* Posts by Will Godfrey

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UK.gov spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International

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It's worse than you think

No doubt they are spying on all of us here too. After all, we have at various times poked holes through all their claims. I expect we are on their delightfully named 'Domestic Extremist' list and they have us tagged right down to every minor traffic infraction, parking ticket etc.

That's not the really bad news though. Think about it. How come we haven't 'disappeared' off the net? It can only be that for all our observations, letters to MPs and membership of subversive organisations (Woodland Trust) They don't consider us a threat.

That thought makes me intensely sad.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Mint does what no other os/distro does

Takes note of what users actually want, not what the devs think they should want.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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Exploding PSUs

Easiest solution is to gut the original then fit a modern one inside it - there's plenty of room - then get rid of the silly clips and solder decent weight wires to the tags - amazing how many obscure faults it instantly cures :)

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Re: Sorry too busy!

'sOK. Those of us that actually know anything about the BBC/RO scene already know about cje and the rest aren't likely to be suddenly feel compelled to buy up all your stock.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: A completely preventable situation.

You're only saying that because you can't find one that fancies you.

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Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

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Great stuff

Nice bit of science there.

Hmmm.

I guess Oracle will have a patent application in for it now :(

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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Slow News

Day Week?

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OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

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He's 'avin a giraffe

They leave all the doors and windows open. There's big sign on the roof saying "Nobody Watching" yet he's sure it's China that's been visiting.

Maybe that have, but you can bet that Russia and Israel were in there too - along with anyone else with something bigger than a 56k modem.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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We actually had a customer insist on no Friday changes!

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UK.gov spaffed billions into IT projects at 'high risk of failure' last year

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WTF!!!

Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said, in the foreword to the report: "This year’s Annual Report makes for encouraging reading..."

Just what planet is he on?

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FCC boss Wheeler: Shove off, big dogs – let the small telcos play

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Won't stop them

But I find it interesting that 'one of their own' seems to have made serious attempts to reign in the bully-boys.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Start from scratch

Give them an Arduino and tell them they need to make it secure before they'll get any more funding.

Then give them a RasPi...

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Oi!

Can you left-ponders keep your local political squabbles to yourselves!

We've got more than enough of our own.

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Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

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Re: Virtually no one...

The sour grapes are strong in this (AC) one.

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Re: It'll be delayed again

They said that about all cars... until Henry Ford came along.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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Re: Alternative torch and other things

It's not so much the power rating, it's (far more importantly) a temperature spec. Kettle leads have to withstand being regularly cycled to a much higher temperature than the one you plug in your rack.

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Re: not supposed to insert the plugs there.

Argh! Don't remind me - to say nothing of the occasional self tapper.

Then there's the vast range of head profiles that all seem to appear on one sodding rack case.

NE-way, good article.

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Feds count Cryptowall cost: $18 million says FBI

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So, where are the Boys?

Here you have criminality, the 'T' word and 'Cyber' all rolled into one. Surely this is a legitimate target for all those three letter organisations rather than the kid ripping his CDs.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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And in the near future

"What is this 'micro-soft' you speak of".

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

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I wonder if you can help me.

I've got this problem with a printer...

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Good Un!

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Least of their 'issues'

When I see FOSS products advertised for sale, and even non-existent ones that just happen to be the search term I entered...

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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@ 1980s_coder

Can't imagine why you were downvoted - this is exactly what I was thinking, and, looking at the other posts, so were a lot of others!

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Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again

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Not Necking Celery

"The two probes will spend the rest of their lives accompanying the comet as it journeys through the cosmos."

It depends on whether the Ramans take an interest in it.

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US National Vulnerability Database contained ... yup, an XSS vuln

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You couldn't make it up

And if you did, everyone would say your plot line was unrealistic.

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git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'

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Disturbing

We only recently started to mirror our project on github because of the sourceforge situation.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership stalled says Australian trade minister

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It's not dead

Just hiding., and there is almost certainly a raft of other deals quietly being prepared to take its place. These things are popping up far too quickly one after another.

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PRATCHETT chats to Oz from 31,000m above Planet Earth

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And one from me too.

Excellent stuff. Really enjoying the highly boffinatious report too.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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You know you've hit them where it hurts

... when they try to silence you so crudely and obviously.

What a pathetic rag the Sunday Times has become. I wonder if they still have any real reporters these days.

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Fire, fire! Just move your data centre onto my lawn ... Oh rats!

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A good 'un

Always pleased to hear how creative people can get when they really need to be :)

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Re: I'm wondering

It was the law of "Oh shit! What the hell is that? I'm scared. It must be bad. Call the police. Do something. Now!"

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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I'll drink to that!

Delighted to see this.

Well done the ultra-boffins :)

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Here we go again

Every time I think governments can't get any more stupid...

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

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Re: Sauce for the goose...

Beat me to it!

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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A possible (expensive) solution to a small part

A core piece of code is in actual fixed, socketed ROM. This is the only thing that can access all areas.

It calls primary firmware that is updateable, but only when a physical switch is set (during which time it can't actually run).

These blocks of firmware allocate memory in two groups Read-Only program space and R/W data space.

NO code can run in data space. No code can directly access program space outside its own tree - so it can spawn other programs but can't touch anyone else's nor even rewrite itself.

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

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Reminds me of...

Some years back a friend had a strange growth on his back, but left it a very long time before telling anyone.

The result was that the growth had worked so far into his spine that it was impossible to remove without the risk of waist down paralysis.

If the rest of the world were my friend, guess what that makes the USA?

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Incredible Character

One of the few actors who was so compelling you forgot who he was while you were watching. He became his characters.

A good innings Sir, and a well earned rest.

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You need one cloud computing provider - and this is why

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Eggs -> Basket

Title says it all.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Pretend hippies?

No Need to be sorry,

It may seem strange, but just because I haven't been able to get tickets doesn't mean I'd lose interest. I also know people who have been there as recently as two years ago, and I can assure you they came back just as excited (and tired) as I was. Unfortunately the BBC etc. give a positively minuscule, tightly blinkered coverage of the event, so the only way you'll be able to verify what I say is to either go there, or, you know, talk to those who have.

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Seems I need a new reminder list

Things to not do and places to not visit.

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Re: Pretend hippies?

Been to Glasto twice - last time in 2000. Would love to go again and thoroughly recommend it to anyone who gets the chance. Go there, then consider: The attitudes there are what most of Britain was like in the 1960s.

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Minus interest.

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LOHAN'S PRATCHETT mission set to soar Saturday

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make it good

I'm preparing my very best "Woooo!"

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Re: Was it Dell, or HP

My employers used to do repairs for Mars, we always got a goody bag when we left. Very much doubt anyone does that these days :(

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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News at 11

Cop tells lies to get his own way.

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

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Multi-track that and you've got a number 1

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Bharti Airtel and Flash Networks

Is it true?

Did lawyers representing Flash Networks, (but not Bharti Airtel) really issue a take down notice for Github?

Clearly I won't want any dealings with either Bharti Airtel or Flash Networks.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Sooo.

What we need is BBC Model Bs as gateways to all I/O

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The weapons pact threatening IT security research

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Typical

This will have absolutely no effect at all on the bad guys, who have a habit of rolling their own (for some undefined value of 'bad guy').

The only people it will impede are ordinary honest folk.

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BOFH: Step into my office. Now take a deep breath

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Huh. Kids today

My mum ruined her eyesight working every night by candle light sewing pockets into inch wide hessian belts so dad could slot the little magnets in for the '0's and '1's.

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Intellectual Ventures: Toshiba is violating our patent! Toshiba: What patent?

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One down

2560746921 squillion to go.

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