* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2737 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: Future ARM laptops

"one of the kids has an MBA"

I put that sort of thing down to bad parenting.

I think we have just found our Comment Of the Week.

:)

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Our brave El Reg vulture sat through four days of Oracle OpenWorld to write this cracking summary just for you

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Re: Oracle will lose

Their aggressive lock-in tactics helped them milk billions out of unwitting clients, but they won’t be able to fool enough people a second time

*cough* Microsoft *cough*

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Re: Reading comprehension

I think that's where the Psycho The Rapist joke comes from.

:)

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Microsoft Azure looks to make cloud-native payments SWIFTer

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Re: I'm wondering...

No need to wonder, it is a given. Just what we need, interbank financial messaging getting the Zune treatment..

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Re: Is Julian's cat leaving little "presents" on the carpet in the Ecuadorian embassy?

Perhaps both need neutering.

Now THAT needs a lot more upvotes than I can give, grin. Have mine as a starter :).

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: easy

Throw the machine at the window.. you'll have a window as everyone who uses windows needs a window to dream of what could have been.

Yup. True defenestration™ :)

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Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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I'm just going to up my water consumption as WiFi struggles to go through water.

Most sysadmins are waaaay ahead of you. Guess what contains a lot of water?

:)

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Princely five years in US big house for Nigerian biz email scammer

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Re: And in Australia

.. whilst being locked up..

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Well, that means I have to change the (c) statement

Given that I am OK with education to use my material as long as it is non-profit (read: no reselling later either), I guess I'll have to make that statement explicit to avoid mistakes. Although I understand the issue and agree with the principle, I don't want to sue a school, nor would I want a kid to be in legal crosshairs for doing a school project: all that teaches them is uncertainty.

I genuinely have to think of the children here :)

Going off on a slight tangent, some people stated that they would expect the relevant data to be available in EXIF, but setups like Facebook explicitly filter out this data. Ostensibly they do that for "privacy" reasons (yes, yes, stop laughing), but as far as I can tell they do it to make tracking back copyright difficult - you could say they act in collusion with copyright violators because it would otherwise substantially harm their business as they go through literally millions of images per day.

AFAIK, under US Copyright law it is an offence (not sure criminal or civil) to mess with a copyright notice, so FB could potentially be on the hook for a LOT of money if it weren't for the escape clause that it has to be "with intent" - they'll probably get away with it once claiming it was a "programming error" because identifying copyright information in EXIF is really hard .. no, wait, there is actually an explicit "copyright" tag..

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: Desks should be clear anyway,...

I've always maintained that my desk remained perfectly clean underneath precisely because of the stuff on top.

:)

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

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Re: At ThatOne...

I've got an insane, psychotic, homicidal, DevilCat

Ah, now I know which cat features in cat bathing as a martial art :)

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Re: Unintended consequences

One question which rarely gets asked is; will this make me safer or put me more at risk of what I seek to protect myself from?

In the area where I live; having any identifiable security measures would be like putting a "rob this one" sign on the front of my house. It might be some deterrent to opportunists but an advert professionals would be very grateful for.

You must be new here. All you have to do to be safer is to give one to your neighbour :)

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International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

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Re: Tortuga bound

Whilst there’s no crew to take hostage, there’s a big ship to loot (i.e. cargo!) with no-one getting in your way.

Not quite. The disadvantage of humans is that they are easily recognised, need a lot of armour to remain safe and may accidentally run into any anti-pirate booby traps themselves. Robots can take any shape, form and position, so with no humans around you could get quite creative with countermeasures.

Until someone invents robot pirates.

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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Re: "From which it follows that the docs were unclear. "

is this simply a case where Fred was the first to read the manuals, he wrote about it and didn't get it quite right then others have simply thought, "Sod reading the manuals, this looks OK.", tested it and it works.

Hang on, I'm not involved :)

(a) The number of years since I was that close to a CPU in programming is measured in decades and (b) it then involved a mere 8 bit chip.

I plead the Shaggy defense :)

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Escape from the Zuckerborg: WhatsApp founder legs it

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Re: Business model

If it's intended to be a profit-making venture, then it will, sooner or later, betray you.

