* Posts by Antonymous Coward

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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

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Re: NHS

Expect they had the very best (most expensive) "consultants" in to cook up that little nasty.

Kill it. Kill it with fire --->

("It" being "RiO" not the NHS, obvs)

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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

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For Christ's sake NOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...................

Shut the hell up! Do NOT notify the galactic council! Next thing we know they'll be putting in a hyperspace bypass and that would NOT be good. Not good at all :o|

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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How it should be done

Of course, if the protocol itself wasn't a congenitally dysfunctional clusterfuck by design it could have been implemented in more like 600 lines of C... which could have stood a sporting chance of actually being secure... but it's still nice to see a decent stab being made at moving in the right direction... for once. --->

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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Re: Absolute Morons

The RICHTO has been deployed into this MSFT priority thread.

That RICHTO is out there! It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until we've all received one downvote.

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How can this be?

I also thought* that yesterdays build was free of "significant_known_issues"... ah! I see.

*OOPS, I lied. of course I didn't. The most recently CONCLUDED version of WindowsTM was STILL SO RIDDLED WITH ENORMOUSLY SIGNIFICANT HOLES (after being continuously patched, in-service, over a WHOLE BLOODY DECADE since being deemed finished/"gold" and unleashed upon the plebs) that it fell to bits THE INSTANT THE PATCH FEED WAS CUT OFF. My belief that yesterday's "no_significant_known_issues" build had "no_significant_known_issues" was precisely zero.

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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Reg forums TITSUP?

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Re: Well at least it's not me!

Oh, boring! :(

Wonder if the "leap second" shenanigans are implicated then... timing looks suspicious.

Shirley there's a decent conspiracy lurking somewhere in this?

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Well at least it's not me!

Thanks chaps. It's always a relief when it's someone else's problem - and not your end turning putrid - I hate that.

Was Marvin Marvinned by a malformed splaff from 1980s_coder's Acme splaffer perchance??? Not pointing any fingers of course. (It was HIM ^^^^)

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Reg forums TITSUP?

Anyone else experiencing a completely b0rked Reg? Posts disappearing, votes not registering, etc?

Coincidentally(?) the Vulture seems to have flown to a new nest in the tropical cloudfronts of Costa Rica (190.93.254.21 and 190.93.255.21 here)

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Audit finds new flaw at US Office of Personnel Management

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Not competent.

Perhaps US gov should contract all this sort of security related stuff out to a company with a good security record?

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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Re: How the heck can they sell this in the West...

There's rather more to "the west" than the land of the "free"

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Mobe encryption guru Charles Brookson picks up OBE from the Queen

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Re: Secure from the security services?

Eh? That's as glowing and sincere a testament to just how good his work is as anyone could hope for.

Now where's our friend Ross's gong?

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Re: PPS

I recently treated myself to one of these and it's exquisite. If you think of it as two stunningly superb >2000x2000 ~20" square aRGB 10bit ips panels, it isn't even all that eye-wateringly expensive! I remember paying exactly the same (£350x2) for a pair of 19" Iiyama CRTs many, many moons ago.

Now...

That offer you made about "prime ministers"... does that apply only to PMs, or the entire house of baby-raping-I'm-above-the-law-paedophile-scum?...

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Re: ME! Oh ME! MeohmeohmeohMEEEE!

What ^he^ said, provided:

  • 2560x1600
  • IPS/PLS/anything-but-fucking-TN
  • Matte (anti-reflection) coating. I hope that's obvious but one never knows these days.
  • Decent size battery with correspondingly decent endurance. Don't go all hipster and waifish on us! Heroin may be chic but it certainly isn't practical. I want my hardware to be practical with "chic" coming a (very) remote third in "importance". Just say "no" - as I have been doing for the last five years or so...
  • "Approximately 18mm thin and ready for action" NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo...... Why? How do you expect to make that thing useful? Where's the battery going to go? How are you planning to even fit the quality keyboard you're promising in that? Where's the stiffening? Key travel? Then what about cooling? Leaving room for a few molecules of nitrogen to pass is always helpful, I find. Light in weight is nice (but still second to practical) but skinny=twattery. I'm perfectly capable of lifting something 20mm to 30mm thick, so why artificially constrain yourself to compromise for nothing. Just because all the other (cool sdoopid) kids are doing it?.. Haven't you noticed?.. We're ignoring them, while the brainless shits whine about falling sales. How about making something useful, eh?

