* Posts by Powernumpty

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CloudFlare warns of another massive botnet, er, flaring up

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The goal

Is to have the average user asking for web filtering.

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GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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Internet of Titanics

Call it secure, get it out there, worry about holes later.

(Hope the band keeps playing as the whole thing sinks).

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Unpopular as it is

to say anything vaguely positive about the banksters, Barclays do seem to innovate more than some.

Obviously we all know this will be attacked sooner or later but sticking a card in the wall and entering a code was invented in the mid sixties, Beatles playing in the background and miniskirts the fore, it's about time something was done.

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Re: Guarding Against Contagion

"Aha , now I see how you get a gold vulture badge."

That's actually a bronze, and I sort of miss mine and they stand out more.

And before you all jump on the down vote to help get mine back I think it only makes it worse, just ignore me.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Roost spots

Some of the early stragglers developed long distance travel patterns by attaching to diesel electric trains and then finding spots to perch on overhead high voltage cables to recharge at night.

We should have worked out the significance of car HT coils failing to be delivered and their reverse use, but this was in the days before a true grasp of iVolution.

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USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Superiority - uneasy thought.

"The Court will be aware that the conditions under which we are housed and the constant surveillance to which we are subjected night and day are somewhat distressing."

Today's prisoners are subject to less pervasive surveillance, than a free person with a smart phone.

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Will find

That is for one eye.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Izal

“Toilet paper with all the absorbent qualities of an armoured car…”

— Ben Elton, ca. 1990 (IIRC)

Anyone else wonder if there is a standard armoured car somewhere for calibration purposes?

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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

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Tarnished opinion

"Even now in the future with G.fast, BT invests less in its copper network £300m per year than in the depreciation."

That is in the expectation of a continued monopoly, customers will see copper increasingly failing and be offered a replacement optical service at an obvious premium.

Mine's the one with "Oxidisation for profit" in the pocket.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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That awkward hi processor load, moment of silence.

As it discovers Artificial Insemination (the other AI) and tries to identify the use of very long plastic gloves in conjunction with cows.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: Real life testing

"Google owns it."

I didn't know that, my spider senses told me there is value in the content of the uploaded "clean" submissions so the service probably pays for itself.

I'm sure google would not be mining the data from non virus submissions any more than they would be mapping WiFi data with streetview!

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg

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Acronym fatigue

does anyone else have trouble reading between the acronyms and management speak to extract usable knowledge from these sort of deals?

FFS!

(Fortuitous Financial Steerage, the exclamation is to display "being excited, going forward")

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Dropbox upgrade adds nice bits for sysadmins

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Does sound sensible

Until the private (free) accounts switch to something else to get round the limit.

Dropbox makes sure it has paying customers and staff quietly jump to other services spreading the risk. Dropbox focussed sounds good, bigger picture not so much.

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Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

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Crypto next

So they get all the information from the usual slurp channels and MS accounts, cross reference it against the business data from LinkedIn, build a relational model of much of the developed business world, launch their crypto currency for business with trust and validation links through the MS model.

Will be a beast of a system.

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Admins aggro about Azure AM absence

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Only significant for those involved.

In the greater picture you are of little value, a rounding error on an uptime spreadsheet.

HTH.

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Revelation 22:13

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, 0.0.0.0-255.255.255.255.

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New Ransoc extortionists hunt for actual child abuse material

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"But it must be a fairly small target. One would hope."

I thought the same, is it that they are so engaged in the field they assume others are too or is there really a significant enough number of people out there with images to target?

Pizzagate research material maybe.

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

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Re: For walkers too

The lights in the works loo do that, if you stand too still you can plunge into darkness mid stream, then you have to wave your hand to get them back on. I call it the rodeo urinal.

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For walkers too

I want the lights to come on while I walk dark streets, I also want them to do some random stuff or play with me so I know when the IOT has gained sentience.

