* Posts by Richard Parkin

149 posts • joined 3 Nov 2008


Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Re: I did that once too...

Hydrochloride acid won’t dissolve the bone, just the mineral parts and you’re left with rubbery bones. Standard school procedures in 1950ish labs.

Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

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Re: We need a new name for real fake news

“Lies” does not cover the anonymity aspect amongst other things.

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We need a new name for real fake news

“Fake News” has been popularised by Trump referring to news he does not like. We need a term for anonymous untrue news.

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

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Were they allowed to take their calculators in?

Were they allowed to take their calculators in?

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Re: a way to block messages entirely from my Facebook

Unless someone knows you and has your details in their contacts when FB will slurp it all. You don’t have to be a member of FB etc for them to have your details.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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William the Bastard

Didn’t stop William the Bastard becoming William 1.

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

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Why are people here so ignorant of good password practice and security?

Every time this subject comes up there is a slew of completely ignorant comments and it’s clear that none read Troy Hunt’s excellent blog!

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Rise in handgun crime

Experience in UK does not support you. There has been a huge rise in handgun crime since they were largely banned post-Dunblane, I rememember all the TV programs “exposing” how easy it was to get or convert handguns which in my view then amounted to encouragement to do it

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Flying saucers?

As subject :-)

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Ducks not stupid (unlike TBW)

People stupid not ducks,

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: This is silly.

Possibly he’s coming up for re-election.

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

If you only kill bucks it will have very little effect in controlling deer numbers. Wolves will do a better job ;-) .

I upvoted you, never thought that would happen :-(

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

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Opera first with tabs

I think Opera browser was first with tabs and that Jon von Tetzchner was one of the founders of same. At the time I was a paying user of Opera as it was so much better than the others.

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Re: So...

They don’t accept printed versions of online bills sometimes.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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No idea if this is possible but all the above and they are in a hologram so who you see varies with the angle. Or hundreds of tiny portraits replacing the background wavy lines etc on the note.

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Re: R V Jones

Yes but he wasn’t shafted by the establishment like the others. Since WW2 is ruling our lives (brexitmania) perhaps a larger group of all the scientists who were important in “winning the war”. Actually in these days when it’s popular to denigrate the Poles, my favourite for £50 note portrait would be the Polish pilots who won the Battle of Britain (exaggeration to make the point).

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Re: Trio - Tommy Flowers, Bill Tutte and Alan Turing

OK, but I’m not taking Turing off my list just because he’s a toff :-)

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Trio - Tommy Flowers, Bill Tutte and Alan Turing

On the official web site I voted that they put a trio of Tommy Flowers, Bill Tutte and Alan Turing because they make a good group, won the war and were all shafted by the establishment in multiple ways. It doesn’t hurt that they were the offspring of a gardener, bricklayer and Indian civil servant — not only dead but dead common ;-)

Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Published leaked passwords

1Password now checks your new passwords against the leaked passwords at https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords which probably contains all the common useless ones like qwerty etc. I think there are half a billion passwords there, maybe more now. Some websites also check against this list when new passwords are created. It’s also used by GCHQ. More good work by Troy Hunt.

It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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Re: Correct horses

Not sure about songs and poems. I just tried maryhadalittlelamb in https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

and it’s been pwned 116 times. I’ll let others try some more. There’s still the problem of remembering which poem relates to which site

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Pwned password list


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Re: Password Manager?

I *think* you can access the web version of 1Password from any device provided you know your Master password and your “secret” both of which you can remember or write down.

Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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“Humans are the only remaining hominid”

“Humans are the only remaining hominid”. You mean hominin I think,

Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Re: re. "... and even mole rats."

Mole rats are not easily embarrassed - see Naked Mole Rats :-)

Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Some people here need to look up the distance from NK to USA and U.K.

This is old news. Some people here need to look up the distance from NK to USA and U.K.

Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

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Clumsy attempts

If I recall correctly it was the FBI’s clumsy attempts to guess the password that resulted in the phone locking up and that if they had first applied to Apple (with a warrant) the iCloud backup could and would have been accessible under the phone/iOS version of the time.

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

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Looks fake to me

As title.

Chemical burns, explosive fires, they all come free with Amazon power packs

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Very disappointing

I had one of the 10000mAh AmazonBasics powerbanks and it was far and away the best designed and most convenient of the several batteries I own, obviously mine did not burst into flames before I binned it. It was so good that I have been trying unsuccessfully to buy a couple more but have been forced to buy other makes. I suppose it falls into the “don’t judge a book by its cover” category but it’s surprising nonetheless that so much thought had gone into the operation but apparently so little into the basic function :-(

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

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Re: A headline lister?

