* Posts by fidodogbreath

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Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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"ATM machine"

Is that where you enter your Personal Identification Number number?

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Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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Re: Bah!

Or there's San Francisco, where people drop a deuce in the middle of the sidewalk.

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Raspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads

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Re: 300 baud!? You were lucky...

cueing up once a week for a chance to use the village carrier pigeon

You had pigeons?!? We used to dream about having pigeons!

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Ding ding! Round Two: Second annual review for transatlantic data flow deal Privacy Shield

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The name "Privacy Shield" could also be interpreted as shielding users from privacy. Obviously that is how Facebook, Google, Microsoft, et al will approach it.

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Re: Installing Windows 7 on Sky/Kaby Lake CPUs

I dont have any issue's, butthen

I was about to search Urban Dictionary for "butthen" when I realized it was just a missing space.

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Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

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"protecting our customers’ data and ensuring the security of our products is a top priority"

Facebook Equifax, and Yahoo said that, too.

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: If this was an Apple product

Microsoft's advice to those who have downloaded the build is: for goodness' sake, don't install the thing.

Good advice for Windows 10 in general.

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However, if you have gone ahead and allowed the update to do its stuff and been hit by the missing files issue, leave your PC alone and give Microsoft a telephone call for help.

Their customer service is great! "Microsoft" actually called me this morning to say that they found a problem with my computer, but they're able to remote in and fix it for me. He already fixed my Amazon, and now he's fixing my bank login. Super impressed!

/s

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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"Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls," the company said.

Translation: We created a shell company that is not called "Facebook" to do all those things.

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: Edge?

thats not quite as much spyware by design

If you don't count the spyware built into Windows 10 itself, I suppose.

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Re: Cancel? Yeah, sure thing, buddy.

A particularly stunning bit of interface design means that clicking "Confirm" on the warning screen will actually cause the update to install regardless.

So, the person who designed the GWX prompt still works there.

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Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'

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Too prolix

...it's a tug-of-war between overconfidence, bordering on arrogance among some of the leaders...

FTFY

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: Don't tell them your name

Or just make one up...

"Medium latte for Fido!"

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Re: In view of the site preferences

I use it for email, messaging and (surprisingly) phoning.

They can make phone calls, too?

Huh. Who knew?

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: 'Proud owner of notepad and calc. What should we do'

Clearly MS need to Cloud & AI them urgently. How can MS not know this?

JS AND HTML5 ALL THE THINGS!!!!

(^^^ I'm joking. Please do not do that. ^^^)

My guess: Notepad, Calc. et al will become "ad-supported;" ad-free versions will be available, but only in a bundle with Candy Crush Soda Saga and Solitaire.

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Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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the decision meant accepting the loss of three months worth of sales data from one infected server

"Recovers?" Sounds more "gives up and moves on." But good on them for not paying the scammers.

They can probably recreate most of the sales data from credit card transaction logs and their customers' records, anyway.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

I hope he steps away, gets healthy, then kicks back and watches the whole thing burn to the ground as the rainbow haired pronoun crowd destroy it.

Only abusive straight people can 'do things right?' There's no {point | fun} in even doing something if you can't abuse people in the process? If an abusive straight person is not in charge, Snow Wombat wants the project that runs most of the world's IT infrastructure to crash and burn?

Lots of bigotry and stupidity to unpack in that statement...

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Situation Normal

In this scenario, the IfG said, “just a fraction of the processes and systems required for life outside the EU will be in place” – there will be only time for “temporary sticking plasters”

So, a typical government operation then.

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For us that means paychecks!

Assuming, of course, that there's a functioning financial system.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: Does anybody here remember...

Had it been something preventing cortana starting, they would have flew in a team of developers.

Or interfering with slurp telemetry.

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Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

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Re: VW

Or competitive cyclists doping.

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Skype can now record your 'special moments' in front of the computer

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Web-app-ify all the things!

According to Ars Technica, the new Skype apps for all platforms will be built with HTML5 and JavaScript. Skype users can look forward to the snappy performance and low resource overhead that are the hallmarks of running interpreted code in a container.

