* Posts by Jeffrey Nonken

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Brexit and data protection: A period of shock and reflection

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Re: 5 eyes will not be happy

I've been thinking about Iceland, myself, but I'm also starting from the 'States. Don't know if that's relevant or not.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: A few thoughts...

Already been done. Just fix up Hadrian's Wall and you're good.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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It sure looked easy when "leave" was just a tick mark on a ballot, didn't it?

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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...any computer with a variable-speed fan. FTFY.

You don't even have to go fanless. Just pick 3-wire-or-less fans.

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Re: Distance

Gratuitous American-slamming. How... witty of you.

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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Re: second person plural

Correct. Second person plural would be "all y'all."

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

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Scarier than your surgeon saying "Oops!"?

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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

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Ooh, love the implied Widowmaker/Tracer slash. I guess Tracer isn't as innocent as she seems in-game... or won't be, soon enough.

“Cherché la femme.”

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Suspenders?

I was wondering what this thread was all about. I couldn't see the cartoon on the mobile site. Now I'm at my computer at work, I can slack off AND see the illustrations.

What you call "suspenders" we call "garters" in the US. Your braces are our suspenders. I have no idea what "garters" are to you, so I don't know what word we use for it.

Sometimes I think our forebears changed some word usage and certain symbols just to be spiteful. We WERE a bit ticked off at you back in the late 1700s.

I expect the cartoon was drawn by an American artist. Sometimes American culture manages to get out and pollute your information stream. It's worse than a cholera outbreak!

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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Is he, then?

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Filet-O-Phish: Insecure NFC tag relics hidden under Maccas tables

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*sigh* This seems to come up every time there is an article about McDonald's. Yes, while I agree in principle, McDonald's is legally considered a restaurant. Hah hah how witty, that's the first time I've heard that joke. Today.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: Best security practice

No true Scotsman?

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Re: Best security practice

"Tin foil hats at the ready. Not sure where you're getting your information, but I receive an Android security update every 4ish weeks."

Wow, very patronizing.

Lucky you. Must be a fairly new phone, possibly a Nexus, or both. Most of us don't get that kind of service, especially on older phones. Current stock ROM for this Galaxy S4 is 5.0.1.

I mention Nexus because Google is good about updating their phones, which makes sense, but other manufacturers tend to be less assiduous. Possibly you're lucky enough to be hooked up with one of the exceptions.

Android forum posts suggest it's pretty rare.

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Re: Security risk?

Didn't run any random apps from the internet to root my phone.

Yes, rooting is a security risk. So is running garbage apps included with stock ROMs. So is running outdated firmware. Stock on my phone is 5.0.1... Not even the latest Lollipop!

The only way to be secure is... not to have a phone or computer at all. Do everything in person, in cash, and don't use banks. And even then there are risks.

A bit ridiculous, but my point is there are no guarantees. Ever.

Pick your battles, choose a balance between needs and dangers, and don't snark at me because I chose differently.

Rooting my phone gives me control far beyond the dangers it poses. My choice where the balance is for me. I'm not being reckless.

Making an uninformed choice is what's reckless.

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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

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Re: i say we take off and nuke the site from orbit....

"Something may survive a nuke, you don't know..."

The cockroaches, no doubt.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Oh, Lester, you left us too early. 55 is too young. We shall miss you. :(

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Your new Android Smartwatch? Dead!

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CyanogenMod?

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Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

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Meters, not feet. There is a non-trivial difference.

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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Re: Posturing, more than likely

"It would be nice if they would pass some law to actually HELP the public, such as requiring all areas to have at least two carriers for people to choose between..."

Needs to be more than just that. I get to choose between AT&T and Comcast, which is like choosing between having your left nut cut off or your right nut cut off. It's not really a choice.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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Re: Conversation-based ads

In other words, "There may be problems, so it can't be done." Why is there always somebody who sees potential problems with an idea and assumes they are unsolvable?

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Crafty plan to give FBI warrantless access to browser histories axed

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Re: Double barb

Yeah, that's pretty much the kind of thing that makes our country great.

