* Posts by Mystic Megabyte

1617 posts • joined 18 Feb 2010

Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities

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D'oh

I've been trying for ages to get a friend to understand the downside(s) of Facebook. She has created a local interest group. Yesterday she came into the office and wanted to update something so I let her use my laptop. She could not work out why only half the FB page was visible. "Do I have to login to your computer?", she asked. I replied that for those outside FB's walled garden most of this info is invisible.

What can you do? :(

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Trump is trying to divert attention from his Russian master, look over there---> It's Chinese hackers!

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Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine

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WTF?

It's a double WTF!

Pence is a moron who has sold his soul in order to promote his "Christian" beliefs. How crazy is that?

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Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

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this did not go well

This is from my addled memory so may contain nuts.

Had a client whose office was 100m from Threadneedle St. (yep it's banking related)

Mission was to somehow get MSDOS 3x to communicate in Portuguese to the mainframe in Switzerland and print locally. Codepages, who the feck designed that?

Also X25 :( and a Swiss IT dude who did not want anything not DEC connected to his system.

P.S. It's Friday here! (When you retire you can choose what day of the week it is)

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Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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For general browsing I use Firefox but it's locked down so some sites don't work properly. I only use Chromium for banking and one private streaming video site, that's it! I don't know how they can target adverts at me although I had planned to only click on obscenely expensive bling that I don't want.

Does NoScript work now? It went all weird a while ago.

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Groupon to pay IBM $57m after getting money off e-commerce patent settlement

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Meh

I thought that Groupon had vanished years ago. No sign it around here anyway.

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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WTF?

A couple of years ago they were going to label my YouTube uploads with my real name. I had to alter my name in my Gmail account.

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

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Trump the Chump

Stupid enough to let yourself be compromised by the Russians.

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Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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I represented myself once in a traffic offence case. I proved in court that I would have to have been doing 100mph to have done what I had been accused of. This was odd because the policeman in the witness box had just agreed that I had been driving at 50mph. I got banned from driving and 5 points on my licence. By happenchance I had learned that the policeman was emigrating at the end of the month so while I was still in the court I asked for an appeal. The police prosecutor had a whisper with the magistrate who then informed me that I had to fill out the papers and hand them in before I left the courthouse.

No! No! No!

The papers stated that they had to be submitted within 21 days.

I waited 18 days and sent them in. I had to go to the Crown court to be told that there now was no evidence so my ban was negated. I asked for costs and was told to fuck off!

British justice at its best /s

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Re: A new Dickens novel? @GBE

Sounds like somebody's found a new Dickens novel to me...

Bleak Expectations?

No doubt it's Mr. Gently Benevolent!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleak_Expectations

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Good news: Sub-surface life on Mars possible, moons from big impacts. There is no bad news

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Re: Japanese are developing a mission called MMX @DJV

Nope, it's a marble machine that plays music. It may need a bit of amplification in Mars' thin air

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H50Ur7_Qqw

Joking aside, this video is very interesting.

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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WTF?

Well you wouldn't need lube, he exudes slime. Ugh!

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Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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Webmail at UK2.net

I've recently been getting some phishing "invoices" with attached "Office365 docs". Strangely when I tried to forward them to NFIB Phishing I got an error message, "This contains malware" or something similar. Why is it not scanned on delivery but is scanned on sending?

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US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

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@Alister

Is that a memory stick in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

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

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Swiss spy

This brigadier did it because he was passed over for promotion, maybe that's why they now promote the folk with fragile egos to the top. Who does that remind you of?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Louis_Jeanmaire

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Proof

A reliable source told me that Trump was born on Uranus. That's why he a total arsehole!

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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more ranting!

I suppose that my passport which has another few years to run will have to be replaced next year at a cost of ~£100.

My paper driving license will have to be replaced next year, more cost.

My shiny new ID card will probably expire every leap year if Crapita do the programming, more cost.

Has May told the farmers that after Brexit we will be flooded with cheap, sub-standard, USAsian meat products?

For all those that voted for Brexit, have you never heard the expression "United we stand, divided we fall"?

