* Posts by Anonymous Coward

521 posts • joined 26 Jun 2008

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The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Facepalm

Re: Hi-viz bike

This article doesn't mention it, but elsewhere has... He was actually wearing camo clothing underneath that hi-vis. Because obviously you don't want to be noticed, but need to be visible at the same time???

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Paris Hilton

Re: "Massey died in a fusillade of bullets"

"El Reg used to be tightly edited and proof-read. What's going on?"

I don't know, but can I have some of whatever it is you've been smoking?

The editor has always been down the pub, and proof reading amounts to checking the ABV of the various drinks consumed (occasionally)

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Paris Hilton

This post, 'this' post (yours), or the one that you replied to?

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Coat

I don't believe it. Pull the otter one.

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Stop

Re: I'm not even sure that half the developers read the prompts they are adding

In other software, many buttons just produce a message "Not implemented yet"... and still do 20 years later.

Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments

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Paris Hilton

Re: Don't they know?

And as it's always Friday somewhere in the world...

Oh, wait, no.

It is Friday between midday Thursday and midday Saturday though (for those of us in GMT)

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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Re: Reality check

Surprised at the coverage level? No

Surprised that the networks lied? No

Surprised that a government department got off their asses* and did something? Yes

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Re: Back to basics?

What, like in the second paragraph where is says "the Henn na Hotel boasted on its website" (complete with a link)??

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Re: 772 meeelllion?

Mine has 1 address from my domain, which got onto the lists years ago. No new addresses in this list. That (unique, vendor specific) address has now apparently been leaked onto 5 different lists, so clearly they're resorting to lists of lists to boost numbers.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Paris Hilton

Re: Easy to criticise....

Fixing, like a vet does? That'd be handy.

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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Paris Hilton

Re: How about some grace time after expiry?

So you think that nominet don't send emails because you got an email from nominet????

( 'expired' is not the same as 'suspended' or 'cancelled' - i.e. you got the message at the start of your grace period, not at the time when someone else could register it)

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Boffin

Re: How about some grace time after expiry?

There is a grace time built in already. But nominet term it 'suspension'

Not only did they not renew it in advance, they also: didn't renew within the first 30 days after expiry (it would've still been working), then didn't notice that it stopped working for another 60 days before it was cancelled and someone else was able to register it.

So they had 90 days after the expiry date to do something, and for 60 of those days the domain didn't work at all.

I don't have much sympathy for them.

https://www.nominet.uk/domain-support/#faq

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Alien

Re: How about some simple logic ?

And that the intended use is for a website.

I have loads of customers who have domains purely for email, and those aren't the only 2 uses for a domain.

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Headmaster

Re: If the .EU can do it

How many .tv domains do you think have anything to do with Tuvalu?

Or .co and Colombia?

Or .me and Montenegro?

It seems to me that having geographical restrictions on registrations is not as common as you might think.

People say tabloid hacks are always looking for an angle. This time, they'd be right: Tilting disk of proto-planets spotted

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Mushroom

Unsurprising situation really, but excellent that it has now been observed.

If planets can be knocked off-plane by something hitting them, it follows that the same can happen in a binary star system.

Of course I'm assuming a lot of things, particularly that the whole system started off in-plane, and that it's the suns which have changed. But it's plausible that something has impacted one of the suns and therefore tilted the axis of the binary pair.

Presumably that happened when both were much smaller (as to achieve the same effect on a large sun would require too much force)

Interesting stuff though.

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

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Boffin

Re: Itchy Chin

Because for about 28 years people were used to computers returning a 2-digit year.

When Y2k came about, some people expected 99 to become 00 and others expected it to become 100.

That is the root of many of the foreseen problems. It also stems from not having much memory/storage so optimising down the digits stored.

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Re: Itchy Chin

I would've expected a logical type-juggler to use the type of the first element as default, so "2"+2 = "22" and 2+"2"=4

(Just to show that "reasonably expect" isn't the same between different people)

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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Pirate

Re: Home users...check logs...

Quite a few technically literate people deliberately set their WiFi open for plausible deniability - "it wasn't me guv, anyone could be using my connection"

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Re: I guess plod IQ problems are universal...

"Whats the relationship between MAC address and IMEI number?"

An entry in the manufacturer's database.

Welcome to 2019: Your Exchange server can be pwned by an email (and other bugs need fixing)

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Linux

Hang on

You mean some people still put Windows servers on the internet? I thought everyone had learned that you need a solid gateway device in front of them.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Holmes

Re: @anon: This is what it looks like outside the EU.

Close, but it's not designed to scare us into a second vote. It's designed to scare other members away from having the same vote.

The thing that scares the EU more than anything else is the thought that they might become irrelevant, such as if the most powerful countries in the union all split off. They will do everything they can to prevent that from happening.

Border guards probe 'suspicious bulge' in man's trousers to find he's packing fluffies

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Linux

They got rid of all the mice.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Facepalm

Re: A file so large...

A very old version of PSP would claim that a disk was 'read only' if it had more than 1TB free space and therefore wouldn't save to it (details are fuzzy, but that's the gist)

'dd if=/dev/random' to create some filler files on the new 2TB "future proof" drive saved me trying to explain that to the client. Yes, I excluded them from the backup routine too.

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Holmes

"old days of 320MB IDE drives"

"Normally I'd clean it all out, empty the Recycle Bin"

BS

In the days of 320MB IDE drives it would've likely been Windows 3.11, which didn't have a Recycle Bin. The 'undelete' command saved my donkey several times, but the Recycle Bin came later.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Paris Hilton

Re: html in email...

