* Posts by Version 1.0

2127 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Re: Mad - he was furious!

He was recharging the key fob?

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Google sued for paying women less than men

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Lack of a penis

This is America that we're talking about - in America women are always paid less and asked to do more. Google aren't doing anything that virtually every other company in the USA does.

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UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

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The Internet

It seems these days that the Internet really is a system of tubes ... filled with porky pies. I completely agree that juries should be cut off from the Internet - yes, inconvenient I know, but Idiots on the Internet is actually a menace to the justice system.

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@AC

It really sounds like you don't have a clue about the UK justice system - you sound like a bot to me.

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Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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Re: Schadenfreude?

You are not a customer, you are the product. So you don't get any say in "trusting"

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House Reps grease the wheels for hundreds of thousands of robo-cars on America's streets

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Politics these days - once you have a nice acronym you just vote for it, chances are nobody's read the actual legislation at all. Let's just call it what it is, another subsidy for the auto-industry.

Coming next week - Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research for Universal Guns ... work it out yourself, this is America.

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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

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Re: Asimov

My thought too - I was scrolling through the comments looking for someone else who remembered Asimov. Seems like the younger generation have never heard of him.

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D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

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Some thoughts

I consider all routers to be insecure so I don't connect them to the WAN side at all and inside the firewall I turn off all their "features" - obviously there are still some risks but most of the time it's the "features" that have issues.

So why didn't the manufacturer fix the problems? I'd guess because they out-sourced, or bought in the original code, and so when a bugs were found they had no easy way to fix them. A lot of the time "manufacturers" are just vendors these days, selling a conglomeration of kit, glued together with a pretty GUI.

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Goldman Sachs tips $38m into Nasuni's hat

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How nice of them

If GS Growth is putting money in then you know that they are expecting a big fat reward. It sounds much better when you paint it as extra funding to boost research and development but all they want is a 200% return.

Be afraid, very afraid.

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Another reason to hate Excel: its Macros can help pivot attacks

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Strip them all

This is why our mail server removes all .xls and related files from incoming emails. Attachments? I don't like them, I hates them.

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

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Re: He's full of it

This is Linus you're talking about - criticize him when you get close to doing 1/10th of what he's done. I think that you work in the way that works for you - the important thing is that you do something you enjoy. And if you can't enjoy the stuff that brings the money in, have something else that you enjoy more.

It's 5AM here, coffee's on and I'm off to work in an hour.

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Scientists, free software bods still worried about EU copyright proposals

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Does this even work?

How many copies of Hamilton can you find on YouTube? The answer would be zero if this works instead of hundreds of copies, all carefully crafted to escape the filters.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Is "iPhone X" the actual name?

Wait for the iPhone XXX

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Time to Migrate?

I guess OneDrive is now looking more attractive. You can't keep jerking users around like this and expect them to stick around for another kick in the face next year. This is Google - this change will "update" in about 3-6 months, hang around for another couple of years and then migrate elsewhere.

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Who would buy an AV software from Best Buy anyway?

It's way easier to download it, if necessary on your own PC and create a bootable CD. This sounds like a publicity stunt, "Let's ban something we're not selling!"

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Re: National security

I wonder what AV software Trump's team uses?

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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Design flaw?

This sound more like a feature that No Such Agency might have requested.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Only the best will do

I don't think that Gore ever claimed to have invented the Internet, he said that he made the Internet possible by promoting the central communications backbone in the US - prior to that, it was a major effort just to find an account that I could connect my 110 baud modem to and receive anything back except #$^TRY&&#!#

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

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Re: Just when you thought...

Are you missing something - YES ... a little general knowledge. It's a Federal Offense for a foreign entity (individual or organization) to spend money to influence an American Election. The Russians are in hot water and Facebook is going to have to do a lot of ass kissing to get out of this.

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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Re: Makes some sense

If I was a government with influence over a company controlling AV software (whether Russian or American) and I wanted to install spy software then I'd just ask the company to ignore my software for a few days while I installed it on the targets.