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I tend to agree. The rule made some sense when we tended to download and store our emails locally, full stop. The rule refers to emails that have been left on the SERVER for more than 180 days, not simply stored for more than 180 days. The cops wouldn't need access to your equipment to get to them. Server space was spendy in those days.

Though it seems to me it did pretty much screw anybody using IMAP.

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Bin Apple's $500m patent judgment, US DoJ tells Supreme Court

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This decision is ridiculous. Samsung should pay through the nose for copying such non-obvious elements as a rectangular display in a case with rounded corners.

Me, I always thought that a pentagonal display made more sense, and I like my phone case to be triangular with spikes at the corners. Rounded corners are for those who like pants! ...And genitals.

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You've got a patch, you've got a patch ... almost every Android device has a patch

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Re: Dead

Apple hasn't updated my iPhone 3GS in quite a while. Those dastards.

...I know, I know. Just sayin'. :)

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I can't get cm13 to work properly on my phone (S4 Sprint) with my carrier (Ting) due to APN settings and lack of ability to set them. Known, ongoing problem that they don't seem to care about. Apparently can be fixed via hacking, which I'm starting to consider, because of ongoing cm12 problems that of course aren't being updated.

Cm is one way to keep older phones up to date, and you have the option of backing out of that latest update to resolve those issues. But it seems to me your complaint, while valid, is off the topic of manufacturer updates. S4 stock ROM, for example, is stuck at 5.0.1, not even the latest Lollipop. Thanks, Samsung.

Also, check out Optimized Cyanogenmod. If you don't care about the fancy extras check out AOSP. They may not appeal but they are worth looking at. Assuming you haven't done that already, of course.

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Re: Weurd

I'm not Planty and can't speak for him, but I haven't seen any of these exploits either. Though I also don't blithely dismiss them. Still, haven't seen them.

And here I am getting ready to shower and leave for work. As for basements, those are pretty rare here in California. I haven't seen one of those, either. Though I hear they exist.

Argument by stereotype? Huh. I guess that gets lumped under "ad hominem".

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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Re: How?

Patterns, people. Think patterns.

Just because the main computation is at gigahertz frequencies doesn't mean there are no related patterns to be found at lower frequencies.

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Re: Mobile computing

My college (NDSU) built an AM radio into an IBM 1620 computer and had a deck of cards that played "Flight of the Bumblebee". I was there in 1974, I don't know how long they'd had that set up.

Alas, the code deck was randomized partway through, and nobody had the source. So it played perfectly for a while, then spit out some noise and stopped.

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Re: Very simple

"Do you still refer to your desktop as a microcomputer?"

Not generally. Not important. It's a personal computer; its actual internal makeup isn't important to me in most contexts.

"And who actually talks about minicomputers these days?"

I do if my conversation is in a context where the difference matters. But hardly anybody uses them any more.

"Language changes. Especially in the technology field. Why would you think a definition made 25 years ago holds any weight today?"

True dat, though plenty of words only 25 years old mean the same thing they did then. Even the ones that look different. (The chain printer on the IBM 360 at university looks -- and sounds -- a heckuva lot different from the inkjet on my desk, but you'd recognize both as "computer printers".) OTOH, "computer" used to mean a person who specialized in doing rapid calculations. More than 25 years ago, though. :)

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The truth is not true

"The truth is that each time in this story we have written the word Internet, it has caused you as the reader to note it. Whereas when we simply refer to the internet, it is picked up in the flow of the sentence."

Nope. Of course I can only speak for myself, but because of the way my brain works, one you made me conscious of the difference, I paused and checked EVERY instance of the word while reading this article. I did notice you shifting back and forth, don't think for a second I didn't.

And I expect I'm not your only reader on the autism spectrum, no matter how lightly touched.

So, nyah. :)

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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If not all the horses have left, it still makes sense to close the barn door. I'm afraid quoting that metaphor suggests that it's too late to fix the problem and TV shouldn't bother.

I haven't been hacked yet and I'd just as soon not be. Please close the barn door before any other houses escape. Thank you.

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Prospect of fertilisation really blows bees' hair back

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"Electroreception is common in aquatic mammals. For example, sharks ..."

