* Posts by Fred Dibnah

148 posts • joined 29 Oct 2008

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Google patches pwnable 'droids for Wi-Fi vuln

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Re: Who updates SIM free phones?

Or an iPhone.

(Ducks for cover)

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: Share and Enjoy!

Close - the party that brought us to this point (along with some of the other parties) used to be led by someone who stuck his cock in a pig's head. Allegedly.

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UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be 'deputised' by the state

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This post has been deleted by its author

(just in case)

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NASA Sun probe named for solar wind boffin Eugene Parker

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Sun Probe

It will all go wrong. Scott and Alan in Thunderbird 3 will have to fire the special beam to set off the Sun Probe's retro-rockets. Hope they can do it before they pass out from the heat.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Power

If power is the issue, what are the IT team doing looking at it? A job for the electricians, shurely?

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Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

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Re: Major payment system ..contract says

There's a great description of this in the current Private Eye podcast, 'Page 94', all about the NHS.

http://www.private-eye.co.uk/eyeplayer/podcast

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Staying at parents' friends' house as a teenager, everyone else had gone out, had a rummage through their record collection. Put the Shaft soundtrack on the gramophone, and loved it. Nearly shit myself at the end of 'Do Your Thing'. If you have heard it you'll know why.

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Units

Shurely the length should measured in double-decker buses?

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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Re: Public wifi?

Forget coffee, you should try charging an electric car. To use public chargers you need a bunch of apps with logins, a wallet of RFID cards, and cards & direct debits to subscribe, pre-load, top up, or pay on the day. It's a total mess.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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"immediately useful when it launched"

My FF opens about a dozen home tabs and it probably takes about 20 seconds to load. Is that such a big deal once a day? I can spend that time adjusting the chair, putting the pencils in the right place, cleaning the specs, scratching the arse, etc.

"...they're one of the only companies out there..." Erm, the only company, or one of a few, or many, or what?

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NASA honors Apollo 1 crew 50 years after deadly launchpad fire

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It seems that NASA knew the risks of a fire, whether or not they knew about Bondarenko:

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4204/ch18-2.html

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Re: The agency is recognized the world over as the most careful and risk-averse space agency.

Hear hear. Richard Feynman's observations on the Challenger failure are well worth a read. He cut through the hubris and complacency of NASA management to get to the heart of the matter.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Re: "Given that an 80's TV sci-fi scriptwriter can get it right"

David Cameron must have mis-heard them.

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TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

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WTF?

Re: Brexit is so bad... cardboard doors are a thing in the UK!

Obviously you've never stayed in a Travelodge.

BTW, what are you smoking?

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: @Andrew Jones 2

"..is stated to have used the contents..." does not mean he actually used the contents.

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Hitler's wife's lovely lilac knickers fetch £2,900 at auction

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IT Angle

Thumbs up for the apostrophes.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Routing update

Turn off that evil routing protocol ISIS, that'll stop the terrorists.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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FAIL

One for the Samsung spin doctors

They'll try to avoid washing their dirty laundry in public, etc etc...

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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

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I've been called a dick once or twice

Where can I claim my 750k?

P.S. I also invented an IPHONE, a SATURN V, a PENICILLIN, and THE WHEEL. Please send me money.

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Re: Far be it from me to throw the first rock

Especially if you are bidding to become prime minister.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: Even CCleaner now has Google Chrome installer by stealth.

Calling it CCDirtier might attract the wrong kind of customer.

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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sudo apt-get update

That is all.

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In its current state, Ubiquiti's EdgeSwitch won't have much of an edge on anyone

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Re: Not Impressed with UniFi

MMVaries, with two Unifi APs, which have both worked perfectly. The current one has been running for almost a year without a hitch, apart from a short break for a recent upgrade. I put the server on a Raspberry Pi, but you don't really need the server running at all except at upgrade time, unless you have a complex network or need stuff like guest logins.

Sadly though, the Ryanair-stylee website experience of a lack of email and phone contact info isn't just confined to Ubiquity, it's becoming all too common.

Ubiquityous, even. I'll get me coat.

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

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...however there are the car drivers who also come up displaying no road sense and a complete disregard for other road users thinking the Peak District National Park is just one giant racetrack.

FTFY

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Internet of Things botnets: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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Yep, 'use by', sell by', and 'best before' are for the supermarkets and idiots who can't recognise festering mould when they see it. The only time I've ever had food poisoning is from restaurants and takeaways.

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if you ate a takeaway curry last night, the fridge auto-bought and auto-chilled another one for you. And so on, ad infinitum, or at least until you die of curry. Or maybe it will auto-vary your diet by never buying another curry again. 'Be careful what you eat' could take on a whole new meaning.

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

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@ James Wilson

Unable to search online? Yep, that sounds like a tech conference.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

Fred Dibnah

Re: Oh, please don't put me in jail . . .

Trouble is, that kind of pleading often works, e.g. the the texting driver who eventually killed someone (mentioned in an earlier post) was let off seven times and allowed to keep his licence because he claimed he would lose his job if he was banned.

