* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: Better than things used to be

On the flip side i have since moving house discovered that local postie and amazon delivery types are aware of my new properties outhouse. Which is also covered by 3 different cctv cameras so even when I'm in stuff keeps getting left in the bog. At least they leave it I suppose and no-one else seems to have gone for a nosy (yet). Just means we have to remember to keep the loo roll stocked up in there sinve needs must..

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Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

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Re: How to get

Not too sure, i was more hopping for beer battered cod....

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How to get

Pre-battered fish....

Mine's the one with the angling times..

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Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

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Terminator

not sure which is worse...

This or Vogon poetry..

Maybe it needs experience of the human condition.. say as an android maybe? With an emotional condition such as paranoia...

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The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

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Re: Wait...

I was more a fan of using 'dncornholio' myself

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Japanese dark-web drug dealers are so polite, they'll offer 'a refund' if you're not satisfied

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Re: I think most of them are actually like that

To quote the singer David Ford; The first one, it always comes free

They tell you heroin takes like ice cream

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Holmes

New internet standard...

I was thinking the same. How long before someone starts pointing the finger at the browsers or OS for allowing the infringment to take place woth such comparative ease? Or maybe it should be a new image standard that forces copyright to be embedded in the image as standard and unremoveable (or at least not easily removable) and for browsers/OS's/image software to respect the copyright automatically?

Why should the onus be on a website to put countermeasures inplace? (Especiallly when they're so easy to circumvent with a little bit of knowledge) ?

Though i can see it being a privacy nightmare on the flipside.

No simple solution for this one. And that's before you consider differences in international law.

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Re: "Alt-right moron"

Is there such a thing as the alt-left? Just set the brain meats going as a thought for the day.

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Re: Excellent

And yet we have El presidenté...

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Coffee/keyboard

not a religious lot then...

Surely they should have weighed in on tabs vs spaces... much more relivant to the audience.

(Tabs forever)

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Holy ship! UK shipping biz Clarksons blames megahack on single point of pwnage

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Paris Hilton

what?

Even the local nutter protesting against common sense?

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Turn around, Capita: I'm trying but my pre-tax profits slipped 59%

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Re: It's raining

By this point you need a wetsuit, and possibly informing on where to locate a paddle...

Maybe they can save money by making the stag party to get to work like the rest of us? ( i often see one of their double deckers doing the ring road up here).

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: I want to believe..

What do you mean theres no magic anymore? Have you not used wifi?

/sarcasm

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Re: And...

Yes, but have you tried diluting a pyramid?

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

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Over the way (Malaysia for those unaware of the geography) its the same money for 20mbit on fibre... and thats government regulated too. It really is a hit and miss affair the world over.

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Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

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We're spoilt for choice in Leeds. Cottage road and Hyde Park picture house are 2 of the 3 oldest (and still independant) cinemas in the UK (also the birthplace of moving pictures)

The Hyde park even still has working gas lights...

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How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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Paris Hilton

Next you'll be telling us...

That flash adverts are perfrctly fine and that the honest adSlingers only have our best intentions at heart...

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: Yup.

Does that apply to the likes of the reg comments then? I came here for the articles and stayed for the insults.....

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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I think people get too used to seeing Micro$oft...

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Brit web host biz UKFast gears up to IPO on London Stock Exchange

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hope they keep the good service though

Moved to them just before heart (internet) problems became too much in a previous job. Always knowledgable and keeping costs reasonable with white label servers (even used different brands of hdd in raid which surprised and pleased me no end).

They even allowed upgrades to the server rather than a one size fits all approach like many others.

Just hope they don't lose that touch.

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Meh

before i went straight...

I had a banking job and had to constantly explain why i had poor credit card and mortgage sales. Something along the lines of people being offered it... couldn't afford it.

That turned out reeeeal nice (and the general fallout cost me my next job since the market dried up). Still... 15 years later and i'm on about 6-7 times the wage i was on then so not all bad.

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BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

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Re: Scary

I keep meaning to doctor the test card image i've saved for teleconference meetings. Something maybe something with the boss and the company mascot/figurehead/parlor game.

That and hook 'the art gallery' theme song in to the big displays whilst we wait for the obligatory 'can everyone hear me?'

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Mega medical tester pester: It smacked a big one, that malware scam, if indeed it was SamSam

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is it so hard....

To set up anti brute force techniques?

I used to have one for RDP that black listed IPs after 5 failed attempts. As well as removing all default users (or at least removing RDP access. No point in making it easy).

It's not that hard and takes an afternoon if you don't know what you're doing (about an hour if you do).

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On Android, US antitrust can go where nervous EU fears to tread

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wait ..

London has nice bits?

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Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

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Re: Ummmm.......

I just used to leave a listener script that black listed It's after 5 failed attempts at logging to an open port (3389 for RDP for example). Anything that attempted wp/admin in the url attempt got perma banned straight away (It's a sure sign of a WordPress hacking attempt and since I'd rolled my own CMS then it certainly isn't anyone doing nice things).

Used to find hacking attempts dropped off quiet sharply after that.

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Re: password reuse

My bank still enforces unique user id, not using email addresses. They also use 2fa for adding new payments and logging on to the website. On mobile you can set up biometrics. So I think it's just a matter of having a good bank for it.

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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I've seen a video where they ran a MacBook pro from a freezer. Still only just pipped last year's range topper when chilled to -18°c....

