* Posts by Marketing Hack

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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Re: Brazil ? Or 1960s Britain ?

That was the coal-fired pollution, Telly! :)

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Re: Brazil ? Or 1960s Britain ?

I can just imagine Telly Savalas doing that; "Birmingham! It's the swingingest town in Limey-country!"

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Law of Unintended Consequences!

Just to be fair EU, this rule may cause a reduction in American fare on Netflix in Europe, to reduce the share of non-European content and bump up the European share.

If the EU can live with itself knowing that it may be depriving European audiences from even seeing Gilligan's Island and 3-4 of the ten or so iterations of Law & Order ("Coming up next, a very special episode of Law & Order: Parking Enforcement!") or important films like the Big Mama's House trilogy and the new Baywatch movie... Well, all I can say is that I wouldn't want that responsibility!

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@AC

It still is. Just because 30% of the titles available on Netflix are European, doesn't mean that people watch that 30%.

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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

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Re: Bored pilots? Really?

Honestly, I have to wonder this same thing. Planes encountering identifiable drones at speed and altitude? I have to wonder if at least some of these complaints are not a group of airline pilots that are trying to launch a pre-emptive strike on personal drone ownership to clear them out of the skies.

1) Drones being seen at 4K+ feet. Most drones would be out of their control radius by then. And also, any private drone owner would know that if something happened at that altitude, they would lose their drone to damage or it crashing somewhere beyond their ability to see and recover.

2) Very large drones that are 1-2 meters in size. How many people realistically buy these? Something that size would be very expensive.

This sounds a lot like a problem with a very small subset of drone owners, and these extreme examples are being used to make things difficult for average hobbyists.

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NSA takes one-two punch to the face

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Re: "Three of the four spying programs (that we are aware of) have been abandoned"

@John Smith 19

Yes, the NSA takes the long view of surveillance, not letting little roadblocks like the failure to sell Congress on the Clipper Chip, or NSA discomfort with ACTUALLY scrubbing U.S. citizens data from its various databases, per the letter of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

This you can see from the NSA's efforts over the past couple decades to water down post-Clipper encryption by subverting standards/vendors, or increasingly moving its surveillance operations offshore to places like the UK and Australia or outsourcing them to allied sigint agencies that can surveil Americans all they want, or by just keeping the FISA court in the dark about what is really going on.

(I could say more, but some guys in black are abseiling through my windows. Nooo!! Not the Taser! And this black bag over my head smells funny in a not ha-ha way.)

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Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

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Some Russian hackers forgot to pay off their local cops....

I bet they still would be on the street if they had.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Re: Doh!

You'd think that this would have made IDing the correct plane mode easy:

"allowing the great unwashed to name its eight new Airbus A380s.

"We want their names to reflect the true Spirit of Australia," gushes the NAME THE DREAMLINER page"

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Some humble suggestions....

"Australia Fare"

"Going Outback"

"Air(s) Rock"

"Travel Darwin-ian"

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Uncle Sam drags feet on govt data center cull

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Re: It's 2017. There's high bandwidth FO cable all over the US & virtualisation but...

Plus the nature of these agencies is that 99% of their operations are in the U.S., so you don't need a global datacenter and network footprint to facilitate global operations.

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Re: The real issue

@JC (the real one)

You should have had a 3rd colleague outside with a backhoe. Juicy DR consulting contracts for all!!

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Quick, better lock down that CISO role. Salaries have apparently hit €1m

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Hmmmm.....

1) Launch global worm bearing malware nastiness package

2) Circulate CISO resume

3) Profit!

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Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

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Re: galloping pet food

@handleoclast

I was wondering how this story got written without hypothesizing a horse named "Tesco Burger"

And did "Wannacry" beat "LAN Network" in the second race?

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: pull the other one

While I have to sympathize with the guy (I was about to write "feel for the guy", but that would have come across a little weird.), I believe the Reg missed a great opportunity to write one of those double-entandre-filled masterpieces which it's readership so pruriently loves.

A talented writer could have done a lot just editing "the long-running Weiner sexting saga" some. Or comment that threatening Weiner with a trip to "chokey" might be cause for arousal instead of fear.

Well, hopefully Anthony Weiner will be able to rebuild some kind of meaningful career and life after he is out.

BTW, the documentary about his mayoral run in New York City is supposed to be a really good film, as it records both his campaign and the second and final implosion of his political career.

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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

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Maxwell Smart would be proud...

Is Qualcomm going to invent the Cone of Silence next?

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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"I will be able to decide to resume the investigation immediately"

It sounds to me as if Julian is still liable to be questioned by the Swedes, they have essentially suspended the investigation while he is in a situation where they can't get to him. However, if Britain were to jail him for bail-jumping, then the Swedes could probably resume their investigation.

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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National Security vs. General Cybersecurity

Considering the U.S. is probably the most computerized major nation on Earth, and has the world's most successful tech industry, the largest financial industry and a very large horde of classified data and programs, General cyber security and national security are probably the same thing.

The challenge is getting the sigint community to see that.

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

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Re: Clucking Bell!

