* Posts by herman

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Interesting, hundreds of comments from technically adept people, but not a single one of them ran tcpdump, ettercap or wireshark to see what is really the matter. That kinda makes me wonder what kind of person reads theregister these days.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: doughnuts

Building a system with a web browser and hot linking and then telling users not to click on links is ridiculous. Don't blame the user for your own incompetence.

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Trend Micro AV nukes innocent Sharepoint code, admins despair

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Sharepoint is a great tool for storing data. Retrieving it however...

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All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker

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Re: All sounds German to me

Afrikaans Nederlands - Maak seker.

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Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'

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Re: It's a bit disappointing

Labcoat!? Clipboard!? Maybe 25 years ago, not today.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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That will end in blood sweat and tears. Active Directory really doesn't like it when you rename something.

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Body cams too fragile for Canadian Mounties – so they won't be used

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Re: Well....

Dawson City is a nice and balmy -32 C now.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Pics - or it didn't happen...

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Re: "loosened regulatory controls on medical companies"

Well, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger - and people who die don't sponge on society, so loosened regulation tends to kill several flies in the ointment with one swat...

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The Internet Society is unhappy about security – pretty much all of it

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Re: Security is rubbish

The Windows 10 version:

10 i've been to lazy to make a coffee.....

15 send lazy count to walgreens.com for abilify re-order

20 maybe a coffee would help you get motivated?

25 send coffee cup count to starbucks.com

30 goto 10

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Japan investigating defence network break-in

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Yeah, I guess state-based means somebody in his mom's basement in the You Knighted States...

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Re: Why do Defense networks insist on being accessible via Internet ?

Hmm, 75 baud Baudot RTTY would sure limit the damage.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Friction Piles

Have you been to Venice? It is wood and turtles all the way down into the swamp...

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Re: Not the developer's fault.

Hmm, there are actually lots of leaning towers in Italy. The Piza clock tower is quite nice, but not even the prettiest either, although this SF tower is on an ever so slightly larger scale.

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How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate

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Well, being ex military, I am sorry to say, but torture does in fact work and when it can save lives, it will be used, whether it is official policy or not.

The problem with disallowing torture, is that soldiers may still torture and then kill the captive, to hide the act of torture.

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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

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Re: The FBI

Err... Trump moved into the White House and was inaugurated already? Wow, I must have blinked and not seen Obama high tailing it out of there.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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OK, so they found voda - yeah da. Call me when they find vodka!

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

I wish I could send you a picture of what the Enter key on my Mac looks like. At the top is some Arabic jargon, under that is a hooked arrow pointing to the left, then a hooked arrow pointing to the right and at the bottom is an arrow pointing up. I have no idea what any of that means. I bought the bladdy thing in Dubai...

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Blame the (L)user

Corporate IT always resorts to blame the user:

* Don't click dodgy links.

* Don't open suspicious attachments.

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Well, fuck me sideways - How is a common user supposed to do the above, when the IT overlords are themselves totally incapable of keeping said crap out of their kingdom?

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A-Oh-Well: Internet corpse sheds 500 workers

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I had no idea that AOL still had 500 employees.

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'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

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Re: The plot thickens!

"You correct! This proves cannot be work Russian and is responsibility us evil Westerners.

By way, I am Yankee just like you. I has nothing gain from pretending be foreigner!"

TFIFY!

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Re: Sir

Yup, Slavs tend to speak English without 'a' and 'the', making it sound weirdly staccato.

I was wearing a CCCP T-shirt to a party and the first thing my (now) wife told me was: "Where you get that shirt? You look like Russian athlete." She still speaks that way.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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314/365

Cars that catch fire almost every day actually.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Man, it is Orlando! If you walk, you can get mugged or run over by a taxi. That is why they offered the courtesy car.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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Holmes

Slackers

I fail to see what this article has to do with either Pat or Slackware?

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Bullshit story

Some people just don't understand how disk encryption systems work.

With 'whole disk encrypttion' the /boot partition has to be unencrypted, otherwise the machine cannot boot - duh.

You can boot a computer up various ways and get a console - another duh.

The rest of the disk is still encrypted and the data is still unreadable and safe. So there is no problem, this is how it is supposed to work.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Hmm, NHS IT may need to buy a few of these for their email system right now.

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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Re: Seen it.

The problem is not the dumb users. The problem is the dum bass who configured the mail system in such a way that this failure is possible. Any self respecting mail server should block spam - including HR spam and other idiocies like this.

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Re: So, the UK population has doubled?

You under counted the Travellers, Sirians and Afhanis by about 6.5 million...

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Re: Just keep adding people!

That is why every MS IT droid needs a Gamer Keyboard with macro keys.

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MS Exchange?

I'm amazed that MS Exchange can handle that many users and mails. At least, since it uses a database back-end, it didn't replicate the messages 80 * 1.2 million times.

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

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Well, Russia isn't really an enemy (only for politicians looking for a campaign slogan), but I do agree that they prolly had a good larf over a few bottles of vodka at their local after making the sale.

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

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This has been going on for ages. Try Wolfram Tones:

http://tones.wolfram.com/generate/GRkNlWlvtUTTu9zxhnYDLNSXnTdLwKI5BhgEdqd4tk1tJszI

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Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee

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"Out of the years of shopping, the mounds of coupons have never been for anything I buy." - So their system is working. They are trying to get you to buy something different that you aren't buying already.

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Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US

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Re: From across the pond

Move to Canada dude. Small business income tax works out to about 12% if you know what you are doing. Oh, the immigration website crashed. Sorry...

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Efficiency kills jobs

It is simple Economics 101, that productivity increases come at the expense of jobs. So the obvious way to improve employment in a country is to slow down increases in productivity and make trade and markets less efficient. That is what Trump promised - roll back some of the trade deals and bring back jobs to America. That is also what the UK is doing with Brexit.

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CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

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Bloody hell. Who did the craptastic wiring on that thing?

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Re: Recurve or Compound?

Stringing it is prolly what slowed the shooter down a bit, else he would have hit the guy from the front in the gonads.

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Re: Bloke was lucky

"Your honour, he was coming for me and I shot the arrow, but the arrow travels slowly, so he spun around and was hit in the derrier...".

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'olive skinned white' - Eh, wot?

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We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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Och, my heart bleeds for you dude. After all these eleventy seven odd years shlepping bit buckets and shuffling white space about and you still haven't discovered pretty printers such as... wait for it... drum roll... indent - sigh...

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Re: It's early...

The baristas will be called Coffee Grindrs instead.

You are welcome, I'll be here all week.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

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You mean manyfold my dear editor.

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: Dat Shutterstock photo!

"Classroom attendants are perfectly groomed" - The typical super unrealistic USAsian college soapy, where the men are all androgenous with weird hairdos (and beardos?), while all the women are strangely beautiful lingerie models.

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Google man drags Emacs into the 1990s

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Re: Great....

Dude, ed is the standard UNIX editor, not emacs:

http://www.gnu.org/software/ed/manual/ed_manual.html

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ed is the standard Unix text editor.

This is line number two.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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We filed a guy's entire cubicle with plastic popcorn packaging - put cling wrap over the 'door' to keep it in.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Man, they must be glad that they had an intern to blame for that.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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So stick a USB WiFi dongle in it.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Funny, but one doesn't need to do much flying to get to Mars: You could just stop in the right point in the Earth orbit and wait for Mars to get to you...

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

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Re: Maybe..

I think the pretty useless FCC and CE certification standards should be expanded to include security standards and pen tests for connected devices. That will exclude the craprouter manufacturers from most of the world markets unless they improve their toys.

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