* Posts by Sebastian A

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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Halve the CO2 emissions, sure, until the time comes to dispose of end-of-life solar panels.

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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Re: Why not

Because radiation levels are too low to cause any actual harm. You could eat the topsoil there and you'd die of boredom before experiencing any symptoms related to radiation.

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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

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Re: Hmmm....

Just curious, can bitcoin be confiscated under "civil forfeiture"?

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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

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Or... and hear me out here...

"Google intern hastily locates security vulnerability in Pornhub site to justify his frequent visits to the site to Google HR."

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Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

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Re: Not celebrating yet but...

Yep. I haven't bought an AMD chip in a little while but I certainly appreciate their presence in the market. Keeps Intel innovating and keeps their pricing honest.

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Verizon kicks its punters

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Are they still considered customers if there are zero alternatives? I think "prisoners" might be a more suitable term.

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EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

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So what you're saying is that knee-jerk overreaction laws put in place by tech-illiterate politicians after being heavily lubricated by parties with a vested interest can sometimes not be that great?

Say it ain't so...

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300k Turkey govt emails leak

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Yep. Blocked for trafficing in stolen material. Not because it could weaken the newly-refreshed support they have from the people. Makes the coup attempt look almost convenient in its timing. Like 9/11 for Bush.

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Microsoft has announced it will add five new features – some experimental - to the TCP stack it will ship in Windows Server 2016 and the Anniversary Update to Windows 10.

Am I misinterpreting the anniversary update? Is that not a live branch thing? If it's just a way of saying "It'll be rolled out over time to machines after the anniversary update has been deployed" then you're probably correct. I assumed it to mean it was part of that update landing in August but not yet being tested beyond Redmond's walls.

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Experimental features in the live branch. Sounds like a great idea. Why not deploy that to the fast track branch and use the people who've opted in to testing, rather than risk bricking the devices of the few people who've decided to give in to the Windows 10 strongarm tactics?

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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"Heavy pucker factor"... You gotta admit, the man has a way with words.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: it's moot

Those 99% are my canaries. They can be the low-hanging fruit while I myself am just a bit harder to doxx. Means that in most cases there's no reason to bother with my details when there are exhibitionists all over the place just begging to be impersonated.

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Maxthon web browser blabs about your PC all the way back to Beijing

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Re: Is this worse

China just controls its population in more brutal, overt ways. In the US, it's far more insidious.

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PokeCops catch no crims

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...On the Simpsons. :D

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Google quietly takes gag off Mississippi AG after wrecking ads probe

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Politics of that situation aside, you have to respect the laws of the land. Don't like 'em, campaign to get 'em changed, don't just break 'em and complain when you get caught and punished.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: QR Codes are still around....

Remember the code that would hard-reset your Samsung phone with no confirmation and that could be embedded in a QR code?

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Generous Fiat Chrysler offers $1,500 for car security bugs – or two minutes of annual profit

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They're only shooting themselves in the foot with this approach. The bounty means they admit there's a good chance there are bugs, and the lowball price means it'd be far more profitable to exploit it rather than turn it in.

Who makes these decisions, and what are they thinking?

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414,949 D-Link cameras, IoT devices can be hijacked over the net

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So, shall we play a game of "Accidental or intentional"? Was it incompetence or malice? Unfortunately, the end result is much the same for the consumer.

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NASA Twitter feed hijacked

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Who wants to have a guess at what the password was?

I'll go with "Kepler1".

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Attention, small biz using Symantec AV: Smash up your PCs, it's the safest thing to do

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Re: Right, that does it

Dirt cheap, and about as effective as dirt.

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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

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Re: On the plus side...

This is just the vocal few. The vast majority of users will just put up with it if they even notice. I doubt any app developer is going to back out this kind of change. Cash is king.

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Huawei promo photo goof

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Re: Wasn't Nokia caught doing this too?

How many? Well, at least one. Right here.

I'm sick of advertising being intentionally misleading if not outright lies, and I will not knowingly buy a product from a company that behaves like that if I can avoid it.

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Second celebgate hacker pleads guilty to phishing

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It's not celebgate

Stop trying to -gate everything.

It was the fappening and you damn well know it.

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Is it April 1 already?

See title.

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Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

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Re: So wait...

Of course it's BS. But a 75+ year old judge won't know that and the amicus brief will come from someone who's pretending to be neutral but in reality is so deep in Facebook's pockets that they can smell Zuck's ball sweat.

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Win 10 has Update date

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Re: Nobody expects the Windows 10 installer

I've said it for months. Expect a press release with terms like "popular demand" and "unprecedented uptake" and "enabling our customers" to be released just a couple of days before the end date stating they're extending the offer, but only strictly limited to another 3 months or 6 months or whatever.

Then repeat ad nauseum until they have at least 50% coverage. (so, until the end of time).

