* Posts by Powernumpty

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Macroviruses are BACK and are the future of malware, says Microsoft

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Very next email to the register alert had a ZIP file.

"Dear,

We hope that you can help us with this items.

Find Attached enclosed our order please get back to us with your quotation

and best price.

Waiting for your reply Asap.

Best regards:"

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: It's the end of the world as we know it...

Thanks for reminding me of La Palma, well worded wikipedia entry linked from that (for Teneguia)

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" It has also been predicted that the volcano will show some more activity and is a possibility of a land slide causing some of the island to fall off. This will cause a tsunami. It's most likely going to destroy a lot of south England and the east coast of America. The governments of both countries are quite aware. New York have already carried out evacuation plans."

LOLs.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Re: @David Can't help thinking...

I've still got a Compaq DMT upstairs, 266Mhz CPU 98MB ram, you'd need more than a 9mm.

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Re: Time for a Register checklist?

Fair cop but it was a sort of stream-of-thought typed rant, inviting input and didn't want to spend too long (company time) composing it.

Snopes one was pointing at those who get the idea something is wrong but then don't take any unusual part of the wording and look for that out in the real world, often the body is copy pasted from previous emails so it should come up on a web search.

The other post comment about grammar is 99.9% true but then once they employ someone with half a clue it's less of huge flag. I have seen a couple of perfectly formated emails pretending to come from our own domain with the correct layout, fonts, disclaimer, images etc.

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Time for a Register checklist?

One I can print out and put on the wall, I'll take suggestions but mine roughly starts like this (one shot for every wrong answer, anyone who opens an email with more than three shots is will need to justify their actions). If the user phones you up questioning the wording from about 6 on they should not have an email account.

1 Are you expecting this mail?

2 Is it addressed to your email address? (not a group)

3 Does the body contain your name (correctly spelt/formatted)?

4 Is the mail in the format you expect from this sender?

5 Is this a sender one you do business with (I.E. not a Bank you have no account with)?

6 is the mail free of attachments like zips, scr or other vague or unexpected types?

7 is it free of links that present vastly different to the actual destination? (at foot of the window on hover)

8 is it asking you to just click here?

9 Despite being suspicious did it come up clean on a web search (google/snopes) for content?

10 Did you get this at home as well but not want to "risk it" there?

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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Did anybody else

feel a sense of empathy at "start accumulating energy for a new reproductive cycle"?

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Some form

As someone who still uses a ProBook 5310M (with the faster original CPU, SSD upgrade) I have often wondered why HP didn't have a line of slim laptops with just enough power and a bit more battery life. They did a pretty good job back then so with better CPU TDP figures and battery tech the job must be easier. People do like to slate the big names but my old 5310 has done far more years service then I ever expected.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Did I miss the comment

Where someone noticed in the stat counter graph the rise in OSX is similar to the fall in XP but greater than the rise in 8.1? Makes me wonder if some are just giving up on the MS trail.

I've had more people here considering that than before, asking for iPhones or just getting bored with the hassle of Windows (+updates). Don't get me wrong I'm not selling OSX, don't actually have a single Apple device but computers have progressed to the stage where octogenarians see them as tools and just want them to work.

Recently I've had three Win 8.1 installs fail to boot after windows updates or other sudden head fits, one Win7 decide it's key is not valid today.

My tolerance for licensing shit is virtually zero now (I only have licensed devices and installs so I don't want to use any workarounds, struggle to recover an install, make long number stamping phone calls or suffer due to some believed issue with other people). 10 will be better but so will the depth of monitoring, maybe even to Google level, got to make it pay somehow.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Distribution architecture vulnerability

Aw come on, I bet it makes copper theft so much more interesting...

(yes I know we are not probably talking copper but then people mistakenly dig up optical to try and sell)

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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A bit unfair

Chrome is an advertising virtual machine that can also render web pages, you have to expect a bit of slack.

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Israeli boffins hack air gap, fire missiles on compromised kit

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Re: Why not use audio

Devices that generate audio by moving a physical item will also generate an electrical change in response to audio, it is not much of a leap to think there is some way of recovering voltage changes in the Piezo sounder, hard drive enclosure, power supply coils (vibration from case) etc.

Or later discovering C107 on all AsuGigaMicro boards since 2005 is actually an electret microphone.

