* Posts by Andy 97

442 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

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The commentard farms in Moscow are set to "11" today.

Well hello guys, I hope they're paying you in USD and not bitcoins.

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Old news

Vodafone could locate anyone to within a few meters years ago.

Remember that “troubled” person arrested in the North East of England ... (Paul Gascoigne went to tease him out with a 6 pack of beer and fishing rods?)

Guess how The Peelers located him.

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Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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This is all complete nonsense.

Any person wishing to view "grumble flicks" would simply access sites hosted outside of the UK.

UK" jazz film" publishers all have access for international customers and even a complete imbecile can work out how to avoid ISP filters.

It sounds like a cosy way of secureing funding to me.

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When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

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An ad exec’s dream!

There was a time in Blighty where HMG had to ban subliminal messaging in cinema and broadcast media.

All an of our ad execs would need to do is to hide some nonsense about product/service at the end of the ad and hey presto, your slimline plastic friend will ask you if you want to know more.

Ofcom has better get their regulation head on...

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I'll torpedo Tor weirdos, US AG storms: Feds have 'already infiltrated' darknet drug souks

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One can only imagine the unmasking of these villains by Jeff Sessions and the accompanying “and i would’ve gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for that meddling Jeff Sessions”.

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable

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Re: Pack the car folks...

I watched Idiocracy last night. It didn’t make for positive viewing.

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UK competition watchdog: Fox's takeover of Sky 'not in public interest'

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Mushroom

Dirty Digger has form.

In 1971 the ITA ruled him out of a takeover of London Weekend Television because of his news empire.

Digger was a "little disappointed" with this decision and has devoted his life to lambasting the British Establishment.

My understanding is that he used many words to describe the ITA which would make a lorry driver with haemorrhoids blush.

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

Andy 97

Doesn't Now TV have all of their sports channels on it?

You'd only need to pay for the day that you'd wish to watch it too.

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Re: Card Number?

Sky's thought of that, ever wondered why the device requires connection to either a phone line or broadband for "premium content"?

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£5k was a bargain.

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Re: Card Number?

You're right, but you can't.

NDS decryption is only available on Sky hardware and some professional IRD's.

Even Virgin Media customers have a UUID displayed on the screen in-vision during the viewing of sports content from Sky. I'm sure BT Vision will have similar piracy prevention too.

Coming soon; digital watermarking, which can't be obfuscated by simply covering the numbers and is easily detected by automated harvesting.

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Danger! High voltage: Kraut customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station

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Re: "Kraut" ? really ? in the 21st century ? after 70 years ?

No, Americans are Septics.

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How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

Andy 97

Gripen E?

Supposed to be quite good too.

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Don't SAAB make a reasonable fighter that can land on carriers?

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Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit

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Thank you for clarifying that.

If I've understood you correctly; this means that Mr Beer is stirring-up for a rival phone ecosystem and bragging about it on Twitter to publicise how clever he is.

But from what others have said, [his] employers' phone eco system is similarly rubbish too.

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This bug in iOS, is it really that critical?

I'm asking for a friend...

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Internetski

Will this also pose a problem for those who use TOR?

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

Andy 97

I can't imagine young people trudging through the back streets of an urban town with one of these monstrosities clamped to their skulls.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

Andy 97

Blas-for-you... blas for everybody!

(c) Edward Izzard.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Zen always was the best ISP that I ever had, quite why I went to BT is baffling.

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Re: BT Sport

If you live in the UK you have two choices.

And after all that extra cash they don't even have the rights for all of the matches.

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

Andy 97

Whoever did this, there's a beer waiting for them here...

...providing they can escape Guantanamo first obviously.

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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Re: Perfidious Albion

"Does playing the old anti-french sentiment still pay in british media?"

It's all Brexit fodder...

In the real world we've forgiven them for most things including: fixing the targeting algorithm on Exocet missiles used against us by the Argentinians during The Falklands War.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17256975

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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I don’t wish to sew the seeds of conspiracy, but as Google also has the keys to the drinks cabinet of search, how long before all of this bad press will simply vanish?

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

Andy 97

Does SAAB still make that tactical fighter?

