* Posts by Jamie Jones

1840 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

Jamie Jones
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Whenever you see that an article is written by Kieren, you know you are going to get some quality investigative journalism.

[ yeah, yeah, cue the 'brown-nose' comments! ]

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

Jamie Jones

Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

This article is ancient!

How come posts are still allowed?!

p.s. native Ipv6 on all my servers, and home devices ^including my android tablets/tv sticks)

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

Jamie Jones
Black Helicopters

16!

It took me the first sixteen words of this article to realise it was written by Lewis Page.

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

Jamie Jones

" Looks a lot like the old BBS ! field settings.."

Ah yeah, UUCP. Same sort of thing, where the network routing information path is contained as part of the mail address, but of course, with UUCP , many paths were a requirement due to host-to-host network!

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Jamie Jones
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Re: Both's faults?

"Likewise, when the higher-ups decided that an activity needed to be computerised (usually because someone had belatedly worked out what we'd known for years - that it was a task well suited to using a computer ) the execs at the top never took any notice if we already had a method that worked well. Not even to tell us that they thought it wasn't good enough. Instead they'd purchase at some enormous cost some monolithic off-the-shelf package that required vast amounts of irrelevant or actually non-existent information in compulsory fields ( because it wasn't designed for small teams like ours or doing what we did), took ten times as long to enter data and twenty times as long to retrieve it. Usually in a form that made it useless for day to day work, so that we had to keep using the old system ( often just a simple WORD table) alongside the new one. One for show and one for use."

You worked for (the now defunct) ICL too? Sounds just like the SIAM replacement, and eventually the replacements replacement.

Not to mention the replacement of working unix proxy servers with NT servers costing 20x more, and never working (the old PC I set up with a FreeBSD based proxy for the site was still live when I left...)

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Jamie Jones

"Probably even longer ago using IBM's Remote Spooling Communications Subsystem you could send a message from your own virtual card punch to your own virtual card reader using what you might term "loose source routing" and get a report from the intermediate systems en route as they relayed the virtual card deck. I think Hawaii was the furthest place I managed to hop through."

Reminds me of the "good old days", where every janet/cbs and internet/smtp servers were what today would be called 'open relays'.

To the youngster here, this was by design - back then, many different networks weren't "virtually" connected, so you'd have to deliberately route mail via a mail relay that was connected to both networks you wanted to traverse.

We would have 'reverse races' - picking 20 or so servers at random, and seeing who could get an email to take the longest time to come back to us. E.G.:

jamie%eng1.bute.cardiff.ac.uk%coombs.anu.oz.au%nfsnet-relay.ac.%mit.edu.............%uk.ac.ed%uu.net@uk.ac.nsfnet-relay

To really delay things you'd use a bunch of servers that only connected once a day via UUCP...

Happy days

[Old fart icon]

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

Jamie Jones

It's a sad indictment of our industry....

... that a company can readily admit:

"Please note that since the above real-time protection products have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates, your PC will still be at risk for infection," Redmond says.

and no-one raises an eyebrow

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Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

Jamie Jones

My tablet came with an additional hook into security.

You install an app as usual, but when using that app, each time it tries to use a permission you are prompted via pop up "allow once/allow always/deny once/deny always/close app"

The 2 'always' options could additionally be set to show a notification toast when triggered.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

Jamie Jones

Re: It's a damn pity...

"t's a damn pity...

...that no one sells/supports a proper desktop Linux distro that is designed for PC users instead of geeks. While many of the distros will install, having to be a secret agent to find and install the most basic printer and other hardware drivers, is simply unacceptable and ignorant. If a company as screwed up as Microsucks can have a library of half-assed hardware drivers and a scan of the hardware install many of the basic drivers, then Linux purveyors have zero excuse for not providing the drivers as an automatic distro install."

But really, how many windows users could install windows?

The issue is lack of PC's sold with Linux preinstalled - the ease of installation argument is a falicy.

