* Posts by Steven Raith

1855 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

OH DEAR, WHSmith: Sensitive customer data spaffed to world+dog

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£5 says that PR != technical, but are allowed to make public statements without checking the veracity of them nonetheless because making it sound OK to the public is better than admitting that it's actually really, really rather bad.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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Re: as we push the big, red "Publish" button on this story

Surely this is more apt?

The Emergency Party Button

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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In the UK, if you pay pretty much any tax, you pay for the roads - it's maintained out of general taxation, not a specific road tax itself. VED isn't to pay for the roads, it's to encourage the use of smaller cars. It's a tax on the car itself, not the road use - otherwise hybrid 4x4s would still pay the higher rate.

No idea what the criac is in the US, mind (which, Jagged, is where I assume Dan Paul is from)

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Re: This situation would happen anyway

In the UK pavement = sidewalk, where pedestrians go.

I expect your US based, where pavement = road (and sidewalk = where pedestrians walk)

I can understand why that would have been confusing to read :-)

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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Spider: So, I installed Windows 10 for you...

Lass: Aaaargh!

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In soviet russia, spider eats burd!

Sorry.

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Get superfast fiber, they said.

Get the real web, they said....

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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"Or, put it like this, if you found your partner on the list" then you obviously think it's likely your partner would cheat on you, meaning you already had deep-seated issues of trust in your relationship.

HTH

Steven "This is why I'm single*" R

*actually it's because I'm fat and gobby

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Veedub flub hubbub stubs car-jack hack flap

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My car will never be stolen as

A: It's a girls car, apparently

B: It's one of three of the colour and type within 100 square miles

C: It's a complete bloody shed. Haven't washed it in about five months as doing 100 miles a day means it's covered in flies after a week anyway. It's due a wash really, before it turns even more brown (the other brown is rust).

Never had anyone mess with it. My Micra got more trouble.

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Re: Physical access required

"If you have a Ferrari making a point of giving the cerf at the Casino door your keys comes with the territory."

Fuck that balls, I'd be blipping and revving it in the car park and making the exhaust note reverberate off the walls, lowering the property prices of every building within aural range.

Some of us like cars as something more than a status symbol (although fewer and fewer of us these days, it seems :-( )

Steven "vroom" R

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Pray harder for AMD

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Re: Prayers won't help

Fury X might be a bit of a disappointment, but the boggo Fury seems to be decent value for the kick it provides, and Fury Nano looks *very* interesting, for a certain market of people who want small PCs with a lot of graphical horsepower.

That said, whether that turns into sales is a different kettle o' carp. And you're not wrong about Zen. Waiting for that to appear before I decide to rebuild my main dev rig. If it blows, I'll probably have no choice but to go with Intel if they can't provide decent IPC.

Steven R

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Ehhh....

I'm assuming the firmware update requires A Magical Dance Of Keys and Buttons to access firmware update mode (if not, shoot them) and if the private keys were compromised, you still need physical access to the vehicle (And it's keys, or keyfob if keyless) to update it.

So that's less of an issue than you might think. Im quite sure you don't just turn the car on with the USB drive plugged in, that would be stupendously dense.

Note - I don't know what the procedure is, and I genuinely don't care, to be blunt, as I specifically avoid cars that have nannying controls for everything. And penis extensions like Jeeps.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Re: Overheard at Universal IT staff meeting

Lana....Lana...Lana...LANA.....LAAANAAAA--

WHHAATTT??

Made myself feel better now.

Steven R

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Re: Overheard at Universal IT staff meeting

"...Alan"

Ugh, just made myself feel bad at the memory of JP3

Steven "It was OK as a B-movie, really" R

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Re: One wonders ...

In fairness to the Model S, it's not a track car, and to take it on track would be interesting, but far, far from it's main function, which is to let you pootle about at normal road speeds (IE up to 100mph realistically) and let you get up to those road speeds sharpish.

You're more likely to deploy the power for overtakes, pulling away from toll booths, or to scare your friends; the chances of you dumping all the power into the motors for long periods of time on a regular basis in the real world are pretty slim.

Really, the same holds true for any car with more than around 300-400 hp; I have 125hp at my disposal and use it all the time because it's not fast enough to case problems with control. My car with double the power, I'd probably use full throttle rather a lot less. Well, until I get used to it.

I'm fairly sure 700-ish hp is not something you get used to quite as quickly, though...