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Russia tweaks Telegram with tiny fine for decryption denial

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The concerted "global effort" to stop the illegal drugs trade didn't appear very successful.

Your country has very draconian punishment for those convicted of production, supply and financial service.

What would the US do differently to stop cracking?

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Andy 97

Re: But..

You should write to your MP about encryption.

I wrote to mine, the response was truly depressing.

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CBS's Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers' web browsers

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Get ready for more of this kind of thing, legitimately.

As soon as publishers estimate the real cost of ad-blocking technology, they'll need to recover the cash from somewhere.

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Joke

<Scooby Doo villan voice>

"And I would have gotten away with it too.. if if wasn't for you meddling kids!"

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

Andy 97

The levels of buffoonery (that I observe) are simply unmatched outside of a Rowan Atkinson or comedy.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Andy 97

Reducing the wright of batteries and motors is a good thing.

Reducing the distance between the seat in front of me and my knees, however...

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TalkTalk once told GCHQ: Cyberattack? We'd act fast – to get sport streams back up

Andy 97

TalkTalk really do need to sack their PR team.

While they're at it, they probably need to remove 80% of their C level staff too.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Is he suffering from mental illness?

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Andy 97

I'm just glad to see that Apple hasn't lost touch with it's customers in these austere times.

It's a phone, with a PDA function and if it wasn't for Android being the satanic love child of Google, we'd all be using [them] instead.

Some marketing plonker must have done too much coke methinks.

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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Surprised that Wales isn't included.

For those of you who aren't aware, Wales is a nation that's a part of the United Kingdom and has over three million inhabitants.

Admittedly it's fairly dispersed, but Cardiff would have been a good place to start and it's not much further than Bristol.

Welsh assembly; you toothless tribe of final salary pension-drawing elves, you've failed again.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

Andy 97

Now that's classy!

Top marks for style, and... a steam roller too.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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£2M profit in 3 months?

A company the size of VF only gererated £2M in 3 months?

Is this a misprint or will shareholders be baying for a new CEO before long?

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Joke

Protect your expensive kit/drives now..

It's easy to do, take some tin foil, wrap the device, then earth it.

Admittedly, you iPhone won't be much good while wrapped, but you can spare all of your kitten pictures and "jazz film" collection.

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Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

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Ad fatigue

Ad vendors use complex algorithms to ascertain the maximum "pod" length that can be run before a viewer will simply go elsewhere.

We only have ourselves to blame.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Nice work El Reg!

It's only 9am (ish) and already there's 5 pages of comments.

Ad brokers will be rubbing their hands with glee.

How about running a story with a headline "Linux is better than Windows: Official"?

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

Andy 97

Jelly babies

I'm excited to see where Mr Moffat is taking The Doctor.

...providing that there's absolutely no "love interest" nonsense.

I think it would devalue the show and potentially be the worst thing to ever happen to Dr Who since that John Barrowman spinoff.

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: do we really need to simulate this?

https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/plutonium.html

I'm not a nuclear physicist and don't know which type of plutonium they pulled out of Windscale back in the 1950's, but it's certainly one or the other.

As nobody set off any old nukes, the AWE need to understand if they will still reach the critical mass to cause a chain reaction... or if they'll open a vortex into another dimension where beasties and people much scarier than the fat Nork bloke (with the bad hair) live.

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Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

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You may as well just hire a wedding DJ.

Corporate gigs are the worst place to enjoy yourself either as an attendee or a performer.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

Andy 97

This old chestnut?

Unless they can buy a tier one broadcaster and simply use their assets it's not going to work.

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Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

Andy 97

According to The Independent, Three has gone tango-uniform today.

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'Fat boy' flies: ISRO's heavy rocket fails to blow up

Andy 97

Delightful news; I'm really happy for the team that made this a success.

Finally it makes launching tings into orbit a bit less expensive and who knows, perhaps India will start to plan for reaching further than just high orbit.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

Andy 97

Re: Seems like Google features from 2013

Yes, and their maps are ok (ish) too.

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Edinburgh Uni email snafu tells students they won't be graduating

Andy 97

I can only guess the worry of some of the medical students about calling their parents...

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Re: The world turned upside down!

It's all gone covfefe.

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