In case you're still missing it, there are three things I need in a laptop, these are:

  • Decent screen
  • Decent keyboard
  • Decent battery

That's all. Everything else of significance is inevitable with modern components.

  • Decent screen
  • Decent keyboard
  • Decent battery

"Thinness" is NOT on the list.

  • Decent screen
  • Decent keyboard
  • Decent battery

Is anyone listening?

  • Decent screen
  • Decent keyboard
  • Decent battery

We need a blue-in-the-face icon ---->

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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"Act of God" if ever there was one

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Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

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Re: Picture

...but why doesn't the "hero picture" include any of the "undo send" UI that is the subject of the article?

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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

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"...there are persistent rumors that at least one former NSA staffer is also leaking files."

Unless the NSA hasn't got 'round to resetting Snowden's login credentials yet (not exactly implausible, I suppose) I'd say that that suspicion is altogether more substantial than a "rumour."

"French readers can expect more timely and important revelations in the near future."

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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Kaspersky Lab was singled out in the report, with the NSA and GCHQ paying special attention to studying its software for weaknesses.

In 2008, GCHQ released a warrant which described Kaspersky software as an obstruction to its hacking operations and stated it needed to reverse engineer it to find ways to "neutralise the problem".

Kaspersky's marketing people must be mildly pleased by these latest "revelations." Can't imagine they could have phrased it any better themselves.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

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Re: My Bullshit-O-Meter..

ditto

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Blighty wants to ‘strengthen links’ with Huawei via the begging bowl

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Made this commentard smile

Ken Hu, rotating chief executive of Huawei, said: "We have a special relationship with the UK and a strong and successful friendship."

Very thoughtfully phrased.

;o)

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: Oh dear

Nearly. They're claiming that China and Russia can crack TruCrypt (which no-one can "crack") while pretending to lean on themselves to "ban" encryption which they can "crack" (and have ABSOLUTELY NO intention of banning).

Smells like a standard FUD operation to me.

Simple! ;o)

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Re: Conspiracy Theory of the Day

It's not an apology, it's an idiot. Look again. More closely.

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Re: Conspiracy Theory of the Day

"What is the connection between Pravda and the Left? It's a right wing Russian nationalist militarist rag."

It's the blind hypocrisy and infatuation with their beloved government truth organ I'm mocking. A point rather nicely illustrated by the reaction. Times does it then it's some evil right wing conspiracy... point out "auntie" is up to exactly the same shit and it's a good goring from the sheeple for me. How they do love their Правда.

It seems that one of the halfwits has even taken it upon himself to attempt to impersonate me (immediately above). That one must have reading difficulties as well as learning difficulties. Poor sod.

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No idea what happened there Mystic Meg... shouldn't you be telling me? ;)

Another try?

https://prod01-cdn01.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2015/06/sundaytimes.jpg

[Edit] Well that one is working. For the moment anyway --->

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"Edit: Also why does the page jump to the bottom when I click on up or down vote?"

No idea about that one either... but mine's started doing the same! eeak

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Re: Conspiracy Theory of the Day

Why do bloody lefties have to try to turn every-fucking-thing into some sort of inept party-political whine?

Your beloved Правда dutifully toed exactly the same line.

They've even thrown in an additional sprinkling of their own "sources close to the government" for good measure.

It's also quite fun to watch how the obedient little beavers have been busily titivating the thing since first splaffing it up... a luxury those poor dead tree types don't enjoy...

http://web.archive.org/web/20150614015605/http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33125068

--- ./bbc-snowden-initial.txt

+++ ./bbc-snowde-current.txt

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-UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China can read files stolen by a US whistleblower, a senior government source has told the BBC.

+UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China have access to classified information which reveals how they operate, a senior government source has told the BBC.

-The Sunday Times is reporting that Russia and China have cracked the encryption of the computer files.

+According to the Sunday Times, Moscow and Beijing have deciphered documents stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The government source told the BBC the countries "have information" that led to agents being moved but added there was "no evidence" any had been harmed.

-Edward Snowden, now in Russia, leaked intelligence data two years ago.

+Mr Snowden leaked data two years ago.

-The former CIA contractor left the US in 2013 after leaking details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by American intelligence to the media.

+The former CIA contractor, now living in Russia, left the US in 2013 after leaking details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by American intelligence to the media.

His information made international headlines in June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans.

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The government source said the information obtained by Russia and China meant that "knowledge of how we operate" had stopped the UK getting "vital information".

+BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said the problem for UK authorities was not only the direct consequence that agents had been moved, but also the opportunity cost of those agents no longer being in locations where they were doing useful work.

+Analysis: By Gordon Corera - BBC security correspondent

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+The phrases "neither confirm nor deny" and "no comment on intelligence matters" is being used by government to respond to Sunday Times' story.

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+But my understanding from conversations over an extended period is that since he fled two years ago, British intelligence have worked on the assumption that Russian and Chinese spies might have access to his full cache of secrets.

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+Snowden has always maintained that there is no way that other states could do this but the spies are likely to have thought it too risky to take the chance. In turn, this may have led to undercover agents being moved as a precaution.

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+Snowden himself would not have had access though to any kind of database of MI6 agents but the fear might have been that by piecing together any secrets on how such agents communicate that were in the files, the Russians and Chinese might have been able to identify them.

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+However, no one in government today is confirming that they are sure that the Russians and Chinese have got full access - that remains in the realm of "no comment".

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Intelligence officials have long warned of what they see as the dangers of the information leaked by Mr Snowden and its potential impact on keeping people in the UK safe - a concern Prime Minister David Cameron has said he shares.

According to the Sunday Times, Western intelligence agencies have been forced to pull agents out of "hostile countries" after "Moscow gained access to more than one million classified files" held by Mr Snowden.

"Senior government sources confirmed that China had also cracked the encrypted documents, which contain details of secret intelligence techniques and information that could allow British and American spies to be identified," the newspaper added.

-'Huge setback'

+Security expert Professor Anthony Glees said Mr Snowden's actions had been "very very damaging"

Tim Shipman, who co-wrote the Sunday Times story, told the BBC: "Snowden said 'nobody bad has got hold of my information'.

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"People in government are deeply frustrated that this guy has been able to put all this information out there."

The newspaper quoted Sir David Omand, former director of UK intelligence agency GCHQ, saying the fact Russia and China had the information was a "huge strategic setback" that was "harming" to Britain, the US and their Nato allies.

+Mass surveillance

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+The former head of the Navy and current Labour peer Admiral Lord West called Mr Snowden a "traitor", saying it was now much harder to monitor terrorists and criminals.

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+Professor Anthony Glees, of the University of Buckingham's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, said the leaking of the documents had been "very, very damaging".

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+He told the BBC: "From the documents that Snowden has, it will be possible to identify those very brave people in countries where if you spy for Britain you get killed.

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+"There may even be names inadvertently included... Edward Snowden is not only a villain, he's a villain of the first order."

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+But, the director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, said that if Mr Snowden had been pardoned in the US "for doing what many in the United States (consider) to be a public service in revealing the sheer extent of mass surveillance, he wouldn't have needed to go to Russia".

+'Pinch of salt'

It comes two days after the UK's terrorism watchdog David Anderson QC published a review into terrorism legislation, which was set up amid public concerns about surveillance sparked by Mr Snowden's revelations.

He said the country needed clear new laws about the powers of security services to monitor online activity and concluded that the current situation was "undemocratic, unnecessary and - in the long run - intolerable".

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+Former Conservative cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics that the timing of the story was "no accident".

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+"This debate in Britain between individual liberty and collective security comes into very sharp focus as a result of the Anderson report, and that is why [The Sunday Times' Tim Shipman] has got his very good exclusive today."

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+Asked if it was part of a propaganda drive by the government, he replied: "Well, there is a big debate going on, you know," adding: "Anderson is going to be a very important part of that".

+Mr Mitchell suggested the timing of the story was linked to the Anderson report

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+Like it or not, he said, Snowden had directly engendered "a massive change of view about the debate" in the US.

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+Meanwhile, civil liberties campaigner David Davis - also a Conservative MP - told the Guardian the story should be treated with "a pinch of salt".

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+"You can see they have been made nervous by Anderson. We have not been given any facts, just assertions," he said of the government.

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+The government is preparing new legislation to give police and agencies more tools to monitor online communications data, saying this is necessary to fight terrorism.

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+Previous attempts were blocked by the Lib Dems in coalition, and critics say the plans amount to a "snoopers' charter".

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The resolution is too low for the type to be legible.

https://prod01-cdn01.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2015/06/sundaytimes.jpg

It's an evocation. An illustration. It is NOT a reproduction. You CAN NOT read it!

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Re: You know you've hit them where it hurts

Beat me to it!

