* Posts by smudge

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Holmes

Re: Political Imprisonment?

It's my was a weird day when the greens seemed the sanest choice..

Having lost all respect for the "major" parties many years ago, I have been voting Green ever since.

I don't agree with all of their policies. But climate change is the biggest problem that we all face, dwarfing economic woes, Islamic terrorism, and whether post-Brexit UK can quickly do a trade deal with Outer Nowhereland.

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UK Parliament suddenly remembers it wants to bone up cyber security *cough* Russia *cough*

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Re: Re-inventing the wheel

Better question is wtf are GCHQ doing

Last time I looked, CESG was still a part of GCHQ.

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Re-inventing the wheel

The Committee is inviting written submissions that address various element of government cyber-security strategy including overall objectives, working with the private sector and bridging the skills gap

So WTF are CESG and CPNI doing, if not exactly that???

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Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'

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Re: Street Magic.

Trump, Palin and Assange walk into a bar...

In my defence, your Honour, when I swung round whilst carrying an iron girder, I had no idea that the injured parties were walking together behind me. If I had, I'd have swung round a damn sight faster.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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WTF?

Re: Ahem

The presenter clearly had no idea what the Y2038 problem was; fortunately the questioner let him stew gently.

So I watched the Q&A to see this. And I have to say that you are talking bollocks.

The guy clearly knew what the problem was, and indeed asked to confirm that it was about the date. He then twice said "I have no idea" - meaning that he had no idea whether smart meters were affected - and then said "Maybe they'll need a software update.".

He may have been a prat. He may have been scaremongering. But at least he was honest there. And making stuff up when you attack him puts you in the Donald Trump school of post-truth.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: Airport Security ?

Fine with me, if it keeps the people who own them off my flights!

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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Re: Constant 5C internally?

Wouldn't surprise me if they meant that it talks to the house heating and air con systems, to reduce the temperature in the room where the fridge is.

Whilst ordering extra beer and ice-cream, updating its Facebook page, and participating in a DDoS attack on your bank.

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

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Holmes

Re: @ It's understandable...

It's even funnier how tossers with cloth ears are ignorant of terms which are very widely used to describe sound - whether reproduced sound from players, or from instrument amps, or indeed from actual instruments themselves.

If you can't hear well enough to understand these terms then I'd recommend a check-up.

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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Batshit doolally

Saying "we want no back doors except for when we do" is really no less idiotic than saying "you can't get pregnant if you're raped, so you must have enjoyed it actually, you slut" and you really can't imagine a politician getting away with the latter statement.

On this side of the pond, they are saying things like "we are leaving the EU, but will retain many of the benefits". Or "there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic", even though that will be an EU edge border.

An analyst in The Times described it well yesterday, by noting that the proposals that even mainstream politicians come up with nowadays are "batshit doolally". Concise, pithy, and 100% accurate.

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HMRC IT cockup misses nearly 1m Scottish taxpayers for devo PAYE letters

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Windows

Re: Good for Scotland

Yep, that's what everybody says in public. In the privacy of the polling place/station, history tells us they often say different.

The SNP's record in elections suggests that in Scotland people do indeed put their money where their mouth is.

Icon: typical Scottish voter. Disclaimer: I am Scottish.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Headmaster

Re: PS - Streisand effect

As summed up in the 1971 satirical novel by John Wells and John Fortune.

"A woman for duty / A boy for pleasure / But a melon for ecstasy."

They took that from an old Turkish proverb.

Only reason I know is that I had a friend at college who used to quote it all the time.

I can't stand melons.

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Uncanny hacks-men to attend special school in grand country home

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Holmes

I would expect that the stuff that they will be taught will be found in publicly available textbooks. Not secret at all.

I would also expect "codebreaking" to be a very small part of their course - if it's included at all. If anything is included then it certainly won't be "national security" grade cryptography. I wasn't suprised to see the BBC have an orgasm over "codebreaking" - but El Reg should have known better.

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A closer look at HPE's 'The Machine'

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Controlling access to shared memory

a universal pool of non-volatile memory is accessed by large numbers of specialised cores ... in which data can stay still while different processors are brought to bear on either all of it or subsets of it.

It's a long time - over 35 years - since I worked on a multiprocessor shared-memory architecture. Presumably HPE reckon that they can implement monitors or semaphores - to control access to shared memory - in such a way as not to adversely affect the Machine's performance.

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Headmaster

Re: Actually a quantum leap will not be enough

I can be pedantic too :)

A revolution is a rotation through 360 degrees. We had that in the 1960s - the IBM 360. And then they named its successor the 370... :(

What we need is a hyperspace jump.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Re: exchange only lines...

the copper they pull out would pay for the FTTP probably

Someone said, a few years ago, that the value of BT's copper was greater than the market valuation of the company itself. Not sure if that's still true, but it was an eye-opener...