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Re: Also hope it comes with ludicrous brakes and something better than the human 0.25 sec response.

If reaching the pedal is impossible, how are they keeping the throttle planted to the floor?

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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No just a serial MS troll.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/74715/

Tragic really.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Re: Got in early.

Blimey, you're right. It's been so long I forgot about that walk. Bit less of the usual hustle and bustle that day, as I recall - somewhat more sombre.

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The benefits of being late to work

My memories of the day are a bit blurry - working (also) on a helpdesk/IT dept, waking up a bit late and traipsing down to the station, and deciding I was going to buy that damned coffee, rather than run for the train.

Get to Kings X and get told that the underground is closed. Electrical fire. Surprising amount of police around for a fire.

Try getting a mobile signal to call up the office, nowt.

Went to the main councourse and it was only then that suggestions of bombs were coming around.

Ended up sitting outside the main councourse talking to an american exec about the patchy info we had, wishing him well, and walking down Caledonian Road to the office. Then waiting for people to arrive; that was the worrying part.

A few people I know lost friends that day; by virtue of waking up late, I managed to miss being one of 'em.

Train was unsurprisingly quiet the next day.

Steven R

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Thanks for asking the question SoF, I have bumbled across Reddit a few times but never had the interest to see what was so special about it; seems like a reasonable concept.

I'll probably still not go there regularly though - I'm bad enough for forum-diving as it is, and Reddit is perhaps a bit too big for my tastes ;-)

Upvotified!

Steven R

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Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk

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Re: Made a wrong turning somewhere

You're talking a load of cock, Charlie.

Steven "obvious pun" R

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Re: Attack of the Clones

As if Eastenders isn't depressing enough, they want to infuse it with hipsters?

Oh dear oh dear.

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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Re: French Uber bosses charged with four crimes under French law

As in the past I've had to spend £300 replacing a pair of wheels and tyres on my car thanks to potholes, I can't disagree.

Although civil liberties and support of the disadvantaged are probably a slightly better measure in reality :-)

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Re: French Uber bosses charged with four crimes under French law

I'm fairly liberal if I'm honest, but I do like a bit of hyperbole.

;-)

Steven "Gobby" R

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Re: French Uber bosses charged with four crimes under French law

Has to be said, the more I read about France in the press lately, the more it comes across as a third world country with delusions of adequacy.

Sad really, I used to quite like the sound of the place, although I'll grant you this is probably more prevelant in the cities, and would be akin to judging all of Britain based on reports of Brixton* and some of the more 'interesting' housing estates in Glasgow.

Steven R

*not sure if that's applicable these days, it's getting gentrified a bit, is it not?

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

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Re: The great unwashed

He told me that if I have sex and the girl is standing up, she won't get pregnant.

Now I have seven kids, I assume my girl is defective?

Steven "no kids, actually" R

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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Re: Probably...

I think that's the tweeked algorithm for Audis, yes?

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Re: I thought you was a fat bloke, Tim?!

"flab ≠ tits"

Don't tell me that, I've got to have some positive accents on my unique physique....

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Re: I thought you was a fat bloke, Tim?!

It's half the cost 'cos we've got a decent set of tits already.

I mean, fat blokes have a decent set of tits...

I mean, I need to walk to Sainsburies more often.

:-(

Steven "Big Boned" R

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Re: Has he looked for his shoe in places that are a mile from his home?

Maybe they were Seventh Day Advent Hoppists trying to live in his world for a while and spread their good word?

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Shut up, dilweed!

Steven "uuh huhuhuh" R

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Hmm. I'm gonna try a Jessie VM with Cinnamon as a DE - might finally break me away from Ubuntu on the works lappy (and eventually, maybe even at home)...

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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Truly, it's as if man has become GOD

" The heavily guarded prototype device will now run Minecraft, allowing users to interact with the block-building game in virtual-reality mode."

See icon -->

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Re: Sabotage your own product?

Pretty sure that's what they said about BetaMax and HD DVD as well....

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Decrypted WhatsApp chats laid groundwork for Belgian terror raids

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Except that the use of existing laws and frameworks allowed it, meaning that they don't need to decrypt everything - just the bits that they feel would be relevant to an investigation.

You know, with evidence.

So it kind of shoots their own argument in the foot.