Nope. Some companies are still led by ethics. The simplest example of that was Lavasoft.

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It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

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Re: To be or not to be - let Google decide?

If you report obvious spam that claims to be from HMRC, you don’t expect Her Maj to get onto the naughty list, do you?

.. except that Googly email CAN indeed come from HMRC in one of the most astonishingly stupid decisions ever (admittedly amongst many, but let's stay on topic for once):

$ dig +short mx digital.hmrc.gov.uk

20 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.

30 ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.

20 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.

30 ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.

10 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.

Sadly, this is really not a joke - feel free to try yourself. It appears UK government "innovation" equals "let's hand uncontrolled entities very personal data on our citizens and see if they can do something we can then brag about". After all, it sort of worked for the NHS..

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Facebook want us to believe banning Putin's troll army safeguards Russian democracy

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Re: He's keeping on playing the "Good Boy with a Big Dream who makes little mistakes on the way"

I'm going to upvote you for sheer sarcasm alone :)

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Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now

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But isn't it "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" ?

Apparently it depends on your aim ..

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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NASA, no concept of archiving. Should we be worried?

It's in the name, really. Not A Software Archive :)

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Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

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Re: yet ANOTHER reason

to stick with windows 7!!!

Way ahead of you. I'm keeping my boss on Windows ME "for security reasons"

:)

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National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

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Lets hope the 2FA isn't a question because next year it will be 3FA then 4FA until you have to recite your entire life story just to log on.

It appears Monsters vs Aliens was WAY ahead of us.

:)

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Q: Why are you running in the office? A: This is my password for El Reg

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Already solved problem

Clearly, Fry and Laurie were well ahead of their time with their approach to identification.

:)

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BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

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Re: Oh dear

The BOFH, the PFY and the Boss working together. This can only end in tragedy. I wonder who for?

Yes, it's a shame that all desktops have cameras now, and that the ironic accident just happened to be in sight of at least 3 separate ones.

Why else do you think they want those USB sticks?

:)

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Not so fast. As I said earlier elsewhere:

1 - the fact that he had the rights to delete accounts suggests he was in the enforcement team

2 - there is nobody on the planet other than the utterly deluded who can consider Trump's account to have been operated within the bounds of the rules Twitter set themselves, so the guy was actually still doing his job.

I wish them luck in court with that one. If they try that, you will be looking at the faster crowdsourced defence fund ever established - and worse, it could dump their share price..

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Re: Fake news

If a single Twitter employee, just one, can delete the account of a public figure with 41M followers with no checks and balances...

Someone like Trump has the visibility to get his account restored. What about a Twitter employee that deletes your account because he doesn't like your position on Star Trek vs. Star Wars?

1 - if he has those rights, he was probably part of the policy enforcement team

2 - I don't even think they can do something to that employee in court, because all he did was his job - Trump's account has been WAY over the bar they have set themselves from even before he became President..

Seems like something at Twitter is clearly broken and needs to be fixed.

The very concept of Twitter is broken as it allows broadcasting of all sorts of trash to a mass audience. That's why the Senate started talking about broadcast licenses for Twitter, Google and Facebook..

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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Re: nice to see...

It seems that there might be a bit too much NIH going on in Ubuntuland.

YES! Now I finally know what they're shouting!

Anyone got a shrubbery?

:)

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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Re: Chicken/egg

LOL. I wish I had more upvotes..

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Re: And let us not forget...

Be different and confuse both. Use a side door.

:)

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

A kind of DMZ for your home if you like

I think that's presently called "a nearby Amazon delivery point", which works quite well..

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Fred Flintstone
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Re: What could possibly go RIGHT?

I think listing what could go wrong would fill a book of its own (probably never to be sold through Amazon), so let's see what is right with this idea.

..

No, can't think of anything. Anyone?

:)

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Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coinhive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

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Re: El Reg should install this tool

I block ads because safety, but I would gladly give you processing time.

Actually, that a good point. It's better than ads because users are not sucked dry for personal information and (and I guess this is the major objections from the big boys) there's no middle man to rip off a large percentage of your earnings. Even better, it's basically a click-through from everyone because it works when you're there without the need to lure eyeballs into clicking anything with any sort of deception.