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Software biz boss on harassment charges represents himself, says I want a jury

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Big Brother

Re: Disturbing

the essence of the reasoning being not everyone needs an education.

You've got to be of a certain age to fully appreciate this, but one of the most unsettling experiences of my life was attending one of the original Pink Floyd "Wall" concerts. It was the sight and sound of the many thousands at Earls Court singing along with "Another Brick...", i.e. "We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control..." Coupled with all the neo-Nazi imagery, it was scary. I was sure that Roger Waters, who by then was clearly and publicly a control freak, was pissing himself laughing on stage.

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Re: I, for one ...

different to the average pollie in what way ?

The average pollie doesn't get to be the most powerful man on Earth for at least 4 years.

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Re: A sound of thunder

Classic. Haven't read it for years, but will find a copy today.

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I, for one ...

... am scared shitless by our new narcissistic, bigoted, xenophobic, misogynistic, lying, climate-change denying overlord.

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Computer glitches force US election poll stations to stay open for longer

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Joke

Didn't they know what day it was?

Computer glitches force US election poll stations to stay open for longer

I told them Patch Tuesday was a bad time to have an election.

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Unstoppable Huawei draws level with Apple

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Holmes

Re: Brooklyn Beckham?

"Of what exactly, coming out of the right vagina that got impregnated by the right cock?"

I may sound prudish, but it really is not based on that;

Well of course it isn't. She had all her kids by C-section. The origin of "too Posh to push".

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Handling tech baggage: How American Airlines, US Airways merged IT

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No, no, no - it goes THIS way round!

It's a long time - about 13 or 14 years - since I flew on American Airlines.

At the time, their in-flight corporate videos - safety info, guide to Dallas airport, etc - started with a view of the Earth from space. With the Earth spinning in the wrong direction! Made you wonder how good their navigation would be.

I haven't found a copy of it, but I did find a short discussion of it here, to show that I'm not making this up.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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Re: Really?!?

Keeping critical infrastructure data within national borders is another.

Forbidding people from "disseminating false information to disrupt the economic or social order" sounds good in principle. Though we all know that the Chinese authorities are going to use that to crack down on anything they deem to be dissent - the authorities will decide what's false information.

But an effective, balanced implementation of that in the UK might have improved the piss-poor Brexit debates that we had earlier this year. (That comment applies to both sides in the debate, by the way.) And in the US, it might also have disqualified, if not actually imprisoned, that odious, orange, lying lump of self-love that millions of Americans will be voting for.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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Unhappy

Uh oh!

Oh dear. We have this very day acquired a new Samsung fridge/freezer. With NO Internet connection.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Even in NI and Scotland it was close, 50-something percent to stay.

Not in Scotland - 62-38 in favour of staying in the EU. Quite a bit more than the 55-45 independence referendum vote to remain in the UK.

Since the people in Scotland are constantly being told that the indyref vote had a clear and convincing result, it's obvious why they are pissed off at being dragged out of the EU despite their 62-38 vote to remain.

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Holmes

Re: And the youngsters

So we should do nothing until everyone is over 18?

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This gives Remain a notional Commons majority of at least 310.

But the BIG difference is that MPs now know how their constituents voted in the referendum. And most areas of the UK - outside of London, Scotland and NI - voted to leave.

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I think it's an issue where whips will be defied by MPs who believe that the national interest is at stake.

If we consider just the Tories, then I wonder how many Tory MPs there are in seats where the locals voted to remain. Probably not many, since, IIRC, it was mostly London where "remain" majorities were returned. OTOH, with a wafer-thin majority, it only needs a few to defy the Government whips.

Labour's position is ambiguous, though. Will we see them whipping MPs to oppose Article 50?

The Unionist parties in NI, I don't know much about. I believe one supported "remain" and the other supported "exit"?

The Lib Dems and the SNP should be solidly against Article 50.

My conclusion? Haven't a clue which way a vote would go. Depends on whether Cons and Labour declare definite positions AND whip their MPs. But also depends on local parties and ordinary people threatening to deselect or vote out MPs who don't vote in accordance with their constituents' referendum wishes.

Interesting times.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Devil

Re: Night Terrors and cats falling over from these things!

Their operating system contains daemons.

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WTF?

Ten people have a smart meter???

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UK.gov's pricey Five Year Plan to see off cyber thugs still in place

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Holmes

Re: I was disappointed to hear TBL on Today this morning

"becoming the ... guardian" ???

They have been the national authority for information security for at least 30 years.

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DMCA updated – toaster penetration testing gets green light in America

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Trollface

Re: One small step for sanity!

The U.S. has the world's largest IT security industry. The world has serious IT security problems.

Cause and effect?