Fire because you know it'll happen at some point...

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Devil

good luck simon

Ye shall be missed (If only because the PFY missed the timing)

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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If it's the daily mail I'd need something stiffer than a pint...

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Who's leaving Amazon S3 buckets open online now? Cybercrooks, US election autodialers

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on being a man.... made of straw.

He/she/It (not making a judgement call here) did not specify that everyone who voted for trump was an idiot. Only that there was idiots that voted for trump. There's probably a number of village idiots who voted the other way too. Just not enough to prevent the back, tracking friend of Russia, enemy of the environment, disliker of Mexicans and inventor of the word 'bigly' from becoming the president of the world's largest stockists of nuclear weapons....

There are probably though a number of smart people who hoped for better than what they got, buyers remorse and all that (the UK has it just as bad with the Brexit car crash).

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Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

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Just in the nick of time

I'm sorry, I'll leave. No need to push....

Mines the one with 'a brief history of time' in the pocket.....

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By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Re: SMEG!

I thought it was a full Rilmmer? (Extend right arm in front to shoulder height, rotate hand around wrist 5 times then move hand to forehead like an empty palm navy salute before finally lowering arm to side of body....in the most gimpish way you can imagine).

Now you'll have to excuse me, someone's used battleship grey instead of sea grey again...

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can't be me...

I was never really there....

Mine's the one with one with the pager for Dr. Bowman...

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LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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Re: much larger resonance chamber

I actually get pretty good results with a Bluetooth dongle attached directly to my amp for this sort of thing. A damn sight cheaper than replacing and surprises alot of folks when I start flicking through tracks on a 1970's pioneer.

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Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'

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Re: Military grade

Surely the lighters hark back to the days of the Sherman lend lease tanks. Or the 'ronson' as they got called after the lighters. Lights first time, everytime.

The Germans just called them 'Tommy cookers......

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Re: It's a bit disappointing

That indeed should be the case and is just the sort of thing this exposes.

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Re: Sounds like a story...Straight from a James Bond movie...

The irony now being that the magstrips are now more secure... at least you have to physically touch them first.

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BT's Patterson keeps his £1.3m wheelbarrow of bonus cash after all

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try further out then...

Speak for yourself on the buses... round these parts they're pretty well run with wireless payments, multiple ticket choices, leather seat bedecked hybrid rides with on-board WIFI... the cross county ones even have charging ports and work tables so you work on the thing (if you really must).

I even occasionally get a smile and a polite response from the driver.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: 1.6 litre!

I actually own the 1.6 ltr x-trail in question and whilst not the full fat 4x4 it'll still pull already from lights in a cloud of smoke tyre squeal.

As for fitting 7 that can be done but really only for little uns in the boot.

It also pushes out 130bhp and 340nm of torque which I can believe the way it pulls to 70 (and is more torque than the original rover 3.5ltr V8 ).

It also sounds like Brian Blessed bellowing from having his foot stood on when you stamp on the noisy pedal which does please me.

It's also worth asking if this check was done from a cold start? If so then it's not surprising since the exhaust has anti soot feature that runs the engine hotter until it's upto temp to allow build up to burn off. Takes about 15 -20 mins to kick in which then also bumps the mph higher too. Enquiring minds and all that.

Also be reeeaallly interesting if they find no problem with the Reanult Captur or Kadjar considering it's the same sodding engine...

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Common trick

We just used to add computers we were using to different rooms thus sending the network admin on wild goose chases trying to figure out who was saturating the internet connection (a whole 10meg back in 2000 when that was enough for a whole college). Happy times...(for us at least)

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GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Not authentic enough....

It's surely missing some screen with a cryptic message in a certain shade of blue.... that would indicate most of your work was now corrupted...

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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Re: Charge by wire

If rather have the wireless charging. Bloody tired of having the usb port fail after a couple of years or get so full of fluff they might as well be broken.

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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maybe...

He wanted to be further punished by the plod? Maybe encouraging them to put a shoe in?

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Made it here first!

Nicotine, valium, vicodine, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol..

C-c-c-c-cocaine !!!

Feel good hit of the summer....

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Re: Made it here first!

It's not hot enough to vaporize a pint of Mary Jane just yet. Though the weekends here so you never know...

(Mary Jane being the star beer of Illkley brewery (of moor fame b't'hat))

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: " Still funny, even after all these years"

I still see them from time to time but usual it's a warm day and I've been hammering the machine for a few hours. 5ghz vs the stock 3.1ghz will do that occasionally ..

(Fire because the psu went that way once..)

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Smyte users not smitten with Twitter: APIs killed minutes after biz gobble

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handling things...

So instead of "ahhh sorry guys we've got to shut this down and figure a better way" to Smytes customers, they just yanked it and went for beers?

If this is in any way completely legal to pull down with sla' s and all that jazz or some clause that says if bought out say bye bye to cash surely that's a scam just waiting to happen?

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: So I take it...

Acorn still exist, in fact they're responsible for most processors on the planet. Though they do go by a different name now. Namely Acorn RISC machine before being renamed Advanced DISC machine.

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Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

C64? Lucky bugger....all I had was a VIC-20..

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Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure

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Re: Certified Read

To quote a certain G. Orwell in one of his minor works..

"This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs — to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record."

I'm ever reminded that the man could see the future.

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