* Posts by Alistair

1457 posts • joined 18 May 2007

NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down

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Better yet

Lets make this effective. All US citizens need to start adding long lists of "Foreign Terrorist Operatives" to the sig bolt on their emails in BG colour text at 3pts. If this becomes the default in, say, outlook and Thunderbird email clients we could have a *very* quick solution...

Ohhhhhhhhh. Now THERE's an (email) virus I could get behind....!!!

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Congrats James.

Welcome to the 'Fold'.

I was wondering if they were going to post him, or 'post' him.

/mines the one with the small bottle of coloured pills.

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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Re: Easily influenced?

add to this echo chamber effect tunnels.

Once sucked into the tunnel, the concept of "Does not agree" becomes "That is offensive1", rather than something the subject will want to consider rationally, even when the subject may well have the capacity to do so.

1. which ranges from offensive to Q#$%@#% B*llsh*t rants

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Ummm

I live just outside of toRONto, and Taunton Rd is north of me, Trowbridge ave is (well to the) west of me. That image is a CN rail engine with the logo's wiped off. There is no way that trip takes 10,000 lbs of fuel.

Oh, wait. I'm confused.

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Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

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Re: Someone had to say it....

Actually Captain, I think you wanted *THIS* icon. I don't consider that a joke.

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A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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WEeeeeellll...

1) FD: I've been in the telecom biz for ....... 20 years now. *sigh* (with one of the big three)

2) FD2: I was born in Lynn Massachusetts, and became a naturalized Canadian citizen ummm, well before I was a legal adult.

Americans in general: Yanks

Americans in political frenzy: The Excited Snakes.

Americans in foreign country (on vacation): Impatiens. (think about it for 2 minutes)

American military in foreign country: Bootheels.

American TSA officers: puppets.

The CRTC *at this moment* has found that there are three sets of influence on their decision making processes. Sadly, through the 90's and the '00's they were not hearing one point of view, however they were *waiting* to see how things panned out elsewhere on certain fronts. Thus we have a set of internet rules that actually make some sense. It helps that these folks OpenMedia have been hammering on these issues that are faced by internet providers, regulators and consumers. Another point is that most of the folks in the business who have a technical clue realize just how futile the corporate efforts to bottle and package the consumers are. There were efforts to avoid Local Loop unbundling, especially in the 90's with loop costs in some cases being 2 or 3 times the cost of a package. This was demonstrated in a court to be unfair business, and the legal context is very unlikely to be challenged since it will require the challenger to demonstrate specific costs with concrete proofs. local number portability had to be legally enforced, and since there'd been such resistance, when the order did come down it was fast and hard. Why? because the big three seriously did not realize that the entire country could be cut off from the rest of the globe on the telecoms front if they did not let go. I've heard some fantastic names for JT, but I'll point out three things

1) due to a CRTC decision 6 months ago my internet costs are now 62% of what they were then. Based on (shared access) pipes and what the physical carriers are allowed to charge the VIPs (thats virtual internet providers)

2) I can get a package for internet/phone/television/otherservices from no less than 8 providers now. On whatever pipe comes into my home. And the pipe owner is not permitted to block or delay that process *compared to their own delivery*. They are permitted to charge only specific monthly fees *that have to be itemized* to the end user

3) If my (visiting) 13 year old (relative) downloads 8 hours of pron from torrent sites and gets tagged for it, I get a letter saying "don't do that again" that has *almost* 0 legal weight. And the bait and switch teams, legal scam operations and american corporate entities that are stealing artistic *value* from the globe in an effort to protect a content delivery industry that is 50 years out of date cannot touch me.

And goddamn it yes I am a Canadian. Sometimes cranky, but that has more to do with the idiots that can't process a coherent thought. I love my Timmies and my bacon and I'm as likely to be found on the deck BBQ'ing in January as in June. With a beer. From someone like 5 Paddles. BBQing Bacon.

