* Posts by 0laf

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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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Childcatcher

I have to admit I'm amused that Facebook appears to have bought a pup.

I'm sure Nick sold them a great tale about being one of the most trusted former politicians in the world with regard to privacy an honesty.

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Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself

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Re: Fascinating stuff

A liquid salute to you sir for working on such mind boggling boffinry

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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This being the company that cariied out disability assessments in building that were not accessible to the disabled.

A canny move really.

Make it through the door - You're not disabled, benefits cancelled

Can't make it through the door - Non-attendance, benefits cancelled

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Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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FAIL

Make a product and say it will be revolutionary then unveil it as basically the same thing everyone else sells but with worse support and higher costs.

Stand in front of investors aghast that the world hasn't snapped up your 95% identical-to-every-other-phone-but-costs-more product and then promise that the NEXT product will be truely revolutionary and can he have some more money?

Fool me once....

Smart phones are a utility/white goods item now. You don't get many truely revolutionary developments in white goods from startups, maybe once a generation. Dyson is probably the only company that has done it and a lot of their kudos is snake-oil and marketing. The shine is off Dyson from many of the former customers I've spoken to (also being a former customer).

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Mushroom

I wonder if the mirror could concentrate the sun's rays onto a small area making a nice Bond-esque weapon?

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The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

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Big Brother

The Chinese state is probably more trustworthy with your personal information than Google, UK Gov, MS or many other firms. At leasthe Chinese intelligence services won't sell your data to advertisers ;-)

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Re: The real challenge for Huawei

I don't think anyone really has much innovation on the go. It's just incremental improvements in various areas and has been like this for quite a few years.

When these phones make the leap to a proper Continuum like switch being both mobile and desktop as and when needed that might (might) kick things up a gear.

Same with the flexible/rollable displays that are always just a little away.

But even if you look at scifi (The Expanse), even with hundreds of years of fantasy R&D the characters are still carrying little rectangular screens that process data, take pictures and process data. Maybe we're at the end point for mobile coms until they get imbedded into our heads.

Even with Cloud doing the heavy lift we'll still have little square screens to carry around for output.

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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I don't think the Swedish prison was the issue rather the Swedish extradition treaty with the US. US prisons being somewhat less pleasent than Swedish ones and I doubt the US legal and government services would be keen on letting him out, ever.

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Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

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Legacy apps will be an issue. Plenty of very large companies dislike keeping their shit current as long as they can pass the risk and cost onto their customers.

I dearly hope that one of them will cop a big GDPR fine for failing to do this sooner rather than later and they'll get the idea they they are actually responsible for maintaining their products and their customers shouldn't need to compromise their own networks to make their shit function.

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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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I'm not surprised this is costing a fortune. Money was cut from most of the public sector and basic maintenance was an easy thing to stop. Since they'd never had a problem there was not problem. Patching just causes downtime doesn't it?

It'll have left them with a massive pile of catch-up actions and no staff to do it since they'd all been paid off

I wonder if the NHS be getting ongoing money to do maintenance on an ongoing basis or if we'll be back here in 5yr since they'll patch all the wannacry stuff then stop thinking the job is done?

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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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Hmmmm Success Vs MS

I don't have a Surface I think they're overpriced plus sized tablets but I know lots of people with them that like them a lot.

We've bought into a lot of Surface devices for senior people and they, in general, are happy with what they are getting. I'm also increasingly seeing Surface devices being used by conference presenters etc. The sorts of people who like to have 'Influencer' somewhere in their CV or profile.

So on the surface (fnar fnar) the Surface appears to be a bit of a success for MS.

Which isn't to say they won't fuck it up totally soon or that Nedella won't just throw the entire product line in the skip at a moments notice because he woke up and decided that MS aren't a hardware company. This is MS after all.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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I'd rather not carry multiple devices if I can help it. I think that's the case for most people which is why they often have one powerful phone type device which does 90% of their needs.

This is an expensive dumb phone with tethering which means I'd still have to carry multiple devices.

If I'm going to carry multiple devices anyway I would probably choose a sub $50 dumb phone and a $50 4G dongle or a device with built in LTE.

This seems a bit, well, wanky.

Anyone remember the Harry Enfield sketch where he runs a shop called "I saw you coming"?

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: Another One Bites The Dust

"Yet again we learn that you simply cannot rely on any service provided by Google. How many times do we get to play "Here today, gone tomorrow" before we all learn to stay away?"