On the plus side, the pokey and bloated new apps will supposedly focus on features that people actually want to use, rather than trying to be a crappy Snapchat / Instagram ripoff.

So, yay.

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Security bods: Android system broadcasts enable user tracking

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“While functionality exists to restrict who is allowed to read such messages, application developers often neglect to implement these restrictions properly or mask sensitive data”

So it's up to the developer to enable the "security" that protects sensitive data -- which they might want, but otherwise could not access without permission?

No one could possibly have anticipated that anything could go wrong there.

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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But the Help Desk have all been replaced with an AI chatbot that really only knows to tell people to restart their devices.

In fairness to AI, that's also the only thing that most wetware tier 1 support reps know to tell people.

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Re: The return of front page

I like the sentiment, but Front Page was an abomination. It was like a printing press that used plague corpses instead of paper.

^ ^ ^ ^ Comment of the Day ^ ^ ^ ^

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Re: The return of front page

Can we have the scrolling, animated text back?

And a 900kB "AI" JavaScript that dynamically adjusts the number of dancing baloneys to fit the viewport.

I've heard that FrontPage 2018 Sketch2Code will also automatically create and join webrings.

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Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules

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Out of sympathy

Facebook's venality and ruthless tactics have been widely reported in general media all over the world.

For anyone who continues to use Facebook apps, the resulting surveillance and privacy loss are the price of ignorance.

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SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors

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At Superprof we take security seriously

pop "It look like you're apologizing for a massive privacy cock-up. Would you like me to insert six paragraphs of meaningless corporate platitudes about how much you supposedly value the users you have screwed?"

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Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

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Correction

The Hype Cycle Gartner has been criticised for bearing only a tenuous relationship with reality.

FTFY

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Face-PALM: US Patent and Trademark Office database down for 5 days and counting

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Oh, no!

How will I file my patent for "representing a spoken or gestural language by means of a writing system?"

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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We have also just future proofed our entire IT network

Sadly, they did not present-proof it.

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Pulling a freight train with a tricycle

I bought a little micro computer thingy on Amazon, which was basically equivalent to most Chromebooks: wimpy Atom processor, 32 GB of dog-slow flash storage, 2GB RAM. The plan was to install Ubuntu server, but it came with Windows 10 preloaded. Out of morbid curiosity, I fired it up to see how it ran.

As one would expect, running 10 on that hardware was excruciating. The only thing it did quickly was get worse, as Windows filled up the meager flash storage with non-declinable updates and then consumed all available RAM and CPU cycles for >8 hrs installing them. Even after the update spasms had subsided, it was an absolute dog.

Windows 10 should run passably on premium hardware like a Pixelbook, but it will be bitterly disappointing on the zillions of $200 Chromebooks.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Clippinator: Judgement Day

"You have been found guilty on all counts. Your fate will now be decided by the Microsoft Sentence 365 Condemnation Wizard."

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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Perhaps it's a feature, then

"At this time, we have no evidence whatsoever that the claims being made by these individuals are true," Khesin added. "However, if such a weakness is discovered, we already have a patch to fix it so that it would become impossible to do indefinitely."

The bug doesn't exist, but we've already fixed it.

All right, then.

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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The 1980s called

They think it's cute that our clever millennial programmers have "invented" black-screen terminals with light text.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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a 98 per cent false positive rate, and had led to zero arrests

So, by government standards, it's a success!

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: Yay... maybe?

I'm all for security where it is needed. I resent being bullied by Google.

Indeed. My 4-page personal Wordpress site has absolutely no content that needs to be https-protected. The hosting company has provided free certs (via CPanel), but it has still required annoying make-work on my part.

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Protection racket

Who protects us from our self-described "protectors?" Apparently, no one.

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Upgrade your Lifestyle with Microsoft!

However, there will be no warning before your lifestyle spontaneously reboots; you will not be able to change aspects of your lifestyle that SatNad thinks you must have; and every minute detail of your life(style) will be surveilled and data-mined in order to better understand how you use it (and to show you more relevant ads).