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Caterham 270S: The automotive equivalent of crack

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Re: It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

Hell, 90kw in an 1100kg car can be fun if the power delivery and chassis are right.

And the colour is correct

Steven "relax, it was a private road and it's the only standing start I've ever made the car do" R

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Re: It's good to see Caterham thinks of the passenger...

In something that weighs half a ton, yes, yes it would be.

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Apple's HomeKit: So, you know, it exists and all that. Oookay ...

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Re: Homekit

AC. re big in america, you realise most CCTV systems and cameras support just that sort of stuff out of the box?

Motion detector in CCTV software detects movement out of hours, sends MMS/video link in email, whatever. CCTV system hooks up to a seperate relay that controls lights, etc. Burglar gets the shit scared out of them, cops can be called and site attended to by neighbour. You can hook this up via a UPS and a mobile data connection and have it run without mains power, easily.

That's nothing to do with full blown home automation, which is also already available using X-10 networking, and has allowed far more sophisticated setups and Homekit would seem to allow.

When Homekit lets you build an Emergency Party Button, then it might be halfway useful.

The Emergency Party Button build page

The wheel that is being reinvented, badly, by everyone

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Camgirls, crypto currency and beer: The Register tours the Dark Net

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I concur

Very interesting for those of us who are aware of the darknet, but haven't dabbled in it - to the extent that I spammed it on social media, which is something I rarely do.

Shame I missed it TBH.

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Re: @Boltar

"What evidence do you have that he didn't?"

That's not how proving things works, generally speaking.

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Sacré bleu! Parking machine labels French mayor ‘thieving bastard'

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Re: Le Bah!

..que?

Steven 'Manuel' R

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Forgot about Dre?

Nah, they forgot about electrical safety.

(sorry)

Steven R

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Maybe it's just me, but taking a piss at the side of the road out of the way is less embarrassing than crashing into a parked car.

Then again, me dad was a major petrolhead (and so am I) so maybe he just instilled some odd values into me? :-)

Steven "has a wee before driving" R

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Re: But technically....

A closed course != the road, with random hazards.

Reaction times while even moderately inebriated are much, much larger than when sober and paying attention.

Reaction times are what matter on the road.

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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Re: Not an UZI

I vote Glock 18 with extended mag. The rear 'chunk' of it that makes it look Uzi like is the slide immediately after firing, while ejecting a shell casing.

Hmm. I think I need to get out more.

Steven R

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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Re: HD video?

Why do you need more than 640k of RAM?

If the common components support HD transcoding of video in the hardware, then offering a lower rate image isn't going to make a huge difference to power consumption for the expected use (we're talking seconds of usage at a time, not hours) and modern wifi can generally handle it.

So why not?

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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Re: £1800?

You can't really take them on canal towpaths and the like though....

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Re: Archway hill

Cycling up it? Walking up it is a pain in the arse enough, thankyouverymuch...

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Gentrification

"Utter Bollocks. It very much helps to come from a privileged or at least well off background to get you where you want to be. Having the confidence even if you don't have the cash can come from the background and opportunities you were given as a kid."

It can help, but it's not the be all and end all; I was brought up alone by an alcoholic, in the sort of conditions that would feature in a modern Childline ad (I brought myself up from around age 12, including handling the bills, etc); and yet, I'm doing pretty well for myself despite being disadvantaged in almost every important respect from a first-world standpoint, not to mention living in the arse end of nowhere, to boot.

Opportunities come easier if you have the benefit of a 'lucky' upbringing, but I've mostly got to where I am today (which isn't much, but it's fine) by wit, intellect and a burning urge to prove everyone who said I'd amount to nothing because I was the local poor kid utterly, blindingly wrong.

Opportunity smooths the path, but incentive and attitude are far, far more important IMHO, and make you take the path. Incentive makes you smash down the barriers and get places.

Steven R

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Re: Gentrification

I agree that extreme gentrification is a problem for locals, but I must admit, I can't recommend getting out and about a bit enough - if for no other reason than to get out of your comfort zone, meet people who have a totally different world view to you.

I moved from John O Groats to London, effectively (living in herts, working in 't Smoke) and now live in Scarborough and work in York; it's been pretty awsume now I think about it, and certainly more interesting than staying local, with better/different opportunities etc.

Thinking of moving closer to York this year (nobody lives *in* York - it's too expensive ;-) ), as commuting 45 miles each way a day is grating now...!

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