* Posts by Velv

2439 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Headmaster

Re: Does he not have a point?

Read the article!

Love, who wore his usual tieless black suit with a neatly pressed white smart-casual shirt, argued that his computers contained data of "inestimable sentimental value" to him

So it is the data he is really after, contradictory to his statement offering not to access it. Something doesn’t run true, as the Judge surmised.

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly

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Trollface

Livingston FC did a naming thing with local Italian restaurant chain Tony Macaroni

It wasn’t long before other fans nicknamed the Livingston stadium “The Spaghettihad”

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Former Office

I may in the past have spent some time watching the hours pass on the giant sundial outside the office of a former employer

55.934076, -3.314049 (Lochside Place, Edinburgh)

Then again, this is Scotland, so I can't have spent THAT many hours watching the Sun (and my office didn't overlook this part of the grounds)

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Big Brother

So are the Government going to take Amazon to court for distributing material as I'm pretty sure the SAS Survival Handbook contains quite a lot of information a terrorist could use when plotting.

(for the avoidance of incrimination I've viewed the first edition of this book before this stupid law came into force)

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself

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Joke

Stolen from a reddit user

Jef Bezos: " Alexa, send nudes to my secret admirer"

Alexa: "Got it! Sending nudes to The National Enquirer"

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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WTF?

Shopfront advertising gone too far #OffTopic

All the high street stores love to advertise the upcoming "day". Not M&S this time, but a few years ago I was freaked out by the window adverts for "Mothers Day"... In Ann Summers :O

Mind bleach!!!

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Joke

Don't worry dishes...

... nobodies doing me either :(

Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

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Trollface

Re: Grade

A B- is more than any Brexiteer has ever achieved.

#ShamelessTroll

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Hardware?

Or he could just be wanting back his encrypted porn data...

Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers

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Boffin

Re: Luddie mode on?

Having had a relative recently move into care, I deployed several cameras (and other IoT devices) to the empty property to monitor it. Kit was cheap enough to explore the technology with a legitimate excuse.

Will I move it to my occupied property when the empty property is sold? Not sure yet.

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Paris Hilton

Re: 16 security cameras dotted around their home!

There are "homes" on the Internet that have such numbers of cameras dotted around the place. I believe you have to pay for access to the cameras though...

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Terminator

Re: Change Of Address

Call me paranoid, but when I moved home I changed all the physical locks on the new property never mind anything with software or passwords.

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs

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Boffin

Since this is probably one of many "papers" MPs need to read (HA!), why not just buy them all a Kindle* and push the papers to them.

*Other devices are available

Is this a wind-up? Planet Computers boss calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm

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Boffin

Re: If you fund a product on Indiegogo...

That's how it works, you get in before the things finished to get a percentage of the value when it's a success. <snip> That's how venture capitalism works.”

Except none of this is an investment or venture capital. You don’t get any share of the profits, and you don’t own part of the business. All you are doing is buying a product now with the expectation it will be delivered in an agreed timeframe. You might get a discount on the expected retail price since it isn’t actually available today, but it is nothing but a simple retail purchase.

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder

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Facepalm

Agile (tm) continuous development.

Put stuff in. Doesn't quite work as expected, shit, just change it out.

Because that's OK, isn't it?

Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers' voices to biometric database

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Terminator

Re: Actually, they're behind the times

Not just Amazon and Google (and Apple with Siri), but I believe several of the major UK banks have voice ID systems in place.

Now I'm not suggesting just because the banks are owned by different governments around the world that any of that data may leak to any of the national security services (cough, Qatar).

Under Armour and Virgin Galactic team up so tourists can stay on-trend throughout white-knuckle ride into space

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Go

I always remember Captain Mike Bannister's comments about Concorde:

"It is an environment whose other occupants dress in space suits, while our customers have been relaxing in lounge suits."

Surface: Tested to withstand the NFL. Microsoft firmware updates? Not so much

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Coat

Re: It's a bit like rugby?

We're familiar with the concept of contact sports and non-contact sports. American football is a collision sport.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

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Somebody had to...

Multipass

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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either too ignorant to have researched the issue at any depth, or because you disagree with them?

Or perhaps there are wider options. Our court system is based on a burden of proof. We don’t convict people because we “believe” them to be guilty, we convict on evidence. And yet there remain religions and vigilantes who “convict” based on their belief of guilt without there being proof.

Antagonising? Perhaps. Maybe if people thought for themselves they’d come to the same conclusion that deities don’t exist.

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Hopefully now the idiots can confine their "thoughts and prayers" to a private platform.

And I don't just mean the Catholic ones, every single idiot that believes in deities. Don't care what else you've achieved, until you bring me PROOF a deity exists I'll continue to consider you an idiot.

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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Childcatcher

Nature v Nurture

Because who doesn't want a shambling Imperial hangover wheezing inappropriate comments over your shoulder?

Well if ever there was a way to answer the nature/nurture debate it would be a clone of Philip. If it’s purely genetic then you’d expect, well, a clone of the current Philip. Something tells me the nurture would kick in big style brought ou in a different world.

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

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Coat

Sheesh, some people have no sense of humour

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So Max Schrems is going to be popular in Europe when the EU shuts down all these streaming services.

No doubt I’ll be forced to talk to the wife :O

Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments

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Boffin

Re: cheque's in the post mate

Cheques are moving to a next day clearing cycle, so be prepared for the money to leave your account faster.

(In theory all cheques were meant to be through the image clearing service by the end of 2018, but there still problems with it)

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Boffin

Re: SLAs

The only limit in place is set by the Payment Services Directive, and is that any mobile, internet or telephone payment be received by the end of the next business day.

