* Posts by Mycho

2832 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Saving democracy

You don't hear them in the city because 99% of them have left for the wilderness.

I am certain you could creep up and rob someone using the sound of crickets fucking to drown out your footsteps.

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Re: Saving democracy

You have some very quiet animals around your parts.

I live on the edge of a forest and it is f****** noisy.

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Re: Saving democracy

sound carried much further than now due to less background noise

Says the townie.

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Re: Saving democracy

The first legitimate use for anonymity is walking down the road. You will pass potentially thousands of people who have no legitimate reason to know who you are and a non-zero number of people with highly illegitimate reasons to want to know who you are. The thing protecting you from them is that it's too bad for them, they don't get to know who you are.

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Re: Saving democracy

Agreed. If you have a humiliating accident in public, e.g. trip over a paving slab and end up covered in mayonnaise from your shopping bag, the twats laughing at you from across the street shouldn't automatically know your home address and where you work.

Anonymity, protecting the innocent from trolls since forever.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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Re: Bad planning

Theresa May seems to take a lot of fertiliser from all sides.

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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"We would take equal blame"

Now, that actually is a breach of contract.

Capita takes all the blame. That was always the deal.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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"You don't choose your smell, your smell chooses you."

Created from the training data using the Mechanical Turk model.

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them

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Sure, give the establishment a list of companies it hasn't successfully corrupted yet. That could never go wrong.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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Re: They won't apply to sites on which porn makes up a third or less of the content

I have wondered for a while why people aren't actively making properly educational porn videos. Not learn-about-sex educational, something like this could be made into porn with very little change needed.

Sexy cancer is the new fetish.

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Re: I don't think that's how it goes, though

You're lucky it is terrifying what some people will do with mayonnaise and a wellie boot.....

I think I remember that Children In Need event.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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My guess would be they argued that the bad guys would assume he was a grass anyway when they got caught in the end, so he had nothing to lose by becoming a real one.

Google-whisperers beat reCaptcha voice challenge with 90% success rate

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Re: idiots like this

Now that would be great research, an AI that can tell how interesting a dam is.

Beaver > Hoover

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: Spiders: there is no "overkill"

Couple of years ago where I was living in the uk there was a (relatively for the area) massive invasion of bitey insects. I had a landlord inspection in the middle of it and apologised for the cobwebs explaining that I was trying to keep the flies under control by letting the spiders get established.

"Good idea!" said the landlord enthusiastically and the inspection proceeded without a hitch. I guess someone else had been bitten recently.

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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At what cost?

I keep seeing about windows 7 paid updates and no indication of what they might cost. I'm guessing it's whatever they think they can gouge out of each client in turn?

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: We've got until November.

Wait, when does Windows 7 stop being supported?

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Artificial organs

New research suggests that bioprinted organs develop better in space.

Welcome to the future, ladies and gentlemen, please mind the gap between the spaceship and the platform's edge.

Millennium Buggery: When things that shouldn't be shut down, shut down

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Put them both together and I've been there. Network professionals leaving a PFY instructions to refresh a network adapter that don't specify which of the adapters you do it to because to someone with 30 years experience the idea that a noob wouldn't get the right one becomes unthinkable.

Though what amazed me was how long it took to get someone qualified to push a button on the site.

Happy Blade Runner Year, one and all.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Re: Someone else fixed my fix

One person's hideous kludge is another person's brexit agreement.

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Re: RE: Getting one over on the boss

I find that if I state the better way of doing it once and don't push it, then the customer will often come back to me 3-5 working days later with a new idea that is suspiciously like what I told them.

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Re: Vindicated

That may have been my slowest upvote ever. Well done.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: Perhaps they should apply the same rules on PCs on the Parliamentary Estate

Is there such a thing as porn in Latin or Ancient Greek?

There is certainly an ancient greek word for it.

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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Re: Drone arrests

Now the news is buzzing with someone admitting that there may never have been a drone after all.