@AC

I knew that Adobe rolling out "Flash for Flying" was a bad idea!

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Leeds cops issue appeal for man-sized todger

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"described as white, six foot tall with a shaven head"

A couple problems that I can see with that description.

1) After an incautious night out on the town, the witness' skin color may be reddish due to a rash, and have a couple large visible warts.

2) Has there been a cold snap in Leeds since then? In that case cops should be looking for someone 3 feet tall.

(Maybe its just me, but I don't recall Sherlock having to deal with this kind of thing.)

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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In general, this approach sounds like a good idea.

It is going to slow the growth of content posting on the internet, and slow the businesses of some social media companies some, but in general a system that is more friendly to copyright holders would be a good idea. Posting something that a reasonable person would be able to tell is copyrighted/protected should not be allowed.

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Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

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Bombardier can learn lots from IBM!

Hey Bombardier, you call that a layoff?....THIS is a layoff!!

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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

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It could be North Korea, but that is just one possibility

I doubt it was a state-sponsored group in Russia or China, because one of those groups would have presumably been very hesitant to release a worm into the wild that would infect so many pirated/unpatched Windows systems in China/Russia.

I also doubt that anyone affiliated with the 5 Eyes was behind this, since this has brought so much unfavorable attention on the 5 Eyes and the NSA in particular

But other than that, it could have been just about any hacker collective or rogue state.

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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El Reg--you left out United's problems with stowaway scorpions!

Truly indicative that a biblical plague is descending on United Airlines!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/health/scorpion-united-airlines-flight-trnd/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/12/scorpion-reported-united-flight-houston-ecuador/319319001/

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: GCHQ and Patches

@AC

"How come an amateur but hacker registered the domain and stopped the malware and GCHQ and all the other world's intelligence agencies didn't understand this would work?"

Considering that this hack is based on a vulnerability ID'd by the NSA, perhaps the GCHQ and other sigint agencies didn't stop them out of professional courtesy?

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Re: comcast in the U.S. may be affected

I doubt this is impacting Comcast. Based on my customer service experience with them, their computers are down at least half the time anyway, so they are used to operating (poorly) without them :)

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Re: Ban Who?

No, if someone tried, for example, to start a class action lawsuit of the NSA, it would get quashed from on high so incredibly fast that it would cause physicists to contemplate something faster than light speed. Your not only going after the NSA, but the entire 5 Eyes, because the 5 Eyes governments rely on the NSA. Remember those Snowden documents that showed payments from the NSA to GCHQ? GCHQ depends on that money, so the British government depends on that money.

And of course the prospect of losing intelligence alerts from the NSA will cause a freakout in every NATO government.

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US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

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Re: Is the U.S, Coast Guard lending personnel to the RN?

@kain preacher

Perhaps, but still, I would rather have USCG personnel relieving Navy personnel, and then have the USN engineering personnel on British ships. Obviously, USCG personnel on a U.S. ship that comes under fire then qualifies as a hostile action against the U.S. I'd rather not have USCG personnel in the middle of a potential incident between a British ship and somebody, which does not count as an attack against the U.S.

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Re: Is the U.S, Coast Guard lending personnel to the RN?

You guys can have Detroit back if you want. We're not doing much with that either, and it sounds like you worked really hard to take it in the first place. In fact, I think that it America doesn't show Canada enough love, and a gift of the city of Detroit would be just the thing to set things right.

(And we can throw in the Redwings if you want!)

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Re: Is the U.S, Coast Guard lending personnel to the RN?

Now that I think about it, the loan of U.S. personnel to actually keep British ships running is an amusing example of changes in the U.S./British relationship, and how the more things change, the more they stay the same.

So, in 1812 the U.S. declared war on the British Empire, in large part because the Royal Navy had been so enlarged to fight the Napoleonic Wars that it didn't have enough men to man all its ships. So the RN took to stopping U.S. ships and pressed 10,000+ sailors off of them during the wars. So here we are 205 years later and we are freely giving sailors to the RN to keep their ships at sea.

Let us know if you guys want New Jersey back as well. We're not doing much with that place. Just leave us the Turnpike--we use that to get from New York to Philadelphia. :)

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Re: Is the U.S, Coast Guard lending personnel to the RN?

Its common practice to exchange officers within NATO as a cross-training and international coordination tool, but not to keep up mechanical systems because one side is running out of sailors.

Plus the U.S. Coast Guard is not part of the armed forces of the United States, except in wartime. (Though perhaps our perpetual whack-a-mole against cavedwelling jihadi bastards du jour counts!)

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Is the U.S, Coast Guard lending personnel to the RN?

Did I read that correctly?

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Gotta move to Linux

You can say that moving to Linux is the obvious choice, and longer-term it is. But in the short term there is new software acquisition, testing, identification of systems/equipment that are dependent on Windows or XP in particular, user interface development, retraining users, perhaps some new hardware because legacy hardware doesn't run the new software, etc.

(Tux--because he would never let us down!)

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And even if you can mass-pay the ransom, there is the little issue of making crime pay well enough that the criminals will be back again.