@Reg: You know that whopping great picture of something usually completely irrelevant you've taken to splaffing right at the top of all your stories? In lieu of an illustration. The one that's oddly absent from this story? I can think of something which (sh/c)ould have gone there... Too relevant to qualify? Or not got the balls?

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Renault Kadjar: La Regie's new full-sized, inexplicably named SUV

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Kadjar

Pronounced cadger?

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Dossiers on US spies, military snatched in 'SECOND govt data leak'

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Re: I'm still not believing this...

"Apologies if this is as hard to read as it feels."

It is!

It's an interesting idea though... if I managed to parse it correctly! A sort of cyber-variant of the "9 11" conspiracy theories, except plausible because:

1) You're not suggesting that the US TLAs killed thousands of Yanks. Or actually did anything at all.

2) There's no reason (other than the politicians' words - and we know what they're worth) to believe that anything at all has even happened.

If you're right, I'm not sure the motives are what you (appeared to) imply. I can't see how you'd spin this entertaining débâcle into a compelling argument to stem the apparent tide against US surveillance... "Er, you remember all that data you were making all that fuss about? Well, you'll never guess what. Some bastard's only gone and nicked it. So we're gonna have to collect it all again. All-right?" (?!)

Definitely worth keeping an eye peeled for signs of slightly more subtle / less direct motive in a similar vein. An obvious candidate that just popped in: I wonder what odds one can get for a flutter on this incidentoid, in due course of course, being "traced" to Huawei network kit...

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Sauce for the goose...

Dear [sic] US government. If you had nothing to hide, you'd have nothing to fear.

Not so keen on them apples, are you. Twats.

They pwn your country anyway, so really it's just their own data they're reviewing. Think of it more as an audit.

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

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Tolerate a nuclear attack my arse!

Been wondering "who's gone and broken the internet now" for a couple of hours. Wasn't expecting it to be a single misconfigured server in Malaysia.

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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

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If it sounds too good to be true...

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'Nothing to see here', says ECJ as Safe Harbour opinion delayed

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Re: I may be a pedant but...

I'd suggest the perverse, almost sarcastic, abuse of the word "safe" is a more fitting focus for one's pedantry than the Yanks' well known inability to spell.

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OpenSSL releases seven patches for seven vulns

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TLS/SSL are broken by design. Both the specifications and the implementations - not the primitives - that's too time consuming. And YES! It was all done (perfectly openly) by the TLAs. That's their job. I'm astonished anyone with enough interest in this field to read the Reg and splaff into these discussions still doesn't fully understand this! It has been an open "secret" since the bloody '90s!

Here's a little titbit from this very site which you obviously must have missed: http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/05/16/0955_peter_gutmann.pdf

If still don't understand, try to find some time to read up on the history of the drafting of these protocols. It's all fully documented - how they were drafted by various boffins etc for a whatever quasi-independent committee, dutifully and openly sent off by said committee to the US government for review and special enhancement, returned obviously kludged and borked beyond belief, dutifully ratified by said committee despite a small flurry of squawking from the dismayed boffs... and you know the rest... you're commenting on the most recent instalment of the inevitable and ongoing rewards. Plenty more to come, to (again) surprise and perplex you in due course... watch this space...

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Ex-Microsoftie in worthless Euro netizens data security promise

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"Strictly speaking true for a given value of 'foreign'."

Indeed. ...and spoken by a pair of Yanks who've based themselves in the UK and Czech Republic, it's probably safe to assume those values of "foreign" include Uruguay, Paraguay, Angola, Cuba, Tuvalu, Mongolia... and probably several others.

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WTF?

Robust encryption implement client-side in open source code?

No?

Just marketing bollocks then innit.

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

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Re: They won't listen

They WILL listen. There's a reason they're asking. Could be harvesting marketing "intelligence" for some forthcoming marketing operation. Or somesuch. I wonder if there's anything significant coming up. It's doubtless far too late to actually fix anything (even if they wanted to) except the phrasing of the press release and the lobbyists' patter..

MSFT (10th June): “we want to know more in-depth how your organization monitors Linux servers and challenges you face monitoring these Linux servers.” “We are NOT trying to sell you anything, we just want you understand your pains in this area,” ie. "Tell us what you are using now and what you don't like about it? Please? Give us a nice list please.

