* Posts by Elfoad Regfoad

18 posts • joined 31 Mar 2008

When 2FA means sweet FA privacy: Facebook admits it slurps mobe numbers for more than just profile security

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So whats the solution?

I want 2FA or even places I don't really need 2FA, some ask for phone numbers. I don't want to give our my number, but they simply won't let me create accounts. Even places that say they do landline auth (eg Ebay), it doesn't actually work. So what are my options?

I can get multiple numbers, an ensure only 1 profile (email account etc) get ever tied to that account.

The problem is then I will need multiple phone numbers, which I am sure cops/government will assume as I am up to no good. Also how many phones do I need?

In any case I will have to maintain a x number of phone, if one of them times out and I lose the number, when I come back to recover an account in say 5 years I won't have the phone number!

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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The truth will set you free

Years ago, a friend wrote a program in Pascal that had as its first three lines:

tmp = TRUE;



I don't know if it did what he expected but it was a bit scary. The rest of the program did some very cool stuff that shouldn't have been possible on the minimal OS on top of a batch system (old CDC Cyber 175).

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

What happened to the good old days of wrapping ferrite rings around power cords and cables?

Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Would you like to play a game?

A strange game.The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)

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Light L16

A startup called Light has something like this, it has 16 separate sensors with different focal lengths (28mm, 70mm and 150mm) that are combined to create 52 megapixel images. the idea was to replace a DSLR and a bag of lenses, though I haven't had a chance to play with one to see if it lives up to the hype. interesting idea though.


BBC clamps down on illicit iPlayer watchers

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Who wrote this crap?

What an idiotic, biased piece of rubbish! You might want to mention that third party apps (which by the way are not illicit or illegal) are not the only things that rely on RSS feeds from iPlayer, Smart TVs with official addons are also affected. I am a TV license holding resident of the UK and am completely on the right side of the law.

Dell launches Sputnik Linux Ultrabook

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$1500??? Why wouldn't I get a MacBook for that price?

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

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Wowww, what a brain dead mistake

Apple and Google are selling stuff because its good UI. Big fail by MS.

US Army gets eco-conscious, preps mega solar plant

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Black Helicopters

tank warfare

Ft. Irwin is used for simulating tank warfare. If a tank round goes astray out in the desert, it's no big deal--unless there's a thousand-mirror solar power plant in the area.

Firefox 3 Download Day falls flat on face

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working great

Running it on two XP machines, OSX and Windows 2000 without any issues, certainly faster then Firefox 2.0 imho :)

Windows Server 2008 is better than Vista, but why?

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no thanks

I feel this whole "server 2008" babble stems from the fact that Vista ME2 is so dire that noone is daring to speak up for it anymore. So if you're astroturfing MS products, you're left promoting this one. MS on the server is such an obviously absurd idea that server 2008 may indeed be best used on a desktop. But not on my one!

Since I've gone to Linux (straight from Win2K/XP in 2003), the hardware upgrade cycle has ceased. All PCs I had at that stage are still in operation as servers or secondary terminals. The newer laptops I've bought since then are of course much faster than the previous ones. Moore's law thus finally arrived in my household/office- following stagnant performance from win 3.1 to XP.

And I'm not toughing Vista!!!

Ballmer bitch slaps Vista

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@James Szmak

@James Szmak

"1) Get as many cores and as fast a CPU as you can afford. I got a quad core Pentium Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz

2) Get memory. Lot's o' memory. I got 4 Gig's.

3) Get video memory. As much as you can afford. I got 500 Meg of dedicated memory.

4) Get a big, fast hard drive – I got a 7200rpm 500 Gig drive."

sounds great. one might add:

5) Install Linux. Watch it zooooooooooooooooooom along!

'Virtual strip search' arrives at JFK and LAX

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never again

"d) *Don't go to America.*"

that would be my preferred solution! reasons:

a) it's a hell-hole without history nor future!

b) you can get the whole benefit of US cuisine at any mcdonalds branch in any country.. if you feel you must..

c) we have fat girls here too so you're not going to miss out on anything there!

US court waves through border laptop searches

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never again

"So for the time being, if you plan on crossing the US border into the Ninth Circuit, it's probably best to just leave the laptop at home."

a) Having been fingerprinted and questioned there by some imbecile enforcement joker before, I have sworn that I shall not visit the US ever again. It's a cultureless hellhole without history nor future.

b) My hard drive is inside encrypted linux, so should I be dragged over there by CIA operatives, they probably STILL wouldn't get in.

IT depts under threat as City braces for 20,000 job cuts

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Or even 40 000


Faces give away giveaways - psych profs' amazing claim

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Is this the future of British education then ?

A PhD in Slapper-spotting ?

Mr. and Mrs. Boring sue Google over Street View pics

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Like leaping up and down naked in the middle of the road and demanding no one look at you...

ImaGnuber: "I can't imagine what it's like to live in Britain where government streetview is live all the time"

Yeah, because Britain is the only place with street CCTV... where do you live that's so surveillance-free?

Paul M. "But the subtext of the article is that they deserved it. Why? Because they live in Pittsburgh? Because they're rich? Because they've got a funny name?"

They didn't "deserve" to have photos taken of their house, but they do deserve ridicule for attempting to get $25000 for ridiculous claims of mental damage and loss of property value - the photos have already been removed, that should've been all they were seeking. Anything else is just greed - an attempt to grab a fast buck they did nothing to earn. And if their privacy was such an issue, then it kind of backfired - the lawsuit has brought the photos to the attention of many many more people than would ever have noticed them otherwise.

Also, I wouldn't call them rich - it wasn't exactly an expensive house (unless property is a hell of a lot cheaper in the US than it is in the UK), and it's no mansion - the house and the lawn look pretty rough - again, something we wouldn't be aware of if it wasn't for their quest for "privacy".

They do have a funny name though, and let's not pretend we don't enjoy making fun of people with funny names.

Virgin Media in talks to trial three strikes regime against P2P

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On a mission

Virgin really are on a mission to make friends and influence people aren't they? Would it be quicker if they just publish a list of who they aren't selling my data to?

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