* Posts by Christoph

2739 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

UK Home Office hands Sopra Steria £91m digital visa contract

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Re: Its just not right

"I fully expect a flood of down votes from the remoaners, but this is about moving forward, making the best out of it. Doing what's best for the country despite leaving the EU."

So in this wonderful non-EU future we will be "making the best of it" "despite leaving the EU".

Really? This is the best you can say, that if we struggle hard it might not be quite so bad?

And you dare to whinge about 'remoaners'?

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Viking Funeral?

Did they look round for any burly chaps with horns on their helmets?

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NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

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Re: The proverbial television repairman.

Same trick on my old half-timbered Morris. If the motor dies, thump the fuel pump to jar the sticking contacts loose.

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Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

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I get lots of contacts to my registered address - mostly fraudulent renewal offers, but some general spam. Why does ICANN insist that this must continue - are the spammers paying them?

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: nevertheless

And the Deviated Preverts!

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"Officers can quickly establish if the person has been correctly or incorrectly matched by traditional policing methods, either by looking at the person or through a brief conversation,"

It's perfectly OK because nobody was wrongly arrested. Just large numbers of people going about their business who were harassed with demands that they prove their innocence, in a public place in front of lots of other people.

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Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor)

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Mushroom

"will require the vendor to be cleared for access to secret and top secret Defense Department data, including nuclear weapon design information"

Who will be cleared? Will they require full security clearance for every single employee that has or might have access to the system? That's going to be fun to implement, and even more fun to audit.

How many disks will the information be spread over? Cloud companies move data around all the time transparently. Can they confirm secure destruction of all those disks at end of life? (Milspec secure not commercial secure).

And what happened to Need to Know? Just how many cloud company techies will have possible access to this data although they have no legitimate need for it?

Hve they planned for what to do when (not if) someone finds an exploitable flaw and posts 'Building your own nuke for Dummies' to the web?

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Delayed gratification for Musk's rocket fanciers

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Re: “ground system auto abort”

He lit it, but then he retired before he could tell the launch controller he had done so.

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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I think the idea is that there is a low chance of catching any particular one, but when they do manage it (which does happen occasionally) they will come down on them like a ton of bricks and make sure that the massive sentence gets wide publicity pour encourager les autres.

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Brit govt told to do its homework ahead of talks over post-Brexit spy laws and data flows

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TL;DR: We're fucked.

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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The problem with the various above suggestions of delayed update is security patches.

There are already instances of security holes being attacked very shortly after the patch is released, by people who have reverse-engineered the patch to find the hole.

If you delay updating for several days to avoid any chance of bricking the car, you might find that it's been hacked. Which for a car might have very nasty consequences - the people doing the hacking are unlikely to do extensive safety testing!

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UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat

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Can they upgrade this to finally do something about the Richard Montgomery?

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Re: rule 2(b) et al.

So does its programming include rule 2(b) ? Or not 2(b)?

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IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy - MPs

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Re: La la la la

It's an omen pigeon

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Silicon can now reconfigure itself with just a jolt of electricity

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Re: eDust!

How long until Utility Fog?

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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Password managers are wonderful until you hit a site where the imbecile who programmed it has disallowed paste, and you have to type in a very long, extremely complex string of characters with no errors.

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Re: I have the greatest system for creating memorable passwords...

I have discovered a truly marvellous system for creating passwords, which this text box is too small to contain.

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Astroboffins score a first by spotting traces of helium on an exoplanet

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Re: Natural Reactors?

No, that's because Earth lost its primordial helium - it all escaped because it's too light to hold on to. We only have hydrogen because it formed compounds such as water, while helium does not form compounds.

As the article says, helium is the second most abundant element after hydrogen. About a quarter of total mass. That nearly all formed at the time of the big bang.

Astrophysicists treat the universe as consisting of hydrogen, helium, and 'metals' - everything else, a slight impurity.

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Failbreak: Bloke gets seven years in the clink for trying to hack his friend out of jail

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If a random hacker can game the system then so can the authorities, or a bent policeman, to decrease or increase sentences.

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Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

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Re: I don,t get it.

If their activities are illegal then presumably law enforcement can apply to the registrar for the ownership details once you have reported them?

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Re: Interesting wording

"The GDPR does not allow national supervisory authorities nor the European Data Protection Board to create an 'enforcement moratorium' for individual data controllers,"

I.e., no. They can't have the law bent for their personal convenience.

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There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!

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Re: Bonus points

Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love, and a Hard-Boiled Egg

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Seen floating round the net:

EU lays down a royal flush. UK looks at own cards: Mr Bun the Baker, Pikachu, a Shadowmage, a fireball spell, and the Fool

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ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty

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Re: Now I know why very littles been happening with Brexit

They're certainly both using the same tactic. Announce loudly that they are going to do something which the EU has already specifically ruled out as impossible. Keep on insisting on this right down to the wire. Scream blue murder about those terrible EU bureaucrats when it turns out that the EU was telling the clear exact truth all along.

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Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

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Where do you find an insurer that will allow this, and how much will it add to the premium?

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Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

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This is not a matter of mistreatment of an animal. It's a matter of claiming that the animal has legal intellectual property rights as if it was a human and trying to enforce those. PETA decided to use the animal to push its own political agenda, it had nothing to do with the welfare of that animal. They saw an opportunity to shit-stir at the expense of an innocent person and they leapt on that opportunity so they could brag how wonderful and caring they are.

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What legal agreement did the monkey sign to allow PETA power of attorney to act on its behalf?

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Drilling Brass

Using Brass to prevent drilling? How does that help? Drilling Brass is slightly more tricky than steel but with the right drill and the right technique it's perfectly straightforward - I've seen it done in the engineering factory I worked at years ago. Don't try it with a normal drill though, it will jam.

