* Posts by scrubber

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Joke

Range options

It'll go further if you stick it in the Hyperloop.

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Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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Hacked?

The only people that 'hacked' the US election were the Democrats who had more than a finger on the scale in the primaries.

Frankly, if Russia can spend $100k on Facebook and affect an election where Hillary spent well over $1bn then good luck to them and the American voters deserve to be disenfranchised as they clearly cannot be trusted with important decisions.

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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Re: Whilst I have sympathy..

"Tell me one country in the last 50 years, that ceased to exist , overnight and that had their currency made worthless ? There is none"

Apart from the Yugoslavian Dinar. And Soviet Roubles. And Czechoslovak koruna. And that's just in Europe.

2 minutes on wikipedia would stop you looking like a fool.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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German Efficiency

"Germany has already decreed that robot vehicles must be programmed to kill animals and destroy property before thinking of harming humans"

Get the practice in before turning on the humans.

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Official US govt Twitter accounts caught tweeting in Russian, now mysteriously axed

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Big Brother

Re: Security

"Are you sure?"

Yes/ They're very much against it.

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Re: It's not a problem, it's an opportunity

Is that like my failed IT swap site computersexchange.com which got a surprising amount of traffic from Asia?

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Re: Not the best of articles.

If you block port 80 does this matter?

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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The government/populace you deserve

If you keep screwing your education system to such a degree that the people get their news from an online BBS then you can have no complaints that some people might use that to spread discord in your country.

Also, are US citizens not more than capable of finding divisive subjects on their own without Russian help?

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

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Re: "tracability of money against right to privacy" what went wrong

Law enforcement think using cash to pay for coffee is suspicious so it's no wonder they have concerns about cryptocurrency.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/14/fbi-perfect-terrorist-coffee-cash_n_1276494.html

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HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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Joke

"would HMRC not be better running their own datacentre kit?"

Why not just run it as hidden javascript on the browser of everyone who goes to the gov.uk website? Then it scales perfectly with increased demand for services.

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Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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Missing the point

The authorities don't care whether they affect public or police behaviour, they just love the idea of having roving CCTV cameras linked to facial recognition software and all the other stuff we, the people paying for this dystopian nightmare, never asked for.

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Mushroom

Nuke from orbit

Or wait for lil Kim to do it for you.

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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

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Re: "loads of people on their phones are behind a small brick wall of IPs"

God has already sorted us. We're just too dumb to have noticed. #TheGoodPlace

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Re: VPN

Hang on, I use my mobile to connect to my home computer which is permanently connected to my aws instance running a VPN which then connects to an azure server running tor... and they can still get me for ordering a hit on my annoying neighbour?

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VPN

My phone only ever connects to a single IP address. How you gonna track me, euro-fuzz?

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IRS tax bods tell Americans to chill out about Equifax

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What's the problem?

I've already changed my fingerprints, my retina and asked my mother to change her maiden name.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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No-one could ever have seen this coming

The Scottish nanny state government have been expanding thought crimes for years.

You will conform dear citizen. Resistance is futile.

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Beardy Branson chucks cash at His Muskiness' Hyperloop idea

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Journey time...

"do the journey between London and Edinburgh within 50 minutes"

The regular train could do it in 393m/125mph = a smidge over 3 hours if it didn't have to stop at stupid other places and slow down for other trains. Assuming the Hype-R-Loop has to stop, re-pressurize and depressurize to get going, how long will it take?

That's assuming they can get permission from landowners to build it above ground, keep cars from crashing into it and kids from puncturing it. Like all Virgin tubes, one prick will lead to a catastrophic collapse making it a worthless to those who like a smooth ride in safety.

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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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"We are aware..."

"We are aware that Equifax has been criminally negligent in protecting personal details of people and are going to enforce new rules that any UK company sending details of citizens abroad are held liable for any losses incurred through that third party's negligence." Is what it should have said.

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

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Flame

“evidence ... was totally impervious to detection.”

So we're going to ban fire in case anyone tries to burn evidence.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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iPhone opening

Maybe it's giving birth to a Jobs-approved sized iPhone?

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

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Regardless of Veracity of Russian Involvement

I sure am glad the NSA (and GCHQ) keep these vulnerabilities secret rather than getting the hardware and software companies to patch their systems, makes me feel much more secure.

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Russian suspected of $4bn Bitcoin laundering op to be extradited to US

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FAIL

Silly guy

Should have gotten a job for HSBC then he could launder away consequence free.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: All encompassing flat tax

I know, but you miss the point. If I don't watch BBC but do watch other live broadcasts I need to pay for the BBC, couldn't the same logic apply to the internet and iPlayer? i.e. I don't watch iPlayer but I do use other internet services so I should pay for iPlayer.

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All encompassing flat tax

Since it covers iPlayer shouldn't we add the tax license to all mobile and broadband subscriptions too?

