* Posts by Uffish

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Re: "USA Back in the 90s"

Seems to be still true today. I had no trouble using my card even though I can never make two signatures that even look like the same name let alone similar writing. Some admittedly old banknotes left over from a much earlier visit, were only accepted with much discussion with other cashiers and checking with senior staff.

I got the impression that plastic transactions were insured but cash was not.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Thanks for the article!

The only Windows computer in the house is my wife's Win 8.1 laptop. She has been patiently clicking the little red X on the reminder pop-ups for some time now (it was easier than delving into the inner workings of an OS I had set up more or less as she wanted some years ago and promptly forgot about). We entertained the fond hope that all of the telemetry that was going on would somehow bring to the attention of Redmond that an 'upgrade' was not wanted thank you very much.

I read this article and warned my wife about a similar but slightly different pop_up that had to be treated differently. Sure enough, it arrived today but forewarned is forearmed.

Whoever writes these pop_ups is a tricky little bastard isn't he !

What the hell has dragged Microsoft to behave like petty criminals running a three card scam in a mean backstreet ?

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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Re: Sack

There's a line in HHGG about "waiting for the right...price". I'd sack the whole board as well, they are supposed to ensure that situations like this never occur.

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

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Re: "couldn't care less"

I have no quarrel with your opinions but don't present them as facts. The reason for the whole sorry saga is very definitely the USA.

Where's the pernickity old codger icon?

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German boffins smash records with 37km wireless spurt at 6Gbps

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Re: It'd work better...

But then they would lose the backup link into the cloud from the metal sheet on top of the wall.

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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Re: Huh??

Have you seen Paris traffic at 9 a.m.

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Re: Google doesn't have sales in France

... and France isn't going to inconvenience the "innocent until definitively proven guilty Google" one little bit, non M'sieur, croyez-moi!

Et gare au cochons volants.

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Taxmen raid Google in Paris

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Dissolution of the Monasteries

... it worked for Henry VIII when he needed a bit of money. Of course the monasteries today don't have any money but big business does. ("You must have too much money, look how much you pay your CEO"). Should be fun.

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Apple: Another bug fix. Er, thanks, GCHQ

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Re: "the selfie camera ..."

There is a simple way to check if anyone is looking:

- grow a beard

- get a kalashnikov and prop it up near you

- get a black flag and drape it casually across the wall behind you

- take sticker off the front camera and send a rant to El Reg whilst holding the phone so that glimpses of beard, black flag and flag are occasionally seen

- send another rant in a week's time (if you are able) and we will deduce that it's not our lot watching.

PS my spell checker objects to "kalashnikov" it suggests Shostakovich instead; I approve wholeheartedly but, in the interests of clarity, I haven't corrected the error.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Re: "I wish we could burn...reboot democracy."

Democracy does get a real booting from time to time, mainly from people expressing sentiments like yours.

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Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

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I am looking forward to seeing these used

Instant games of Chinese Whispers.

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: Well d'uh.

@ Richard Wharram

In the age of the internet troll the phrase 'This is simply untrue' is simply meaningless. I could try checking out your longer posts for believability and coherence but why?

A few words describing why a comment is untrue would be reasonably verifiable and much more reader friendly than a list of study reports.

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Re: Well DUH

World agriculture benefited from a multiple research and development projects over decades to increase food production and apparently saved a billion or so people from starvation. It was an international effort but is usually referred to now by the catchy phrase 'green revolution'. I am sure that quite a few people died because of the these efforts (pesticides, locally wrong choice of new technology etc etc) but overall hugely more people benefited than suffered.

What seems to me to be different today is the role of business. Business needs seem to be the driving factor not humanity. I do not have to support some business plan if I don't want to and, strangely, I don't.

tldr: There is nothing much wrong with cola but you don't have to drink it if you don't want to. But call it cola and not 'the finest water plus a lot of sugar and a few things you shouldn't be bothered about'.

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Re: Sediment escape

Probably that dangerous and insufficiently tested technology called auto-correct - it lets strange and unnatural word combinations out into the world. Should be banned.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: 110 on building sites

When I was working on a building site (a very long time ago) it was 110V with the centre tap connected to earth. Thus an exposed wire would only be at 55V wrt earth.