“I've been using RSS for quite a few years and a "headline lister" sounds fairly pointless to me.” Me too. The headlines are a poor guide to what’s in the article, for example ... that site called The Register :-( I want a few lines of text at least and then if it is interesting, add it to my reading list in Safari. I think most RSS readers are configurable - I use Newsify and can definitely set read items to disappear.

Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

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Re: False advertising!

“. An inch of fibre followed by half a mile of damp string isn't a Fibre connection”. Surely string is fibre?

Camels disqualified from Saudi beauty contest for Botox-enhanced pouts

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Cheating at dog shows.

If you think there is no cheating at dog shows you have lived a very sheltered life. There can also be a lot of skill on the part of the handler in how they present the dog to conceal its faults.

Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

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Re: Disappointing ...

Yes, plenty of Nazi here pre-war. I’ve always liked the description of Brits etc who fought Spain as “premature anti-fascists” ;-)

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Disappointing ...

It disappointing that so many of you here can’t see the difference between a Nazi themed night and a German themed night. I thought you were better than that. It tends to prove the earlier comment that there are more Nazis here than in Germany nowadays. And yes, the brexiciders I spoke with before the referendum were all looking forward to getting rid of the “blacks”, not much mention of Poles etc.

And BTW none of the brexiciders picked up on the “more immigration from outside Europe” promises - because being in the EU “discriminated against non-European immigrants/workers”.

Adrift on a sea of data: Architecting for GDPR

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Liability not asset

Only when people start to regard the personal data they hold as a liability and not an asset will security improve. And that means bigger fines for loss of data or prison.

UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Capturing children

Doesn’t age verification work both ways - I mean it allows web sites to identify the under-age and direct them elsewhere?

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Linux Mint runs well in VirtualBox on my oldish Mac Mini, it’s a good way to try out and more convenient than dual booting.

Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

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MP’s working hours and private computers

There’s a lot of talk here and elsewhere about MP’s working hours and their work computers. Does an MP have working hours even when in HoP? Isn’t he often also working at home and other places? If some of his/her time in HoP is not working is it OK for an MP to use a private computer and how does it connect to t’interwebs?

I don’t know the answer to these questions though I suspect the lines between an MP’s “work” and private life are blurred.

TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

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Re: Port 3389

Should *have* ... Should’ve

FTFY, otherwise they’ll never learn.

Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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Re: but the video files [...] have been removed. Are they around anywhere else?

Maybe not that, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pvf6Xl9hQE

UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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Nobody promised to close the borders to foreigners or to reduce immigration (the majority of which comes from outside EU), they promised to CONTROL immigration which is quite another thing. I agree that the Brexiciders heard a different message,

Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Shared offices and frequent changes

Having recently watched a TV program about HoP it’s clear that space is very tight and offices are often shared and MPs are sometimes moved about between offices. I wonder in what sense it was Green’s computer. Are the Computers supplied by the HoP and MPs login to one wherever they are or do they cart them around between offices?

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Re: Confused

The “evidence” would be inadmissible in the the US because no warrant so it would be “fruit of the poisoned tree”. Even with a warrant there are doubts that it would be valid in HoP.

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Constituents confidential details

It pains me to say that I agree with Jacob Rees-Mogg that the original invasion of Parliament by the police is the more important thing here. I particularly object to the police being able to access his constituents confidential details which were likely on the computer in emails etc. My understanding is that forensics always starts with imaging the hard drive, so were these hard drive images retained?

BTW Profumo lied to the House rather than just denied his relationship. Too much is made of lying anyway, everyone does it.

Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision

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Shooting from an embassy

If someone inside the US embassy fires a pistol* and kills a London policeman he cannot be extradited to U.K. but he could be prosecuted under US law. it seems to me no different if someone in the U.K. extracts electrons (or whatever would be the correct description) from the US and transports them back to the U.K. he should be prosecuted under U.K. law.

* I’m sure everyone knows about this case!

Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

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Unfair to the family of offenders

It is also unfair to the family of offenders to remove them thousands of miles for no good reason. If the offender was in U.K. when he committed the crime then here he should be prosecuted.

The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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Depression —> Paranoia

When depressed people find they are being followed around the net won’t it make them feel paranoid?

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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A competent taxonomist needed

Classification of living things is very artificial and overlays the natural world rather like the rules of grammar attempt to order language. The best definition of a species that I know of is that it is that group of creatures defined as such by a competent taxonomist.

10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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Dog was puzzled you apologised not dazed

Dogs have extraordinarily tough skulls and I’ve often cracked my various dogs on the head with a stick or similar (accidentally), apologised only to find they had not noticed.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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The proof is not in the pudding ...

.... but in the eating. Ie “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”, does make sense otherwise.

The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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How does FB establish that you have any rights to the photo or that it is of you? Copyright etc.


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