* Posts by Richard Parkin

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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malathion just a brand name

That Malathion Garden Spray does not contain organophosphate it’s just a clever brand name.

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Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

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Re: re: bang!

Bang is a typographical term for !

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Re: "You shouldn't be putting the real answer in"

Obviously you have recorded your fake answers in your password manager, like I do.

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NatWest customer services: We're aware of security glitch

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Re: PayPal Fail

Yes, I wondered if that was what happened here and that the 11th character was recorded somewhere. It’s happened to me, allowing more characters entered and seem accepted, on several sites. If you use a password manager you are confident you have entered the right password and so it’s worth finding out what the max number is and truncating your password.

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Trump accuses Facebook of bias, collusion with his least favourite newspapers

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Trump is a businessman

Trump is a businessman whose followers think he will make money for them. That is more or less the definition of a swindler. Trump is busy making money for himself and his business associates in divers ways.

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Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

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Re: Strangely enough

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"and might even one day become a functioning democracy."

I was with you up to this."

As I understand it USA does not claim to be a democracy but a constitutional republic.

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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First they came for the nazis ...

Just sayin'.

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: Where are all the pickpockets?

You are more snippy than snappy, maybe practice harder or change name?

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Goodge St to Charing X

When I commuted if Goodge St entrance was chock full I used to walk to Charing X in roughly the time it would have taken queuing etc.

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Where are all the pickpockets?

Where are all the pickpockets who travel round and round on the busiest lines?

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Bounty

"software can have it removed by the retailer's Geek Squad techies, who may also check the computer for child abuse images" and add some if none found, since they get paid a bounty. Why would they need to examine documents while checking a computer's functions?

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EU court must rule on legality of UK's mass surveillance – tribunal

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Long grass

Kick -> Long grass -> job done!

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Why do you need a PDF reader?

Why do you need a PDF reader when the OS deals with them via Preview?

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Natural life cycle

It's pretty obvious that the gender change is part of the TLs natural life cycle. Like many creatures here on earth (e.g. Slipper Limpets) they spend many years as males impregnating as many females as possible and then turn into females and breed some more.

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Shape shifting Thatcher

There was a woman on breakfast TV this morning who said it was a good idea because " haven't we had female doctors in hospitals for years" -- I thought he was not that sort of doctor -- and then went on to say "and we had a female prime minister in 1979" thus supporting my belief that the Maggie was a shapeshifting lizard alien ;-)

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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how they covered up Saville

" how they covered up Saville " you can't blame them for that, he was the darling of the public for years though I always thought he was creepy and couldn't understand his popularity.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Apple warranty page

It's already been quoted above, but it bears repeating since Apple's warranty page is one of the simplest and clearest:

https://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

Personally I've bought 2 iPhones and 4 iPads all either used or refurbished and all are in the family and still working and with OK batteries.

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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cannot even manage their own passwords ...

These are the people who, in the UK at least, cannot even manage their own passwords.

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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

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GCHQ NO BETTER

On the linked Cyber Security page it reads "and advise on the necessary mitigating actions.”. It should read "tell them to use better passwords".

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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

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Not Parmigiano but Pecorino.

Not Parmigiano but Pecorino.

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Re: No, it's not settled

"Don't forget it's also how Peter Sutcliffe (false numberplate) got caught" may be true but since the local crime reporter found, at the time of his arrest, that even his neighbours thought he was the "Ripper" and had repeatedly reported him to the police only to be rejected because he did not have Geordie accent. My point being that good detective work could have caught him much earlier without any reliance on technology which is the answer to all this nonsense about banning encryption.

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Security co-operation unlikely to change post Brexit, despite threats

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Veiled threat

"A threat is a statement of intent to do harm if a certain criteria is satisfied.

Where in T May's letter is there a statement of intent to do harm?"

It's called a veiled threat.

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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More research needed

I predict the conclusion of the mouse experiment will be that more research is needed.

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Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'

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Re: Consumers HAVE learned!!!