Hell turn on the laser in the CD/DVD player and don't spin the disk, read the return modulated by vibration, filter out the fans and you have the boom box which is PC cases feeding voice frequencies back.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Information not instruction

Going Down

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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MS car, in an emergency

Select the "Crash icon" then chose "Do not crash", from the drop down hit "Apply brakes safely", when challenged say "Yes you are an authorised driver" and then wait while the license for "Emergency braking service" is checked.

Do not power down your vehicle during this process.

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Fridge's revenge

No officer I would not go searching for "hot German sausage", "best breast", "toungue in cider", "sweet baps" or heaven forbid "goats cheese", it's obviously someone has hacked my wifi and is trying to pollute my search history.

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Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

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Anyone remember upgrade chips?

Back in the day P3 on slot adapters etc.

Intel keep changing the bloody socket so often in order to upgrade a cpu we have to upgrade everything and the potential is not enough to justify that.

Design a FP socket, one that will be able to take future processors, not to full "5 channel hyper memory" spec maybe but enough that it's worth buying a new processor to reduce the power consumption of a long term file server while at the same time increase speed, add some encryption features etc.

It's the greed that has come back to sit at the table, I'm sure they could have made it easier for consumers they just didn't see the short term profit.

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ALIEN LIFE drenched in HOT FLUID on Jupiter's Ganymede – is that so?

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Re: An ocean supporting life - although only in its most basic form

Too fast for me, I saw the same and thought, I wonder if that and some impact could explain the Daily Mail.

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Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?

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One thing I've never understood

How did they get down here when they abandoned the dwarf planet?

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Upper house of Parliament joins the drone debate

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Re: What's the difference...

" a "drone" pilot will often have camera recording equipment and can fly without LoS and possibly over an automated path"

In doing so (probably) break aviation rules in the UK already.

Has to be line of (unaided) sight max 500m distance I believe.

So they want a database of illegal activity to be able to deal with it eh, genius.

I wonder who is going to get prosecuted for a camera toss, aerial vehicle with data recording within 50m of people, naughty.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Big Brother

No wait there's more, it gets better..

Then we got them to personally pay for the propaganda!

It was amazing, some of them were ignoring the vision stimulus so we taxed them all, those who previously declined realised, as they were funding it, they might as well take a look...

Priceless.

Did we laugh! mind you we had to keep a bit sober as those notes don't bundle themselves you know.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Inspired character

As a kid I loved the way they would taunt him but in a friendly way, turned a light on human response and it's occasional triumph over cold logic.

Something that sprang to mind while thinking about the trips off ship, these days the communicators would be going off every five minutes, Start fleet command, they want to know if you have filled out a risk assessment for this beam down, another, don't bring any native intoxicants back without galactic tax and transit form 11b etc.

Ah simpler times for sure.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

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There! Made it disappear!!

Samsung magician software does it's magic.

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In defense of those who were "stupid, and chose to flash the firmware" the Magician software does run all the time by default and offers to "upgrade" (I think, I only have older 830/840's).

Maybe the firmware should require we step away from the friendly "everyday tasks" Gui, or challenge with a firmer level of "are you sure?", "do you have current backups?", "one last warning without backups you do risk total data loss - proceed y/N?"

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Mobile Lightsaber topiary next

Just call up some Jedi's and have your bush neatly formed with barely an errant singe.

You heard it here first.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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That MIR mold thing would not have happened.

If they had the phones properly sanitised.

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Mushroom

Roaming

I see 17236 has wandered away from the infrastructure quite a bit recently, if he gets to -120 dBm trigger the explosives, can't have that sort of thing.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Used to be "policemen looking young"

but now a sign of age is begining to detect the true content of the offering, "waiter this salad contains a turd".

I used to love the IBM Thinkpads.

It's the wider technology mindset which allows this sort of "I didn't think it would matter!" slip.

I Just "upgraded"? to latest Android on my company phone and it was keen to report back all I do, keep track of who I connect with, locate me to a fine degree on the planet etc.

For goodness sake fuck off, seriously.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Boffin

What's more scary

Is that in a connected age, where most people in the western world have access to education and now the internet there still is a high chance another Bush will be elected, doubtless with red-faced angry men threatening violence against anyone who questions that, or anything.

Have mercy on them for they know not what they do.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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Re: Probably my wife...

DDoS - Delightful Decisions on Shoes?

