* Posts by Valeyard

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Who uses the Universal Credit system? ALMOST NOBODY, says report

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Re: I struggle to know how seriously to take this...

yeah that's what i thought. big banging a release onto millions of people at once is a really stupid idea, so that 18,000 figure strikes me as a phased rollout

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Spirit of the law

oh they're written properly, it's just not for us they were written

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Re: @Valeyard - Paperwork comes with costs

haha!

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Re: Paperwork comes with costs

If you look at my post below in another thread you'd see I'm already aware of this fact, it's clearly a way to exploit a loophole "we can't collect the data on our people... oh the but Americans can..and then give it to us..." hardly within the spirit of the law

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Re: Given this quote

i think they mean it came from America. GCHQ can't spy on the UK as much as they'd like and the NSA can't spy on the US, so they spy on each other's home turfs and swap the intel

I kid you not

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Re: Paperwork comes with costs

no one is ever going to trust GCHQ ever again, and nor should we. They've done worse to the freedom of this country than any foreign power or paramilitary group and should be rewarded with the contempt and suspicion of the nation

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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mine's broken

My set top box ix broken because it doesn't balance on top of my flatscreen TV and keeps crashing onto the floor

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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don't worry, they've got this

The government investment in Lily Cole's IT projects will be due for return soon and that'll pay for many many years like this one, so don't even worry, just carry on as normal

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

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Re: Come to blighty

that sounds too specific for you not to be speaking from experience

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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more advertising

it seems that every piece of technology or service is being developed as a new way to show adverts lately

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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Re: And yet the best part is...

I agree in principle, but from the information of this specific piece of malware from this article alone (I haven't read about it anywhere else) I don't think action is needed, it seems to take effort to infect yourself, rather than take effort to make yourself safe

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self-pwning

the malware has to be intentionally run with su priviledges

in other words, purely academic

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Re: Keyless Vehicle Theft...

Yeah i was hoping for some more tech background too :(

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Re: Presumably that would include Bernie Ecclestones *alleged* £2Bn in unpaid tax.

I reckon the divorce is PART of the tax evasion, i.e. if they're divorced it isn't his anymore.. yet he still seems to be able to spend it suspiciously enough

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'Privacy is DAMAGING to PROGRESS' says Irish big data whitepaper

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Re: Reinforcing stereotypes

you have to be taking the piss

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Get off Twitter – and onto Google if you want to find TWITS and tweets

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Re: exclude (source=twitter.com) option?

-twitter -tweet would probably do it

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hm..

i highly doubt you're more likely to find your answer in a short tweet than you are in the articles google would have served up anyway, so this is just adding noise to the results

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Re: There was another game that came out a year earlier...

I enjoyed the puzzles, but i once got to this library bit and started walking, after an hour i was still walking (well, i had something pressing the key down iirc), then it seemed like too much effort to go back! i do remember i tried another time and it crashed and corrupted my save :'(

I might give it another go, but i was enjoying it quite a bit apart from that weird library place with it's endless text

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Re: There was another game that came out a year earlier...

"Neverhood"?

claymation makes me think of that, there was talk of a kickstarter sequel, i know my wife backed it but can't remember if it hit the target

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Re: Optional Toast Reference...

Ha i kept thinking that everytime clem fandango spoke

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nice

Cross-saving between the vita and PS4? my wife's been hogging the tv to play it on the ps4 and owns a vita, I'll have to tell her about that one

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Atlassian HipChat service popped

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what?

The password reset request is sensibly cautious since the codes were one-way encrypted and salted which vastly improved the state of security over those that lacked salt.

This sentence is very rarely put in where a security incident has occurred, I'm pleasantly surprised, well done old chaps

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Pirate Bay data now tugged by IP-address-tracking current

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"extra precautions"

I know the likes of TOR aren't meant to work with torrents, so i thought the general consensus for precautions were to avoid torrents altogether and find newsgroup alternatives?

Does anyone have any suggestions for science?

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Alibaba's magic cave empties as it misses revenue target

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YAY!

you HAD to be sitting on that subheadline, I bet you were ecstatic when the opportunity came up, and to be fair I was too :D

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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Re: Wires FTW

yeah, all my colleagues use wireless because "I hate wires" (I work with a lot of hipsters unfortunately)

There's literally an ethernet port on each individual desk and our laptops have lots of USB ports which don't get used for anything else, and the nearest shop that sells batteries is 15 minutes away.

I'd like to say I had security concerns but I just didn't see the point really.

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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oh no

Is the register going to start using BBC stock photos showing "hackers" wearing balacavas in darkened rooms with binary in their eyeballs?

they're REALLY bad and completely unnecessary, to the point where no picture at all would be better and they make the BBC look like absolute idiots

a hacker "downloading" the "password" inside a wall of "hackercode" on the "mainframe" is how i imagine selling this particular image to the rory cellan jones

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Sony boss: Nork megahack won't hurt our bottom line

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huh..

I thought the top securo-bod would remind them they have to seriously audit and fix their security systems and training, but instead he talked about hiring actors and studios...

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Pastebin: The remote backdoor server for the cheap and lazy

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Re: You wascabby wabbit

it's a crappy game app that took about a week to make and is on the app store for free

(I say this for other readers, i know from experience never to actually engage in a dialogue with you)

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it has legit uses

I've used pastebin for a lot of legitimate reasons

Last week one of my apps was somehow tripping out my API with a new request, so just pointing the app to pastbin instead let me look at the (non-confidential) json code inside as it arrived so i could see exactly what the API saw without trawling through lots of server-side logs

it's not just for anonymous to release statements on..