"He walked the usual route but knew something was wrong, the lights they came on but just a perfect fraction late as if they cultured and valued his annoyance, even his Jack Russell would look up and to the distance as if something was coming, and the flickering lights foretold."

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Stupid idea

I wonder if there is a refund/cancel electronic transaction mechanism that does not check the payment was correctly made or redunds before the transaction is recorded?

Ghost £20 payment to account, refund / error transaction system triggered via mobile connection and funds return to ghost account.

I told you it was stupid.

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Navy STEALS? US sailors dispute piracy claim

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Now I get it

Lauri Love can prove "concurrent use" over the licensed number of seats so he needs to be silenced (how else could the software house know about it?).

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Origin of the beasties: Mirai botnet missing link revealed as DVR player

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Re: Does it matter?

Interesting please cite some examples, not being funny I genuinely want to know which of the consumer brands or models you are referring to.

At least two brands I have been looking at in the last few days/hours do not firewall IPv6 well at all.

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Re: Does it matter?

Hardcoded passwords with IPv6 will be malware nirvana once the enough ISP's support it as very few home networks will stop the traffic, even if they see it.

Then of course there will be a push for each individual internet connected device to be identified and it's location constantly monitored "for the safety of the children".

Colour me a cynical, firewalled, NATed, luddite.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Re: Language

Verbificationalist Ameribarstardationisms of English?

Shirley not.

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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In all of this

Those who have understood the implications of the WikiLeaks revelations will have gained some power over the machines of control, world war three might just be a bit harder to kick off "for the lol's".

I hope he didn't commit rape and I hope the governments and militaries of the world avoid doing the same to the planet. I commend his alleged work with the leaks but not his alleged misdeeds.

May our eyes stay open and our focus include the horizons.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: You mean the US still has any secrets to share after they've passed thru Hillary's server?

Well that is the system you have accepted, if you don't believe in the system then you probably also believe many previous presidents were elected wrongly or is it just this one because of his party?

If it is wrong forget the political in fighting and get enough people of all persuasions behind a change in the electoral system.

What I find difficult to reconcile is the vehement opprobrium metered on this guy who has clearly used the system provided and even turned a profit (allegedly) from the campaign, now if that is not being a true enterprising American I'm not sure what is.

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Re: You mean the US still has any secrets to share after they've passed thru Hillary's server?

I guess John will "get over it" once there is more balanced discussion on here, the voting and opinions are so partisan it deters genuine discussion of important world issues.

BTW it's not John, it is the will of the American people through democracy, get over it.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

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Marketing>Software

If only the software was good enough to "sell itself" they would not need to fund the marketing layer who's role seems to be to obfuscate cost and confuse customers.

If I want some software I want to know how much it costs, not get the "well it depends, what shoes were you thinking of wearing while using it, was your maternal grandmother left handed, what direction was the prevailing wind the last time you rebooted?"

Humbug on a cloud.

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

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Oooh Mobiles

Off topic but I'll chuck in...

For the last week I've seen (poor/slow) brute force FTP access attempts at the FTP server, looks like a botnet as they hit in turn sequentially from different IP's but using same user/password lists, most of the IP's have been cellular networks. Either I've got on to a list of an existing mobile botnet or some new exploited handsets are hitting targets and guessing user/pass combinations from the domain name.

One password tried was "derok010101" which gets some web hits but not specifically from mobiles.

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Blood donors' privacy anaemic after Red Cross data breach

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Re: As a potential victim (and donor)

While not wanting to turn down a high level sacking I would prefer the whole process that connected "data storage" to "external access" was discovered, then steps taken to ensure it did not happen again.

A chopped head will be remembered for a while but is less valuable to donors than the potential changes that could ensure data security in the future.

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

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Re: "...plays them Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You"

Wrong number idiot! are you blind! Oh wait.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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Dead cat bounce

Privacy version.

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Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

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Re: Real life usefulness

I think land mines are mostly plastic now because metal detectors.