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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Boffin

Re: "To model just a few hundred electrons needs a computer bigger than the universe"

By definition a computer EXACTLY the size of the universe IS able to model somewhat larger than just a few hundred electrons.

Strikes me that they may be good at maths, but they're pretty poor at logic. Might be all the quantum in their heads.

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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

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Re: Even simpler...

Humans make decisions then amend their programming based on the outcomes, usually without knowing that's what they're doing. Justification simply allows us to keep making the same mistakes over and over - i.e. it's a bug not a feature.

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Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

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Re: Trump-tastic

If we keep the wardrobe door open we could resolve global warming...

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Re: Meh

If you'd have managed to keep your opinion to under 140 charts maybe more people would have read it.

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Mushroom

Trump-tastic

Now we can declare war on North AND South Korea, and maybe even Nambia, all in a single tweet.

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Dot-Amazon spat latest: Brazil tells ICANN to go fsck itself, only 'govts control the internet'

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Re: For what?

It saves a click and reduces Google's ubiquity if you can type ssd.amazon into the browser rather than searching "ssd Amazon".

YMMV as to whether this is valuable or desirable.

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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

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Cardinal Richelieu

Why not just pass a law making not writing a full confession illegal?

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Send him back where he comes from...

"He comes from London."

Exactly.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Freeze Peach

Because the correct response to bad speech is ... less speech? I'm sure that's what Madison, Paine and Jefferson were going for when they wrote the 1st Amendment.

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Re: Why not fuck off and sort out Brexit instead

What makes you think Arabic is a foreign language in the UK???

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Variables

All variables in the program should be declared, GLOBALLY, before any code is written, otherwise it looks like you're making it up as you go along.

You gotta love [hate] COBOL.

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Forgetting

Nothing wrong with forgetting...

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Bank for central banks admits decentralised cryptocurrencies are a pretty good idea

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Privacy?

Why wouldn't you want the government to know where every penny you spend goes? What are you trying to hide?

/s

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Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

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Containers

Why don't we see that many stories about container security, surely they're infinitely more pwnable than VMs?

Conspiracy?

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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Class action

Scammers can now do identity theft of 144m people and get a few billion claiming to be them in the class action lawsuit.

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Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

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Re: What really pisses me

Is people with absolutely no understanding of economics.

The amount you pay will be exactly the same if the telco pays £15bn or £15. This is known as a sunk cost and they price things to maximise profit which is based on marginal costs and marginal revenue. Where you may have a point is that the money they splurged on spectrum may delay the rollout or investment in infrastructure as they have to borrow to pay for that, and that might mean market segregation where they can charge more where they initially roll it out to a few regions.

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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Black vs white vs grey

The list is useful when signing up new users (or existing users changing passwords) as you now have a list of compromised passwords that you can deny them the use of in real time. Having the list of hashes locally means you aren't sending data to an untrusted third party to check.

OTOH given SHA1 collisions it is possible that your hash might get flagged even though the password is unique and not compromised. Highly unlikely, but possible.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Good

Can we now also get rid of the idiocy of Twitter, Uber, Solar Roadways, Self Filling Solar Water Bottles, Hyperloop and all the other nonsense that has never turned a profit and has no realistic prospect of doing so yet have gotten millions upon millions in funding, yet my ideas that would turn a profit in 6 months get nothing ... mutter, mutter, grumble, grumble.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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FAIL

Light Bulb

Unless it does Octarine I'm out.

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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Re: And that's why you need to lock down ports..

"hollow coin"

Then get drunk at the airport and accidentally put it in the fruit machine...

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Bitcoin Foundation wants US Department of Justice investigated

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Bad lawmakers make bad laws

"the proposed law – introduced in May by Senators ... Dianne Feinstein (D‑CA)"

That's enough for me to be against it.

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US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

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Re: Facts

"Then somebody pointed out..."

With absolutely no empirical evidence. We (UK) make public policy based on feelings or some concept of 'common sense'. Policy-based evidence is not what I'm interested in.

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Facts

I wish people here wouldn't go on about child abuse. The crime he is suspected of is having files on his computer which are images the government has decided are illegal. The files may be of children, they may even be of children being abused, but they could equally be photoshopped pictures, innocent pictures of children or none of the above. Whatever, there is nothing to suggest this guy is in any way involved in the abuse of children.

In the UK the 'illegal' pictures could be of cartoon children, or adults who look as if they may be under 18!

Of course the real crime is not doing exactly what authorities want you to do.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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WTF?

Beware!!!

"Today, we made the difficult decision to terminate Barry Lynn,"

Terminate? Holy shit!

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

Footnotes! The best commentary on the insanity of life I've read. Unfortunately that requires a narrator and I don't like Stephen Fry right now, but he'd be perfect.

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