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: Poor ol' Bill

I came here to say the same, he's done a LOT to combat malaria by all accounts, all recent stats show

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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640*480 resolution

looks fine on my windows 95 640*480 PC

I don't know what everyone's moaning about

Also i LOVE font size 70 anyway

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Re: amanfrommars

Oh God I think you're on to something there.

I've never seen them in the same place at the same time..

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: Who wants this?

agreed. I have the CRTs etc, but that's because i also have the original consoles. Otherwise i'd happily use an emulator on the PC.

Isn't this like that last speccy clone box which failed for precisely the same reasons, RE getting original coders' permission?

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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Re: @Valeyard

I'm not saying it's not complex, I'm sure it's ridiculously complex, but the complexities aren't secret.

they are when some of the code is >20 years old, there are hacks older than some of the junior programmers..

When i worked for the HMRC a good trick was to retire, give them a few weeks to realise that no one has a clue about your area of the system and be hired back as a consultant, with a consultant's rate, for YEARS. saw it happen loads.

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Re: I expect there are a huge amount of unknowns

legacy code and systems, away from the tech side it's rules that have evolved over many many years with bits and clauses added on, then new big-bang systems (such as RTI) introduced, then the old ones (that's AS WELL as the even older systems that are squashed about to fit in with these so the system can interpret both) squashed about to fit in so existing transactions are still accepted and processed correctly, leading to 2 seperate systems full of workarounds and process flow changes so they still do the same thing, and code that has to accept and interpret all of this millions of times per week.

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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um...

you negotiate a fee for one or more pictures, the money is exchanged between client and model and the pictures are sent. After ten seconds, they largely disappear forever and both parties remain satisfied.

10 seconds?

that's not a lot of satisfaction per second compared to free, how could that ever sound like a good idea?

i can just imagine a new sport in racing against the timer!

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Pitchfork-wielding villagers hunt hairy shapeshifters in One Night Ultimate Werewolf

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Re: A board game series?

yeah that's pretty sweet. i always make sure i own a few easy to explain games for casual mates who want to turn up anytime, most of my wife's friend's never even considered themselves board gamers before and would've flaked out at difficult things

so games like love letter, king of tokyo, carcassonne and robo rally are always good intro games

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Re: BSG boardgame

been recommended to me too, especially as the people find out if they're traitors fairly late on in the game which sounds good

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A board game series?

Sweet!

Me, the missus and some of her friends regularly get together for the likes of suburbia, flash point (if we're in a more co-op mood) or puzzle strike, I can't wait to see more of these

Less on the "party games" like cards against humanity though i think, there are 3 or 4 girls that usually play the games with us and if someone tried to bring out some laddish game it'd just be cringeworthy, every time people hear i play board games they always ask if it's either monopoly or card against humanity, it's like there's nothing at all in between

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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reminds me

of the bruce willis itunes court case where he wanted to leave his itunes account to his kids when he dies, and they said he only had a "license" on the files and didn't own them or something so the account would be deleted

so there in precedent-following USA that's their policy apparently

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

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I saw "books", "quantum"

and initially thought we'd be treated to a take on hannu rajaniemi's quantum thief series

now that's some quality reading

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Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm

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switching Tor Identity

hasn't it been known for a while anyway that using the exact same route through the Tor network for a long time (in the scale of months iirc) will make you trackable, so the general consensus is to just switch your route through the network at random intervals

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Emulators

or if they are playing an obviously hacked or stolen game.

well considering most of their publicity comes from stuff like the pokemon stunts which are obviously on an emulator, which Nintendo has always* been aggressive against, this could seem a little self-destructive in the free press coverage stakes

*got my c64 copy of the great gianna sisters :D

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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wow

Chaired by former New Mexico Gary Johnson

he used to be New Mexico? impressive!

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Tor exit node mashes malware into downloads

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and yet..

..I still feel that it's safer to let criminals attach nasties in and my own ability to deal with such than go about my daily business where my own government can see it 'for my own good'

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OpenSUSE tidies up disto model ahead of 13.4

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Re: Erm...

I was thinking the same, I've been reading up on what I could about 13.2 for the past couple of weeks so when 13.4 was mentioned I was thinking "maybe they're just planning very far ahead?"

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Dropbox-but-with-an-actual-box firm touts new biz appliances

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personal use

For personal use, as a backup repo I just use owncloud, and all my stuff is synched dropbox-style onto raspberry pi at home

The NSA would have a job getting through the backdoor because it kinda sticks

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Marissa! Mayer! ends! 21! month! dry! spell! as! Yahoo! sales! grow!

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they almost had the right idea

When they started moving to dublin etc to secure their data after the webcam/instant messenger debacle

If they made that their primary focus, with their resources, they might get people who are looking at 4 or 5 similar free email providers on the verge of doing eenie-meenie-minie-mo to go for the one that also has a big slant towards privacy and security

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Have to laugh

yeah seriously. if the cartoons hadn't associated them with ireland, i wouldn't otherwise be aware ireland apparently had some kinda leprechaun "thing". If there's an actual legend it's based on i haven't heard of it :/

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Re: Have to laugh

But if you're that thin skinned then there's a good fight still going on in Northern Ireland

no there isn't, it's boring as hell now but nice trolling, 2/10 would write a line in response again

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