You chamfer the leading edge of the drill so it's a blunt chisel rather than a sharp edge. This breaks off the brass in small chunks rather than the spiral swarf you get with steel, so you have to keep withdrawing the drill to clear those chunks. Then it just works.

You'd presumably need to swap out the drill when you hit a different material so it makes it a bit more slow and tricky, but surely not massively so?

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Re: Lock makers that you can trust?

If your door opens outwards an intruder can grab it and pull it all the way open. If it opens inwards you can block it.

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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

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may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

Just as long as they don't recruit James Nicoll (he of the Nicoll Dyson Laser)

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Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

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I wonder why they didn't fit a solar panel? It should easily cope with a twice a day ping.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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All emails, including attachments, were automatically copied to the boss. And also to an archive. Nothing was deleted.

When sales and the boss wanted to discuss a document that was on the file server, they sent it to each other as an email attachment rather than just linking to it..

Eventually the overnight backup didn't have enough time to run because the multiple email copies were taking so much space. A better backup system was not obtained because it would cost some fairly trivial amount of money (this was a company that made the techs (but not sales) put old printouts back through the printer upside down to save on paper (which meant they had to pay out for a new drum when it got damaged(possibly by paper with a staple being put through))).

When the server died, the latest backup was a month old. It cost a lot of money sorting out all the missing stuff and calming the clients.

A year later, out of interest, I checked with the hardware guy. The latest backup was still that same one, now 13 months old.

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Assemble the Ikea furniture - maybe.

Decode the Ikea instructions - no chance.

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Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

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"Elon does not like the color yellow."

It interferes with his power ring?

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Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

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attacks on brain-computer interfaces have shown "that the P-300 wave can leak sensitive personal information such as passwords, PINs, whether a person is known to the subject, or even reveal emotions and thoughts."

Will it be the UK or the USA that first makes these compulsory? To protect the children!

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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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Re: Cock size

"Apparently the human penis is much larger than would be expected from a comparison with other primates."

Jack Cohen (the reproductive biologist) has commented that even if King Kong was built in proportion, there would still not have been a smile on Fay Wray's face.

So if anyone is bragging that he's built like a gorilla, it's his poor girlfriend you should feel sorry for.

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Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

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"background checks on anyone who tries to export weapons from the bloc"

Does that include the people exporting billions of pounds worth of weaponry to those wonderful humanitarians in Saudi Arabia?

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Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden

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"But if you pull email into a different email program, you will instead be presented with a link to the Gmail message."

"You have just been sent an email, click on this link to read it"

What could possibly go wrong with that?

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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What exactly are the chances that this will all be up and working by B-Day, in less than a year?

Just what are they going to do when they find out that the replacement is nowhere near ready and the current system won't work any more?

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Great Western Railway warns of great Western password reuse: Brits told to reset logins

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Re: We need a court action

"Passwords that have been used before should be rejected"

How would they know? If the passwords are stored properly salted then they can't compare even the hashed versions. And do you really want a message saying "Sorry, you can't use that password because someone else on this site is using it"?

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Re: They should at least stick to one domain name

I strongly suspected a scam since it had a link to reset my password!

However it used my name in the message, and was sent to the unique email address that I gave Great Western - if scammers had that then they'd already broken into my account.

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Want to terrify a city with an emergency broadcast? All you need is a laptop and $30

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Re: "... warning sirens...only truly reliable method..."

"Beacons on mountain tops - the only reliable system"

As long as you've got a spare hobbit to light them.

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'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

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Re: Need help with a cyberstalker

Made mistakes? Hide? Run away? Stop using the net? Why the fuck should she be the one to blame, the one to have to change her life to try to get away? Why should someone with a serious mental problem be able to impose that on other people and make them responsible for it? Why should it be their fault that someone is a sadistic bully?

Don't blame the victim.

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Re: In my youth

Wash your mouth out with a Tide Pod?

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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Gurerfn Znl vf Jngpuvat Lbh

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"to come up with a secure way to allow only law enforcement to access information."

Law enforcement of which country?

Of the USA only? So the USA government can read the messages of everyone in the world? How exactly are they going to enforce that?

Or will they let other governments use it - so they can spy on the USA?

Will they ban strong encryption only in the USA? So everyone has to switch devices as they cross the border? If strong encryption is available just across the border, how will they stop USA criminals using it?

If international companies have to switch to weakened encryption when talking to their USA offices, they are going to move as much as possible out of the USA.

None of this seems to get mentioned - the politicians talk about it as if the USA was the only place in the world (which is not exactly unusual).

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White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

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"concern has been mounting that drones will be used to kill civilians in the US as they've been doing elsewhere in the world.

FBI director Christopher Wray last year warned the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he expects terrorists will attempt to use drones in the US."

Kill civilians in funny foreign countries using drones controlled from a comfy video-games console thousands of miles away = brave noble hero.

Kill Americans using drones = terrorist.

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The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

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Re: That was good

"Is there anybody who fits that description?"

"I've got a little list"

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

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What's the problem?

They still have exactly one year until B-Day when the systems absolutely must be working perfectly.

I'm sure that with a whole 365 days to work in they will be able to get everything sorted, no problem.

At the same time as they improve border surveillance by strapping cameras to the flying pigs.

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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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Re: Isn't that what Internet Explorer is for?

IE is my browser of last resort if a site won't work on anything else.

I use Chrome for Facebook to keep it isolated, Firefox with shedloads of security add-ons as my main browser, Pale Moon for a few sites that break with all those security add-ons, and a couple of other browsers for special purposes.

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