* Posts by Mephistro

2003 posts • joined 8 Oct 2007

Former ICE top lawyer raided US govt database to steal aliens' identities

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Re: Ok, but 'why' though?

"Why you ask could be the greedy sociopaths can never have enough!"

Here, fixed!

Seriously now, if a lawyer with such an important station starts stealing from the poor and destitute, he deserves to spend those four years hanging from a wall in his cell, head down!

Ditto about those billionaires that do similar things in a more legal-ish way, but with the same ethical subtext. Conscience? Yeah, they have heard of it!

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: What is the actual fucking point?

"I'm trying to avoid chickens."

Why? Do you feel bad about them or have you been served an ASBO?

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"All you need to do is build extremely long elastic bands..."

Joerg? Is that you??

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South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

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Re: Big Sister

"And the police is caught with her in bed in several indecent postures"

For a moment there I thought that "her" was T.May. Excuse me while I take my mind bleach.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

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The best thing that can be said about IoT...

... is that it's very entertaining!

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Google takes $1.1bn chomp out of HTC, smacks lips, burps

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I think G is shooting its own foot here

Making their own brand of hardware will cause Google to be seen by other phone makers as a menace. The kind of control that G has over Android would make it really easy for them to put said phone makers out of business, in a similar -but not identical- way to what Ms did in the nineties when they weaponized Windows against Novell.

If G starts selling aggressively its hardware, they might see most of the Android market share vaporized in a few years, when other phone makers choose a different OS for their products. Probably a different Linux derivative for phones and tablets.

One can only dream...

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GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

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Re: Any idea?

"Why would drone owners want to remove the geofencing feature?"

"Because they can."

And "Because of terrorists" would, for once, make sense also.

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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The Word For World Is Forest...

... was the 1st SF book I read, when 6. Read it twice in a row (so I could understand the most difficult parts :-). This was the beginning of my addiction to the genre. Since then, I've read most of what she wrote, and enjoyed it to the last line.

Thank you for that and for all your books, Ursula. STTL

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Hmmm... martial arts using marital aids...

Sounds interesting.

Tomorrow morning I'll register the names "ButtPlugchaku" and "Vibra-jitsu", just in case. 8^)

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Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

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Re: AC Cognitive Dissonance (@ Dan 55)

"...and Jonathan Schwatrz's "Ah, the reflexive bleat of a Leftie do-gooder" reply... you couldn't make it up!"

I thought nobody else had noticed.

If this is the way J. Schwatrz treats someone who thinks like him, I don't wan't to know what he does with those who disagree!

;^D

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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A way to protect customer's data would be to use a chat/voice app and create a temporary "chat usr ID" for the customer for each and every order, so if the delivery person has trouble finding the address or there's any other issue, customers can be contacted through said app and user ID without jeopardizing their privacy, as the temporary chat user would be erased after a fixed amount of time or when the order is fulfilled.

This would fix the issue with phone numbers and FB accounts but, sadly, it would do zilch regarding the customer's street address. :-(

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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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Re: Logic

Not in the universe of the Industrial-Military Complex!

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You. Apple. Get in here and explain these iOS slowdowns and batteries – US, French govt reps

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Point 5· ...

... is the real smoking gun here:

"Has Apple tracked consumer complaints about processing performance that are likely to be attributable to this software update throttling feature? If so, how many such complaints has Apple received and how has Apple addressed such complaints?"

How many millions of man-hours did Apple's customers lose wile following the "standard advice" -i.e backup, format & install everything from scratch- from Apple's customer support? What costs did said customers incur (e.g. by hiring professional help to help them to carry out the instructions) in order to follow Apple's advice?

This was no error. It was A SCAM. I hope they get the book thrown at them.

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Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens

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Re: Sveasoft

Yep, I remember them. In my opinion, it's a very similar case.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Nice article, Ms. Quatch!

And Merry Christmas to you and fellow commentards!

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Re: Fat Puck

Who is this Pat Fuck and why would anyone want to put buttons on her???

Oh, wait...

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: Dvorak keyboard (@ Handleoclast)

Back in the seventies or eighties, there was an "AI"* program that was able to carry out orders and make descriptions and predictions, in the limited context of a universe populated with basic geometric shapes, and it's name was SHRDLU.

*I was able to code a passable clone in my Commodore 128, hence the comedic quotes around AI. 8^)

Edit: There is a reference in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHRDLU .

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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

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It would be nice if...

... an anonymous hacker had thoroughly corrupted the database, eg. by randomly swapping names, addresses, phone numbers. This would make Alteryx pay more attention next time and also provide ElReg's readers with entertainment for months!. ;O)

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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So, instead of warning the user of the issue...