I'm curious as to what 'better text display' you refer to?

If people have bad eyesight and need the text bigger, or they're sensitive to certain colours so need the text in green, or that sort of thing... well plain text is better because their email client can be configured to display all emails that way rather than trying to parse what the sender wanted.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Mushroom

A launchpad RUD is hugely expensive to repair, so in this scenario they would want the 'unexpected' bang to happen after it has left the field.

I doubt that they'll commission a giant firework though - much simpler to 'abort' from a static, unfuelled, test rocket. Ground level is also the most difficult to abort from (certainly in aeroplane ejector-seat systems) as you have to boost up before you can parachute down. So it could be argued as being a more thorough test, even if it's less satisfying to the lay observer.

Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

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Facepalm

If it's a marketing agency then they should know the business and therefore know how shit it looks to be advertising a brand from a rival brand's device.

That would, in any industry, lead to instant dismissal of the marketing firm and suing for damages.

Can you imagine Mercedes using a marketing agency who rocks up to an event in a Range Rover?

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Black Helicopters

Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

This is why I don't travel to America.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Coat

Re: Bacon, the (edible) fabric of our lives

"Personal hygiene product with 1 slice of Bacon."

You can take your personal hygiene product and shove it up your... oh, that's what it's for? Ok then. Just the bacon for me, thanks.

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Flame

Re: Technology

Why do you think offices around the world all have laminating machines? Heated rollers with a simple, straight, in-out path.

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Boffin

Re: Excuse me a moment...

@Cl9

"Gigibyte != Gibibyte"

gigabyte ≠ gibibyte

FTFY

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Only valid on the booked departure slot though.

And that departure didn't happen.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Gimp

Re: Hmm ...

"Or just "bollocks" for the non-artists amongst us."

If your bollocks look like that, you should probably see a doctor.

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Coat

That approach worked for Apple. Drive away the people that want to customise it; everyone gets the same device/experience... seems very lemming-like.

Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit

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Big Brother

Re: When was the hole made?

Yes, sorry, it was poorly phrased. I meant that the controllers on the ground would be monitoring the activities on-board and that they would thus notice a rogue astronaut with a drill in the Russian segment.

Like in most industries, the "boots on the ground" (or in this case ~200 miles above it) are fine and happy to work together, it's the manglement level that screws things up.

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Big Brother

Re: When was the hole made?

Given the animosity between the two halves of the ISS, I seriously doubt that an astronaut would be able to get to the Russian side, with a drill, unnoticed. If you're intent on blaming an inhabitant of the ISS, you need to blame a cosmonaut.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Boffin

Re: Misleading title

I'll explain dark matter for you then. It is matter, that's dark.

Happy?

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Happy

Re: Java f'in script !

"I doubt there would be an agency who would take on the brief and you dev team would resign"

Good. That way there's a job opening that someone like me could fill. And because there's more of a skills shortage, the salary will be higher.

Where do I send my CV?

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Flame

Re: Toaster

Given that God is infinite, and that the universe is also infinite... would you like a toasted teacake?

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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Boffin

Re: fixed it within a week of it being introduced

They were probably tweaking the API so that they could either migrate people's data to somewhere else, or disentangle something else from this.

That's the sort of thing that is done in sunset periods.

In doing so, they probably realised that the whole thing is a mess and have just said "fuck it, just pull the plug and we'll deal with any fallout later"

OSIRIS-REx space probe catches a whiff of water on asteroid Bennu

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Joke

Re: Still a mystery?

What are you talking about? Water is clearly God's piss.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal

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That's capped at £500-ish/week. Most will get less than that. How many of those workers do you think were really on £35k salaries?

(I'm not disputing the worth, just clarifying the figures)

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Big Brother

Re: Taxpayer?

Given that the business has no assets, and the owners would presumably be more than happy to declare themselves bankrupt rather than paying staff... who do you think should pay the workforce?

Essentially you're saying that they should get paid out of nothing. Producing money like that is purely in the realm of governments - normal businesses can't do that.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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define "work"

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Paris Hilton

Re: Reminder

And your successor thinks: OK, so I need to renew a certificate... but which one? Then proceeds to go off to renew their 50m swimming certificate.

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Boffin

Re: Limited number of customers

The customers were Ericsson customers - ie the telcos - not the end users.

In the UK it affected O2, but not the other carriers (EE, voda), so yes "limited number" is appropriate.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

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Headmaster

Re: Costs of £364.08

The have such precision so that the details aren't scrutinised. If they claimed £400, people would say "isn't it funny that your expenses came to such a round number? Especially when nothing is sold in whole pounds"

Perhaps they bought 92 things whose price ended with 99p?

Note that precision and accuracy are different things though.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Stop

"death by autopilot" makes headlines.

"driver assist assisted driver" doesn't. Generally.

Little FYI: Wi-Fi calling services on AT&T, T-Mobile US, Verizon are insecure, say boffins

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Boffin

Re: Oh boy...

Moreso, it shouldn't matter whether the WiFi is open or not - the data should be secured enough between your phone and the phone company. Just having encryption on the local link doesn't mean anything about the rest of the link, so treat everything as insecure.

As for the 'side-channel attacks' which boil down to detecting when a call is in progress, well duh. Just look at the volume/pattern of data flow and the destination... it's damn obvious when a call is in progress.

So yeah, I call "publish for publicity and funding" - there's no real vulnerability here.

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Megaphone

Re: Been that way for years

Even easier than you think.

Just sit in the 'quiet carriage' of a train and you're basically guaranteed to hear at least one side of a mobile phone conversation; often both sides because people don't understand that a device against your ear doesn't need full volume.

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