In fairness it's not just Google playing that game. MS is much much worse for it.

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

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Why

The thing is.

The really basic thing

The really really basic thing I've found over the years,

Is that that the vast majority of people neither need or want video calling.

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Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Grand Slam

As I recall reading these bombs took a long time to make. The casings were large and difficult to make. They had to pour hot Torpex into the case and took a month to cool down before they could move the bomb.

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WTF?

Locally she's called "The Honey Monster". The effect is much the same.

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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the long read to day in the Gruniad is worth a read. Trump doesn't know what he's doing and really doesn't care. Seems doubtful the Russian's control him he's just too unstable, more likely they would seen to control those who influence him.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/sep/27/this-guy-doesnt-know-anything-the-inside-story-of-trumps-shambolic-transition-team

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Can't read my, can't read my... broker face: Premium Credit back online a week after cyber attack

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Any complaint to the financial ombudsman costs the subject of the complaint £500 whatever the outcome. So it's worth doing.

I had a similar story with the ombudsman. I got nearly £8k back from a bank in excess charges, but at the last minute.

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Sounds like a bad case of ransomware but they at least had backups that were safe to restore when they got their patching etc up to date.

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NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: De-orbit ISS

Yep really isn't possible. Well it's possible but it's improbable. It would need a big feck off booster fitted to it and somehow the whole thing would need to be shored up to cope with the move. TBH it's pretty old, and like many things you're better starting a new with the lessons learned from previous versions.

But I agree with others it's a sad state when we're really not a long way from where we were 50yr ago.

I'd have liked to have seen moon obiting bases, larger earth orbiting habitats maybe as places to build Mars vehicles. I'm sure we could have done it ages ago had politics, wars and other top table nonsense not taken over again.

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Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

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Metallica, middle of the road... oh my ruined youth

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: "Are you affected by the outage? Leave us a comment and let us know."

Ser, ya tozhe khochu soobshchit!

I too am unaffected. But also do not use any Amazon Alexa based spying devices.

I'm sure you're relieved to know that at least two of your loyal readers are able to continue their day during the catastrophic 1st World disaster that is an Amazon Alexa outage.

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Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Commitment

Hmmm MS was 'committed' to its mobile platform as well.

Might as well be advertised as "Office 2019, we'd really rather you didn't buy this".

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Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs

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Mushroom

When we stamp out of the EU in a geriatric tantrum we'll need our big nuclear sticks to wave at other countries so they'll take us seriously and speak to us. a bit like a West European version of North Korea.

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Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh

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Hmmm I think the justification for the science could have been highlighted a bit more here. Scientists don't do animal studies lightly.

Usually they'd rather avoid animal studies and stick to in-vitro experiments. Using animals involves a lot of paperwork and cost. Behavioural studies are not really possible without doing it this way though..

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Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

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Top boffinry by the Japanese contingent.

I hope El Reg will keep us all up to date with this. It's interesting stuff

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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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"Since NCIX is nothing but a corpse now, those whose privacy has been breached – any customer or employee – have little chance for any redress, we fear."

When the landlords seized the servers they became the custodians of the the data they contained and responsible for it. This is Canada which has a data protection adequacy agreement with the EU so we might find the Canadian authorities take this a lot more seriously than you think.

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Sealed with an XSS: IT pros urge Lloyds Group to avoid web cross talk

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SWMBO contracts for banks says they are filled with bad tempered self-serving psychopaths at pretty much all levels. They are the only personality type that can survive. Hence she is trying her best to find work elsewhere.

Back OT I'm sure I've read in the comments many times these exact vulnerabilities being pointed out.

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Mushroom

Yeah also wondered what the outcome was after it was snared in the net. I thought the net was supposed to be tethered to a deorbiting engine or a solar sail etc.

Also I guess the small stuff doesn't matter as much since our space machines will be built to withstand micrometeorites anyway and paint and screws are basically the same.

But we need to do so meting before we end up in the Kessler Syndrome

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GG n00b lol! Amazon frags support for its own games controllers

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WTF?

So I spend £30 on an Amazon Controller to use on an Amazon TV box whilst always having Amazon subscription and they decide that after a year or so, naa we're going to brick your kit coz we can't be arsed.