Here's a beer for the folks at OpenMedia and the CRTC chaps.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: mein Kampf mit Scheitern

" Prime Minister Diefenbaker had nightmares about Canada becoming a war-monger or a nuclear power"

No. The US basically said - if you want to keep the car industry going, you'll shut down avro. At the time there were trade agreements that could have cost Canada some 120,000 jobs from the auto industry. Avro was less than 5,000 people.

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Re: Kodak Created The First Digital Camera

@ Hollerithevo:

Like that old saying: if the railroad companies understood that they were in the transportation business, not the railway business, they would own all the airlines.

Uhhhm I'm old enough to recall Canadian Pacific. When it owned rail lines and air planes. Hell, flew to Lisbon from T.O. on one. Doesn't seem to have worked out too well for them.

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Re: Betamax - Betamax quality wasn't actually that much better.

@CoCM

Samsung are only leading by the width of a battery contact.... if your nose is that short I suspect you've been hanging out too close to the screen. Go get yer eyes checked.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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okay --

a) manager in question stopped in bar.

b) manager in question pushed personal limit

c) manager in question could not wrangle key in lock, passed out on stoop, peed on laptop, tried drying out laptop (with hairdryer/walpaper stripper/oven/microwave)

-> just my take on things.

a) neither human nor dog urine is sterile. Period. **YOUR** urine is *inert* to *YOU* -> at least for 10 to 15 minutes - properly filtered as it comes out, you can actually drink it for the water.

b) sufficient heat was applied to said device to met plastic. Bacterial activity is not an issue. Smell? well that is an entirely different thing. Dog/cat/people urine? That stuff barely makes a smell, let alone a stench. Go hang out in a chicken shed. Where they have chickens. Like, say, 4,000 chickens. *THATS* a stench.

c) Data. Business requirements 101. IF YOU CANT BE SURE - destroy the drive.

Even wandering it out to the parking lot and hammering the ratshit out of the device till the disk was truly pooched would be better than tossing it in the skip.

My take as the VP IT?

Fire *both* of them.

/yes, I'm still in a pissy mood. Two more tapes to sort. 8 year old mylar is *NOT* my friend.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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ahhh buzzword bingo.

Gotta lurrvve it.

ITS NEW all new SNAKE OIL buzzword, cliche, tired cliche, hippy hippy shake shake. BUY EEET NAO!

a) packaged organic veggies and fruit, all chopped up. Hmm. No thanks. Listeria. Shelf life of hours, or they're sprayed with appropriate preservatives, and are thus not in the category of the buzzword "Organic". Yes, lemon juice works, but we're talking the *BUZZWORD* organic.

Thanks I'll cut em up myself. After buying em from the local market. Whole. Or (perhaps) picking em out o my garden.

(what? a knife and 10 seconds in the appropriate $45 blending device, pour into glass, toss warm water and a drop o soap in appropriate blending device, reactivate blending, cleaned)

b) $400 for a @#$%@#$ juicer? no - absolutely not. for an IOT Juicer? I think my opinion on IOT bullshit brain baffler devices is known. This project needs to die yesterday.

/ yes I'm in a pissy mood. 2am and byte walking tapes to repair block headers. Don't talk to me.

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Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

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hmmm.

Niemoller's poem come to mind anyone?

/the one with a megphone in the pocket.

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NetAdmin challenge: Go to Mars, connect a rover, orbiter and three bases

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Hmmmm

I'm thinking KSP plugin.... anyone else?

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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Re: Internet One

"Station wagon packed with tapes barreling down the highway = massive bandwith."

Yeah, but the latency...

Station wagon called called New Horizons will trump your latency.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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@Mark 85.

Perhaps a 2x4 is a wee bit light for the job. I'm going to suggest a 3x6. Edgewise.

with a Yuuuuge lever.

/Yes, that would be the S/M mask.

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RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

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Farewell --

To one very smart, very cool fellow. I should have gone down to a family get together two summers ago, apparently my uncle knew him well.

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Astro-boffinry breakthrough: Loads of ingredients for life found on Saturn's Enceladus

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Re: "Earth's Missing Geothermal Flux" at FauxScienceSlayer

@FSS

Missing:

Education, facts, logic.