FFS, for a paltry sum Putin has managed to get his puppet in the White House and also destabilised the whole of Europe. ID Databases may just about be OK if your government is in control of it but not if your country is taken over by a hostile power. The future does not look good :(

P.S. Will we end up with QR codes pinned to our doors?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-uyghur-muslims-xinjiang-province-qr-codes-security-crackdown-hrw-a8532156.html

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 release creeps closer with a cluster of builds

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@warmbraw

Years ago, using Ubuntu, I got all my contacts out of my Nokia *(3310?) with a serial to USB cable and gammu. Then used gammu to populate my Nokia *(6210i?) contacts via Bluetooth.

The secret is to create the correct **config file for gammu, then it's just a one line command.

I could have also used gammu to send SMS messages but never did.

https://wammu.eu/gammu/

*I cannot remember and Wikipedia did not give me the answer

**I posted the config files on the Ubuntu forum a long time ago

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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New! It's the elReg trip advisor

I recently stayed at the Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park, it was very handy for travel into town and the airport. From the hotel cross the road, walk over the covered bridge in the train station and the tram stop is right there. (there are lifts as well as stairs in the bridge)

IIRC it's ~15 minutes into town, costs £1.75 and ~10 mins to the airport, costs £6.20. Apparently the cost difference was to keep the taxi drivers sweet. I don't have any connection with PI, it's just an average type hotel.

Here's a link.

https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/scotland/lothian/edinburgh/edinburgh-park-airport.html

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Obvious solution

ABC should change his/her name to something synonymous with honesty, Trump! I would definitely give money to "Trump Investments Ltd.", er wait....

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Footie fans calling for a red card over West Ham United CC email blunder

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?

Does this mean that the recipients are now in breach of GDPR if they don't delete the email?

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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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This title is invisible

If he was wearing bandages around his head I think I might know who he is.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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The Fake President is the epitome of Greed

We've always had greedy people but ISTM that the greedy have now gone into hyper-drive. Maybe they sense that the time left to steal from the masses is running out. One of two things might happen:

1) The people will rise up and shoot them all - (unlikely)

2) It's the end of the fecking world - (most likely)

Whatever happens I don't think that the USA will ever recover from Trump's destructive behaviour.

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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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Slightly off topic: This laptop came with Win8 and because I'm a grumpy old bastard I did not go for the free "upgrade" to Win10. I only occasionally need Windows so one box that works is good enough for me. (it dual boots Ubuntu) . After I had seen the total disaster of Win8 I thought that maybe I should update it to Win8.1.

Click update.

Downloading 0%

Wait a long time :

Downloading 0%

Quit.

Google Win8 update.

Go back and see that it is actually downloading, you just need to leave it for several* hours.

So after all these years MS cannot even get a progress bar to function :(

I've been using Linux for over ten years, I have never seen a progress bar that did not work.

*a.k.a. "all night"

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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1993

Just get Roger Wilco with the SCS Eureka to suck it all up.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: This could explain the excess atmosphere, I guess.

More likely an attraction by static electricity. Keine luft!

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Re: Cardiff

I bow to your superior knowledge <insert funny emoticon here>.

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Cardiff

I picked up a hire car at Cardiff airport at night and wanted to go west. I had imagined that I would be on the motorway pretty soon but it was not to be. The SatNav took me down single track lanes and I'm sure at one point I went through a farmyard! However it got me to my destination OK.

P.S. Going west on the M4 near Cardiff there's a big sign saying "Cardiff International Airport".

Going east there's a sign with an aeroplane symbol and "Penarth". Thinking that this was a tiny aerodrome meant that I overshot the airport by about 10 miles and was back at Cardiff. WTF is that about?

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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Prime day?

pah! Stromness has a whole week of shopping!

http://stromnessshoppingweek.co.uk/

https://www.orcadian.co.uk/annual-hack-kicks-off-week-of-stromness-festivities/

Links are SFW

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Not good stuff!

A pal had left a tray of cooking oil in the oven of his coal burning stove. Because the oven door wasn't air-tight it kept igniting, using up all the oxygen, extinguishing and then re-igniting when enough air had been drawn back in. You could see the flashes through the gap in the seal. His bright idea was to chuck some earth on it, but every time he opened the door it ignited big time.

