* Posts by Credas

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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

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Re: Oh dear...

Indeed; tragic.

Not.

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Why Nobody Should Ever Search The Ashley Madison Data

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WTF?

It's meant to be a joke, FFS!

Why is it that so many commentards seem to be completely incapable of identifying (an attempt at) humour in an article? Jeez...

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IBM tries to dodge $1bn sueball for deal won with 'ethical transgressions'

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How do you do this?

I can't even begin to imagine how you can expand an initial $6m bid to over $1bn - and even then not complete the job. Surely at some point - well before it's reached 160-odd times the original price - somebody in charge would say "enough!"?

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Hacker slaps Dolphin, Mercury browsers, squirts zero day

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Doesn't sound as if these downloadable-browser bugs are reliant on OS patches to fix them, so those 101 million users should be fine when Dolphin gets a patched version in the app stores.

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Even 'super hackers' leave entries in logs, so prepare to drown in data

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Teeth grating

The incidence of the misuse of "incidence", when an author actually means "incidents", is very high, as this and similar incidents demonstrate well.

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Re: correction

No; he's comparing the engineering of passive noise-cancelling headphones with ordinary headphones.

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Geeks on quest for world's most pointless YouTube video

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Art!

Probably half of those are pirated from critically acclaimed Tate Modern installations.

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And it begins: Ashley Madison bonk-seekers urged to lawyer up

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I'm curious about the guy who had two accounts, though. Why?

A couple of possibilities:

1) He swings both ways;

2) Given the narcissism of most politicians, so that he could have an affair with himself.

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Swatting?

I think in the UK the response is likely to be a couple of blokes in a Vauxhall Corsa, rather than a horde of heavily armed ninjas and a couple of helicopters.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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Re: Enunciation

Hey, I bet your country sells guns too, but only clandestinely and only to criminals. Everyone else is disarmed gun-free.

Yes, and compared to the the Land of the Armed hardly anybody gets shot. Who would have imagined?

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Device Manager

If you step back a moment and view this from the perspective of someone not steeped in Windows' idiosyncrasies, is it obvious that a "Manage" option in a file manager is actually the way to manage the system's hardware and software resources? Or that there's a magic incantation known only to those who have the non-existent user's manual?

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Re: Anybody know what the rumors were?

Also that the immediate cause of the explosion was the fire service inappropriately spraying water onto chemicals that reacted with it - which of course might raise uncomfortable questions about the competence of the authorities.

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Re: If this were Mao's China...

It would hardly be "panic" to want to get the hell away from an area that's had chemicals that are known to be toxic spread all around it, probably along with unknown substances that could be even worse. Unfortunately for the residents of this area, the top priority of the Chinese government is protecting the Communist Party, not their lives, and news media are regarded as a means to that end. I think we all know that the official version of this will be a lower body count than the reality, the storage company bosses up against a brick wall, and a few low-level officials locked up for turning a blind eye. Nothing (much) to see here, everything under control, move along...

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Spanish summer soother salmorejo

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if only...

I'm afraid any recipe that basically starts with "preheat the atmosphere to Scorchio" isn't going to be that great in Blighty ATM. It'd also need a pan with a heavy rain-proof lid.

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Samsung phablet phrenzy brings mobile payments into the age of WIRELESS TAPE

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So if an American with a Chip card comes along, the retailers are SOL?

No, the readers retain a steam-powered metal dust reader for the convenience of those who only have that quaint old type of card. :)

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Aussies turn to comic cat videos for comfort

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Don't blame the viewers

It's a mildly amusing and entertaining programme that doesn't demand any close attention. The real criticism should be directed at the networks who it seems are incapable of producing or buying anything that can compete with it.

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TXT message leaves Corvette wrecked

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Re: how long before?

Not saying that a car manufacturer wouldn't do something equally braindead, but the shoddy devices unwisely plugged into the CAN Bus that this article's about are third party aftermarket devices.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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You realise how many handsets now "feature" non-removable batteries?

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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Not an Ofcom list

I got this sent to an email address that's never been used to communicate with Ofcom about anything, least of all spectrum licensing. Flagged by SpamAssassin immediately, not least because it came via a blocklisted mail server in Iran!

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: @Credas

OK.

35 random characters, just selected from uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers: 62^35 or ~ 3E54 combinations.

Let's be generous and consider a dictionary of 10,000 words. With an average of 10 misspellings of each word. And an average of 10 character substitution combinations for each word. And in 100 languages. And you can pick up to 6 of these bastardised words: 10E8^6 or 10E14 possible combinations.

So if you still disagree with me then I invite you in turn to put up, or shut up.

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The rescue disk doesn't help them any more than possessing the encrypted volume itself does - it still only holds an encrypted copy of the disk encryption key.

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Re: yes

A passphrase comprising six dictionary words (even from a dictionary that's been extended to include common misspellings and character substitutions as in your example) does not have equivalent entropy to one formed from 35 random characters.

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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Re: Isn't it past time

Or electing them to public office?

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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I'm happy with change when there's a benefit. With 8, and now W10, on a laptop/desktop there's the opposite of a benefit, with a valueless learning curve just to make the unwanted change even more annoying.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Sad, sad fucks

The only hope is that with the expected enormous demand they end up making the stuff in one of those Chinese factories that doesn't make baby milk powder any more. That'd take care of both the idiots who buy it and those behind this abomination, assuming the Chinese got the firing squad back in again for the Soylent team.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Not "reaching out" again...

