* Posts by phuzz

3002 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

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When one of our clients turned off TLS 1.1 last year it was because they had less than 1% of customers still using it (there was about 6 users, and they didn't buy much).

Given that most of their customer base are, how shall I put this, less likely than most people to have upgraded beyond XP and IE6 (ie most of them are pensioners), I'm surprised that you're getting 40% of users still using it.

Do you run a website specifically for fans of old browsers? ;)

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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That's the wrong question, the right question is: should they have?

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

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Re: distributed knowledge?

If you'd like to help keep an additional backup of the Internet Archive (there are several already, they're not daft) there's a project called ia.bak which uses git annex to store a copy of part of the data.

All you do is decide how much disk space and bandwidth you can spare, and then you can just walk away and leave it.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: Wait a mo

"I can hear the late great Bill Hicks on this one."

If you're going to steal, you might as well steal from the best.

(And he's dead so there's even less chance of him complaining)

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Wait a mo

Why didn't they turn the other cheek and forgive Greggs their trespasses?

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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Re: "The Russian ministry of defense is investigating"

Maybe this was the NSA(/CIA/etc.) getting their own back in a subtle way..?

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: 30 per cent faster

It's been in beta for months, if you wanted to test it out ahead of time that was your option.

If you don't want to use the normal release channel like everyone else then there's an LTSESR version, or you could just disable automatic updates.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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"young people aged 16-24 getting £50 unless they remained in education,"

Er, how's that a good thing? Surely encouraging education is generally the best course to take, not restricting it to only those who have someone else supporting them?

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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

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I disagree with the first part of your comment (I expect to be compensated for the work I do, if I have to work late I expect pay or time off), but this part I very much agree with:

"My stance on overtime is simple : if you tell me no overtime is paid, then I'm not working overtime. And don't come and blame me for projects that are late, you're management ; you're supposed to be aware of my workload and find solutions to lighten it if necessary."

If you can't get all of your allotted work done in the time available (and you're not being a lazy/incompetent git), then it's your manager's problem for giving you too much work.

There's another side to this as well, working more than about 50 hours per week reduces your efficiency in the long run. So if your manager wants you to work more than that, then they are actively harming the business.

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How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

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Re: The answer is simple

"Puerto Ricans can't vote in presidential elections."

The ones who are moving to Florida will be able to...

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Estonia cuffs suspect, claims he's a Russian 'hacker spy'

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Re: Minorities

Interesting you talk about minorities, as the person in question is a Russian citizen (which, given the lack of a denial, seems to be accepted by the Russian ambassador as well), not Estonian.

Which begs the question, why start commenting about minorities in Estonia? Did you get a little note this morning on your desk AC, or do you work from home and get an email or text?

Does it pay well? Do you have to be fluent in English, or are you given talking points so you can copy and paste?

If they were given to you you should probably go back to your handler and mention that the Guildford 4 and the Birmingham 6 weren't actually minorities (although there are areas of Birmingham where white people make up less than 50% of the population, they're still the largest ethnic group).

Still, why let facts get in the way of a good bit of misdirection eh?

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

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Well, if they only need "a relatively small sum" I'm sure there'll be some left out of the £350 million per-week we'll be taking back control of, right?

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Lets face it, the LotR films were basically New Zealand tourist board promos.

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Re: Leaked leaks did not come from WikiLeaks

Don't forget that he ran from Sweden to the UK apparently because he was worried about being extradited to the US.

Which is about as sensible a plan as running from Norway to China when you're worried about being extradited to Russia.

Also, why's Clinton getting the blame for this alleged conspiracy against poor widdle Julian? Wasn't Obama president then?

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: When will they learn (@ AC)

"something with more margin than a $1000 iphone , like a $100,000 Range Rover for instance."

The new Teslas use an app on a phone to unlock and start the car, so by pwning the $1000 phone, you've also just got access to their car as well.

I'm going to guess most of the high end cars, including Range Rover, are going to introduce this over the next few years.