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Re: Battery/capacitor

Given that there are two distinct energy levels (upper lake and lower lake) I favour the battery analogy. (A three-phase battery that is).

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Re: well on our way to achieving it

London (England) had electric taxis in 1897.

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Re: designed

... 'evolved' works just as well in his argument.

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Re: queues on the loop

I think the cause of the queues on the loop would be the limited capacity compared to the train, road and air infrastructures.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: downwind

@I.P. & S.R. (and smokers/vapers in general).

I totally agree with Orlowski's article and your comments, this is a truly terrible piece of legislation and it is terrible both in its misguided intentions and in the reasons for its coming into being.

I would be happy to help man the barricades with you - just don't expect me to agree with smoking / vaping in public spaces (or whatever the legal term is).

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Re: downwind

The second hand gaseous product of eating a lot of beans is also biologically insignificant but nevertheless very annoying. I expect that strangers will not be completely oblivious of their effect on others.

For fuck's sake just stop smoking in any form you bunch of self centred, neurotic, poseurs.

Not anonymous, just totally unimpressed by smokers.

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Supernova bubble clocked at 19,000,000 km/h

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A long time ago and far, far away...

The phrases "went bang in spectacular fashion back in 1572." and "at a distance of some 10,000 light years" should not be used together. Not for a long while anyway.

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Finance bods SWIFT to update after Bangladesh hack

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The fat lady isn't singing yet

Seems like they have been rootling around the coffers of a bank in Belgium.

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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Re: Interesting, but...

I've got two stone age cutting implements (both found by chance at the edges of ploughed fields), one is a knapped but not ground knife the other is half of a beautifully smooth, ground axehead. Both are still sharp. They may not cut wood as well as a £17.99 B&Q axe but they sure have lasted longer.

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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

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Re: Former Experian developer here

So far they haven't been able to force me to buy anything though and, tedious though it is, there are reasonably effective remedies for unwanted advertising.

(Sorry El Reg - can you tell me how to accept your adverts anonymously - no cookies, no tracking, no targeting - otherwise the annoyance outweighs the benefits).

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Serious question

Serious answer - it doesn't matter, the problem is that Microsoft has consistently used Windows as a revenue generator, putting out new versions whenever they needed a fresh dollop of unimaginable wealth, not when they thought they needed to upgrade the platform for technical reasons.

Their intentions for Win 10 are still purely financial, the technical aspects are, for them, irrelevant. For a user, on the other hand, it is only the technical (functional) characteristics of an OS that matter leading to a very uneasy relationship with the Vendor, which has now snapped in my (insignificantly small) case.

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: Cost

May I suggest a lower cost solution. It's what I thought the article's title meant when I first read it.

In future put all traffic lights, street lights, litter bins, park benches in the middle of the pavement (USA etc - sidewalk). That will at least educate a lot of the ipodestrians.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: damning with faint praise

@ Philip Lewis

So, you're saying that Trump speaks nonsense equally as well as other idiots. You may well say that, I couldn't possibly comment..

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

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so whats wrong if ...

Fast forward a few (thousand) generations and:

"across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.”

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

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Re: Non-Death Penalty

You misread it, it means the they will be turned into zombies.

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Drip, drip, drip...

The FBI is getting a different sort of publicity lately.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

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Re: Car entertainment units

Are you saying that the car entertainment unit is for entertaining the car - or for entertaining the people in the car?

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NASA's mighty SLS to burn 1.215 Olympic-sized pools

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Re: Carbon emissions?

None, but they plan on giving existing trees a good watering every time they launch.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Electricity

The electricity will come from windmills of course - anything else is unthinkable.

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Airbus' Mars plane precursor survives pressure test

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Re: Why make it manned...

Per Playmobil ad astra.

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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Re: "resist the dragnet."

Fine, resist away and you will be tagged as someone hiding something. I don't suppose that would cause you any problems and I don't suppose the security people would do anything unless you managed to accumulate some other tags, US no-fly list, regularly seen parking outside the Ruritanian embassy or whatever criteria they have for being suspicious.

The point is that the security services keep saying that they are looking for the "unknown unknowns" hence the dragnet and hence their craving for full access to everything. If they can't have that (and I sincerely hope they don't) then they will have to make do with the next best thing, which seems to be looking at everything anyway in the hope that they will be able to get at least something from it.