In reaching out to The Register to publicise the breach

Seriously, what ever was wrong with any of the rich variety of single English words that describe a specific or general means of "contacting" somebody? "Reaching out" just sounds like someone's grabbing at a lifebelt while having an over-emotional sob about it.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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Hardly surprising

The only surprise is that the locals went for beheading and disemboweling rather than the more traditional American approach with firearms. Sounds like IS at work to me.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

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Re: Still...

Actually, I'd sooner it were if you do want it, switch it on.

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Windows can detect metered connections!

I was impressed when I read that on the Microsoft website. Then I read the bit further down, where it turns out it's an advanced setting the user sets for an individual network connection - if they understand it. At which point the stupidity of defaulting to uploading to other PCs outside your internal network became clear.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Why be graceful about it? "This is not an emergency" and push a button to transfer the call to 101.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Sorry, chaps

Actually you can subscribe to Amazon Prime Video, independently of the delivery stuff in Amazon Prime, for £5.99 a month.

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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The point is that these weren't genuine freelance contractors - they worked for the same company for years on end in many cases, and could have become permanent employees if they'd wanted to. The only reason for the arrangement was to minimise their tax, which they clearly thought was worth more than any employment benefits they had to forgo.

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Some years ago for every genuine contractor there must have been dozens who in reality were indistinguishable from employees, an abuse which is why IR35 came about. In recent years we've had "contractors" forced to divide their time between different employers in an attempt to show that they were independent, simply to get around IR35. EBTs are a particularly glaring example of other schemes that are at the "evasion" end of the scale, but all these tax avoidance shennigans were a disaster waiting to happen. And if you don't have the clout of an M&S or Amazon, choosing to fight HMRC is brave indeed.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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To clarify

But since the total number of subscribers has risen 45 per cent in the past year,

The 45% increase was in new customers, not total subscribers. New customers amounted to 973,000, compared with a total UK & Ireland customer base of 12 million with 11% churn. Good results, but not quite as stellar as it sounded!

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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That's what they really need to fix.

Why? You have some god-given right to use their website? As long as you're given a clear and full description of the cookies they use and how they use them then I can't see the problem with them saying "don't use our website if having read this explanation it's likely to cause you any anxiety or nightmares".

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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

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Re: There is an important reason behind that Real Name thing..

That would be an argument for you to have to reveal your true identity to Facebook when registering, not to be prohibited from using a pseudonym for your public-facing profile and posts. And even then only for the purpose of forming a contract, not for slurping and sharing your private data and linking it to your real name.

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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Re: I missed a bit

It didn't - my point was that they're proposing reserving chunks of a scarce resource for the profit of a single industry, in an analogous way to the present parcel delivery industry demanding dedicated parcel delivery lanes.

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WTF next?

Well perhaps DHL, Yodel at al would also like special lanes on our roads so they can operate automated vans for their convenience and profit? That'd be OK according to Amazon's logic, the rest of us can manage with the gutter. What an over-inflated sense of their own importance these "tech" companies have.

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Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

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The problem isn't Caller ID

May I suggest that the problem of "swatting" is not really about Caller ID, or any other way of attempting to verify a telephone number, email address, Twitter handle or whatever other means of communication are used. The underlying problem is the willingness of the police to send in a full heavily armed response based on a single anonymous and unsubstantiated allegation. And underlying that is The Problem That Cannot Be Named in the US, which is the widespread public availability of military weaponry, which the police rightly fear they might be facing.

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Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

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Re: Just ban Facebook.

The commentard probably assumed that any sentient being would have enough of a sense of humour to detect that it was a joke, without needing a big "joke" icon to flag it up. Apparently they were wrong.

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Violin Memory thinks it'll boost sales by copying face cream giants

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Well done Violin Marketing

You've managed to get your marketing material reproduced without a single negative comment, and even got it labelled as Comment, rather than Sponsored or Advertorial. Outstanding work - trebles all round!

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

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Re: Some good points made

I've yet to see a single example which persuades me I should give a shit about any of this IoT garbage - and this article with it's agonising over the precise hue of a light fitting, FFS, certainly doesn't change that. In general it just seems to be an expensive, complicated and insecure way of solving problems I don't have.

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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

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Reneging on a "gentlemen's agreement"

My sympathy levels are close to zero. But I thought one of the advantages of our Humphrey-based Civil Service was supposed to be its ability to take the long view? In which case blatantly shafting politicians over such a clear and public agreement doesn't seem to be that bright an idea.

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

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Re: For its part, Disney said

Yes; "For its part, Disney said “blah blah self-serving unintelligible bullshit, and we will oppose the proposed action vigorously"."

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Usual problem of drawing the line

Unfortunately not everyone can be trusted to have some common sense when it comes to dress, so eventually someone in HR takes it upon themselves to draw a line - cue wailing from all of us who don't like being told what to do. Having seen one IT guy decide that suitable summer business attire was sandals, tight high-cut running shorts and a crumpled off-white muscle shirt proudly displaying his pipe-cleaner arms and luxuriantly sprouting dewy pit hair, I reluctantly came to the conclusion that some kind of guidelines probably are necessary.

Not quite as bad as the mid-morning onesie-and-slippers crowd at my local Asda, though.

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Boffins sting spooks with 'HORNET' onion router

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Re: turn me on

1. No. It uses a form of onion routing, but other than that the design is completely different.

2. Who knows? Who would be willing and able to run with a development like this?

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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Still of dubious value?

I like the basic idea, but I struggle to see what the Pebble Time does that makes it worth shelling out £180 for - even if that is a fraction of what Apple et al ask for their nearest equivalents. It's a naff watch that still won't last a week, and which can run some fairly basic apps with graphics reminiscent of a Sinclair Spectrum. If it was £50 then maybe it would be value for money, but not (IMO) at more than three times that.

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