Sphenisciphiles: <insert list>

MSFT (29th July): Redmond® (29th July) 2015, The Microsoft™® Corporation® Inc.®, today announces Windows™ 10®, the best Windows™ ecosystem ever... ...blah, blah, blah... ...cloud... ...fully empowering gorgeous open source loveliness with the world's most scalable vertical solutions for taking Linux™ VMs to the next level leveraging Windows®™ core competency in state of the art <insert list> blah, blah, blah... best practice... open the kimono...

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Israeli firm gets legal on Indian techie over ISP ad injection spat

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Re: Flash Networks and Bharti Airtel?

Not sure if it's related but I just read something of obvious public interest about a possibility that Flash Networks and Bharti Airtel are injecting JS and iframe ads into peoples web browsing at http://johndasfundas.blogspot.com/2015/06/are-airtel-and-vodafone-india-3g.html and https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150609/06505631281/guy-reveals-airtel-secretly-inserting-javascript-gets-threatened-with-jail-criminal-copyright-infringement.shtml where it's claimed that "[A] Guy Reveals Airtel Secretly Inserting JavaScript, Gets Threatened With Jail For Criminal Copyright Infringement"

Do you think they might be the same Flash Networks and Bharti Airtel?

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"Thejesh GN, an activist and programmer, got into legal hot water..."

No he didn't.

Some parasite splaffed tedious verbose and worthless opinion at him. That's all. He could just as well have come here for the same.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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"Perhaps the next steps ought to be to find more efficient ways of implementing it and defining situations in which using it makes more sense... "

Here are both ways:

1) Pop your iot shit into a big foil balloon and poke your router's aerial in too.

2) Fabricate a big fractal mesh aerial for your iot shit and wrap it around your router.

As everyone else is pointing out: It's an exceptionally shit suggestion.

Sounds like an effective way to burn out some post-warranty networking tat though. I wonder which firm sponsored the study...

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Chips can kill: Official

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Re: I believe the bacon...

Cornflakes Credas? Didn't you RTFA? Doubt you'll make it to twelve.

;)

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Re: Acrylamide toxicity is nothing new

@VRH

Exactly. While that list of damage observed in rats was certainly impressive and alarming I'm confident that we (and the medical profession) might notice a dose of blindness and liver failure with our morning toast. So the implications are obviously being inferred ("extrapolated") from rats which must be either vastly more sensitive to AA than us or receiving significantly greater exposure. Wouldn't be "the media" if the facts weren't at least partially ignored for the sake of another good sensation.

@80sC

Not a great analogy. While the immediate toxicity of ethanol is transient, the metabolites are pretty nasty. The ethanal first stage metabolite isn't something you want scudding about and causes all sorts of damage, releasing cascades of other damaging nasties... not at all unlike AA. The genetic, neurological, etc damage resulting from both these agents is insidious and cumulative. But as VRH implied, *EVERYTHING* (absolutely, without a single exception, *EVERYTHING*) we consume is toxic AT SOME CONCENTRATION and invariably contains all manner of other compounds which are also themselves invariably toxic AT SOME CONCENTRATION. So THE POINT is: How much of these agents is necessary to cause significant (extraordinary - in it's most literal sense) damage? *ALL* this kind of dietary news shit is *ALL* *ALWAYS* a matter of thresholds. Scares like this which (deliberately?) miss THE POINT are utterly worthless and potentially damaging themselves. Let's all have a bread *SCARE* now shall we?

Shame on you El Reg.

Need a "FFS" icon --->

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Microsoft makes Skype beach body ready with web browser beta release

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Re: Microsoft supports Linux better than Google

NSA supports Linux...

TFTFY

Don't see so much non-strategic[1] "support" for Linux from NSAFT. Do you? When do you expect "Office for Linux" to be along? lmao! Comprehensive file-format de-obfuscation? As if! Full (and FUDless) support for others' open standards and formats?... etc.. NEVER! ...but a back-doored proprietary chat app which the US splaffed $9bn to buy in specifically to pervert? Ah, well that's different. First rate "support" there. Please use this! Wouldn't want anything nasty like zphone accidentally gaining any traction, now would we?

[1] Governmental mass surveillance "strategic" interests (Skype) differing, of course, from the Microsoft Corporation's commercial monopolism "strategic" interests (Office). Can you see which of those is in play here?

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Chinese bloke escapes execution for Forbidden City nude photo shoot

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Re: Disgusting!

A full and obviously intentionally bared ear has slipped past the censor too! It's outrageous. I shall be cancelling my subscription immediately.

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