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Free health apps laugh in the face of privacy, sell your wheezing data

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Re: Question...

@Mark 85

Right idea, wrong TLA.

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Worry not, Python devs – you can program a quantum computer

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Um. Quantum computers, Python. Banking.

I don't think you want those quanta on any planes.

That line reads almost like Penrose wrote it.

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Callisto Group snoopers wreak havoc with leaked HackingTeam spyware

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Re: Said vs Heard

"What they heard: "We need more powerful / pervasive surveillance and all the crypto keys if we want to stay ahead"

FTFY Pierre.

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Hypervisor kid Jeff Ready: Converged to the core, and NO VMware

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Re: Seriously? Did he really said that? With a straight face?

"Except for VDI" ... I think the point that was made is that dedupe is not the *default* case, but rather it should be applied only where it *truly* has value. In many cases you may have a bunch of nodes in virtualization stack that have logical relationships but a lack of data commonality - dedupe in these cases can be a latency issue. In VDI, you have a *spectacular* value in applying dedupe. In a cluster of sharepoint servers you *may* have value in dedupe and you may not. In an application mid tier, again, it very much depends on the circumstances, stateless midtier app servers will have massive storage, and as long as one puts the logs somewhere *else* your value in dedupe is high. Applying dedupe to back end DB instances will have almost zero real value, and can in fact be of negative value.

<sorry - guess what I was having to explain to the Management folks recently>

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Far out: Dark matter bridges millions of light-years long spotted between galaxies

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Exhaust trails perhaps?

I keep hoping that the explanation is that this imbalance we're seeing is the pollution left behind by the far more advanced species transport devices. We're just slow getting to the party.

All that said, nice to see some data added to the pile so we can look at it in a different light.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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I have outlived all my managers

And now train them as they come on board. Makes my life easier.

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Graphite core? There are other ways to monitor your operation's heart

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syslogs syslogs applogs logs logs logs

/BCvoice

Storage is 'spensive, cannot spend that on monitoring dammit!

/BeanCounter

Biggest issue I've run into *every* time we've tried to get things set up. Security *has* the syslogs from everything, but politically, and security wise are unable to *share* them to the monitoring team. Duplication of storage (and its a LOT of storage) is unacceptable. And proper monitoring has to be tuned, no matter how much you pay for it, the 'nice little bundle of options' you get from your vendor will *not* cover your scope, and you'll have to tune it for your environment.

And you have to beat your (umptyleven) development teams (agile devops or not) into making sure they have the right bits in their builds, and build to the structure that your monitoring is expecting, or at the very least follow a recipe that looks vaguely like a standard.

And to get it all working and tuned you need people that understand the monitored environment AND the way the tools work, and you have to pay for that. Those bodies are expensive.

God I can't wait to work in a smaller shop one day.

Oh. RIght. Cheep Cloud.

oh well. off the slave pen then.

<can you tell it was a budget week this week?>

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TCP/IP headers leak info about what you're watching on Netflix

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oh darn

Someone will figure out I'm binge watching Death in Paradise on weekend mornings.

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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WTF?

Holy drama lama mama!

Okay - lets get this straight.

Gordon R. had his father-in-law running some aspect of his restaurant biz. Fires said F-I-L. For what it is not clear (here .... I'm quite sure there is data elsewhere). F-I-L decides to find out if Gordon is bouncing around information about F-I-L's (possible) fling, so recruits his children in an attempt to hack into the computer systems of Gordon's businesses to find out.... and gets bagged in an anti-hacking investigation ....

Am I detecting an unbelievable level of stupid here or am I just missing something?

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

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not quite 45 years on

.......

That I can start this off with that line makes no sense, I mean, I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up, how can it have been 45 years......

I watched 11, 15 and some of 17.

I read every bit I could lay my hands on about Voyagers, and Mariners. (anyone remember Omni?)

I watched *every* televised shuttle launch. (burned vacation days when I needed to).