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Re: Funny how

People don't really use desktops much anymore, the computer they use the most is the phone in their pocket, and the majority of those run Android, which is based on Linux.

Of course, it's using linux to run proprietary Java apps so it's not exactly what the open source zealots were expecting...

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ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

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Re: Just how big are they?

If you email their corrections team (there's a link under each article) then they're usually pretty responsive (and they always say 'thank you').

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: X-37

I'd say that the X-37B looks like a (baby) Shuttle, whereas the Dreamchaser looks like an HL-20, which it should as that's what it was originally based on.

The HL-20 looks like a mash-up of an HL-10, and a BOR-4, and again, that's basically what it is.

If anyone wants to know more about lifting bodies then I can recommend "Wingless Flight" by Dale Reed, which you can read here

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How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

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Re: REALLY???

"Is it time to have a 'droid app for 'droid that uses a secure tunnel?"

No need for an app, there's a VPN client built in to the OS.

VPNs are illegal in some countries though, so caveat emptor.

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Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

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Re: Another attack on the motorist

"with no evidence for any so-called 'carbon dioxide emissions'"

Bubble it through calcium hydroxide, unless you have an alternative explanation for the white precipitate?

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WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

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Re: Caveat emptor

And fortunately nobody runs an out-of-date OS, or one that's not fully patched.

Except about half of the general public of course, but who cares about them eh?

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Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

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Re: Well, it's a start I suppose

"Not to mention latency spikes (a problem for anybody with a Puma 6 chipset modem, like all Virginmedia customers using the Superhub 3)"

Hmm, that's a problem ours hasn't had. It's had it's share of other problems mind you...

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NASA shoots for 200Mbps networks on swarming satellites

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Re: Good luck to them

I guess the advantage of cubesats is that the very worst things that can go wrong are a lot less bad than a full size satellite.

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Re: Inject printers cheaper than Laser printers

Consumer printers use expensive ink, but the commercial ones use ink that's more like 30p per ml (it's more like £5 per ml for desktop inks).

This 3D printer looks much closer to the commercial market than consumer right now.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: This kind of idiocy is not confined to matters IT

If the polystyrene was quite thin then you might have been ok, because it would have only heated up as much as the water (ie to 100C). In the same way, if you're careful, you can make a cup of tea in a paper bag using an open flame.

what happens if you're not careful >>>>>>>

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Re: On Google maps...

Here's a panoramic photo of their three gate guardians. There's the Vulcan, and a Catalina, but I don't recognise the smaller jet between them, and an F101 Voodoo.

Pretty cool collection :)

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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Re: Staffer they said, mmmok...

"for a poor staffer to go through"

Don't be daft, if they were staff then they'd have some employment rights. Facebook use contractors to do the nasty work, that way they can just let them go when they get PTSD.

(for example)

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Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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Re: Bravo !

"Why give it to Wikileaks to publish it"

Presumably they calculated that the embarrassment for the CIA was more useful than any possible rewards of keeping it hidden.

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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Re: IT happens

My granny was from Yorkshire and used to say that we should "have a good chimney fire once a year to clear it out".

My mum used to ignore her and just get a the sweep in every year.

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized fones, forever

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Re: Bonus to the bigger screen - more battery!

But doesn't a larger screen require more power?

Personally I'd be happy with a phone that was another 5mm thicker if it was all stuffed with battery.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: Improvised Marketing Term to defend the defence industry.

Ok, I can see the point in the word "improvised" when we're talking about something not manufactured in a factory, but by that measure the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were basically prototypes, and could well be described as "improvised".

Improvised will still kill your arse dead.

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Re: No mention of any action against the sender

That's because the sender's address was "New Scotland Yard, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A 2JL".

You can't really buy car bombs off the internet, and if you think you can, you're as gullible as this idiot.

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"And if this sudden jihadist had not been so stupid? How many dead?"