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Yes, they are migrating from Win2K TO Windows XP :)

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WannaCrypt ransomware snatches NSA exploit, fscks over Telefónica, other orgs in Spain

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Re: Antivirus?

"These things" pay for Microsoft employees and shareholders' mortgages, is that something useful? :)

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Maybe this is intended as a Trump Organization business opportunity?

Announcing the TrumpTop (TM) computer rental service!!

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Re: Eh, I prefer to look at the upside of this.

"But what about 1000s of homeless redundant Boeing engineers cluttering up the sidewalks"

Eh, that's Seattle's problem!

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Re: No problem

Its not the travel FROM the U.S. with good, God-fearing, Red-White-and-Blue American laptops. It's those commie-sympathizing, terrorist-coddling foreign-owned devices that would be banned, plus of course now-suspect American laptops coming back from overseas, where they have doubtless been browsing Karl Marx.

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Eh, I prefer to look at the upside of this.

I live in the uber-pricy SF Bay Area, so after business travel collapses we will be able to bulldoze at least one of our three international airports. We could use the land for housing or some more offices. And the empty hotels convert to apartments/condos pretty easily.

And think of what this will do for Citrix and Cisco. Local companies make good!

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

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It's 2017 and Microsoft is still the world's largest distributor of security vulnerabilities!

I guess my former colleagues in the IT security industry have to rely on someone to pay their mortgages.

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On today's a-gender: Axing net neutrality will harm America's women, say women senators

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Self-selection...

Etsy (example given in the article) tends to sell rather feminine goods. That plus Etsy's emphasis on more locally/handcrafted items kind of explains why so many of the vendors on Etsy are women/women-owned.

I think you can definitely argue that net neutrality helps small businesses with a web presence relative to Conglomo-Megacorp International (Amazon, Facebook, other usual suspects), but I'm not sure that is a real gender issue.

Still, I am generally in favor of the Obama administration net neutrality rules vs. the new proposals--so if the "bits for Women!" tack works, then I am OK with it.

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$6,000 for tours of apocalyptic post-Brexit London? WTF, NYT?

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Re: that well-known hotbed of pro-Leave activists, the London School of Economics

Did David Cameron go to the LSE? I know he's not doing anything otherwise.

Maybe while leading the group, he should wear a little nametag saying "Call me Dave"

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You can add some local color to the tour

You'll need a guy with a cart rolling past the front of the hotel yelling "Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!" And then during the walking tour, you route the group through a local theater group re-enacting the Monty Python "She's a witch!" scene.

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What's your worst nightmare? A Comcast, Charter cellphone network? Oh, it's coming

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Re: How could it possibly go wrong?

Comcastic (Kom-Kast-ic) American, early 21st century

1. To succeed despite mind-numbing mediocrity. Usage: "Spam is a favorite breakfast food, despite its comcastic appearance, use of preservatives and taste"

2. Prone to painful and disasterous mistakes. Usage: "The jury felt that amputating the incorrect foot of the diabetes patient was a pretty comcastic thing to do, resulting in a punitive decision in the plaintiff's favor"

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And of course this service will involve piggybacking on Comcast and Charter WiFi routers

That customers already payed to have installed in their houses, and were configured to provide public WiFi by your friendly local cable leviathan's installers.

So you pay to get your WiFi router installed, and then you pay them again to leverage that same payed-for infrastructure to get your cable-approved cell phone service.

Nice business model, if you can get away with it.

P.S.--I think I'd rather be dragged through a vat full of razor blades and battery acid than buy cell service from these guys.

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America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

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Coincidentally...

Two years is just enough time to get to Jupiter, communicate with the builders of the Monolith, and return to Earth!

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IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Re: Is it just me, or is this "retro" trend appearing in workplaces ?

The way IBM is going, the elimination of telecommuting is not so much a back-to-basics focus on improved accountability, but rather a Final Solution style penning up of the excess working population, so that they can be shipped off in the workforce reduction action cattle cars more easily.

But if an IBM representative comes by trying to sell you infrastructure to enable telecommuting, you should insist on seeing a webinar where a high-profile member of the IBM team talks about how they are using and expanding those same solutions to drive productivity at Big Blue.

(Yes, I know--Godwin's Law.)

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Re: IBMs relocation plan is a forced redundancy plan on the cheap

@nick_rampart:

Ala "Office Space" where the guy who was way to into his stapler was continually moved to more and more medieval workspaces. :)

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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I've solved this by just avoiding Facebook...

I don't have time to read as much or do as much as I would like anyway. Why spend more of it participating in building consumption and advertising profiles of myself and others?

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Amazing new boffinry breakthrough: Robots are eating our brains

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Re: Not sure what to make of this..

Also, people who jump ahead of the curve reap the benefits because there is a scarcity of people who jump ahead of the curve. What happens when genuine masses of people try to get work in robotics programming or maintenance, because taking care of the growing number of robots is obviously where the future is at and traditional employment is a thing of the past.

The result could be that the rewards of being "ahead of the curve" are much smaller than they have been in the past, and that capital pulls down a share of the economy not seen since medieval times.

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