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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Pint

Whose rules??

" the regulator found that Vodafone had failed to comply with our rules on handling customer complaints. "

Good to know that you are expanding your remit into regulatory work. Change your name to El Reg and it'll do just nicely.

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Capita's head of tech solutions resigns

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Headmaster

Holely incorrect

"A Capita mouthpiece said..."

Given the company, surely that's the wrong end of the alimentary canal?

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Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'

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Your rant might have made more sense if the post on which you appear to be commenting hadn't been deleted by its author.

The bit in italics was me quoting part of the deleted rant.

The second sentence was my comment on the rant.

Most people appear to have got that.

But not you.

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Holmes

That's ALL that needs to be done. JUST BLOW A FUCKING FIBRE OUT TO EVERY ADDRESS.

Not too familiar with the geography of the UK, are you?

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NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

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Black Helicopters

No hiding place

Or you could live in a Scottish croft with no internet access...

You'd probably have an intercept station as your neighbour.

Anyway, use of advanced telecommunications - radio, internet, etc - has long been a vital part of life in remote areas of Scotland (and other lands). So good luck in finding that unconnected croft.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Holmes

Sounds like reasonable security to me. We have systems for commercial customers (household names) like that.

Cameras activated when the rack is opened.

"monitoring computers checking Every connection into and out of this persons server." That'll be a firewall, then :) Yes, I am aware that more sophisticated checking is available.

Only pre-authorised support staff can physically access the systems. That excludes the data centre staff and the customer staff.

So, nothing spooky at all.

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Sweet, vulnerable IoT devices compromised 6 min after going online

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WTF?

I'm not burying my head in the sand...

... but some of those numbers look dodgy to me.

Every day there is an average of over 400 login attempts per device, an average of one attempt every five minutes and 66 per cent of them on average are successful, according to Nazario.

So that's over 260 successful logins per device per day?

That gives me a severe case of the mindboggles. Surely if only a small percentage of those led to malicious activity, the then whole IoT would be rendered disfunctional? (And there's no need to tell me "It already is!".)

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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Pint

Re: A perfect Friday Afternoon Treat

Being a very big fan of Mr Nelson, I've only just realised that it's not an ad targetted at me following my online activities!!

Speaking to you through electrical language...

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Windows

Beyond PowerPoint....

Webinar. Exponential growth in Murphy's Law effects due to large numbers of interacting electronic and software technologies.

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Woo hoo, UK.gov has unveiled yet another tech creche – for infosec

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Re: coalition government?

...since the coalition government came to power.

It's also been 50 years since England won the World Cup. But that doesn't mean that they are the current holders.

950 years since the Normans took over England. But that doesn't mean that they are still in power.

Understand?

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MI6 to hire another 1,000 bods 'cos of private surveillance tech

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Re: And - clearly demonstrating their 19th century antecedents

Having worked at the CCTA - on projects, they were my client - I can well believe you.

Two of the senior managers were known to their own colleagues as "Bookend 1" and "Bookend 2", and these were indeed accurate summaries of their talents.

Still, Riverwalk House was handy for visits to the Tate.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: minimum weight

If you want a parachute to open, then the implication is that you are falling.

But delaying the parachute opening allows the seat to slow down a little??? What laws of physics are in operation here?

Also, bodies of different masses fall with the same acceleration. Some old Italian dude is credited with that one. So what difference does the pilot's weight make?

I suspect that something has been lost in the reporting...

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

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Re: Ive got a solution...

5. Force the train companies to operate under the assumption that there will inevitably be a small percentage of people that dodge the fares rather than spending more than the fare is worth on prosecution.

I'm no fan of the train companies. But it's obvious that the main purpose of the prosecutions is to keep the percentage of people that dodge the fares small. They are a deterrent, not a revenue raiser. No prosecutions => percentage of people that dodge the fares becomes much larger.

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: Regressive tax

If I buy a TV (as a large screen monitor) in order to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime, why do I have to tell some spotty oik in Currys my address?

You don't. At least, you are not legally required to. The law changed in 2013. Although this may still be news to some branches of Curry's.

My Mum moved into a care home earlier this year. I bought a small TV for her room - from Curry's - and I certainly wasn't asked for an address, because I know I would have had to think what address to give. That reminds me, must change the address for her current licence.

I suspect that nowadays they just assume that every address has a TV, until proven otherwise. Guilty until proven innocent!

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$100m settlement snub: Super Cali goes ballistic, says Uber deal atrocious

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Holmes

Re: **Applause**

I'm sure they are all either too thick or hammered to count, so probably Yes.

And your username here is ... ?

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Re: **Applause**

Yes, for informal values of the term "countless".

However, assuming a 1-1 mapping between the set of ICT fans and the set of natural numbers, then they are, of course, countably infinite.

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