Secondly, every piece of PC hardware created comes with a Windows driver from the manufacturer.

Most of the open-source operating systems have had to write the drivers themselves.

As for finding them, I'm not a Linux user, but my open-source OS-of-choice comes with all available drivers. I suspect it's the same for Linux.

Now, try finding a driver for a new piece of hardware when you are running an older Windows release...

P.S. Using terms such as 'Microsucks' or "Micro$oft" etc. make you sound 10 years old

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Jamie Jones

Re: Disclaimer: abandoned Windows between 98 and ME

"The thing is, all of this has been around for well over a decade for penguins. I have been told for years that 'Linux is not ready for the desktop', but I gather Windows only recently provided multiple virtual desktops (a twentieth century feature), and does not yet provide a varied selection of user interfaces."

Ironically, you chastise those who only know Windows by behaving like someone who only knows Linux. Those things you mention that penguins have been able to do for 10 years, other OS' have been doing for 30.

I actually upvoted you for your comment, seeing as this is a Linux thread, but someone who knows other systems out there might think you are no different from those you criticise - same philosophy, different religion.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

Jamie Jones
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Jamie Jones

Re: If you do get one...

@codejunky:

*woosh*

Obviously a crack at the many recent cases of black people being murdered by US cops.

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Jamie Jones
Unhappy

Re: Not good

"I expect the lawful gun owners will be avoiding these as they will understand the difference between a gun and a toy."

Yeah, about that: Cleveland Police shoot and kill 12 year old with toy gun

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: One million new lines...

Good comeback.. I guess I should have written 'windows programs' !

As for the four morons that downvoted, I thought it was pretty obvious without knowing my posting history that this was an intentionally stupid tongue-in-cheek post.

So obvious, that I thought the "JOKE ALERT" icon an insult to readers intelligence.

It seems that at least four of you don't know sarcasm when it hits you in the face

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One million new lines...

... but it still can't run windows...

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Jamie Jones

Re: Kill that WiFi Sense thing!

The Talk-Talk ADSL modem (rebadged D-Link) does bridge mode - I use it with no issue to feed my asus rt ac68-u

As they give those things out like AOL CDs you should find them cheap-as-chips on ebay etc.

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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

Jamie Jones
Coat

Re: Not likely to do with surveillance

"1.1} I personally know that Star Councils are invariably Masons and American Billionaires <insert big smiley and an Irony bar thingy>."

Paul Weller, innit?

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Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: Maybe it's just our Big5 "allies" or another ally at the east of the Mediterranean

Ouch!

Ok, Mr Colorado. Stop beating around the bush, do you have issues with Mr. California or not?

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Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

Jamie Jones
Coat

"They did it by using the frequency comb to synchronize the frequencies of the various channels of optical information traveling across a given fiber. Ordinarily, such signals are subject to crosstalk caused by a physical phenomenon known as the Kerr effect. The longer the fiber and the higher the power level, the greater the crosstalk."

Seeing as the this is about Wide Area Networking, are we talking about the WAN-Kerr effect?

Ok, yes, coat, got it, bye

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

Jamie Jones
Joke

Re: Why can't we have both?

Why can't they just get their G's correct in the first place?

It's getting like "Now (that's what I call Music)" or Firefox!

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

Jamie Jones
Devil

Re: @ RegGuy1

Audio is something that has worked in FreeBSD for ever.

Did you try that?

Multiple source mixing existed long before it did in Windows, and long before Linux invented a new audio standard because they couldn't fix their OSS implementation (From what I gather, in Linux-world, if you can't get software to work properly, it's law that instead of fixing the implementation, you must instead invent a new API/protocol. *cough* alsa *cough* pulseaudio *cough* dbus *cough* udev etc.etc.etc)

There are far more OS options out there than just Windows, Mac, and Linux (and even FreeBSD)

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Jamie Jones

Re: Windows Update is a nightmare

Only tangentally related, but it bugs me when software assumes 'wifi' == unlimited, 3/4G == metered.