You would still need to make it's the user's decision with a "do not bitcoin" sort of cookie approach, but it strikes me as a far more honest and straightforward approach. Provided, of course, we can trust the code - I see that as the main challenge.

If El Reg would do this I'd be happy to make sure that would be left unblocked.

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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Re: Much a do

Nope those are not the rules. The rules simply say you have to have specific permission up front

It's a tad more sophisticated than that, but unfortunately vague enough to leave some margin for "errors" in interpretation.

You will always have to seek explicit permission (i.e. not buried in associated terms), but you may pre-tick the box if what you are gathering is not deemed "sensitive" such as contact details, i.e. a default opt-in posture is allowed.

However, when you go into details classed as "sensitive" such as health, you are no longer allowed to default to opt-in, the opt-in must be explicit too. The vagueness lies in "sensitive" because that depends on who you are, and your definition of where the "sensitive" boundary lies is likely to differ from any "gimme all your data so I can lose it" commercial recipient..

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Re: Much a do

Look for "Diagnostics Tracking Service" or "DiagTrack" or "Connected User Experiences and Telemetry", Stop the service, Set startup type to disabled

Or, Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DiagTrack\Start = 4

Or in Powershell: stop-service diagtrack, set-service diagtrack -startuptype disabled

If you consider that "simple" and achievable for the average end user, I have a well known story fragment for you:

“But the plans were on display…”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Actually, I think he is right

I agree with him that backdoored crypto is essential in the modern word - for government use.

Any nation with politicians that dare to use the word "democracy" when referring to their activities should mandate backdoored crypto with keys that become public after a set period, say 2 years for regular operations and 20 years for whatever is deemed National Security so we can finally have the kind of transparency that establishes accountability.

For alleged democratic governments, there should not even be another option. For citizens, not so much.

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World's first dedicated computer centre declared 'irreplaceable' by Historic England

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Congratulations!

Here's to preserving a VERY important part of history.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: she said the government needs to get people who "understand the necessary hashtags"

Upvote for sarcasm :)

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Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

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Re: PGP crypto keys..

I'm wondering what laptop to take next time I travel..probably a brand new one with no useful/usual software installed as it its all 'used by criminals' (github, gpg, ssh, bitcoin, Tor, vpnc, )

At the rate this is going I'd recommend an etch-a-sketch.

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iOS apps can read metadata revealing users' location histories

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Re: Turn off GPS on the phone.

Can't speak for Android, but killing GPS data for images has been around for a *long* time in iOS. I still have a 3GS here with iOS 6.1.6 which already contained that switch (just checked :) ).

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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Re: This is why

Perhaps ones made of metal, with extra-sharp ends. A proper educational toy!

Funny how things develop here. We started with Playmobil, passed Lego and have finally arrived at caltrops for kids :)

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UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

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I think it's really amazing that our government is so caring and considerate that it tries to protect me by wanting to know everyone I have contact with, when I contact them and for how long

.. whereas us asking for the same transparency from our government (where it is actually warranted until they stop pretending it's a democracy) is deemed almost subversive..

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FedEx: TNT NotPetya infection blew a $300m hole in our numbers

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Re: $300M!!

It is "holy crap", but from a different department - the "find excuses for a write-off/declare losses" department.

That's exactly what I thought. To borrow a line from the former New Labour press staff, it was clearly a good time for bad news.

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Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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Re: I don't know about you...

Fully agree.

Call me old fashioned, but I still like my on/off switches to exhibit pure binary behaviour. There are usually good reasons why I switch things off.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Slaughtering the golden goose as usual

And so, the goose that laid the golden eggs was finally slaughtered.

We only got to the scale we have today because the Net was open and accessible to all. Creating a DRM layer will mean that there now will be three Nets rather than two: a Darknet, the Net as we know it and the corporate DRM-protected version where the stench of decay is already wafting from before it's even built.

The next step is self-evident: prioritisation of DRM content. Bye bye Net neutrality.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Because It's Not Google

I seem to recollect googling with infoseek before altavista existed.

No, wait, googling didn't exist back then. The nearest was probably giggling.

In earlier days it was a different thing that started with a "g": gopher.

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