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I had actually expected the release date

to be just over a month after the free update deadline ends.

You know, so that people who updated for free no longer have the easy rollback option.

Gotta make sure your eggs have hatched before you count your chickens.

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University pays $20,000 to ransomware hackers

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With any luck it makes the money back in savings by firing the incompetent pratt in charge of the backups.

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Badges for Commentards

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Ohhh, I came across this thread while trying to find out why I have a little bronze badge by my name, but if the info is still correct I may soon be progressing to silver.

(My first instinct was to hover or click the badge to find out what it meant. Had to google it in the end.)

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Oh I'm sure they're gutted at having to change this. The damage is already done. Everyone who was going to get upgraded despite x-ing out already has been. What an utter pack of slimy filthy buttnuggets.

High fives all-round at Redmond I'm sure.

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Facebook's new stalker tool

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Re: Yes..

Well if facebook suggests "You may know Jane Doe as you visit the same places frequently" then you've already got the most important piece of info, her name.

I really can't fathom the communal brainfarts that make it to production these days. In this thread alone people have listed a dozen scenarios where this is a horrible, horrible idea. Surely one level-headed middle manager somewhere could have said "Hold up a sec guys..."?

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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If these are the kinds of jobs we stand to lose to AI/robots, then I'm all for it. Can you imagine if your full-time job consisted of asking people the same 5 questions, then putting through a request on their behalf?

Now if the city would just automate the other end... But no, I bet there's a team of dozens set up purely to handle parking infringement disputes.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Windows 10 is a continuous beta program though. Just because the changes are made in a production environment (IE everyone's live PC) doesn't make it any less of a beta.

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Microsoft hops onboard bonk-to-pay bandwagon

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Joke

I've drilled a hole in my EFTPOS card to disable the paywave shite already. Do I now have to do the same to my phone?

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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

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Re: Billions of data points of aggregated telemetry

I'd recommend a slight clarification on their wording.

"Based on carefully massaged numbers selectively filtered out of billions of data points which our customers didn't actually want to provide to us."

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TeamViewer not View-ed

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Re: Hacked

Not hacked, probably just the Telia issue..

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Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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The second Golden Age of space exploration is about to begin in earnest

And it's long overdue.

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GoToMYPC attacked

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So hot on the heels of that

will be spammers sending mails pretending to be from GoToMyPC with fake password reset links.

War, war never changes.

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Just a quarter of Brits trust businesses with our personal data

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Re: You don't have much of a choice.

I have entrusted my bank with a lot of details. I don't trust them with those details, but there's really no way around it. Can't even collect a paycheck without a bank account anymore.

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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Re: Aliens playing marbles...

"I've been to a parallel universe, I've seen time running backwards, I've played pool with planets, and I've given birth to twins, but I never thought in my entire life I'd taste an edible pot noodle."

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Google bows to Dutch

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Good start.

Now can we apply the same rules to Facebook and everyone else? I have adblocked the hell out of all their like/share buttons embedded all over the web but since you can quite reliably fingerprint a browser by version/OS/plugins/screen res I'm sure they've still got a pretty damn good idea of who I am and where I visit.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: One wonders

Probably pretty tricky since they'd have to account for the different position of the nozzle. From the sounds of it it wasn't a dead engine, just not producing full thrust. They're talking about making it so they can increase the thrust if this recurs.

But it's just speculation on my part, I'm not even an armchair rocket scientist, let alone a real one.

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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Why did it take this long?

He's a resident in a country where this stuff is illegal. If it takes them this long to deal with a known spammer on their own soil, what hope is there of dealing with any of the foreign ones?

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Lexus cars suffer Purple Screen of Death – code bug turns the air blue

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Ah yes, the Internet of Things. Now you don't just have to worry about the manufacturer building something poorly, they can break it after the fact without even physically going near it.

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Time Warner Cable, you've 'earned your miserable reputation' – NY Attorney General

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Anyone surprised?

Reputations for horrible service don't just coagulate out of thin air. It takes years or decades of persistantly poor service for a company name to become as synonymous with mediocrity as TWC has. The fact that it's even trying to defend itself is laughable. Admit fault, take it on the chin, and above all, do something to fix these issues. Maybe then, in a few years, people can give you another chance.

And for god's sake, stop using your area monopolies to fuck people over.

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Re: W10 testing regimen

Pffft, every PC I deal with has 100Mbit if not a gigabit.

To the switch.

After that, 8 MBit is common.

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You're no longer a customer, you're a product.

And product has to shut up and sit on the shelf for the actual customer, namely advertisers.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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It's small to the police force in question. That it can destroy a person's whole life doesn't matter to them.

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Akamai-oh-my: Network biz coughs up $650k over China bribes rap

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"And don't let us catch you again. We're not saying don't do it again, we're just wanting you not to be so blatant about it. OK?"

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