* Posts by Christoph

2468 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

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Simpler answer

So don't do business in Eastern Texas. Boycott the whole area. Don't have stores there, don't sell over the web to anyone living there. The tiny loss of trade would be trivial compared to a patent troll case. If the people there don't like not being able to buy nice things, then that is their problem and the solution is in their hands.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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How about reading some actual information about what has been happening? He has not been charged with anything, he was wanted for questioning and the prosecutor deliberately delayed that for many years. That's the second prosecutor, who took over the case at her own insistence after the first one said there was no case to answer.

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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By 2020 people will be able to identify themselves on all government online services via the Verify ID portal. It hopes to make the platform more widely available, so that people can safely verify their identify to access non-government services such as banking.”

Oh joy. A single point of failure, so that when it (inevitably) gets compromised it's the key to everything.

The Tories promise to reduce duplication personal data held by government in order to follow the “Once-Only” principle for central services by 2022 and wider public services by 2025.

So they can easily tie together everything that each department knows about you (and promptly have it hacked - see above).

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Who is going to do the maintenance?

To provide full support for all its old systems MS would have to have large numbers of programmers trained up in those systems (no one person can know more than a small part of code that big).

How are you going to persuade that many skilled programmers to take on a dead end job with no future? What are they going to do to keep current when there's no known bugs to fix? What are you going to do with them after the product is finally killed off?

The motor car analogy is not directly equivalent - the engineering skills can still be used on modern cars. Detailed knowledge of ancient code is not transferable in the same way.

Of course the motor manufacturers may run into the same problems as the cars get more computerised, and a car crash can be rather more serious than a computer crash.

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NASA nixes Trump's moonshot plan

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"with much infrastructure being adapted at KSC."

Like the Space Shuttle launch pad at Vandenberg ?

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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And then some clever bastard adds Picolax to the canteen food (This link is not safe for work)

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FCC: Take your spam and shove it, slacktivists!

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So are the rubbish ones generated by opponents of the idea or by supporters trying to make the opponents look bad or by ... ... ...

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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"as opposed to the public owned train service"

Like East Coast, which were far more successful and gave far better service than the privatised lines, and were therefore embarrassing and got sold off to Virgin?

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Fake invoice scammers slurp $5bn+ from corp beancounters – FBI

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"submits a fake invoice to a firm from someone posing as a contractor or business partner. "

That's what order numbers are for. If your invoice doesn't show an order number and have details matching the corresponding order, it gets sent upstairs for detailed checking before any payment.

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Uncle Sam backs down on slurping passwords from US visa hopefuls

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"email addresses used during the past five years."

What, every single one-time throw-away email I've used to buy a one-off item from a supplier I'm unlikely to ever use again?

Anyway who want to visit a country where the inhabitants are so terrified that they have to carry an assault rifle to go down to the grocery store?

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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adding that if Mitchell had “identified himself” to the woman employee, “the matter would have been resolved in minutes.”

All you have to do to avoid being detained by the plod is to grovel subserviently to their slightest whim, and tug your forelock while doing it.

There is no law that you are required to identify yourself to every puffed-up busybody who demands it.

Are they really so incompetent that they seriously think that a terrorist would stand there prominently waving a camera in full visibility?

They could wear a pocket video recorder (over 1,000 hits on an amazon search) and wander past getting a hi resolution stream of pictures from every angle, while showing no suspicious or unusual behaviour whatever.

Then send a drone over for some aerial shots.

Or just look at google maps, or search for existing photos on the web.

What have Sussex plod been smoking?

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135 MEELLION Indian government payment card details leaked

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Aadhaar has very strong privacy regulation built into it

Well that's OK then. I'm sure that all the criminals will obey those regulations.

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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"It looks like you're trying to get a job. Would you like some help with that?"

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

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"The statement also just about confirms it will be possible to upload new VMs to Vector's satellites. If that's the case there are all sorts of delicious possibilities to be had."

I'm sure that the malware authors will be able to think up lots of them once they find the cracks in the security.

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Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson

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Joke

"The goal is to develop a device that works on skin nerves to get the brain into overdrive."

Acupuncture?

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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If this happens in the US there will be queues of lawyers arguing whether the birth date is the date of removal from the mother or removal from the artificial womb. The battles between rival astrologers won't be so intense as there wouldn't be quite so much money involved.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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How do I go about changing my fingerprints after this gets hacked?

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Saying something to a friend of mine who happens to be called Alexa is hardly malicious. If anyone has done anything wrong it's Amazon for using her (not uncommon) name as a trigger and so causing her and her friends problems. And no, I'm not going to watch carefully anything I say to her just in case some nearby gadget might interpret it as a command.

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They made a slight mistake

Apparently it reads the entry from Wikipedia. And Wikipedia can be edited.

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Boffins fabricate the 'most complex bendy microprocessor yet'

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8-bit is fine

I've programmed complex industrial machinery using an 8-bit (Z80) processor with 64KB memory. You could do an awful lot of useful stuff with these as long as you don't want all the flashy features and the complex displays. In fact you could offload the display to your phone or your watch.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: Correlation is not causation

There's nothing like proper testing on the dummy system before major system upgrades. And this was nothing like proper testing.

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Separate seating class

How about a separate SHOUTINGINTOYOURPHONE class sound-insulated from the rest of the plane? Like the old smoking sections on transport.

As for people with unexpected emergency calls - just exactly how often does that really happen? (And how is it dealt with at the moment?)