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Insurance

I have a thousand pictures of me being a complete arse, I save one with every backup, I have found over the years no matter how hard you try you just can't erase those sort of things.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

@hypernovasoftware

Apple are dealing with that age old problem of technical knowledge required to use a device, versus technical knowledge acquired.

In the old days we would look to increase the later, rather than reduce the former as that often leads to smugness and ignorance.

Might start putting on my CV "never uses Apple devices and understands they have limitations", obviously won't get picked up by HR but just may catch the eye of some engineer.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Agents

Forgive me if this has already been mentioned (I can't read all the comments in work time).

We deal with Mobile companies through agents, obviously they seem to have acces to all the data they need in order to do their job, if an agent was compromised I wonder if that could allow data scraping to this degree? Technically O2 could deny a breach as it could be some third party normal access.

I wonder it is worth seeding the forum with the question, "who do you deal with for your contracts?"

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Now let me guess

The one person who has been suspended is low down the payscale but apparently wrote the data protection policy for everyone? I just can't see how it is one persons wrap.

"I had access to all this super sensitive information, so I copied it off to some disks and nipped down the post office, was that wrong? oh sorry."

Meanwhile phrases like "take some time off, keep your head down" were muttered around bosses offices.

I'm off to buy me some shares in a paint firm, whitewash specialists.

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Excitement in boffinry circles as GIGANTIC ALIEN RING BLOTS OUT SUN

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62 moons on saturn?

Beware the tides of 1:03:27PM.

I bet the almanacs cost a fortune.

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P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT

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Can't get it up.

I see flitetest mention the DJI Inspire refusing to arm if the firmware needed updating, could be interesting if your $3000 device refuses to play because it heard there was a newer firmware version from a man in the middle site.

Won't be long before all UAV's are forced to have a backdoor for "Air safety".

The fact gatherings and protests will only then be filmed from the authorities point of view is entirely coincidental.

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Lizard Squad threatens Malaysia Airlines with data dump: We DID TOO hack your site

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Do we really know

In the pursuit of facts do we actually have proof this is not some other agency trying to get a mob going?

It takes a brave commentor to ask for data mining, better line up some proof before going there.

My initial reaction was one of "what now!" but then I realised I might just have been played for exactly that.

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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The other side

Before the break in security cameras picked up nothing unusual, the odd owl and one bat that must have passed close to the camera as it seemed oversize. Somehow the intruders had full 3D maps of the inner courtyard and it is believed may have gained some level of initial access via a ventilation grill on the maintenance area (a night shift engineer was later found to have succumbed to a poison dart).

Once inside they did not trigger the heat based motion detection nor break beams that cover down to six inches. Later an unidentified device was found sitting on an inductive charging loop used by the robot vacuum cleaners, it is believed this may also be the root of the fire that destroyed the building and any evidence.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Touch screen on a laptop

Where did you pick up such an attitude that an observation has to be backed with a specific degree JDX?

You might be surprised to learn that MS could benefit from listening to some real people not just those swinging their believed credentials or position.

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Is is a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! LOOK OUT it's an ASTEROID!

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Microwave

But how will we know when it's done?

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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Alien

That's what they want you to believe

So you were told to leave the room and not look for a while, then they said it's all right guys false alarm you can come back in now.

Something smells for sure.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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We need more work

In relation to the information gathering and increased powers to look at, and into, data.

The guys who did the Charlie Hebdo attack were known to the security services, now taking my conspiracy head off I can only assume the reason they were no longer watched was because the services had other stuff to do.

To avoid this happening in future we are going to give the security services much more other stuff to do.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Shall we charge him sarge?

Only if you can get the USB leads cheap lad.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Mashkeys

I was trying to identify (for my own amusement) how using Win 7 is compared to 8, this is what came to mind.

Windows 7 uses keyboard, mouse and you look at the screen.

Windows 8 they glued many of the keys together and presented it Fisher Price style on the monitor, now you have to tap the side of the screen, keyboard, or both, while clicking one of the big mash up buttons and hoping the screen does not take over the room.

I can use both, I chant "Why!?" often when using 8.

When I move away from 7 I hope it is to an OS where I quietly mumble words like nice, oh yeah, clever, thanks, not WTF NOW! WHY DID YOU BREAK THAT AS WELL!

I'm just not convinced MS will be any part of it.

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Boffins' quantum USB stick trumps fibre optic reliability

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Re: Photographs of Boffins

Made me think of Diana Eng.

