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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

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Sextant

So, I take it that sea captains don't learn how to use a sextant anymore? LORAN is good for ships, but not so great for aircraft, since it only provides 2D position.

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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

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Stolen

Sounds more like 'stolen box networking'.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Re:The simple fact is

Rarely? How many of these engines reached orbit, vs the ones that blew up?

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Re: Depressing

These engines have a proven track record and are well known to explode spectacularly. So if spectacular explosions is your prime objective, then they sure are a good choice.

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Jimmy Carter

With a simple 185 million expense for a new cable, Brazil now forces the USA to spend a pile of money on a new cable tap. It amounts to a tweak of Uncle Sam's nose, but it also opens up bandwidth for new data centres based in Brazil/Spain/Portugal.

Ancient American Proverb, circa 1990:

"You can never the rich enough, thin enough, or have enough bandwidth in your network connection."

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Linux market share

Well, on my web site, Linux visitors consistently ranks about 60%. Well, it is a Linux web site. That may skew things a tad I suppose...

Anyhow, there are likely waaaay more Android Linux cell phones out there than MS Windows clunkers, not to mention all the Linux embedded machines. Linux won. Winders just has to shrivel up and drop off still.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Adblock took swift care of the damn dancing beejeesus...

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Fuse wire

I apreciate that aluminium is lighter than copper, but the high positive temperature coefficient of copper is an important safety point. Aluminium doesn't take kindly to being overloaded and once burning, it cannot be extinguished easily, so this car is in danger of going up in smoke one day.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

herman

Well, if anyone could make it work, it would be the likes of Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics and the first use will likely be in a military ship or a submarine, not an aircraft or any commercial system.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: Cut'n'paste

"more difficult" - You think so? Pretty simple to fake and every time I successfully faked it, you would have to go for plastic surgery to change your face. That would get tiring rather quickly I'd think.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Busybox

Embedded devices such as routers and countless other kit do not use Bash, they use Busybox.

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CloudFlare ditches private SSL keys for better security

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Uhmmmm.... did he really say OpenSSL?

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Time

I got one of these incredible, new fangled, self winding, mechanical watches. Most geeks cannot fathom how it works. They think there are magical little fairies inside pushing the gears around. It tells the time. Approximately, plus or minus a few minutes per day. That is all. It doesn't do email, twitter, facebook, google, outlook, or anything that needs an internet connection. It doesn't even need a NTP server. Being a few minutes this way or that, is not a problem either. Since I'm the one that calls the meetings, it is everyone else that is always late, not me - tardy bastards...

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Securobods warn of wide open backdoor in Netis/Netcore routers

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How much did GCHQ pay them to insert that backdoor?

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

herman

Vienna Airport has free WiFi

Vienna airport is the only one I know of that has truly free WiFi that also doesn't require any special moves to use it. Dubai airport also has free access, but it is little more of a hassle to connect.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

herman

Mil Spec Security

Ideal phone for use in military areas, since it has no camera.

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

herman

Essentially, this is just a different delivery method for a trojan horse. Damage will be limited if user and administrator privileges are separated and if MAC or RBAC is used. If everybody would use enterprise versions of their favourite OS, be it Windows, Mac or Linux, then trojan/virus problems will mostly go away.

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Re: I call semi-bollocks

SD? Those also contain little ARM processors that can be reprogrammed.

http://www.zdnet.com/sd-cards-hacked-7000024686/

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Dinos

For a moment there, I thought the US is going to round up Oracle and Microsoft and repatriate them to Gitmo or Guam...

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Would it be BAD if the Amazon rainforest was all FARMS? Well it WAS, once

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Central European abandoned farms

Huge areas in Central Europe were abandoned after the fall of communism and trees literally sprouted like weeds in the farmland. After 30 years they are huge and difficult to remove.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Skype

A smartphone with Skype helps a lot in these situations, except that you then need to support the smartphone too...

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Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

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Re: Thumbs nose at NSA?

This forces the NSA and other spy agencies to abide by the law and not just hoover up everything without any warrants and without paying Microsoft anything for services rendered - especially that last part...

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Re: So as a potential terrorist...

If you are a terr, please go ahead. I'm sure the NSA and others already have lookup tables for your book codes, but don't let it stop you.

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Re: So?

"pay MS to provide the data, not just suck up the data for free"

BINGO!