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What if

The plants start lying to us, in an attempt to control human numbers?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Whatever they do

They should offer FPV pan and tilt cameras onboard so people can pay to use VR goggles to be in the cockpit for some or all of the flight.

Must be possible to use these 4k 360° cameras to stream multiple lower resolution streams.

Iknow Iknow, geeky response, sorry.

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Laser surgery ignites internal methane, burns patient down there

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jeronimo

Surgeons confounded by queer queef conflagration launched by laser

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Re: "let's see who is telling the truth"

Well that is not my personal experience was something like 15% drop from one meter to the next so have recorded readings from before and after but figured chasing the supplier for over payment without any way to prove it other than readings from the display was a dead end.

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"My bills are already 100% accurate. Even if the odd month gets 'estimated', that is corrected in the subsequent month."

Mnnn you may think so.

I had an electricity meter that I monitored every week for online recording (can't remember the service) the display started to fade so I called the company and they agreed to replace this faulty meter.

Strangely after the meter was replaced my use dropped significantly.

No where on the meter does it have a calibration to national standard mark or recalibration date.

Some of these are probably quite wrong (+20%) but the average home owner will never know.

Also there was that habit of charging against the property not user so you could move into a house with a prepayment that was set to recover previous debts (not your own). I think that may have been the case before this "faulty" meter.

Which or someone should install calibrated meters after the suppliers in random locations.

lets see who is telling the truth.

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Smut site offers to buy Vine

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Can't we just do it normally for once?

I know you learnt like this but, repeating everything after six seconds is really hard work.

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Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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Give them somewhere safe to put it.

Sure you can have your phone on the plane but it must be in this 2"x6"x8" case.

Now try loosing that bugger down the gap.

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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

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Well I can only hope

this stops IoT dragging it's arse on the carpet, we should have never let it in the house.

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Royal Horticultural Society's PC is rooted for all to see

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Such a time waster

"If this is the first time you have seen this stop error restart your computer"

It's often the first time I've seen that one, and I object to having to go home and restart my computer, often I'm half way to work.

I'm going to write to the Guardian about it.

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FBI reopens Hillary spillery

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I'm sure there is nothing to it.

Why would this be a problem? If you have been using the correct government mandated email system and observing security protocols for sensitive information like the rest of us do (to avoid dismissal or a forced stay "At Her Majesty's pleasure") what could possibly be of any concern?

It's not like she has been using her own email server to exchange secret information, destroying Blackberries and wiping 33000 subpoenaed emails is it? Next thing you'll be telling me is the Clintons run a fake charity that has netted millions of dollars for political favours under the guise of "Speaking fees". Oh you conspiracy nuts.

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Birmingham sperm bank pulls plug after just a handful of recruits

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Ah, to never have that conversation.

Mummy who was daddy?

Some wanker from Birmingham.

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So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

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10 seconds too long

There were some inspired and creative jokes/stories told in those few seconds but someone had the idea of changing the time limit to ten seconds (probably after the writing was on the wall).

A one-liner joke does not need to be told over two.

There were some great vines, made me laugh but I preferred watching the compilations on youtube.

Amanda Cerny wasn't even that funny, I just don't know why she was popular, honest I don't.

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Topless in-car selfie attempt climaxes with rear-end bonking

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Put your hands on the wheel

And keep those where I can see them.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Get in quick

Hardware supported until they get bored, probably just after they realise there are not hoards of "creatives" gagging to get away from Apple and missing the frequent reboot cycle.

My guess is 20 months.

Upvote if you think it will be more than that ;-)

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Spoiler alert: We'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

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The look of confusion

When one of them transmits "house!" and it all goes quiet for a bit.

(for those outside UK http://h2g2.com/approved_entry/A3356499)

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Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

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Joke

Try that

In a Samsung shop and they'd blow his bloody hands off.

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EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

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Re: Games?

Are these optical disks?

Polish the scratches out with heatsink compound (the white stuff).

Just be careful to protect the top surface while you are buffing.

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