I gave it about a half a second squirt with my elderly halon fire extinguisher, the fire went out but the top half of the room was immediately filled with white fumes. Guessing that these fumes were not very pleasant we crawled out on our hands and knees and didn't go back for quite a while.

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Salesforce ‘Einstein’ now smart enough for customer service

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The joys of online banking

Yesterday I wanted to order a new cheque book. The online messaging service has a drop-down for selecting the correct account but it was empty. So instead I try to send a system problem message but you can't do that without first selecting the account! Nice Catch 22 error there :(

To be fair they had a chat box and a human fixed it. Of course while using the chat box the connection timed out and logged me out. Modern life eh!

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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Re: Unencrypted?

They were encrypted but the passwords were in a file called passwords.txt (I used to keep mine in a readme.txt file on the assumption that no-one ever reads them)

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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Have a bad day!

If I get a scam call from India I ask them if their parents know that they're a criminal. They don't like it and I hope that I may have ruined their day.

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Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore

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Re: Surprised they have any customers left...

@AJ MacLeod

You can pay cheques into most banks at the Post Office. They will take longer to clear, if there is a Bank holiday in the middle it could take 10 days but usually about five days. I live on a remote island so the post has to go firstly by ferry and then by aeroplane.

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Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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Agenda?

I had* one of those, learning to type with chords was easy.

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/13151/Microwriter-AgendA-32K/

*The batteries died and it lives in a drawer awaiting a repair that will probably never happen :(

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China wins one, loses one in US trade spats

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Flakey

recommends that the FCC deny China Mobile’s Section 214 license request.

Just give someone $500 million to build a golf course in Tibet and this decision will be overturned.

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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We need a "Why bother?" icon

My 1st. gen. Moto G is still going strong on its original (replaceable) battery. It was £99 and I never bothered to insure it, saving me around £240 so far. If the screen were to crack I would just bin it. It's stuck on Android 5.x so I'm planning to put Lineage OS on it when I get the time. That will bring it up to Android 7.1.2.

I agree with the comments above, I want a wire with a standard connector.

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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

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No!

I going to create GitHab and move it to Amazon, that might stop the confusion /s

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Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits

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Past its sell by date?

Pah! When idiots send me a .doc or .docx I use Libre Office to send it back as a .pdf

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

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Microsoft has sent us the following statement:

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MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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The Bona World of Julian and Sandy

For the benefit of all...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4VaXsXCJ4M

Edit: My favourite is Kenneth meeting Sandy and Julian at their office "Bona Law".

K; Can you help me with a legal problem?

S&J; Sorry but we're too busy with our criminal practice!

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Have another quote

Hey Stephen Miller and all you Trump sycophants, have you forgotten this one or don't you think it applies to you?

Mark 8:36

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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War, what is it good for?

History, if we have any, will show that Trump was the most useless* president ever elected. Next week he will probably leave NATO, "too expensive", and Putins work will be done.

* for legal reasons other descriptions have been omitted

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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We're screwed

The problem I foresee is that Kim Jong-un will now start selling his nukes to terrorist groups. He'd reason that NK is far enough away from their likely place of use. That can only have bad consequences.

Trump is a moron.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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How Tesco rips you off

On a rack of identically packaged nuts, all the same "organic" brown colour. One pack is £1.99 or, according to the sign, "Any two for £3". But when you get to the checkout and get charged £3.98 you discover that "Any two" actually means "Any two of the same sort of nut."

Fecking scammers! Avoid Tesco if at all possible.

P.S. Also identical SD cards priced at £18 in Tesco are available for £12 elsewhere

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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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Possibly the biggest fail in history

Putin just has to Tweet the code word "pee-pee" and Trump will start ranting about Apple and encryption.

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Meet the real spin doctors: Scientists tell H2O to chill out so they can separate isomers

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Re: New Bath Taps?

Your new taps will have a 15kV potential difference between them! This will reduce your shower time and save water.

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Headless man found in lava’s embrace

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Hard hat?

Maybe he forgot his hat and went back to fetch it.

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Undocumented alien caught stealing orbits in our Solar System

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Alien

Totally free!

Have you lost an asteroid? Ring 0800 696969 to find out how to get compensation.

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