This innovation is to 'protect shareholder value in MS intellectual property'.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

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Non-authoritative

I have seen that issue many times in the past. MS uses a BSD name server, with a GUI on top. Down below, is a config file, same as in UNIX. To fix the problem you got to run Wordpad and edit the config file by hand to change the authoritative setting - the GUI cannot do it. If you use Notepad, then it will screw up the config file with carriage returns, causing the name server to barf.

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

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Parking garages

So I take it that in San Fran, the parking garage still needs to be invented? Maybe I should do a Kickstarter campaign to build one.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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Awww come-on, that picture with the story headline was titsdown...

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Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

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Well, what is Google+? All it seems good for is the occasional spam message in my inbox.

I don't know anyone that uses it, which could actually be a good thing, maybe I should sign up...

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

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As secure as HTTP

Woohoo. I hope he at least knows someone that heard about encryption.

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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Re: To be fair to the CIO...

Bingo. That is how I understood it too. That CIO actually knows something.

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Re: school days

He is neither illiterate nor wrong. He is American. They actually speak like that.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

herman

'jammed on one of the kid's balls' - Damn, that would HURT!

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

herman

It's OK, they could have been using Windows POS and then they would have been as vulnerable as any cash register and ATM.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

herman

Greanpeace isn't really about either Green or Peace at all. Basically they are a bunch of clowns who figured out how to have fantastic holidays in wonderful places at the expense of their rich parents and other sponsors.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

herman

Next time, maybe try 'tidy'?

DESCRIPTION

Tidy reads HTML, XHTML and XML files and writes cleaned up markup. For HTML variants, it detects

and corrects many common coding errors and strives to produce visually equivalent markup that is

both W3C compliant and works on most browsers. A common use of Tidy is to convert plain HTML to

XHTML. For generic XML files, Tidy is limited to correcting basic well-formedness errors and

pretty printing.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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The only mitigation I can think of is to use the same techniques the military has been using for more than half a century: Encrypt everything and blast out random garbage 24/7 on all transmitters.

The register should start by making this site https enabled and we need internet browsing bots that randomly connect to sites. Email obfuscation is already done quite well by spammers, we just need to modify it a bit.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

herman

More secure, but it has problems with reference counting and it has type inference. I.e. it can do unexpected things to the programmer just like Perl. Hmmm, maybe it needs a little more work - PASS...

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Cops crimp global perve-cam attacks

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FAIL

So, the only legit RAT is stil Microsoft Internet Explorer?

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OpenStreetMap declared ready for paid use after satnav app debut

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OSM better than Garmin maps

I have given up with Garmin maps and only use OSM now. OSM is certainly better in my neck of the dunes.

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Job for IT generalist ...

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Re: Job for IT generalist ...

Simple, call yourself a Network Administrator.

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Patch Tuesday: Adobe outdoes Microsoft, swats 18 bugs in latest update

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Dilbert - Wally

Reminds me of the pointy haired boss announcing bug bounties and Wally who commented to Dilbert that 'he just wrote himself a new car'.

It is really sad that companies are proud of how many bugs they are fixing. They should be ashamed of having bugs.

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Microsoft should re-open the SCO law suits against Novel and this time they should remember to drag Nokia into it too...

Actually, anything that is written can be copyrighted. The issue is how far fair use and DMCA interoperability clauses extend.

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Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

herman

I always see a sharp rise in Windows visitors on my site over the week (75%) followed by a rise in Linux (45%) and Mac (10%) over the weekends. So one can make the stats counters say whatever you want by picking the right day of the week.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

herman

Re: Re:the single-digit Gigabyte level

Bloody hell, my first HDD was 1MB, divided into an infinite number of 128k partitions. At least I can truthfully state that I never owned a zip disk - they went the way of the dodo, before I could get around to buying one...

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Silver thread? Those undies won't stop anything unless it is woven from Monster Cables.

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Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

herman

Well, the EFF released a new Firefox/Chrome privacy addon called Privacy Badger and it is hillarious how many things from ElReg gets blocked:

https://www.eff.org/privacybadger

So, you Register Creepy Perverts are the last people who should poke fun at Yahoo!

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Hackers ZERO IN on ZOMBIE XP boxes: Get patching, Internet Explorer 8 users

herman

Well, since various government users have subscribed to extended XP support, MS can just as well make it available globally.

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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Yah, when Pacman hit the arcades, four function electronic calculators were still newfangled notions. In the end, Pacman eat the pinball machines and everything became electronic.

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WiLAN files appeal in Apple WiFi case

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Re: So a company with a real tech patent is bad

Actualy, the slide to unlock has been shown to exist before Apple implemented it.

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