The very low probability of such calls is not sufficient justification for everyone on every flight to be subjected to a non-stop stream of SHOUTED babble.

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Flame

The government finds a way round the price increases that they created.

But us proles can just pay up.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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“I’d like you to make me a mocha-caramel-hazelnut frappe, with raspberry syrup, whipped cream, and a pinch of nutmeg. Then I’d like you to shove it up your ass and get me a cup of coffee.”

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Scottrade admits server snafu blabbed 20,000 customer files to world

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"Vickery said account passwords were stored in plain text"

Helloooo! This is 2017! Wakey wakey!

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It's not just Elon building bridges to the brain: The Internet of Things is coming to a head

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Re: ""My objective ... is to read and write the underlying functions of the human brain"

"Reading brain functions doesn't bother me"

Tell that to the US immigration officer who is demanding your social media accounts, your bank accounts, and access to your brain's workings while he interrogates you about your beliefs.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Another political 'feel-good' move

"questioning those seeking to enter the US about their personal beliefs"

Thought Police. Literally, specifically, openly ThinkPol

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Why would you need to control your garage door from somewhere where you are not already in visual range of your garage door?

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Nearly there ... Nearly there ... Oh god, nea ...

Please Wait while Microsoft installs updates to your system.

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How long before the government demands access to the camera feed from these "to prevent terrorism"?

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FTC accuses man of faking its news to further tech support scam

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All they need to do is delay the case for a few months until Trump gets round to abolishing the FTC.

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Canadian court refuses to let Feds snoop on Megaupload servers

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If the case goes on much longer, he should maybe change his name again - from Dotcom to SCO

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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So what's the problem?

It's accomplished all its objectives. Lots of money and jobs for the military and the armaments industry. Who needs actual functionality?

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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But will El Reg be using Dance Dance Authentication to log on?

https://youtu.be/VgC4b9K-gYU

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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You can get a perfectly consistent presentation of your emails by using plain text. It it not actually necessary to have whizzy layout and graphics and presentation to send a simple message. Any more than it is necessary to attach a Word document to say "Yes I'll be at the pub".

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Facebook, Google, etc: Yeah, yeah, we'll work on the nasty stuff about bombs – but we ain't doing no backdoors

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"The issue is complicated by the fact that most of those corporations are based in the United States and so have a strong belief that removing or even blocking content is tantamount to censorship and breaks the First Amendment."

Except that it does not break the first amendment.

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Ford to build own data centre to store connected car data

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So if I use a Ford car then detailed data on every single thing I do with it will be stored in the USA under USA total-absence-of-data-protection laws.

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

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"The Treasury says it hopes to raise £185m for the year 2017/18."

Which will partially fund the increased spending on contractors who have less experience.

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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"Meanwhile politicians and law enforcement insist they don't care how it's done, they want to be able to access people's private communications and stored data, particularly if they have a warrant regarding suspected criminal behavior."

Fixed it for you

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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This will be hugely beneficial ...

... to the scammers in India who will be able to use various tricks to get access to all the council information that will be accessible from there. Identity theft, tricking people into thinking they are from the council as they hold genuine information, fake invoices to the council, much much more.

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Friday security roundup: Secret Service laptop bungle, hackers win prizes, websites leak

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MD5 hashed passwords?

This is 2017. Why are they still using MD5?

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Are you undermining your web security by checking on it with the wrong tools?

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Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake

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Re: Not Etna?

It's not Etna they should map next. They should send Street View down the lava tubes at the bottom of the crater of Snaefells Jökull - following the markings left by Arne Saknussemm.

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Canada's privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

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You still get hit if your friends travel

If you've friended someone on for instance Facebook so they can see your restricted postings, and they travel to the US and get their phone searched, the program which sucks down all their data will be able to see and download those restricted postings of yours as well. Plus for instance profile information which was similarly restricted.

If you travel to the US with a device which can log on to FB or other social media, you are betraying the confidence which your friends placed in you when they allowed you access to their information.

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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"since the suspects' data would be "searched" on US soil, there would be no "extraterritoriality" "

Implying that a US judge can issue a warrant for US fuzz to seize the contents of my house, as long as they don't actually examine them until they've got them back to the US.

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US regulator looks at Internet of Things regulation, looks away

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If you wait until there is a major incident before even starting to think about regulation, there will be millions of unpatchable devices already out there by the time even the first regulations get enacted (and are already out of date).

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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" The automatic retraction feature is disabled by software, we were told, if the ship sails with the cable still attached"

Mr Phillips! What did you forget this time?

Oops! Sorry pardon Mr Murray Sir.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: Sometimes I can't use a long password

And there are systems that disallow Paste on the password field, so I have to carefully type in the long complex password that my password manager generated, and then again for the confirmation. Which of course means that if it's not a critical security risk site, I'll shorten that generated password to make it less of a bother.

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What a Flake: Congress mulls trashing privacy rules, letting ISPs go to town on your data

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Hello, we've been looking at your browsing history that we bought from your ISP. Nice little collection of porn sites you've got there, be a shame if anyone found out about it.

Hello, we see you browsed to the Planned Parenthood web site. The protesters are on their way to your house BABY MURDERER.

Searching for foreign holidays? Why don't you Buy American, traitor!

And lots, lots more.

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

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If an individual person were to repeatedly harass and frighten even one person over an extended period they would not be looking at a fine, they would be jailed.

Why should a company which has done exactly this to huge numbers of people get away with a fine?

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