* Posts by Anonymous Coward

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Mushroom

Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

What's the point in banning guns? Surely it would be better to ban ammunition?

I realise that it's possible to make your own ammo, but it's also possible to make your own guns. Hell, a marble sellotaped to the end of a shotgun cartridge is lethal, simple and indiscriminate.

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Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

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I believe it's actually in the MS Office suite and has been since forever (I think I first encountered it in Office 95, but I didn't do DB stuff before that)

But yeah, it is incredibly widely deployed.

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National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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From TFA:

"As part of the World Computer Congress being held in Poland"

The participants in the conference will be in a different country. The bombe is noisy, but not THAT noisy!

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If you'd ever watched someone performing a reasonably complex calculation on an abacus, you'd realise that it's actually quite interesting.

It's amazing to realise what can be achieved with simple technology.

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Gap in CV?

Well, NASA were having problems with the shuttle so....

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Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)

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Re: And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines

"And iOS users might not be too delighted that they have a choice of precisely one engine."

I thought that the main pulling-force of iOS was precisely that the users don't have to make any choices? It's apple's way or no way.

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Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

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Re: Reviews? What's the use?

Yeah, and dump the iPad - get an android tablet instead

(hopefully obvious trolling)

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Easy for internal

Instead of faxing a document, simply scan it in and print it to a remote printer.

You no longer need a phone book, but do have a list of 340 printers to choose from each time you print.

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Re: 1st Issue Free Windows?

Missing punctuation...

1st Issue. Free Windows.

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Re: Astronauts did it? Bullshit

The interior has all manner of equipment running with fans for cooling. It also has constant air circulation systems. In short, there's plenty of background noise.

Remember that with no (or negligible) gravity, heat doesn't rise (which way is up, anyway) so everything needs forced cooling. Similarly, there are fans in the sleeping quarters so that the astro/cosmonauts don't die of oxygen deficiency through inhaling the same air over and over again.

There's also plenty of padding on the walls (so people don't hurt themselves too much as well as for thermal insulation), so the sound will be deadened that way.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Full URL

So they could grey the subdomain and keep the domain part black

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Brian: "All right, I am the Messiah! Now, fuck off!"

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TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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Re: "some of our customers are experiencing intermittent issues with online and mobile banking"

Moreso... "ARE experiencing" - present tense - of your subset (only users of mobile app, only when they tried), it's only those who are currently trying that we're commenting on.

It's also true to say that many more users have experienced some issues over the last few days.

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Giovanni sounds complicit

How could anyone not know that the question “What should I absolutely avoid doing to my 24-pin DMP so I don’t break it?” really means "How can I break it?"

The answer should naturally have been "Absolutely don't stick your 'finger' in <there>"

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Re: Let me get this straight...

and why does he think that it's easier to change (or cover up) history rather than going the deed poll route and changing his name so that the search results are irrelevant??

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Common to all (capable) image editors

If it's any more powerful than MS paint, there is a huge learning curve. This is universal - it applies to Photoshop, PSP, GIMP, anything else.

If your favourite tool is 'easy', that's because you've already been through that curve with it. I decided to give GIMP a good try a few years ago and haven't looked back since. OK, it has it's quirks (why do I have to export to a jpg when I opened a jpg??) but as with all tools, you get used to the quirks.

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Well Done...

"dropped a line"??? So their fishing.

What's wrong with "contacted"? Or "asked"?

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Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

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This:

"even though your [social media] profiles are all under different names and handles"

Doesn't really correlate with this:

"searching for targets by name."

Basically, Social Mapper is automating the process but not doing anything that would take a human more than a few seconds per name.

I shall remain unconcerned.

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It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

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Paris Hilton

The thumb action to slide the cover open was trivial, and banging it against a leg/desk to close was satisfying.

The sliding contacts getting dirty and making the microphone intermittent was a tad annoying though.

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Terminator

Not only do they hate it, they really take it personally and seek vengeance.

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Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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Re: Email from the same domain?

I sincerely hope that it is meant to say "email TO the same domain name" - I've used several CAs who will email confirmation to one of webmaster@/hostmaster@/postmaster@ (or something similar - basically a predefined list of 'authoritative' users).

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Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

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Remember that in the ears of the telcos, "stop fleecing those who haven't switched" will be heard as "fleece everybody equally"

I'd rather have the choice to not be one of those getting fleeced, tyvm.

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Beam me up, UK.gov: 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud

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Re: "who provide a wide range of non-verbal support"

Where did you get the reference to USD from? The daily rates quoted in the article are listed in £ (sterling)

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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"NT 4, in 1996, is peak Windows as far as this grizzled hack is concerned"

NT5 for me. AKA Windows 2000. The first (somewhat) stable desktop OS I encountered, and it didn't slow down quite like XP (NT5.1) did.

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Re: 16MB?

That's where Norfolk has the advantage - shoeless people had 24 bits of memory (which is conveniently 3 bytes when using the usual 8-bits/byte)

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BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

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"a rehearsed DR plan"

Isn't that an oxymoron, or at least sacrilegious???

I think "it was aliens" is a more plausible explanation than a working DR plan.

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Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

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Re: I had to laugh

Like it or not, most domestic networks are to be treated as untrusted anyway. There is no difference between being inside the network and outside, because they just give their WiFi key to anyone who asks.