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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It's not just the users at fault

Accounts, with all their details, live forever - most websites make it impossible to actually delete an account when you are finished with whatever service you signed up for. You want to try out dynamic DNS? You gotta sign up for an account and if you don't like the service or simply never use it, your account details and password stay on forever in their database.

Open your browser and go look at those saved passwords, you'll have accounts in there that you haven't used in years but they are still sitting in the site database somewhere waiting for a little cross-site scripting.

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Re: Black vs white vs grey

I keep checking and "mywifesbigtits" is still secure ... righty ho, off to the pub, no need to worry about any of this.

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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Re: Helium?

One feature is that when the bearing go, the sequel is so high pitched in the helium drives (around 38kHz) that user don't notice and continue using the drive instead of returning it for warranty replacement.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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There's a silver cloud in every lining

The unstated idea behind the flat design is to make it easier for users to click on the wrong thing ... and the wrong thing is usually an advert thus generating cash ... flat designs in any application that is web driven generates more "click through" than the older designs where it was easier to see just what you were doing.

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Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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Re: No 'evidence' != didn't happen.

If you live in the USA and make a phone call or send email to a foreign state then it will be monitored - that's what the NSA does. What kind of idiot thinks otherwise ...

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You are missing the story

The wiretap story got started because of strange DNS requests that were seen on the root servers for sites in Russia about 6-7 months prior to the election (El Reg covered the story). These were traced to the Trump tower and the inhabitants notified that they appeared to have been hacked - which they denied.

So, if they weren't hacked, they must have been chatting wit the Russians for quite a while ... maybe one of Putin's girls gave Trump a nice gold-platted USB stick to use when he returned home from Russian?

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

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I have a shelf full of old disks that I've saved just in case I need to boot something that doesn't recognize one of these new-fangled giga-byte drives. No idea what's on them and don't particularly care. If I need one I'll reformat it and load the OS but until then they are going to sit there.

Where does this stop, "Sir, I see you have a stack of tapes ... we need to verify that they don't have kiddy fiddler images on them ..." Good Luck with that.

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A great advert for Apple

I wonder if we're going to see an uptick in Apple sales in some areas ... I'll just get my flasher coat and go out and buy one...

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: clit-mouse

I agree but no man can find it.

Now there's an idea, a mouse in the style of the original Burroughs Steely Dan ... men would be able to find that!

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I find the clit-mouse much more usable than touchpads.

Oops sorry, it's just been pointed out to me that TrackPoint pointer is a more politically acceptable term.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Re: Doomed from the get-go

I believe that the plan was, once a good number of these had been sold, to introduce a pack of weed that could be juiced ... “You extract the water molecules, the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the anthocyanin and the flavonoids and the micronutrients. You’re getting this living nutrition. It’s like drinking the nectar of the earth.”

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Hubble Space Telescope spies possibility of liquid water in TRAPPIST-1

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Re: 8 billion years

My guess is that what Hubble has seen is a discarded Starbucks cup with a little bit of Cascara Coconutmilk Latte left in the bottom.

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Re: Promises, promises

My system always goes to sleep during the update installation and has to be powered down and restarted to get it to complete the installation. This is the 4th update? My system says that it's up to date but I haven't seen any changes worth mentioning.

Overall Windows 10 seems OK but if I was that big a fan of having a nanny OS, I'd be using Apple gear.

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So much data, so little time: How to not flip your wig processing it

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Dev nul:

It's always handy to have one of these when working with large datasets.

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The down low on why Coho Data is a no-go

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ching!

Looks like someone made some money out of the failure ... OK, time to move on to a new startup.

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Boffins want machine learning to predict earthquakes

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Re: Existing known faults only?

"new faults"? Maybe new to us but they've been there a while, we just haven't been looking at them.

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Re: Maybe earthquakes are already predictable!

