* Posts by Lyndon Hills 1

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Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

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Re: Opting Out?

I think they're trying to prevent fraudsters from misusing credit cards.

One of the checks done to spot fraudulent use involves comparing the country of the card issued with the country identified from the current ip address of the person using it. If they don't match the transaction is flagged as potentially fraudulent. Depending o the processor's rules, it can be denied. Using a VPN would make this less effective, not to mention you don't get an ip address for the possible fraudster.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: If you're truly brave...

Previously known as amanfrommars ?

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

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Re: "pointless gadgets that purport to solve problems from which nobody suffers"

Today's technology, solutions without problems. Paradoxically it has produced large numbers of billionaires.

Also quite a few new problems...

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Love lambda, love Microsoft's Graph Engine. But you fly alone

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Joke

SQL-inspired language for describing patterns in graphs visually using an ASCII-art syntax

Sadly the most recent ascii-art I can recall is at goat.se (NSFW). I wonder what these databases make of this?

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'Celebgate' nudes thief gets just nine months of porridge

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It's a very, very trying time that we live in

Great comment, coming form a judge.

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Unreal

The inclusion of amanfrommars contributions should help advance the science.

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Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Unreal

Yeah, using Twitter worked out really well. Huff Po

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Routine jobs vanishing and it's all technology's fault? Hold it there, sport

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: All lies

I think I've just spotted a bug. You executed that loop twice. Perhaps you didn't factor in oil depravation.

At first I thought that was a typo for deprivation, but on reflection, maybe not.

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London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

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Not just Win 10

Re-read the article. The job spec isn't just Win 10/Office. More to the point they want Exchange, phones, voicemail and networking.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: New legends?

When I clicked the Start button, "Restart" and "Shutdown" had been replaced by "Update and Restart" and "Update and Shutdown". Is that new, or have I just missed it in the past?

It just means that there are updates to be installed. When they have been installed, the legends will return to what they were before. Until next time...

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Re: Company law

The problem in the UK has always been short term thinking except in a few companies with strategies and vision like RR.

Seems to me this started (or maybe just got a lot worse) in the 80's with the rise of performance-related pay. If the conditions for getting a bonus are sufficiently badly thought out, it can mean that the management strategy for maximising bonus can be contrary to the best interests of the company. This would be particularly true if you don't expect to be with the company for long.

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Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

Lyndon Hills 1

Reflecting on Britain's legacy of Alan Turing

A true genius and what did we do with him? Prosecuted and chemically castrated him, driving him to suicide.

Perhaps better not to reflect on him after all.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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Did apple lose?

Perhaps not long term, but at one point they survived largely because Microsoft bailed them out. At the time Microsoft were trying to claim they didn't have a monopoly on PC operating systems. Having Apple around was kind of necessary, being as the 'year of Linux on the desktop' still hadn't arrived.

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Lyndon Hills 1

mount fsck umount...

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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London has an air of FOAD that I loathe

This coming from someone who calls themselves Mort....

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Encryption backdoors? It's an ongoing dialogue, say anti-terror bods

Lyndon Hills 1

"The American people will have to weigh in ... The problem is big and broad..."

just like many Americans, as it happens.

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Google 'Solitaire' ... Just do it

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Not fair

Couldn't ever really get into that. For me it has to be solitaire / free cell. But word games could be the new one. Anyone have any tips? Needs to be be multiplayer and preferably multi-language.

Hangman?

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Californian gets 50 months in prison for Chinese 'technology spy' work

Lyndon Hills 1

Hellfire capability

I think I'd like to add this to my phone, what was the company name again?.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Risk?

If it looks like a duck, and it, oh wait....

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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

Lyndon Hills 1

Necromancer? pah

Now if they were Neuromancer fans, I'd be worried.

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Latest Androids have 'god mode' hack hole, thanks to Qualcomm

Lyndon Hills 1

Square mobile security hacker Dino Dai Zovi

Seems a bit unkind, or he really that shape?

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Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: More interference

the savings are tiny as I'm a very low user

The savings appear to be so small that if anything at all goes wrong, the potential savings will be more than wiped out by the time spent sorting it out.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: What could go wrong ?

My voice is my passport. Verify me.

Played Uplink?

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

Lyndon Hills 1

That was also one of the good things about being in the EU.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

Lyndon Hills 1

YoYo

the web site isn't great, but the canteen at work takes this. yoyo.com. this uses qr codes, and from observation is quick to recognise the code.

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A journey down the UK's '3D Tongue' into its mini industrial revolution

Lyndon Hills 1

Not unlike the rapid adoption of new ideas by the big financial institutions in London,

which went so well....

