* Posts by Dan 55

6898 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: sidetopic

Yahoo allows you to set up disposable addresses in mail options, you set up a base address (different to your real address) and then every allowable suffix. The separator between base and suffix is a -. Probably one of the few things they've done right.

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Re: "emerging Thought Leader"

Britain may have tired of experts, but we do love a good bullshit artist.

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Re: Being a criminal has little to do with the list as given.

I think many kids who had a home computer in the 80s would be carted off for re-education if this were in place.

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EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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No company has done more than MS to challenge laws that provide insufficient data [protection]

USAians not liking the government hoarding data but not minding corporations hoarding it allows Microsoft to do what it does - take the government to court and at the same time produce an OS that hoards data.

No, I don't get it either. Perhaps a USAian will be along in a moment to explain.

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BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn

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Doesn't this £1.3bn tax neatly cover broadband subsidies?

More than £1bn for faster UK broadband in autumn statement

Yes, yes it does.

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Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped

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Re: SAP Exchange Infrastructure

Diageo apparently needed to pay for named users who access via Salesforce connected to SAP PI which is something they weren't doing because they thought the SAP PI licence covered everything.

What licensing does Salesforce use? Would most people end up paying twice? Is this monopolistic behaviour on SAP's behalf?

£54,503,578 - it's enough to drive you to drink.

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Those black boxes don't install themselves...

There is no need to rush this through now, with no time for scrutiny, buried inside complex documents that few LINX members will have the time to read or understand – especially overseas.

There's a need to rush this through if an installation date has already been chosen.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Re: Power leads

Use an Apple charger with a Samsung or the other way round and it'll be a slooow charge...

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Re: Power leads

Back in the day, everyone who had a mobile had a Nokia anyway.

Now it's not as great as you say, you have to make sure you've got the right charger and cable. If not, the phone will be charging at 500mA...

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Re: Enterprising

This one works and doesn't look like crap. Rather expensive though. However if you've got a hand as steady as a band stand conductor's you will probably leave bits of residue while trying to stick it on as you move it just a bit for the umpteenth time.

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Crypto-curious? Wickr's opened its kimono for code review

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Re: So ...

Isn't it more about giving the wider security community and people in general (those who don't audit code themselves but would like to know the opinion of the wider security community) trust in their product?

They've already had a security audit so they're not going to be dishing up (too many) exploits on a plate to TLAs.

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Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do?

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Re: There was never any offline identification tool...

I'm not sure why the passport service and the DVLA can't give you a digital certificate and work as certificate authorities. For those who don't have a passport or a driving licence then the DSS could also offer digital certificates if they're happy that someone is who they say they are.

This is how it works at the moment offline (you need to show passport/driving licence) and would probably fit in quite well with their workflow.

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So, the new font, then

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Re: Too big

If I may add to the relentless thanklessness of your task, it now looks better on a Win 7 laptop and too big on an iMac.

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Watch how Google's starving DeepMind AI turns hostile, attacks other bots to survive

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Terminator

Just connect the AIs up to robots from Robot Wars and replace apples with batteries and job done, your future dystopia has arrived.

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As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins

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It seems they're flailing about so much they've had to pull this months' Patch Tuesday. You have to wonder what kind of car crash led to that.

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You've not heard of LTS builds for Linux?

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Pwnd Android conference phone exposes risk of spies in the boardroom

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Their security advisory is a joke

They say that ADB and DHCP should be disabled, a strong admin password should be used, and no physical access to the phone should be allowed.

How are you supposed to use it without physical access?

Anything to avoid updating it to Android 6 or 7.

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

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Re: Thunderbird

A bit late, Mozilla have thrown out Thunderbird with the bath water years ago. They let the developers use Mozilla's website, bug tracker, and so on but that's going to change too, if it hasn't already.

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Re: My Google-fu may be weak.

It appears to be Andreas Kolbe's alter ego, Scott Gilbertson.

Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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Re: Firefox unloved by mozilla

1) Prints for me. Did you try it on another computer or Windows user profile?

2) Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Configure how Firefox connects to the Internet [Settings...] > Use system proxy settings.

I'm not surprised Mozilla can't keep their users happy...

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Re: Too many features dropped

You can. Tools > Options > Privacy > Exceptions.

Individual cookie control is when it pops up a dialog box for every single. Cookie [Okay] [Deny]. Again [Okay] [Deny]. And [Okay] [Deny]. Again [Okay] [Deny]. And [Okay] [Deny]. It's [Okay] [Deny]. Completely [Okay] [Deny]. Impractical [Okay] [Deny].

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Re: Too many features dropped

Individual cookie control is just an exercise in whack-a-mole every time the page loads or updates in 2017. There are too many and better ways of managing them.

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

1) But we were talking about frugality with system resources...

2) Because electrolysis is being rolled out in a way which avoids crashes while it is refined as people don't like crashes either. In a couple of releases it will be the default, I believe.

3) Those are the default settings, but they may have been changed in the dim and distant past.

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Re: This is not an Opinion piece

Aren't your complaints rather out of date?

1) It is more frugal than Chrome (why does Chrome get a free pass with this?)

2) If Electrolysis is enabled (it might not be due to an add-on), it's smoother.

3) Don't you have automatic updates and background updates in settings set?

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Remote unauthenticated OS re-install is a feature, not a bug, says Cisco

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Why didn't Cisco call it TFTP like everybody else?