My response to such BS would be "Hard luck matey, you should've thought of that before you did what you did."

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Paper version

I pick up the paper and look at the headlines, but adverts start filling the page and the headlines keep moving about. When I'm reading an article adverts keep appearing in front of it and I have to swat them away, and when I turn the page the ads move across and cover the next article. And one of the ads gives me a reading disease and I can't read any more papers until I'm cured.

That's what online is like without an ad blocker. So, definitely no guilt.

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Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'

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WTF?

Re: A bit elitist aren't you El Reg?

Not sure what the beef is with spam (cue comments about pork). 99% of spam goes straight to the spam folder, leaving <10 messages a month in the inbox. I've been using Y! webmail for years, with Ublock Origin and Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel plugin, and it works great for me. I considering switching around the time that Marissa's minions fucked around with it for a few months, but they have left it alone since then.

I've looked at other webmail offerings (don't want POP3 or IMAP) and I haven't seen anything better so far. YMMV, of course.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Fred Dibnah

Re: Am I been too technical, in saying the 3P&3Bs: prepare, prepare, prepare + backup,backup,backup.

If you talk about disc imaging, backups, SSDs, and so on to the average Which? reader you won't get far at all.

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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That looks like Alexis Texas to me (whoever she is, no idea, honest)

Mine's the dirty mac with a rolled up copy of Men Only in the pocket.

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Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

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Photo

Is she holding two pints of creme de menthe?

Two Scotsmen in Rome

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Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

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Re: Plane vs Cars

Well no, because sometimes an outside observer can see things which the insiders can't. For a good example, have a read of the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. It's about how surgeons trying to reduce deaths in surgery learnt from pilots about the importance of checklists.

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

Fred Dibnah

Re: And?

Not to mention splashing the cash on vast quantities of arms from the west. Any time the UK gov says it's going to raise the issue of human rights / bombing the shit out of civilians in Yemen / sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan with the Saudis, you know that what they really mean is that it will urge them to buy more hardware to keep the arms factories running.

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Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

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How do the Chinese workers facilitates, conditions and hours compare to the Victorian paternalism of Port Sunlight or Bournville?

Not well, but those two places were the exception, not the rule. Most Victorian employers sweated their people to the max.

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Fred Dibnah

Re: Thoughts

From the OED:

Awe - A feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder

If the well-being of your business relies on another business treating employees badly, perhaps it's time to get out of that business.

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Omni-shambles! Card-stealing malware checks into US hotel chain

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Re: Included _What_?

Happy to get with the programme.

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BMW web portal vulns pose car hack risk – researchers

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Might be useful

A hacker could at least make the indicators work.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Why only the internet?

Because Murdoch doesn't own the internet. Yet.

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Fred Dibnah

Re: What a choice

Eh? On my abacus £350m divided by £65m is about £5.50 each per week.Don't spend it all at once.

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Re: Regression to the really mean

From now on I'm using Private Eye's name for her: Andrea Loathsome.

But really it's no laughing matter, as she sounds to me like a dangerous nutjob. May, with her surveillance plans, is also dangerous, and I don't get to choose the next PM (surprise surprise, democracy in action) but if I did I'd pick May over Loathsome any day.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: "clear democratic majority"

The Conservatives won a majority in 2015 with a much lower percentage of the electorate - 24.3%. The 37.4% figure for the referendum is a lot higher than that, and in fact no government has polled a similar percentage since 1966.

http://www.conservativehome.com/highlights/2015/05/lets-not-get-carried-away-the-conservatives-only-won-over-a-quarter-of-all-potential-voters.html

If a quarter of the electorate is deemed a sufficient mandate to raise VAT, cut the top income tax rate, introduce the bedroom tax, etc etc, then a third voting to Leave has to mean we leave. Sadly.

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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Version for taxi drivers

Wear 2.0 Guv.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: "preventing free speech and internet security"

Hey, does the UK have a constitution now? Thanks for letting me know!

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UberEats into food delivery with new app launch in London

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Pint

UK vs Netherlands

In the UK, Uber is helping us to eat more, whereas in the Netherlands some of their cars will carry your bike on the back. They obviously know their customers' tastes.

Icon because food, plus footie only 40 mins away :-)

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Crims set up fake companies to hoard and sell IPv4 addresses

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Re: It's finally come to pass

I read somewhere that Yale Uni has more addresses than China.

The UK Govt Department of Work & Pensions has an class A range - why??

And who decided to waste 16 million addresses on an internal loopback?

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Watchdog snaps: Privatise the Land Registry? What a terrible idea!

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Unhappy

Agree with most of the above

Private Eye have been reporting on this for a while now.

Have just filled in the shitty response form (and wrote a shitty response).

Feeling v. angry.

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London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

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Re: Petrol prices ,,,

They probably removed the signs because people could see the outrageous fuel prices and kept on driving past the services.

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Fred Dibnah

Re: All the better to track you then?

Sign 4

"Burma-Shave"

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