On many occasions I had it exactly the other way around, and it did bite on occasion.

(Mi-fi with 'three' - 15Gb for 16 quid - coupled with unlimited unteathered data on the tablet Sim)

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

Jamie Jones

Re: If you commit a crime....

If you read the article, those examples you make in your first paragraph are HOW GOOGLE ARE MEANT TO BE ACTING already.

Seeing as the whole point of the article is that Google are being accused of the things you have issue with, may I humbly suggest that you redirect your froth-mouthed xehophobic rant to your own back yard?

HAVE A NICE DAY

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Jamie Jones
Boffin

Re: carte blanche to erase history

I think you were downvoted because you made a new post, rather than a reply, therefore making it look like your comment was directed to Andrews article, and not the earlier commentard.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

Jamie Jones
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Sheeple?

Now we know Matt Bryants real name...

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Jamie Jones

Don't forget that we pronounce phone numbers differently too!

British Numbers confuse Americans - Numberphile: http://youtu.be/YBbBbY4qvv4

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

Jamie Jones

Re: In the old days...

If you're going to crap in the bosses draw, why would you even be worried about peeing too?

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It begins: Time Warner Cable first ISP accused of breaking America's net neutrality rules

Jamie Jones

Re: "Peer"?

Veti's post gets 10 upvotes, and one downvote. My reply in agreement gets 1 up and 2 down, from people too cowardly to post why!

I don't care about the downvotes, but at least explain your actions!

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Jamie Jones

Re: Yes

Bloody pinko commie socialists giving your money to feckless lowlifes, eh, Dr. Steve?

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Jamie Jones
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Re: "Peer"?

Indeed!

Whilst I hate to stick up for the cable companies (and it's still possible in this case that they are being intentionally restrictive) , this is NOT a net-neutrality issue. That's to do with prioritising *packets* not network interconnects.

This is not something a third party should be able to dictate. I'm sure they know it too, but 'net neutrality' is an emotive phrase, just like when the government wants to justify their actions, they shout 'terrorists!' or 'pædophiles'!

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Spiceworks in WTF-class social log-in SECURITY BLUNDER

Jamie Jones
Coat

The problem with branching into unrelated industries

When someone is very successful in one industry, there is a tendancy by them to assume they'd be suitable for other industries as well. - witness the number of actors who launch a singing career or vice verca.

The same thing appears to have happened here: whilst I am definitely no fan of their music, it's of no doubt that their "girl power" themed pop songs were hugely successful, but in this case, they should have stuck with what they know best.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

Jamie Jones
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Re: If you need a "new" PC

So, it goes like this:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user tries Linux. Doesn't work, so:

Windows user gives up. Goes back to Windows, as Windows and Linux are the only operating systems in tthe whole wide world.

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Graphene sheaths could boost processor signal speeds by 30 per cent

Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: Contradiction?

" That was my thought too, if it's so much better than the copper just ditch the copper."

I was going to write the same thing!

Is it maybe that the graphene is an insulator to copper, or to put it another way: you could use graphene for the interconnects, but then you'd need something (say copper) as the insulator! (But even then, why not some non-metal insulator?)

Baaaah. I'm confused!

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Data AWOL? Thank God for backup. You backed up, right?

Jamie Jones
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Unexpected backup failures

I've posted the first part of this before, so please forgive the repetition.

A number of years ago, I worked in IT support in London for a large company.

An important sales division based in Manchester that dealt with the quick-turnaround stuff - pouncing on new opportunities etc. (I don't know the details, but apparently their work was more time sensative than usual) was affected badly by the IRA bombing. Turns out, local ops had a well defined backup procedure, which unfortunately didn't include offsite backups, because they thought their 'bomb proof' room and firesafe were sufficient.