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'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

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I was thinking that, the Geneva Convention came after the second world war. There will need to be some great privacy apocalypse before something is done.

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Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

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Re: The 3210 was so much cooler than the 3310

You might think the 3210 was small but you could lose the 8210 in your ear.

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Re: Another Nokia mis-step

Do you think they have pop port connector?

I think I've still got a pop port to USB cable somewhere, maybe I'll let them borrow it.

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UK website data insecurity worries: Users in bits over car break-up emails

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WTF?

With an 11-year-old version of Apache, a seven-year-old version of PHP, no security headers whatsoever, weak TLS and no meaningful authentication, it was only a matter of time before Partsgateway became a statistic

How did that get past PCI DSS?

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GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

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[It could be in] electronics that we don't make here, but own the IP here...

Yeah. Who did ARM get bought by again?

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: "I never recommend lying to a border agent"...

Someone who rocks up with no electronic devices and claims they've got no social media accounts (even if it's the truth) will probably be considered a suspect anyway.

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Re: Urgent push towards fingerprints as login of choice now explained

There really does need to be password & fingerprint lock.

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Re: 2FA with the remote device *well* away ?

You think you've outsmarted them, they've taken a copy from Dropbox anyway.

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The Mail vs Wikipedia: They're more alike than they'd ever admit

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Re: Click-bait

Angry commentards want to stop you finding out how one tabloid rag and one crowdsourced encyclopedia are the same. Click here now before they delete it!

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That should have read eyebrow. One, without any gap above the nose. Can't get the proofreaders these days.

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They are both the same in that they've got words.

Would anyone wipe their arse with the Daily Mail, having cheaper more comfortable alternatives available for cheaper in the supermarket?

I wouldn't wipe my arse with The Register either. Too sharp, might get an electrical shock.

Does an encyclopaedia do daily news or try to use it to change the political landscape of a country? Yeah, by change I mean poison. If you disagree with me you're an enemy of the people. Get the pitchforks ready, we're going after one of the branches of government.

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Deafening silence as Smart Hosting support tickets keep piling up

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"The company has turned off phone comms after merging VoIP systems with the other firm"

Their customers' VoIP services went tits up without notice but their own support helpline was deliberately and carefully turned off.

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ISIS videos, adtech, and the 'smartest guys in the room' (Google)

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Re: 101

Thing is, making it easy for people get radicalised and then (possibly) nabbing them doesn't seem to be working, does it?

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My flabber is agast

Google put forward a challenge to the advertising and marketing executives to help populate YouTube with more content that combats ISIS propaganda. [...] "We don't believe that censoring the existence of ISIS on Google, YouTube or social media will dampen their impact really," Google's David Drummond told the same audience.

So the bedroom jihadist is going to watch a beheading, an targeted ad will pop up which reads "PSA: Why beheading people is a bad, mmmkay", and he's going to click through to another YouTube video which explains why all the people he's just watched have a part in killing someone are naughty?

This is better than removing snuff videos? Stop the world, I want to get off.

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Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

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And to be fair to Oracle (let's suspend opinion for one moment) they're saying that the appeal is not a straight re-run.

They've made more shit up, then?

If APIs turn out to be copyrightable then the IT industry will spontaneously implode in a puff of lawyers because the history of computing is based on taking what's already there and improving upon it slightly.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

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Re: Food imports which may see a 20% import duty after Brexit

Worry not, DEFRA estimates that global commodities will cost 11% more when imported to the UK and that will translate into a rise for consumers of 2.9%.

Apparently there's a lot of margin on those lettuces which food producers will be only too happy to soak up for us.

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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It's odd because May doesn't seem the imaginative type. I suppose the army of civil servents and three letter agency people behind her are.

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Re: Handy timing that

Only they're not exempt, their data will be hoovered up anyway but not shown when searched for later, because it's extremely difficult to record everything everyone does inside .uk except for 650-odd people.

As this data is held by the ISP, they need something big to threaten then them with.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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Ok, what's the Trident money really been spent on?

Because all this money seems to have given us missiles going off the wrong way and submarines which all break down at the same time, which is difficult to achieve with the billions thrown at it every year.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Alien

Not liking this regeneration of the President, maybe he'll be the War President that future Presidents forget about afterwards, as if they had amnesia. That would explain the off-by-one error.

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The new.man who called Trump's attacks on the judiciary 'demoralising' and 'disheartening' and is known to be a constitutionalist is supposedly going to turn this ban around?

Nope. Not going to happen. No way.

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Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

Just were do you think you can find even 'half-way neutral' reporting?

Perhaps they are neutrally reporting that this is a clusterfuck?

Neutral means publishing articles based on the complete range of facts available, not bending the article's text to be neutral even though the facts don't back this up.

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Explained: Apple iCloud kept 'deleted' browser histories for over a year

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Translation from legalese

"Apple does not retain deleted content once it is cleared from Apple's servers."

means

"Apple does not retain deleted information once it is deleted from Apple's servers."

which means

"" (nothing)

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: time for a new Masthead on the Daily Flail?

No, it was Mosley in 1933 and Hitler in 1938.

I think I prefer Wikipedia.

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That's cute. AI and IoT need 'ethics regulation', mumbles Lib Dem baron

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Re: Nooo

I can see I should have set the joke alert icon instead.

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