There is a reason Car manufacturers have to provide support and parts for a minimum period of time. I think we need to look at this for tech manufacturers as well especially if the current crop of politicals are allegedly so interested in plastic waste.

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Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown

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Paris Hilton

I thought it was short for smegma or knob cheese for the more uncouth.

But is it just cynical me that see's "targeted cyber attack" and thinks, Someone clicked on a phish for free [insert celebrity] nudy videos?

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Feeling old yet?

8-O I was just thinking, "but they're not old, did they not just come out?".

Apparently not.

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TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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24,999

Only 24,999 people had their financial detail put as risk because of a stupid oversight.

Well that not much is it? One person would be tragic but 24,999 that's just a statistic.

Someone else said that once......

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Pint

I echo the comments above. Many pints due

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Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

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Re: I was also surprised they delete comments and ignore corrections.

I've also had negative reviews disappeared or refused on more than one occasion.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Black Helicopters

I had a look hoping to pinch some free awareness materials but this is a bit too CSI / militaristic to reuse.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: The important question

It's just the first iteration that is confusing. The XR2 and XR3 will make more sense and will come with the option of vinyl lettering across the screen.

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I've an Iphone SE. I wouldn't change it except I find the screen keyboard too small for my fingers.

At these prices I'll bite the bullet and go to Google. Fuck paying nearly £1k for a phone.

I hope to see the Huawei P20 Pro on discount in October. If I'm saving £500 over a bigger iPhone I'll just have to live with the data snarf. I don't bank or shop on a phone anyway. If they want to read my FB posts (which are 90% daily mash shares) they're welcome.

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Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

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FAIL

They could do proper two factor authentication which would be a massive boost in security for customers but that would cost money therefore the customer can go to fuck.

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World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave

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Pr0n

Look it's porn. Badly worn, badly drawn porn but it'll be porn. Human evolution is driven by porn.

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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

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Were the US military not looking at taking on people with tech skills who would not be suitable for front line duties ever? I.e. these might be people who are highly skilled digitally but have severe physical disabilities.

Digitally they may not even need to be in same continent as the fighting force so why require them to be able to pass the BFT?

Money is an issue, I know of an old neighbour who was highly skilled in his field who despite being quite senior in the TA (was a Major now higher) took a considerably pay cut to go on tour. He was willing to do this but I doubt many people would be.

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British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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PCI

Lack of functioning iFrames between the website and the payment engine would be a failure of BA's PCI DSS compliance would it not?

Assuming they are PCI compliant.

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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Alert

The size is great, no one ever wished for less storage, but geez that's a lot of shit to back up.

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Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

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Holmes

Eris is bigger than Pluto anyway

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'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Sophisticated atatck

It's always a sophisticated attack isn't it. To start with they like to make out it was the equivalent of an 5yr long NSA funded Mossad developed program of industrial espionage.

In 3 months we'll find out they were hacked by a bright 11yr old that stumbled on one of their remote access logins with a null password.

Either that or a manager clicked on a phishing link really thinking he was getting "Genuine grad A top qwaliti Viagrae".

Oh and I've flown BA a few times with increasing levels of uselessness and farce followed by their best attempts at ignoring me in the complaint process. I've flown with many carriers including Ryanair and EasyJet and in my own personal experience BA have been the worst to use.

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Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: Hope it's true

I've read that Einstein's general relativity rules hold up just fine for Tachyons travelling faster than the speed of light. It's the transition from sub-luminal to supra-luminal that presents difficulties. If you start out supra-luminal all is well.

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Boffin

Don't radio waves always move at the speed of light? I'm aware the local speed of light is variable but would the radio waves not always move at that local c?

therefore 'superfast' radio waves would be a bit of a misnomer?

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HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

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Re: We take security very seriously

"We take our security very seriously, we don't give a fuck about yours.... unless the ICO is knocking on the door"

FTFY

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: Security Anyone?

I suspect they are thinking that you will be conned into buying a new range of smart devices every 18 months so they don;t need to support them for any length of time.

In fact I confidently predict that you'll start to see more and more IOT / AI devices being offered on a subscription basis. You pick your pieces of IOT tat from one manufacturer pay your monthly payment and every year or two you'll get a new suite of fresh crap to ensure you're keeping up with the digital Joneses.

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

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Mushroom

Microsoft owned Skype performs worst on Microsoft owned operating system.

I think you should just give up now MS.

You had your chance and blew it.

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