Therefore, a compromised IoT thing will be an inconvenience (because some bugger turns your bedroom lights on a 1am) but not a security risk as such. (obviously, that doesn't apply to CCTV cameras, door locks, etc, but as we say, the 'S' in 'IoT' stands for security)

Small business networks will be the most vulnerable, not least because the boss will just buy and connect this crap without talking to their (external) IT people.

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Insecure web still too prevalent: Boffins unveil HSTS wall of shame

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HTTPS isn't just about hiding the content. It's also about proving that the content is intact, as it left the source server, and that the source server is who they claim to be.

That URL shortener, for example, if someone MITMs that they can make any shortened URL redirect to a site of their choosing. That opens the door to all manner of phishing attacks. (URL shorteners are a ludicrous blight anyway, but that's off-topic)

At a bare minimum level, a MITM could change the advertising token so that the site's authors no longer receive the credit for that advertising, but the attacker does instead...

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: Monkeys and snails

I simply refer to it as 'commercial-at' as it makes me remember that in morse code it's CA (with no break) -.-..-

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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You're using it wrong.

This macbook is clearly designed to be used inside a bath of liquid nitrogen.

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UK's Huawei handler dials back support for Chinese giant's kit in critical infrastructure

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>"Huawei kit is widely used on BT's network backbone"

Personally, I've never seen Huawei-branded yoghurt, so where do they get the pots from to put on the end of the string?

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Joke

Could do with a bit more:

<blink><marquee><font color= .......

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Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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Re: Print to PDF

The issue isn't the generation of the PDF file. It's that they need to format the HTML in particular ways so that the generated PDF is accessible, functional, etc.

Also, they need to convince the coloured pencil department to stop producing PDF files themselves as they're universally shit for accessibility. Produce HTML that can be converted and everyone will be happy.

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AAAAAAAAAA! You'll scream when you see how easy it is to pwn unpatched HPE servers

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That old adage: without physical security, there is no security.

Well, iLO puts the physical aspect of your server on the network, so you better be damn sure that the network you connect it to is secure. If you've done that right, you've no need to worry about this.

[/goes off to patch some boxen]

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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This is actually a good thing.

It makes the low-hanging fruit that bit lower, which makes things safer for those of us who aren't so intellectually challenged.

It's basically a big sign saying both 'here are my passwords' and 'I've got too much money' (why else spend so much money on a notepad?)

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Welsh firm fined £60k for pummelling phones with 270k pay-day loan texts

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Mushroom

Consent

the firm and its directors had been "repeatedly reminded" of their obligations under PECR, sent direct marketing guidance

I wonder whether they had given consent to receive that guidance?

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Kim or Ken?

>When you smell and see fire, you don't hesitate

Actually, you should take time to assess the situation - otherwise you risk putting yourself and others in even more danger.

Would you empty a fire extinguisher on a candle? Even if there was someone standing behind it about to make a wish? No, you would assess the situation first.

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What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

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Why not data-only...

Because standard SIM deals are dirt-cheap in Poland. I got 10GB of data, including European roaming before it was mandated, for the equivalent of about £2 on a pre-pay SIM

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Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

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Re: Dates of birth

> 1/1/70 being a favourite

Is that in US or UK format?

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Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot

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Paris Hilton

Sound like if you're concerned that they would do that after giving you money, you should be concerned that they'll do so anyway once you have money... so you might as well take their money and have some fun in the meantime.

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In non-startling news, EFF says STARTTLS email crypto is mostly done wrong

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Re: Actually...

I use certbot in certonly mode and have scripts to move certificates into appropriate places and reload corresponding services. Works fine for sendmail, dovecot, ftp, apache, lighttpd, ... especially now they can do wildcard certificates (*.your-domain)

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Checking like this...

Dev: "what date format do you want? Leading zeroes or not?"

Backend bod: "Either way is fine"

Yes, it happens.

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BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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Re: Technical, English and Idiot.

Me too. Unfortunately the users then try to click/press on the pictures in the documentation rather than the corresponding one in the program...

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Re: Lets...

>"so been able to break in time"

It was already broken. What it didn't do was brake.

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Charging the driver doesn't preclude them from charging the company/developers also.

Hopefully they will charge both parties.

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Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

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Re: Great site

That's a really useful comment. It helps me identify people who buy a house on a flight path and then moan about the aircraft noise.

The only aircraft-noise disturbances I get tend to be military helicopters, which funnily enough aren't shown on FR24. And the occasional hot-air balloon... their burners are surprisingly noisy at 100ft AGL, but they don't choose their course quite like your Dublin visitors.

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Google cloud VMs given same IP addresses ... and down they went

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Paris Hilton

Because DHCP servers tend to key on the MAC address.

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Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

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Re: About Time MS were taken to task

It's a bit like that torch (flashlight) I purchased from China... '3W' emblazoned on the handle. Turns out that's the model number and the power draw of the emitter is more like 1W

So 365 is simply the release number... they basically really fucked up after Office 6 and have taken 359 further release attempts to get to something that is only as shit as what we now see.

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Cops fined £80,000 for revealing childhood abuse victims' names

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Re: What good does this fine do?

It'll just mean that in the next round of funding there will be an even bigger 'our police are underfunded' mantra, coupled with some 'terists* and pedos* are getting away with it because we're not giving the police enough money' from the Daily Wail.

(* spolling is deloberate)

When it comes to government organisations, the concept of being more efficient with money doesn't apply - they just need more of it.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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By your own argument... "Surely there need to be two or more pieces of..." if they already other evidence then the phone could well be the bit that they use to corroborate it.

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