I probably know enough about the ISS to find my way around it if by some strange miracle I ever find myself there.

That we have Voyagers still functioning out there, That we have broken, stranded robots on Mars still talking to Nasa, That we have images of the surface of Pluto (sadly missing the frozen space suit waving at the sun) utterly astonishes me. That Nasa, ESA, ArianeSpace, SpaceX, Blue Horizon, et al are still challenging the gravity well in (sometimes) new and radical ways makes me jealous and reminds me that there is still more any of us could do.

Considering some of the crap hardware I've run into in my work life, I am blown away that they can shut this sucker down and not be utterly terrified that they'll never hear from it again.

Beers all round for the Gals and Guys that do this stuff that makes me jealous.

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Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer

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This is rather unfair.

I may have to find a UK employer for the summer. So I can visit HQ. Yes, for work, of course.

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'US falling behind China' in semiconductors but storage startup promises to kiss it better

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I suspect the next announcement will be the:

Waaaaait for it .....

IPO!!!

/mine's the one with the "Big Bag O' Toasty Wind" in the back pocket/

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Sorry eh? Canadian mounties own up: Yes, we own 10 IMSI-catchers

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IMSI catchers

Harris makes *most* of the IMSI catchers out there. However If you happen to be a carrier or network provisioner, you have access to, and quite regularly will deploy a mobile system that looks %100 identical to what Harris is selling to police forces. It will be deployed when events occur that will drastically overload the cells you have covering a location, or when one or two critical cells need interim maintenance that will take them offline (yes it does happen. At least in some cases the carrier is concerned enough about the gap to cover it) The critical difference between the units the carriers deploy and the ones the various enforcement agencies deploy is the goddamn paint job on the van.

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Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg

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Upcoming events on the horizon.

"it's rather rare for two such terrifying voids to smash into each other"

I can think of a couple of terrifying voids that are about to at least run into one another. However, I doubt they'll be giving off gravitational waves. I suspect that they will just be giving off creepy vibes.

Having spent some time discussing solar evolution with the youngest (He's a 'fact based' bedtime story type. We've read all sorts of science books ...) we made it to 'what are black holes' and one of the first questions he asked was 'what would happen if two really big ones could grab each other'. There is a rather well detailed PHD on this .... scary thing was he found it on the interwebz before I did. And managed to read most of it (although the maths in the proofs are still way beyond him <and me too in some cases>, he now has a reason to work at math) just needing some translation for the more exotic language elements.

I'm inclined to suggest that if this is what it took to trigger something we could detect, then we still have a long way to go with G wave detection equipment. I suspect (personally) that we'll have to redefine a couple of cosmological constants *just a wee bit* at some point and suddenly some weird affect will fall out that will enhance what we already know and will explain (Gravity/Dark matter/Dark Energy) gaps. This is the way these things have happened in the past, and we'll find the bit we're missing sometime. yay for some progress to add to the pile.

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Jailed biz coach accused of $17.5m HPE fraud writes to fans saying 'join me'

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ooooohhh *salad dressing*

A little bit of sage, and a little bit of "Avocado". I can think of a slayer or so that might find that quite tasty.

/<The one with "Stupid is as Stupid Does" on the teeshirt in the pocket>\

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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

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ShineyHappyCorpSpeak:

Rebranded as:

BrilliantlyUncommunicativeLiteraryLingoSlosshedIntoTypography.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: The devil always is in the implementation...

"Probably a bigger chance that after a few years of "enhanced interrogation" you'll genuinely believe that you are a camel.."

Or at the *very* least sincerely *WANT* to be a camel.

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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I'll stick with my preference...

As the atmosphere surrounds it, in the last few seconds of transmission "My god, its full of stars....."

I *REALLY* hope they livestream this ......

<Beers all round for a job well done>

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As Trump signs away Americans' digital privacy, it's time to bring out the BS detector

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dear lord

"What contributions get companies is a foot in the door and a meeting with the legislator. Then it's up to the lobbyists legislator to make sure that their company's version of events is heard loud and clear and as many times as possible.

FTFY.