Sometimes firmware updates deliberately break things. Updates to cameras have stopped the use of third party batteries, updates to printers prevent the use of third party ink cartridges. If it's working for you don't update it.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Eggsackly!

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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If Turkey wants out of NATO that removes the obstacle to giving full backing to Kurdistan.

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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I don't know why the author thinks this is no too bad. It's outright crookedness and their excuses are just more lies. They could have just admitted fault and regretted the error and said it should never have happened. It was not just the exif - the reason people looked for the exif was that the image had characteristics of a larger sensor image.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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50%+1

All the organisations I've been a member of have require a greater than 50%+1 vote to change the constitution/rules. I think the petition has made a reasonable stab at writing a sensible rule so that 45% of the electorate would be required to pass a resolution, aside from saying you had to re-run if it failed. Even the wording of the referendum question is poor as it contains only a vague "should", not shall or must for example.

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All this Brexit talk derailed UK tech spending, right? That's a big fat NOPE

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Out is undefined

Rather like the Scottish vote, "out" is undefined even by the brexiters.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Does the Unicorn ...

Does the Unicorn represent Scotland because like Scotland it is mythical?

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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Re: "The solution, I believe, is reform of the voting system "

So your solution is? People get the government they deserve.

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If this has got your gander up

"If this has got your gander up" - I know about swan-upping but gander- upping not so much. Maybe "dander" is what you were thing of?

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The horse has bolted ...

There is no point in all these privacy safeguards, the horse has bolted so it's no good shutting the stable door. The solution, I believe, is reform of the voting system so we can get the buglers out more easily and so make them more responsive. I favour STV for this.

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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Re: "stay" in EU and keep the £, neither of which were remotely possible.

Of course I meant pound sterling. The Scots could call their currency whatever they wished but it would not be sterling.

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Parliament is sovereign not the People

Parliament is sovereign, not the people so a vote for brexit will only be put into effect if a majority on MPs are in favour, which they are not. The whole thing is a charade like the Scottish referendum where scotnats were promising to "stay" in EU and keep the £, neither of which were remotely possible.

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Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

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Re: Don't worry.

Google will pay for it and for the doors through it.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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reform the voting system

Which is why one of the things needed is to reform the voting system so individual MPs are less secure in their seats and voters have more power than the parties. However a sensible first step was rejected overwhelmingly by the great unwashed.

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Hearing aids

Aren't wristwatches and spectacles wearable tech and if you say it has to be electronic what about hearing aids?

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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iPhoto still works with El Capitain

As subject

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iPad bricked by iOS 9.3? Don't worry, we'll get through this together

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No problem here

I have an iPad2 on the beta channel and it updated without problems and an iPhone 4s also no problems, so it's a bit odd that it only affects some. What are you people installing on your iThings that borks them?

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

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Assault on battery

The FBI are aiming at being able to cause the battery to explode, preferably when a call is made.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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Nobody complained before ...

I don't see what all the fuss is about. Before the Internet all mail was opened and copied at the Post Office before being redealed and delivered and nobody complained then.Or was it ...

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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If you don't like the political system how did you vote in the AV Referendum?

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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Pint

"Here in the Reg US offices, one of our hacks has scored in the top 99th percentile for Neanderthal DNA, with it making up 3 per cent of his genetics. Thankfully he's a non-smoker who's a happy chap at heart." So good of him to pose for your headline picture. Give him a beer.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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The continent's highest court ...

"The continent's highest court", well that's inaccurate.

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Firing a water rocket to 1km? Piece of cake

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Rules don't say how much water

Rules quote dry weight but say nothing about quantity of water, because water ...

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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The author has the right idea but the wrong reasons. We need to search out intelligent life in other systems and destroy it before it come here and does for us!

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LastPass's password-shuffling rival Dashlane gets a makeover

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Re: How is it on Mobile?

1Password is available on Android now

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: We aren't going to agree on the best phone

". And who knew a smartphone was going to do all this stuff?" Steve Jobs, obviously. Let the down votes commence ...

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