...and advising him to change the battery, they just throttle the device without telling anyone. And this, of course, has nothing to do with programmed obsolescence, eh?

Crooks.

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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( @ John Riddoch)

One or two minutes? Lucky guy!

I once had to troubleshoot and fix an industrial PC located in a ***working*** production line in a fish canning factory. The thermometer marked 38ºC and the humidity was >95%. To make things worse, the device was placed into a massive stainless steel box that held lots of other electronics stuff.

Cue an hour or so of contortions in hellish conditions including also very high noise levels, stopping every few minutes to wipe the sweat from my eyes or going out to cool myself down.

In those conditions you feel as if your IQ has been lowered 30 points!

Afterwards, I told the management that I'd never work in those conditions again. They pointed out that the workers in the line worked in those conditions in 4 hours turns and I pointed out that said workers were walking over a metal grid that provided them with a steady flow of dry, cool air; otherwise, they'd be suffering half a dozen cardiac arrests per day!.

They didn't call me again, and good riddance! 8^)

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Italy leans on Amazon to retrieve €100m in unpaid tax

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Re: Still cheap for Amazon

I'd say that those €800,000,000 that Amazon invested in Italy (if true*) and the 3000 jobs created** could explain at least partly the low taxes requested.

*Note: This caveat is always mandatory when quoting data provided by big companies. ;^)

**Note: See the first note, plus "as long as they aren't those shitty jobs that pay below minimum wage and that Amazon doesn't even recognize as employees".

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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Pope Francis has his definitions wrong

"... defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today."

I think that's not "defamation", and "been dealt with" does not equal "been swept under the rug and hidden by any means available for hundreds of years".

Consider all those secret children cemeteries under orphanages and convents. Should the press stop informing we, the public, when one of these secret cemeteries is discovered?

A little bit too transparent, Your Holiness.

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Merry Xmas, fellow code nerds: Avast open-sources decompiler

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Another thumbs up for Avast!

Nuff said.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: Old fashioned?

The way I see it, the main issue with fingerprint sensors is that it can be used by police and other LEOs to force you physically to open your phone, even in countries where doing so is blatantly illegal. It's happening everywhere.

The most common rebuke against this argument of mine is that police or TLAs can apply "physical violence" (i.e. "torture") to force you to give them the pin. My answer is that if you live in a country where police can torture you -without fear of the consequences- the fingerprint scanner in your phone is the lesser of your problems, and you should either find a way for you and your family to leave the country ASAP or stockpile fertilizers, aluminium powder and similar things, just in case. :-(

Another big issue is that fingerprinting sensors are easy to fool using common, easily available materials, like gummy bears and PCB etching materials.

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I don't own a phone with a fingerprint sensor on the back (or anywhere :-) but my guess is that it's comfortable to use only if you use the fingerprint of your main hand's index finger. For the rest of fingers, it would be awkward.

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Re: Subservience (@ Naselus)

As in https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Authoritarianism

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Re: Admit it, Kieren . . .

Bog Jiihn? I always thought that the correct way of writing BJ's name was Big Jong Un!

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Re: Admit it, Kieren . . .

Cue NeofasAlt-Right blogs quoting this article all over the Internets in three, two, ...

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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Re: I may have unbelievable news, but salt water is actually a very good conductor

Related:

When I was a young lad, a neighbourhood kid took a pee on a light pole, with the hatch open. Cue backflip, instant unconsciousness and lots of cries and swearing afterwards. Apparently no lasting effects for my neighbour, except for his new nickname: "Electroman".

Yeah, children are cruel.

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It may be Wednesday...

... but this thread smells like Friday!

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Re: The secret's out

I always keep a few hundreds of Kg. of salt in my garage, for making "Margaritas".

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Re: Caffeine high?

One hint, please:

Is it hard?

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Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach

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"...CA$100,000 for a failure to do so..."

Make that the fine per individual affected by the breach and we'll take it seriously. If this is a fine 'per breach', then it's just a mockery, targeting only small business and allowing big companies to keep doing as they please.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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So...

...no railways in Oregon, eh?

Seriously now: I think the issue here is that the state has appropriated the word "engineer" and given it the meaning of "chartered engineer" instead of its more common meaning, i.e. someone who has completed an education in engineering. Now, imagine a professional engineer -certified or not- from another state who sends a mail to someone in OR giving professional advice as an engineer and identifying himself as such. Could he be fined or even charged with some sort of interstate fraud? Ridiculous, isn't it?