@BB

"re-classify the internet as "something else" and REGULATE CONTENT and its usage."

The FCC rules did nothing to *regulate content*. Your bombasticity is showing as usual.

Part of the issue on this side of the pond, both in your yard and mine is that the internet is *regarded* as a service, regulated as little as possible and effectively regarded as the future of our financial evolution, essentially, ye olde wilde west, but with new technology. For libertarians it is the holy grail of "don't touch this".

I personally know what can be done when one has access to CDR data from the cell masts, IUM data from the modems, and the relevant keys from IMEI's and IPdm macs. I have this pool of data. And, yes, yes indeed we can, in many cases, differentiate between Mummies PC and little Johnnie's PC.

The FCC rules are needed or you lot are relying on *individuals* like me who will take the stand of making sure that pool of data is cleaned up *BEFORE* it is assembled, or at the *very* minimum ensure that there is some minimum level of anonymization applied to the data pool, and then serious access restrictions on the anonymization keys.

There are *very* good legal reasons for having this data pooled, sorted, analysed. And for much of this data there are legal obligations to collect the data and store it for some period of time. This (the collection and storing of said data for legal obligations) is *expensive* as there is rather a lot of data to store. Pai, and several of the FCC objector Congresscritters acknowledged that, and believed that the ISP's deserved to use that data to generate income to pay for the collection of legally obligated data. Selling on the advertising targets was what the ISP's wanted because "GOOGLE". Look at how RICH google got off advertising. Look at the wealth it *CREATED* (hearing a certain freemarketeer there anyone?) Look at what it did for the STOCK MARKET....

I am serious here. I and one of the data scientists decided to demonstrate to our security head *just what* we can determine from this data. This demonstration is the only reason that we have a dedicated security analyst that reports to an entirely different division of the company on the platform. You really, really, really do not want this crap leveraged against your kids. Whose internet history will be detailed from birth to death if the ISP's, Google, Facebook, Snap, etc get their way.

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Ham radio. Garage Door Opener. Thermostats. Baby Monitor cameras.

I've seen two or three "Whole Home" kits being marketed that work this way too.

*shudders*

Dear god no. I do *not* want all my various bits and pieces talking to the rest of the world *for any* reason.

And we've seen how well vendor support fora deal with complaints -- this is getting far more common as a reaction from these maroons.

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FCC saves Charter from threat of having to compete for customers

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Re: Ajit Pai

Correction:

Ajit Pie, the whole pie.

<yes, juvenile, but then so is what these maroons are spouting>.

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Canadian court refuses to let Feds snoop on Megaupload servers

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Haven't had the opportunity to read the decision

(as it hasn't made it to the 'freely viewable' site)

I've been watching this cesspool of hypocrisy ooze it's way through the various court systems. If this was from the judge I believe it was from it will be a reasonably thought out decision. One of the few things I've seen here of late is that even the most brutally 'toe the line' judges in this province started to get kinda peeved with the enforcement arm after Fantino decided that Ontario was going to go 'back to the 50's'. I just hope that the 'review committee' selected includes someone with a brain cell or 6.

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Resist.... .Resists ..... resis... (oh hell)

One of our ..... associates/acquaintances a few years ago was aware of my skills with computers and one weekend evening asked me to 'give her a hand' with her system, which was misbehaving at the time. The lass in this case was ... gainfully employed ... apparently in the entertainment industry ... There have been umm ... rather a few .. connectible devices manufactured ... mostly USB based, a few bluetooth. She had several and had unfortunately contracted a trojan of some sort in hunting up 'drivers' for one of them.. I'm just *not* going to comment on the rather awkward conversation that ensued.... Firstly having to explain to her that the reason her connections were so terrible of late being that everything she was doing was being tapped off to at least 2 additional destinations, and that the "really nifty ads" for 'outfits' she was getting in her "work email" were (each and every one of them) carrying a copy of one or more trojans.