McKinsey’s blockchain warning irks crypto hipsters

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Terminator

Re: While I'm sceptical of blockchain as of yet,

McKinsey - if you're not part of the problem, there's money to be made prolonging the solution

What a cheep shot: Bird sorry after legal eagles fire DMCA takedown at scooter unlock blog

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Joke

A bit like “winding down the window” in a car, “dialling” on a phone, and 3D printed Save icons, very soon people will have no idea who Barbra Streisand was

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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Boffin

This is why test/development environments and production environments should never be the same network.

People make mistakes. people pick the wrong boxes. People forget to tell everyone when updates are made. People fuck up. If you put some kind of protection between the people and production you reduce the risk of this type of thing.

And yet some many businesses, organisations, banks and governments departments are moving back to everything on the same network or in the same cloud. Expect to see a lot more "whoopsie" in the press...

Big cable trolls big mobile with '10G' trademark application

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Trollface

Hang on while I nip down to the trademarks office for my company XG. Those phone companies are going to need a new term after the ninth generation...

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Headmaster

Re: Wow, it's almost...

The MAJORITY did not vote to Leave.

Leave polled 38% of the Electorate. (Remain polled 35%). A non-vote is a vote for The Establishment, the country did not vote Leave

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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Boffin

Re: 3.23 & 4.21

"Linus wants to progress the big hand on the clock."

Ever seen the Dave Allen piece about teaching a child to read a clock.

When the minute hand gets to the 1, that's five

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Trollface

"I ran out of fingers and toes to count on."

10 fingers allows you to count to 1,024 (2^10). If you count toes as well then its 1,048,576

You'd have thought such a kernel orientated person would understand binary.

Google settles Right To Be Forgotten case on eve of appeal hearing

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Go

Re: A question for the lawyers

Is someone petitioning for the reporting restriction to be lifted now the case is over?

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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Headmaster

Re: Screen measurements in inches are tube size

A 25" 4:3 screen does actually have a bigger area than a 25" 16:9 screen

Which might be true of overall screen area, however if the picture is in 16:9 format you’re going to get a bigger visible picture on a 25" 16:9 screen than a 25" 4:3 screen.

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Headmaster

Re: Excuse me a moment...

I’m fairly sure the hard drive manufacturers have already been through the lawsuit loop of “false” numbers, hence the reason all tech sheets clarify what MB and MiB etc actually mean.

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

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Gimp

#ShamelessPlug

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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Coat

Re: While in the UK

I wonder if any pornstars have received these video release emails...

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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Re: VPL, erm, I mean VPN

VyprVPN recently announced that they no longer log user traffic, so even if someone does come along with a court order they don’t have the detail of where you went.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Big Brother

arguing that people were perfectly happy handing over their data to tech giants, so they should give it to the government

We know what tech giants want to do with it - they want to sell it, or leverage it to persuade someone else to sell us something.

Governments aren't trying to sell us something. So what do they want to do with the it?

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Facepalm

Almost by definition you'd think 'administrator' commands should only be available to administrators?

Unless, for example, you are a college. Teaching computer related courses. Courses like "System Administration 101"

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Boffin

Re: Mandatory fire drill

There is no requirement to leave any building when any alarm sounds, although it would normally be argued it is in your safety interests. If the Embassy were to force everyone on to the streets then they are simply disguising kicking him out, so why not just kick him out.

Many buildings have "places of comparative safety", places people of limited mobility can assemble to be rescued by those with the right equipment - ever noticed the extra space on staircase landings that appears to be wasted space. The stair well is usually better protected against fire and smoke than other areas, allowing a longer escape time.

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Headmaster

Re: Assange is not a "professional secrets dealer"

According to reports from 2010, shortly before he skipped bail and exiled himself in Ecuador, two thirds of Wikileaks salary bill was salary to one Julian Assange. That makes him a professional, wikileaks dealing in secrets an all.

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Headmaster

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I actually did mean queue, as in a line of people waiting for something

When you’ve already dug yourself into a deep hole you can’t get out off it’s not usually a good idea to continue digging.

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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Pirate

While it’s not listed among the lost data (so far), I wonder if people invoice details have been compromised?

Who’s exposed to a little blackmail over their porn habits or extra pillows? (which for those not familiar with Concierge speak is negotiable company).

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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Headmaster

"more commonly"?

do enlighten us...

UK taxman told to chill out 'cos loan charge is whacking tax dodgers and whoopsies alike

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Boffin

Re: Payday loans

In many cases the loans were made from offshore unconnected entities so were afforded protection from the liquidators in the event of insolvency. A truly well connived scheme to avoid legitimate reasons to pay back the loan.

A good example is the Rangers case - when the club became insolvent and Duff & Phelps were appointed as administrators, in theory they should have been recovering all the loans, yet they were unable. The very loans that should have been the tax HMRC was trying to recover when they forced the club into administration.

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Headmaster

Schemes

Here's a clue. If your employer, accountant or adviser tells you they have a "scheme" to help you avoid tax, it's probably against the spirit of the law.

I'm all for people minimising their legitimate tax liability, however while "schemes" may be legal they often bend the interpretation of the letter of the law beyond what is reasonable and legitimate.

We all have our own morale compass, this country's in enough shit already without giving HMRC more excuses to fuck over the masses. Don't use #Schemes :)

You think you're hot bit: Seagate tests 16TB HAMR disk drive

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Perhaps it’s time to back to bigger disks?

5.25” form factor anyone?

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Pirate

Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

the country ... votes to remain

There is the outstanding legal challenge over whether the Article 50 can be withdrawn. The Government refuses to engage on hypothetical issues but there is a real risk the deed cannot be undone

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