Easy solution: swap the "engineer" term in Oregon legal system for "State Certified Engineer" or similar, and make the title compulsory for professional engineers working and residing in Oregon. Fixed!

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Two monopolistic behemoths ...

... fighting in the mud! Who needs to pay for streaming video when there's this entertainment available for free?

;^)

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Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)

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Re: And this is a problem ?

"Although why 4 hours was never clearly explained."

Easy peasy: If you practice sex for four hours or more, non stop, you run a serious risk of setting yourself on fire. It's science.

You're welcome!

:-)

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Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

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Re: One should be very careful

I'll follow your advice and not comment about Patterson Dental's Eaglesoft bugs and security issues or the risk for patient's privacy caused by said bugs, and I'll advise people in other forums I visit to do the same.

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"...another of the release conditions is that he submit to a mental health assessment."

For the sake of balance, the FBI boss who ordered the first raid should be similarly assessed. Just saying.

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Android Wear hardware boss bails

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Re: I'll wager 80%+ of fitness bands gather dust in drawers...

"Like the gadget the "Predator" creature uses..."

Or like the PipBoy from the Fallout franchise!

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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1.2 Kg only?

There are professional models far heavier and sturdier than this; think 30Kg, including lots of aluminium, carbon fibre and batteries. I ***hope*** that any drone bigger than the ones from the study will be automatically banned from airports.

Also airliner_windshield != Light_aircraft_windshield, and airliner_jet_engine != Light_aircraft_propeller.

If one of the drones in the American study hits a light plane's propeller, there is a good chance that said propeller will get bent or even broken, as the impact with the blade would happen at higher speeds, due to the fast rotation of the blades.

And re:terrorism: You don't need explosives to cause serious trouble during take off or landing. You only need a plastic bag or a party balloon filled with paint.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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"The issue of thumbnails is also strange."

Not so strange if the MP tried to cover his tracks by deleting the full size pictures and clearing his browsing history, but forgot to clean the browser's cache, where the thumbnails would be stored.

"I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy"

8^)

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BT lab domain grab – 17 years after cheeky chap swiped 'em

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Re: Runaround

And don't forget the ugly canned music!

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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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"Microsoft-signed code [...] will not be affected."

Why???

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: I am leet hacker (@ Frank Ly)

"They are now on scihub.org"

No, that's different stuff. scihub.org contains only a few publications with titles in the format "American Journal of This and That". Inside the page, the last letter in the site name is not a 'b' but a 'ß', as the German 'long s' or whatever it's called. Even with the 'American' monikers, all the content seems to have originated in the Middle East.

In my opinion, that site is dodgy as Hell!

What seems to be the real stuff is in sci-hub.bz.*

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* As Mr. Yank Lurker wrote ten hours ago a few comments below this one. :-)

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Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

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"...100 trillion pass through a human body each second."

I'm going to apply for a patent on personal neutrino turnpikes. Soon I'll be swimming in moolah! MWAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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@ AC

"...and then I get it from fleaBay - normally the same one."

I tell you, this refurbishing thing is going too far!!!

Yes, yes, I am leaving already.

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Re: @ Mephistro (@ Technical Ben)

I'm in Spain, and we have a few sim-free telcos with nice offers as well, although their market share is not too big yet. Regarding the costs of renting the big telcos' networks, there is a legal cap on what said networks can charge, based -if I remember it correctly- in a percentage of what big telcos charge to customers -for the use of the network alone, without including other products or services.

IMHO the SIM-free telcos can earn some serious €€€ with the remainder of that percentage, due to their lack of overheads.

On a side note, I was under the impression that most Western countries had similar laws regarding landline and mobile telephony, so if any fellow commentards can confirm or deny this assumption of mine, I'll be grateful.

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@ BigAndos

'I read that as "Make SIM only contracts a shed load more expensive".'

True, that's what will happen, knowing the telcos managerial ethos. But it'll be a huge error, as it will open the doors for small, inexpensive, SIM only telcos. Nowadays, the phone "renting" model is a huge barrier for small new telcos to enter the market, as it forces on them a ton of personnel, bureaucracy, service centres, CSR facilities and 'shops' where the punters can "purchase" the phones.

I expect this to evolve into another situation where big companies greed -big telcos greed in this case- cause them to repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot.

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WTF?

A bit of common sense ...

... at long last! There's still hope for mankind!

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You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

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Re: Missouri GDP ~$230B - Google market cap ~$720B.

Why buy a state when buying a ton of politicians will suffice and is far cheaper? $100m per state and they could be stealing all their users data and also ass raping said users weekly without any interference from the authorities.

;-)

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