...are not mammals, according to Wikipedia. Of course, everybody knows that Wikipedia is not a reliable source.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

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Re: "the UK's first plastic banknote"

From your link: "It is releasing the limited edition notes a year before the Bank of England puts plastic banknotes in general circulation."

So I guess it depends on how fine you want to split hairs. It's not the first, but it's the first "in general circulation".

An argument could be made either way. Just sayin'.

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You've gotta fight... for your right... to IT

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Disorientated Verbing

https://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=QC-SCIENCEVERB

TBH I winced at "effectuated" too, though I was polite enough not to mention it. And yet obnoxious enough to speak up now the subject has been broached.

Just put it down to me being a pale stale US male on the autism spectrum, everybody knows we're uncivilized louts. Also, we don't speak proper English.

(Some of these words are giving my spell chucker [sic] absolute fits. It's almost fun, kicking it in the balls repeatedly. For instance, it insisted that "effectuated" should be "accentuated" until I beat it into submission.)

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"Filtered though the world-view of pale stale US males on the autism spectrum."

...Hey.

At least I'm a CUTE pale stale US male on the autism spectrum.

Also, you forgot to mention the attention deficit dis... OOH! SHINY!

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Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

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Re: Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

I remember when 2000 was that, and many excellent science fiction stories are now badly dated because of it. So a looming 2020 is less of a culture shock for me. :)

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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Why the downvote? Zip disks were horrible. I would explain why except out it would likely turn into a rant. With foaming at the mouth.

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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Rats make good pets, but the males especially tend to wee on you. I'll bet your hair smells WONDERFUL.

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Re: Purveying woo

"What, you get to experiment on politicians?"

Managers.

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SWIFT finally pushes two-factor auth in banks – it only took several multimillion-dollar thefts

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I remember my father working on SWIFT when I was a kid. He's retired now. I'm sure he'll be gratified to know the development work he put in place then is still working now, unaltered, four-plus decades later.

It brings a tear to one's eye.

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You've patched that Flash hole, but have the users? Phone's ringing. It's for you

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Re: Reason #349187 to block ads...

Easier to yell at people and accuse them of stealing than to fix a problem. Or even admit they have one.

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German boffins smash records with 37km wireless spurt at 6Gbps

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Re: A parabolic transmitting antenna and a parabolic receiving antenna

I assume you meant "pairabolics"and gave you an upvote. For thinking of it first. You rat. :)

Though I'd have said "pair-a-parabolics" but the pun works either way.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: My opinion on this?

MY opinion on this

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: Adieu != Ado

Much Adieu About Nothing?

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Comcast slapped with eight-figure tax bill after package fails to impress

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Re: ComCast slapped for taxes?

I'd give you an extra thumbs up for the alliteration but El Reg is parsimonious with them. :)

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Still copying Apple

Not entirely true, historically. I have an old Black Mac (late 2006 edition) with a flakey bluetooth module. Ever since Leopard the MacBook won't sleep if the bluetooth module isn't responding. Disabling the module does nothing because the machine will re-enable it next time it's detected, no matter how briefly. It's a stupid problem, especially since I'm not even interested in using bluetooth on that machine. Why on Earth would a non-responsive bluetooth module stop a laptop from sleeping?

Of course I'm not using the machine any more, and I gave it away to somebody who just leaves it plugged in all the time anyway. So it's academic now. But it's a known problem, never fixed, with an Apple laptop that does not require installing any malware. Just any OS later than Tiger.

Apple makes quality stuff, no doubt about that. But they're not perfect either.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Re: Bah!

Uh... What? Did you and I read the same article?

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In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: Read a book

If you can carry on a laptop, you could use that and a cable to recharge any modern phone.

Yes, it's a workaround, not a solution.

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Re: Read a book

Hmmm. Does that include power banks? (...He asked, expecting the answer "yes".)

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Re: "The very fact that so much stuff in the digital age is bashed out poorly...

Personally, I object less to mistakes in comments than in main articles if only because the latter should have been proofread by another party, where the former may have been dashed off on a mobile device with a perverse autocorrect feature whist sitting on the loo.

Well, that and Murphy's Law, of course.

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