So, win-win -- at least, from the point of view of Miscrosoft-Microsoft.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Re: The real test

Will come when it can tell the difference between horse piss and American Budweiser.

Budweiser, Miller, Coors, et al are pissed out by well-hydrated gorillas. The difference between gorilla piss and horse piss can be subtle, depending on diet, water conditions, and hydration levels.

Gorillas are expensive to obtain and their cages take up valuable space, so forward-thinking brewers in Oregon are exploring other sources for brew stock.

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Wall-E World

So now the automated beer factory can produce beer optimized for the automated beer taster.

We were so busy harrumphing about voice assistants and IoT sex toys that we completely missed the real threat.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: What about disturbing others?

I'm just human. I like to talk to my fellow human beings F2F. It's how you get to really know them.

Your sunny, magnanimous view of other people is in the minority in the Reg forums...

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OK, so they sometimes push out insecure stuff, but software devs need our love and respect

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"It's like going up to a parent and saying that their child is ugly and then expecting to have a conversation."

That's how we do political conversations -- well, all communications, really -- in the US now. It works every bit as well as you'd expect.

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How polite: Fun-bucks coin miners graciously ease off CPU pounding

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Missed one

At this point we ought to wheel out the standard security warnings: run up-to-date antivirus software on your machine, keep up with all patches, and don't open any attachments from unsolicited or otherwise suspicious email

One more: Run ad- and script-blockers in all browsers.

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Re: Er, this Doesn't Really Fix the Problem...

I know Apple devices are meant to be thrown away and not repaired (despite costing considerably more than my repairable Asus laptop), but that's just ridiculous.

Sadly, that seems to be the norm now with high-end "design-focused" laptops from many vendors, not just Apple. It's weird to me that I can easily upgrade the RAM, HDD/SSD, keyboard, etc. on almost any $400-500 laptop, while a $1500 model is likely to be a sealed-up, glued-together brick with soldered RAM and storage.

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Re: Took me a minute...

I bought the only MacBookPro late 2016 model available without the OLED-touch-bar crap.

I waited for that round of new MacBooks to come out, then eagerly went to a store to try them. I absolutely hated the feel of the short-travel keyboard, even when it was brand new and the keys worked. This was also before it was general knowledge that you have to replace the entire keyboard assembly and half of the case if just one key goes bad.

I ended up buying a refurb 2015 core i7 MBP for several hundred dollars less, with a full complement of ports. I feel like I dodged a bullet.

(PS: Please don't bother replying about how I 'shoulda bought a Dell' or whatever. I have owned many PCs, and still have 3 Win7 boxen. The entire reason for buying a MacBook was to escape the Windows 10 slurp. And yes, I've tried Linux; the driver and hardware support for professional audio recording is terrible.)

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Re: PDF is clunky.

All of that because you can't convert a PDF back to anything else.

Well, you couldn't in 1998. Now there are tons of free and low-cost tools that can convert PDF content into numerous other formats.

Screw copyrights.

Including the copyrights that protected the product for which you had 5K pages of documentation? Or just copyrights that belong to someone else?

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Re: Ahem

Next year it will probably be Acrobat DC 1880 just to keep us guessing

One thing we won't have to guess about: if it's an Adobe cloud product, it will be eye-wateringly expensive.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled

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Re: Similar thing at HP

My guess is there was either a lot more drama than we're being told, or someone wanted Krzanich out.

Not necessarily. Intel has a pretty conservative corporate culture.

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Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel – US security chap

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thought should be given to allow "deference in regulatory action" to companies that suffered a breach despite being involved in information-sharing programmes.

Anything you tell the US government could potentially become public, by loss or leak. I can't imagine that corporate legal departments would allow their company to voluntarily disclose information that might be used against them. Even "deference in regulatory action" isn't very enticing, since disclosure could lead to lawsuits from investors or (in the case of a breach) affected customers.

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