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How to crack unbreakable crypto.

If I understood correctly the extracts of Hannigan's speech he is asking for crypto software which falls over if you don't follow a strict procedure, or some such 'human" cause of failure. So you can have your secure crypto but if you ever forget to put in a new password for each message it can be cracked. That way your average crim can have the best crypto but GCHQ can read the plaintext..

On another note, after analysing Hannington's comments I can see why a Classics background might be useful in his job - it must require great linguistic skills to appear to say X in such simple english but actually mean Y.

Big Brother has an overwhelming need to continue watching you, and you, and you ...

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Amazon douses flames, vows to restore Fire OS fondleslab encryption

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Re: "Twisted"

The phrase you are quoting is "feeling like they are genuinely free" which needs an awful lot of twisting to extract "feeling like they are in America", so back off a bit.

And while you are at it - where is your example of the best freedom to be had on the planet. For myself, I would suggest Monaco - but only if you are very, very rich.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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Re: Nobody complained before ...

This 'Post Office' mind game has gone too far.

Before cheap, powerful computers and storage were invented it was uneconomical to spy on everyone unless the authorities had good reason to mistrust everyone. Now it is affordable and any bureaucracy will adopt useful equipment and practices if it fits into the budget. The problem is not the bureaucracies it is the law.

The FBI needs to know where the law stands. We need to have the laws that suit us.

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How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'

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Re: It's an actual cliff...

Certainly it's a big cliff but it is by no means sure that the FBI is actually pushing us over the cliff - see the article for good reasons for that idea.

Of all the three letter agencies involved in the encryption problem the FBI is the one best suited to taking the problem to court. I can't imagine that the CIA, NSA etc would be stopped by a court ruling if National Security was at stake, but the FBI, (I imagine), would feel bound by a final court ruling. And this problem does need a definitive legal response because how else can you convince a Congressman (or worse, a New Jersey property developer) what is allowed and what is not allowed in the US.

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

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Re: Driverless Cars?

Stop, then reverse to get room to move into another lane, and with traffic coming up behind. That is not driverless, that is brainless.

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Re: Right of way

Those that believe that the movement of vehicles on the road is solely governed by the Road Transport Act will end up very annoyed.

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NSA boss reveals top 3 security nightmares that keep him awake at night

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Re: Is

None has been singular or plural since at least the ninth century. I'm not a grammar boffin so I am not qualified to say that you are wrong but I will say that you are not exclusively right.

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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Re: Tricky problem.

There is an solution to the payment problem, Google (or whatever it calls itself now) runs Google pay, Apple runs Apple pay and MS runs Windows pay - if these organisations made a commitment to providing a non-data slurping, secure service, and stood by it, they ought to be able to make it work.

Hmm - tricky problem.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world...

The thing about the USA is that it has a lot of big things, the grand Canyon, Walmart, bombs etc etc. It also does big WTFs. I'd put my money on them avoiding disaster, they are not (in the majority) fools.

In the mean time enjoy the WTF show.

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Re: At the risk of 'banging on' again and again...

"The single core of RPi 1's makes it unsuitable to run as a FAST desktop..." FTFY.

The RPi 1 works fine for me if I'm not in a hurry, but then I can remember preparing a paper tape for an overnight run on a shared computer followed by de-bugging and a wait for the next overnight run. Anything is faster than that.

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Re: WiFi?

There is a little white block, top left, between the display connector and the GPIO connector. It's not on my RPi 2. No idea if it's what your looking for though.

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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" rescue neighborhoods from terrorists"

Is this the USA he's talking about? Does it mean yet more refugees if Apple won't unlock that damn iPhone?

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Ukraine has a Eurovision pop at Russia

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Re: if Brexit....

I've got good news for you - you don't have to watch it, it's not compulsory, your job prospects are not affected if you don't watch it. And it has sod all to do with the EU.

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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

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Re: You are patient..

You can't stop a country from having spooks, they seem to be a necessity. We now have a court ruling that they are allowed to spy on the citizens of this country (nothing new there). It seems that the politically responsible Cabinet Minister is also administratively responsible and has some levers to pull if the spooks get uppity. So, it's the same old system, dusted down, judicially audited and essentially relying on the Code of the Woosters and Jeeves the Civil Servant to save us from anarchy, dictatorship or other extremes.

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