Most things - as anyone who works with random number generators etc knows - are predictable given enough of the right kind of data. It's not like most earthquakes are completely unexpected, we just don't generally have enough information to say when.

I'd keep an open mind, but I think we just haven't found the right algorithm for prediction yet ... maybe next year?

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: Like to play swap out

I started work in the service department, fixing broken stuff. I noticed after a while that the customers never complained about the bill if I cleaned everything that we shipped back - often there was nothing to fix because the kit wasn't broken but I cleaned it anyway and they always paid the bills.

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

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Bit for Tat

Clearly we should require that all Chinese made kit (drones, IoT etc) is delivered with full source code and technical details ... and then sue the carp of of them if they are infringing IP.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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Re: "What's sad about it..Obamacare..does have some serious issues that need to be addressed"

You're correct about how the ACHA got passed initially ... and the American system of government was actually designed by the founding fathers to be completely ineffective UNLESS the country faces an external threat. As for basing the structure on British town councils - no, it's lifted from Plato as much as anything.

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Re: NSA"Last year we proved <redacted> really did kill 20 US citizens at <redacted>

I can unmask that:

"Last year we proved < that American toddlers, sitting in the back seat of their parents' SUV > really did kill 20 US citizens at < a rate of about two a month while waiting in line at the car-pool >

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Minnesota Senator calls out US watchdogs: Why so cozy with Amazon?

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Re: Short Answer

Amazon is buying the FTC later this year so they are unable to comment on this ...

Joking aside, this is probably just a further effect of the Republicans pushing for less government interference with business ... they have been quite vocal about "FTC interference" in the past - we can expect more of this...

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Just wondering

The boss wasn't Bombastic Bob by any chance?

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Who's next?

We're already finding that VW wasn't the only company doing this ...

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

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Re: Mother Nature?

"Let's get in our boats!"

No - you weren't there, I was. After the hurricane had moved on up into Mississippi (where it did much more damage), New Orleans was flooded - and everyone outside the city with a boat headed down to the city to start getting people out of their houses.

But the National Guard stopped about 90% of the rescuers and sent then back home - a few got through and pulled their relatives out but the majority of the folks were just left there until the Coast Guard pulled them out days later.

Locally, we may party during a hurricane (not much else to do) and shelter in place - afterwards we get out and pick up the pieces and help our neighbors - unless we're the New Orleans cops in which case we shoot them.

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Re: Mother Nature?

The bad actors when New Orleans was hit by Katrina was the "heck of a job Brownie" US Government that kept the locals from getting into their boats to go into New Orleans to rescue people, and then transported the bulk of the local population to other states, thus ensuring that the formerly solidly Democratic voting state of Louisiana now votes Republican because they moved millions of voters to other states.

We're used to things like Hurricanes in Louisiana, they are not a big deal and most locals survive them quite happily - it's the Damn Yankees that have the problems.

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

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knackered hyperlinks?

That's not a feature?

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: "Developing world - if you were to only have *one* computing device"

Laptops have taken over our office for desktop computing but the mail server, DNS, accounting etc all remain on PC's. Tablets suck and phones only last a couple of years before they are obsolete and the batteries either die or catch fire.

Laptops and small form-factor servers are the future.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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3700 year ago ... and before then?

Everyone acts like this was brand new 3700 year ago - but stuff like this doesn't appear overnight like some mushroom. The chances are that it was well establish much earlier and we simply haven't found the evidence yet. Look at Göbekli Tepe ... 12,000 years ago - you think that was built by people counting on their fingers?

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Re: Bah!

I'm 65 and was recently given a bunch of photographs from my days as a Hash House Harrier some 20 years ago - needless to say, I have never had plans to run for public office but what the heck - does anyone really care about this. People do what people do, drunk or sober. Let's just get over it.

And FWIW - I had a hell of a lot of fun Hashing for many years - Hashers, a drinking club with a running problem.

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