I like her because she won't fit cleanly in any of my people boxes, geek, fashion, radio ham, girl, etc.

Being photographed in Frankenstein lighting while arranging entanglement seems quite fitting.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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"if the west start to piss them off they will just put the price back up again."

they will anyway, they are just waiting for a few of the competition to die off before that happens.

I can see the price getting back up to maybe $80 once the slack has been taken out of the system. So China has slowed but China is not the only developing country and people still want this shit. Even renewables need oil to be built. There is a time when oil may superseded by other energy sources but this is not it. If I look at the 10year oil price trend there is an underlying trend of up with some big glitches like 2009 and today but the basic gears of development are still lubricated by oil and short of some truly world changing event it will go on until we think differently or can live differently.

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Re: Stupid Human Tricks

Wisdom of the plumber. I was once told (by a plumber) that he considered the source of many religions to be just a wise person trying to pass on knowledge to future generations. Don't eat pork in a hot area is quite good advice, don't go touching dogs then use your hand for food, etc.

These seeds of wisdom they are later handled by those who would seek power by controlling the knowledge, or be filtered to the lowest level of understandable content when dealing with the body of humanity.

If you could get an original unaltered text from the main man/woman and read it in the context of it's time I bet many religions could be seen as sensible advice that should lead to a more harmonious life, what happens once the text in the hands of those with other agendas is something else. Considering the number of habitable planets and scope of the universe I think it entirely possible we have been visited by "non local" wise beings but even then, what is taught is subject to translation and interpretation.

Our current internet age is a new challenge again, it offers a wider platform for dissemination of wisdom but also allows clear thought to be trampled by the shouts of many, oh and the governments are coming, to modify the words, to filter out "hate speech" only you understand, the control is just to protect you.

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ASUS router-popping exploit on the loose

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Well that is curious

I have one but allways felt a little suspect of it so used a Mikrotik more of the time (also cheaper to run and replace when electrical storms about).

Wonder if Merlin's firmware or DD-WRT are completely clean on that?

Merlin's was quite heavily related to the base firmware (or was it the other way round).

(http://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/changelog)

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Trollface

Usual taunt.

Must be a slow news day at the Reg, this stuff happened millions of years ago!

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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Re: A code update:

Don't forget index all local files on OS installs too, mind you that workload might be assisted and sponsored by others.

This applies to more than Bing btw.

(Please note it is your duty as a citizen of the new earth to have all your keystrokes passed through the engines of knowledge, as long as you think correctly you have nothing to fear)

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DON'T PANIC! Latest Anonymous data dump looks old hat

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Oh I know, I want put my face right in there, is it chocolate do you think?

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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yes, yes, no etc

I had the Mamod steam roller (no canopy) - ran in meths, family still have it somewhere.

Not mentioned was the Philips construction set (http://www.girdersandgears.com/norelco.html)

My set is almost complete save for a couple of small parts and a chipped large plastic wheel that my sister broke due to pushing the construction pin tool at an angle, can still recall the scene now, pristine set to that point, then that broken wheel taunted me for the rest of its life. Bitter! me? mmmmnnn.

Our family was too short of funds for most of this stuff so any kits that would need building then frequent batteries or more repair outlay never got started as I could not stand the long construction run for five minutes of fun before having to put it away, in kit form at least the potential is still there.

In the 80's or 90's i would sometimes fire up a CB at Xmas to see who had got one as a gift (at least give them some response from a call) or look outside to see the new bikes teetering along with small concentrating kids atop.

This year for modern comparison I looked out and could see virtually nobody, even checked the skies for the milion drones expected to be sold this year, nothing, I guess the toys are inside things now. I did see one lad with a new bike, full suspension, full sports downhill kit with expensive helmet, could not help feeling how much simpler our wants were.

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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

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Order hierarchy

Could there not be a weight applied to information and instruction?

One way read-only info from sensors to some logging program, lowest level.

Control commands within expected envelope, normal.

Control commands outside the normal operating envelope require manual conformation.

Automation seems to start with an "everything" connection then back off, close down, filter as problems arise.

In a way it is the same with Email, why should I be able to except anything but a certified base document of any one format. Get Adobe to say "this type of PDF is safe with a base viewer" and requires a 2MB viewer, right now there is no standard limit to the complexity and the reader is larger than some operating systems.

Safety critical IT needs to be seen as a field apart, where bells and whistles are not required don't accept them.

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