Replacement equipment arrived. The office was quickly assembled temporarily elsewhere, but all the data? processes, biddings, contracts etc.? No problem, we'll grab the backup tapes.

Unfortunately, the building was a crime scene or whatever, and basically no-one was allowed near the place for weeks.

Eventually, someone was allowed to retrieve the tapes. The backups were fine. The firesafe was fine. The bomb-proof ops-room was fine. But by the time anyone was actually allowed to retrieve them, the majority of the data was stale.

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On a personal note, I've been running my own hosted servers for about 18 years - basically just play things, hosting websites etc., and also hosting all my work and email and everything else, so I can always access everything from everywhere, even a borrowed mobile phone or tablet etc... Think 'the cloud' long before marketing types invented it.

I did regular backups to 2 other servers, both in different countries, and with different providers.

However, I got all 3 servers around the same time, which meant payment renewal was around the same time. That was all done automatically to the credit card, so no problem....

However, unfortunately, about 3 years ago I had a very long hospital stay following illness. It was only 6 months later when I was getting back on my feet that I discovered that payment had been due, and had failed due to my credit card expiring/being renewed.

Basically, all 3 services were shutoff by the time I realised, and despite desperate phone calls, all machines had since been reprovisioned.

I lost everything from the previous five years.. emails, contracts, code, documentation, everything. The reason it wasn't longer was that I managed to recover a 5 year old full backup that was fully intact, off a machine at home that had died 2 years previously due to power supply failure. Ironically, I had originally been doing my backups to this home machine before I decided to switch to a more reliable backup solution...

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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

Jamie Jones

Re: Free market?

" Perhaps I'm thinking of SurfTime then. I'm sure I recall something about BT installing analogue modems (presumably just something more akin to a DSLAM) at exchanges back before ADSL appeared.

You're thinking of FRIACO, and yes, it was like the analogue equivalent to a DSLAM, where the dial-up call terminated in the exchange and was carried as IP/ATM through the BT network.

The advantage of this was that it could be rolled out 100% immediately - those exchanges not upgraded would simply pass the 'phone call' on to the next hop. I seem to remember that my FRIACO across number terminated in the main Swansea exchange, despite being connected to a small village exchange that took forever to get DSL when it was released.

EDIT: Bugger, just noticed this topic is nearly 3 months old (and yet, replies are still allowed!)

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Linus Torvalds asks kernel devs to take a break so he can too

Jamie Jones
Devil

Re: Moving to FreeBSD

I use only FreeBSD and install/upgrade the whole OS, and the ports through source (for flexibility/customisation,/tuning not as a paranoid zealot [ incidentally, it's funny how so many Linux people bang on about having the source for auditing, but their whole system is made up of pre-compiled binaries!] )

Source updates can be largely automated, and are a breeze, and the menu'ed options are great

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Jamie Jones
Headmaster

Re: @ H4rm0ny

@PNGuinn:

Seriously? That's the best you could do?

I'm not even a Linux user, but even the most oblivious sucker who lives at 10 Susceptible Street, in the most gullible town in the most deceivable country on planet Moron could have spotted that troll a mile away, even when not wearing his or her glasses.

1/10 - Must try harder

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

Jamie Jones
Unhappy

Well, we're screwed then

The people voted against Scottish independence, yet voted in overwhelmingly the party who has that as it's goal.

The people claim the voting system is pants, but vote against PR (apparently, in a group, if 10 people want to go to the pub, but each choose a different pub, but 2 in the group choose the same coffee shop, all 12 of them will happily spend Saturday night drinking coffee)

The people are jingoistic racist idiots who know more about celebrities than Government policies, and are more likely to vote on Big Brother than parliament, and think our empire is being overrun by scummy foreigners and the country controlled by 'them abroad' who take all our money and spend it on straightening bananas, or something. After all, that's what the tabloids say.