(as an aside, we did get to know the lass a bit, and some would be quite critical of her, but she was dragging herself out of some very bad places, and is now doing much much better for herself and her 2 children. 'nuff said)

My wife knew about it and had to run off about 15 minutes into the discussion to avoid breaking out in hysterical laughter. Considering the lass in question was only about 3 years older than our eldest, I think I spent the entirety of the time I was there shaded about the colour of the 'fail' icon. I have to give the lass credit, she was quite open about the whole thing, I suspect since it was making her a tidy sum.

WIFI? directly in a ... device... of this nature? *that* deserves a "fail" at the very least.... mind you, bluetooth data transfer rates suck *cough* ass and are liable to fluctuate rapidly depending on *cough* alignment of the antennas .....so I suppose they were hoping to improve *cough* throughput of the data, whilst having the transmitter moving about rapidly.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: Oh wonderful

windows 10 update for UK

Rename "deleted files container" "BREXIT"

/<icon for the humourless>

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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If and When I (ever) retire

I've my eyes on a nice little 2 master with pacific hull. 'glass on oak and if the for sale tag (I've seen her change hands 4 times in the last 22 years) is to be believed was keeled in the late '50s. Many upgrades and touchups in her lifetime - I'm quite sure she'll fit - and I've a mind to find the oddball waterways throughout the planet and give them all a cruise. I'll add this one to the list.

<Hmm. Need a (here comes the boom) icon.>

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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4 feet of snow outside and I get this.

You clicked on a link on an article containing "The Register" "Paywall" "bitcoin", I'm surprised your system is still working. By now the NSA, the GCHQ, the Ukranian and German agencies are all arguing about who you belong to.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: "if he's making my childhood dreams come true or just ruining them by making it look easy."

@ JohnSmith.

15 years I'll agree -- however - in actual manufacture and firing -- compare even against Arianespace, Spacex has lost far less hardware *overall*, but then, they've also not done "testing" in the same manner.

5 Payloads -- yes, losses all. Certainly not unique to SpaceX. I've watched several launches that were outright losses. Khazhakstan, Florida, Guyana, all have seen hardware lost. Some have even lost people.

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Re: I'm ... not sure

@ Richard:

One of my relatives was a technical advisor to a member of the House Science and Tech subcommittee from the late 70's to the mid 80's. Trust me I *know* the rocket science ain't easy (I have some memorabilia that my relative's boss decided he didn't want, and am an avid space nut) . SpaceX is making it LOOK easy by quite literally running through about 1/10th the iterations than the ... old school rocketeers did. Part of this is lessons learned from that time frame, part of it is far better simulation tech, part of it is that he's approaching it from the perspective of *not* being the one slugging it to the tax payer and, I think, mostly because he is a bit of a crazy nut. That is how he got to where he is now.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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FAIL

IT guy gets fired and goes rogue.

I just have to wonder how dependent they'd made themselves on this clown. There are things one does in cases like this, over and above the 'lock the users accounts'. (I've been on a couple of those phone calls, including once having to head to office at 22:00 and meet with police officers who wanted the logs of *everything* I typed into a CLI.). There's much to be said about incompetence here. On both sides.

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BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

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"The guy is just reminding investors to stick with the established industry players his corporate stock, and avoid falling for hype crushing the value of his golden parachute."

FTFY

The auto industry, globally, has demonstrated that there is *very* little they will NOT do to protect *themselves* from any hint of competition.

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

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Re: Nice idea on Download, shame about the Upload

@John

Upload? Upload? no, no, there is no need to worry about upload speeds sir. Advertisers don't care about your upload speed. Just need to get those HD Flash Ads delivered to your eyeballs *FAST* before you click on the next adbait website.....

<actually, I WISH I was joking>

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

@PeterG:

You sir, have forced me to "enhance" my morning coffee. Mentioning RPGII. I have nightmares..... <entire business application written in RPGII, and a tax law change!> I hereby blame you for all typos in my work for the rest of the day!

:giggle.

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How hard will it be to measure Planet Nine?

Alistair
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Alien

Hmmm

I think we should just call the puppeteers. Pretty sure they have all the measurements.

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