This is why I left that vaunted isle.

Edit: Hah! Jinx!

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Re: Drone arrests

I just saw the news saying they got released without charge and the reward for turning in the real twat has gone up to 50K.

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Re: Drone arrests

Why they did it ... right before parliament votes on tightening up drone laws.


Though they'll probably spin it as a green protest.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

The best summary of Trump I heard was the he noticed that the other candidates were all lying a quarter of the time and decided to see if making it three quarters worked better. And it did.

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

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Re: R2-D2 it is not!

If you don't want toast all day, every day, it is programmed to burn your house down. Sheer luck that this one was outside.

In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Re: re: A lamppost fell over

Long ago I inherited a car from a relative that had a dent from a student with headphones on running into it. No word on what he was listening to.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Re: "no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitamin Water was a healthy beverage"

I always assumed it was healthy, but have only drunk it about twice so never mind.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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Re: There appears to be an assumption

And yet as always the people who claim there is evidence of harm include no evidence and resort to personal attacks.

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Re: Isn't TOR wonderful.

Like the childproof bottles that are too hard for under 18s to open?

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Re: There appears to be an assumption

The reason most people don't look like mainstream porn stars is that so-called mainstream porn is tailored primarily to a specific body-type fetish. Look at porn tailored to any other fetish and you'll find people who look like you.

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your site can only be removed from if it deploys age verification checks

... or a ton of cat videos.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Re: A decade of poor configuration

I went to university around the time it became compulsory if you wanted to continue working in IT. So I got there in the early aughts.

It was Kazaa which forced my university to lock things down, since most of the IT labs were unusable when a couple of machines were running it 24/7.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Not a bad plan actually

Force people to use ID based on NHS numbers.

A non-zero number of people stop using the NHS

Cut the NHS to reflect lower usage rates.

Plebs die, never mind.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Children of the Resolution

My mother does this.

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My strongest memory of my time at a major UK isp was having a Word window open that I alt-tabbed to whenever someone came over to find out why one specific call was taking forever.

The document just contained the text "He typed capitala" - they read it and walked away hastily.

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Re: "Sorry for...

The first ever trial for virus/worm writing included the phrase 'we do not thank terrorists for improving airport security'

Decades later it's still worth remembering.

Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

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Have the military finished migrating their internet-facing machines away from Windows XP yet?

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: Popcorn anyone?

Trade you beer for popcorn. This is going to be good.

He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman

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I'm pretty sure I had a mechanic (who had sold me one extra option and smelled blood) deliberately damage my sump plug in order to sell me an expensive repair.

The oil leak was slow enough that I took it to someone I trusted who re-threaded the sump to a larger size, fitted a larger sump plug and saved the oil into the bargain.

So yes, I'd say there are unethical everythings. Though I couldn't say that the service manager didn't lean on him to do it.

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Many of them are.

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Re: I see the Russian trolls are out

More simply, it fails the 'does it seem likely I'd get in trouble for this?' test.

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That's turnover not profit. Most of that bitcoin goes to the ransomware creators.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: Firefly?

Hang in there. We got Mad Max 4 eventually.

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Surprised it has taken so long.

I've been anticipating a Christine Chubbuck for the Youtube generation for years now. Although I used to figure it would need a script to hit upload after the gunshot. Livestreaming now takes that away.

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Re: Millenials?

I think we missed an opportunity to call them New Teenagers.

Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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Re: Tonton Macoute

Which is why the UK has so many.

The antisocial network: 'Facebook has a black people problem,' claims staffer in exit salvo

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Re: ""Influencing" people is, I regret to say, all around us"


Downvoted 4 times for saying Jesus wasn't a bad person! What's going on here?

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Re: Isn't it then more a case of "know your audience"?

Yes, it is.

When someone publicises your private messages they're deliberately taking away your ability to know your audience, since you didn't pick this audience, they did.

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