman". I think it's an apt name for the bastards.

But that's none of my business.

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The Democrats are "left wing"?

Well El Reg, you've out done yourself in the level of comedy you've brought to the table. Bravo!

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: Oooh. Italian maintenance!

Can't be any worse than American engineering judging by this plane.

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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I'm angry just reading that. These are the type of people I hate the most. Ones who know they can't use a computer, refuse to learn how to use it (or fix the areas of their knowledge that is lacking), and when something goes wrong its the computer's fault not their own incompetence.

I am forever getting emails from Apple saying "Someone has reset your account". I'm duly concerned - well used to be - as I thought it was someone tinkering with my account. But no, it's the mother-in-law resetting her password again because she can't remember the simple password she told me to enter in for her that she uses for her work and has written down. But it's not her problem, it's the stupid computer's fault for not recognising the correct password she's entering in. Forgetting, of course, that a computer only does what it's told. It won't take a password you've entered and because it's having a particularly shitty day thinks "You know what, no. I'm not having this password even though it's correctly typed because I'm having a bad day. Piss off and try again later".

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: I'm with them too

Those card readers for me have been a massive waste of time. They never work, I have a collection of 8 of them in my drawer.

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I had an email from The Co-Operative Bank a few weeks ago saying they were having to do maintenance on their banking system (long overdue!), and when I went on to my online banking I noticed now they ask for a username. If you don't have your username (which I don't) they ask you to provide your sort code and account number or the long card number. You then provide two digits from your personal pin number which I set up, then answer the question to one of 4 questions.

They then emailed roughly around the time of the Tesco hack to say their maintenance was on hold. I thought it was coincidence, but now that you mention the pin number for Tesco works the same as the Co-Op, I wonder if the underlying systems are related?

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The Reg seeks online community manager

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I wouldn't be recruiting today

You might get a CV from someone called Hilary Clinton sent to your inbox.

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Ireland to fight against billing Apple for back-taxes

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Oh, Ireland don't need the €13 billion?

Are they sure? Because I think the country is full of people who can't even rent a home let alone buy one with mass emigration still happening because there's no work in the country.

There are some bloody idiots running countries these days.

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

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Well, it's more or less a job for life seeing how much of a useless piece of shit that F-35 is turning out to be.

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Hitler's wife's lovely lilac knickers fetch £2,900 at auction

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£2,900 for Eva Braun's knickers?

I can't wait to find out how much Adolf's tighty whities go for in the future, and what absolute f**king mornonic idiot would think they were worth purchasing.

I mean what the actual f**k? Why the f**k would anyone think buying a used pair of knickers is such a good thing? Are they devoid of any sort of common sense?!

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Stealing a car - More of a pain in the arse than you think.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Quite refreshing that Tesco haven't used the line "Security is very important to us...".

Well, not yet anyway.

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Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit

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Re: Kodi Problems

Have you tried installing a Linux distribution (like Debian), installing the card on that and making sure that works, then install Kodi on to Debian?

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