*awaits downvotes*

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

Jamie Jones
Devil

Re: Just Use Linux

" You cannot stop the tide. Linux is the most common operating system in the world. It is only on Desktops that Windows still dominates. I am saying that Microsoft should use Linux as the basis for Windows and if you really do not care what operating system you use then what is your problem?"

Why? If they were really going to go down that route, they'd opt for a BSD system, not the legal GNU minefield.

There is precident. Google "Apple OS X"

HTH

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Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: Here is a thought experiment. Was Just Use Linux

" And then you trip up by the comment about BSD being like Linux. You've got the resemblances in the wrong order. BSD is a Unix variant. Linux is a Unix-like OS -and one that's rapidly becoming less Unix-like in the estimation of many of us."

Agree totally!

Definitely a newbie linux 'fashion' follower than a Unix hacker!

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

Jamie Jones

On a similar note Facebook appear to be giving app developers notice to update to their new API. Developers must make changes to request the old API - and apparently it will only be available for a transition period of 2 months.

Again? I did Facebook devslopment in a previous life... The old API was replaced with FQL, then the transition to iframes and the removal of FBJS.. Then FQL was replaced with graph... Somtime around then, authentication was switched to oauth2 etc...

Never again!

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Israeli firm gets legal on Indian techie over ISP ad injection spat

Jamie Jones

The weapons pact threatening IT security research

Jamie Jones
FAIL

The universal problem with governments and managers...

" "This was drafted by someone who doesn't understand security research and the effect of its implementation, not just on researchers but the general public as well: It's ludicrous," Cardozo said.

No surprise there, then.

Like with large companies, and successive UK governments, some arrogant know-it-all makes decisions over something they know nothing about.

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Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

Jamie Jones
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Re: Well Duh...

Cute cat!

Post more!

Cheers!

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

Jamie Jones

Re: "If he was using it as a watch he would have glanced at it to get the time"

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"Handsfree is just as distracting and dangerous,as studies have shown."

More distracting than talking with a passenger?"

Yes. There is a situation-disconnect when the other person isn't in the vehicle also. They give no feedback to your speed, the other traffic, the lane you just crossed into...

To look at it another way, do you think that it's more distracting to use a mobile phone than it is to talk to a passenger whilst holding your ear?

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Jamie Jones
Happy

Re: Driving? PAY ATTENTION TO DRIVING!!!

" 5 people who don't understand the law? Colour me surprised."

As the original poster you replied to, I actually upvoted you for your clarification.

I guess I don't know how to use the internet properly, as apparently I should have downvoted you, and questioned your mothers morals, for daring to make a reply that wasn't in 100% agreement!

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Jamie Jones

Re: Driving? PAY ATTENTION TO DRIVING!!!

" I favor enforcement of a general "distracted driving" statute."

We have one in the UK: Driving without due care and attention

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Facebook flings PGP-encrypted email at world+dog. Don't lose your private key

Jamie Jones
Facepalm

Re: At last! A way to delete a Facebook account (in effect)

Or simply use the "delete facebook account" function, which despite the rants of the tin-foilies, has existed alongside the "disable facebook" function for years?

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Infusion pump is hackable … but rumours of death are exaggerated

Jamie Jones

Huh?

" If you're getting sick of being stuck in the infusion chair on (say) Level 5 of the Sydney Infusion Centre, or bored witless with the view from Level 9, you'll walk down the long corridor, get into the lift, go down to the ground floor, and sit on a little garden bench, happily out of reach of the pump's home WiFi access point.

Nobody's going to make always-on connectivity a dependency of pump operation."

Whilst I agree with the general sentiments of the article, and the comments, I don't understand the safety implied by the above paragraphs.

How does no 'always on' requirement. keep it safe from access when it is 'on'?

And isn't any potential abuse going to be by some psycho being a 'l33t h4x0r' with nmap, and not targeted at a specific individual?

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

Jamie Jones

Re: This is so exciting

Finally software writers will have an exuse for bit rot...

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