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FBI arrests satellite engineer on charges of espionage

Lyndon Hills 1

When Justice met the g-man

Sounds like a song title

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Lyndon Hills 1

Minoroty.

It's a moronity with a typo.

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Lyndon Hills 1

Unemployment?

problem solved.

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

Lyndon Hills 1

Thought they were based in Luxembourg anyway?

Oh no, that's just where they pay tax....

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

Lyndon Hills 1

FreeIPA 4.3

Is 4.3 the strength, CAMRA members want to know?

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: One tiny step, MS... one tiny step and you blow it.

Make extensions visible by default, dammit. If this had been done decades ago,

Decades ago file extensions _were_ visible by default. Then MS decided to hide them.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: To XSSXXXX, is Creative IT Command and Control in Computers, a Brave New Orderly AI World Order

the above shows just how effective non-US encryption can be, even if we have to go to Mars to get it.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: I don't fully understand...

Surely this, and Andrews previous reply, indicate the problem. Prior to the internet (or digital distribution really) most of this didn't matter, as you couldn't do it - by which I mean simply provide a means for someone to obtain a perfect copy.

The suggestion above that there is a difference between linking to a stolen image on a server that one owns, as compared to linking to a stolen image on another server seems specious. The practical effect is the same - the stolen image is there to be viewed.

The law, as it stands doesn't work anymore, and comparisons with physical situations don't help. Seems to me that we (society) need to figure out is what is the right thing to do, so the law can evolve to work in the digital age. It doesn't matter what a hyperlink actually is,what matters is what it enables, and if what it enables is wrong then let that be the guide.

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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

Lyndon Hills 1

The silent treatment?

Caused by his own jammer, methinks.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: It's a shame

I can't speak for the new Lumias but I have Win10 on my 930 and I think it's fine. I much prefer writing for the Windows phone, than for my Android. Admittedly I'm a .net person, so it may just be OS familiarity and Visual Studio, but I do find it a better development experience.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Workaround

Care to explain how it works on Windows then?

Probably fair to point out that DRM only 'works' to the point of making it difficult, but not impossible, to circumvent.

As a side note, often by making a purchased product so annoying to use that getting a cracked version makes the thing useable. e.g games that won't run at all without a net connection, dvds that won't let you skip adverts, etc, ad nauseum.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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in one point font

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Microsoft sneaks onto Android while Android sneaks onto Windows

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: The future creeps closer...

Last time I posted this sort of prediction, I was heavily down-voted by the near-sighted.

History is repeating itself.

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SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Completely wrong

Not a lawyer, but reading the pdf, I think you're bang on.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Whuh?

Demand for credit card numbers goes up. Millions of pre-teens discover Tor and the darker parts of the internet, also probably discover other sources of pr0n as a by product.

Possibly not exactly what was intended....

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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

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Re: It is not the fact that it does which is the issue, it is the code of conduct

root of all Snowdens of yesteryear.

Beautifully phrased.

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Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Free libraries

And in an ironic twist, easy access to research papers is what Sir Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he developed html. The hyperlink was to be an easy way to reference someone else's research that you were citing in your own paper. If you look back to the original html spec, you find plenty of tags (like tables of authority, citation, index) that are exactly what you need to publish academic research!

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Universal Credit slammed by MPs: Late programme branded 'unacceptable'

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: How often do the rules change?

Well the current negotiations with the EC have huge potential to change them again, viz child benefit for children overseas payable at the going local rate, and no benefits until 4 years (or maybe 18 months and varying thereafter up to 4 years).

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

Lyndon Hills 1

Forget the ransom

Forget the ransom. The disruption to normal operations will have cost far more than 350 quid.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Goto? What about longjmp()

"Sio te first thuinbg that"

I thought it was another failed attempt at an upper casing routine.

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200 experts line up to tell governments to get stuffed over encryption

Lyndon Hills 1

Couldn't agree more. I remember reading about a system specified and development starting in full knowledge that processing power now would make it too slow, but processing power at delivery would most likely have increased to meet the requirements. I think that was a military system too.

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UK ISP Sky to make smut an opt-in service from 2016

Lyndon Hills 1

Family filters??

Sounds like this would be a filter to block families. There must be a better name, perhaps one inspired by Vimes 'Ambivalent' post above.

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An on-demand video subscription isn't just for Christmas... Oh. It is

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: OTT = Negative Connotations

Some of us are old enough to remember it was the "grown up" version of TISWAS.

I'm old enough to have forgotten that. IIRC it was crap, while TISWAS was pretty good, even if it was meant for kids.

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Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'

Lyndon Hills 1

Re: Dear fellow commentards...

Ever read AE Van Voitgt Anarchictic collossus?

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