If he'd actually been able to buy a car bomb online (and how exactly was he expecting that to work? The postie was just going to turn up one morning with a bomb in a box? How much more transparently a setup would it have to be?), then he'd have wound up killing himself, and maybe his mum (who I'm assuming is the 45 y/o who was arrested with him).

This dude is clearly not the sharpest tool in the box, I'd guess his next move would have been to declare jihad on facebook using his own account.

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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Too late, they have their own version.

That said, AMD are only putting it in some chips, and aiming it at the enterprise market where it's actually wanted.

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Snap: We've blown $3bn this year and Tencent wants to give us more

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Or maybe just charge people a small (tiny even) subscription fee. Except that wouldn't make the VCs the megabux they're looking for I suppose.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: Oh, look, parents are passing the buck again...

"Don't like the idea of having to watch your children all the time?"

See this is the problem, you're sat there thinking, 'well, sure it's tough, but I'm sure I could do it', without thinking through the implications of all the time. ie it's not uncommon for new parents to go at least week without a shower, because they can't take the two minutes away from the kid to do so.

So, when you, AC, have spent three weeks with no more than an hour of uninterrupted sleep at any one point, lets see how high and mighty you are about keeping your kid off a phone when you realise that just one cebeebies cartoon will allow you to have the first shit on your own you've had for weeks.

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Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

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Do you think the landlord of my local would let me off my bar tab if I named a species after them?

Even if it was an extinct rat?

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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It's easy

Our taxes are already being used by GCHQ to spy on all of us, why not just use that data?

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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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Re: Who would pay for BBC access?

"so much of its other output is populist drivel"

And yet if you have a quick look at BBC4 there's stuff that would never be funded at a commercial station in a hundred years (eg).

Sure, you might not like their more highbrow stuff either, but I can't think of any other broadcasters that make both "populist drivel" and what I'm going to guess you'll call "elitist drivel" at the same time.

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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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Re: Dear Motorola

To save you the bother of searching, here is LineageOS's officially supported devices list. Of course, you still have to go through that list to see if there's any phones on it that fit your criteria on there.

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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Re: "Nvidia's dominance"?

"Intel graphics [...] their Linux support is second to none"

Really?

Sure, as long as you're using a bang-up-to-date kernel, then the latest CPUs work ok, but if you're using a LTS release then get ready for basically no graphics support beyond VGA resolutions, or finding a way to run a bleeding edge kernel without breaking everything else.

And don't get me started on the complete non-existence of drivers for Intel "PowerVR" graphics. Especially the stuff integrated into the lower end chips, which would normally be just the sort of hardware you'd want to use for a Linux desktop.

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Bono's not being ignored, it's just there's so many different famous people fiddling their taxes that the press doesn't know who to start with. This will continue to play out over the next few months whilst various celebs and their lawyers refuse to comment and in the end practically nothing will change, because those in a position to do something about, for instance, tax evasion in the Channel Islands, have too much to lose.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Re: Link ATM?

I was using a newer Link ATM recently and it seemed to be offering me UI customisation options. There was a queue so I didn't investigate further, but if I get a bit of time with that machine I'll have a look and see what it offers. In theory there's nothing stopping them from allowing customers to set some preferred default options like "withdraw £30 without a receipt or checking the balance".

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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Re: store fakes

Even today, after this story has been around for a few days, if you go to the Google Play store and search apps for "Whatsapp", you still get at least one clearly fraudulent app in the first page of results, and that's without even mentioning the apps with icons clearly designed to be as similar as possible to an existing one.

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Even the experts sound iffy

"what kind of cockwomble blows €10,000 on a whisky"

Someone who, A) has that kind of money, and B) wants to let everyone know that.

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US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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Who the fuck is Rich? What bloody emails?

I was making a general point about predictions of government spying and you seem to be taking it as part of some long running argument that I'm not party to.

Still, at least you managed not to look like a nutter eh?

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"Remember when those nutters were saying the Government were spying on it's people?

Are they still nutters?"

Well, those selfsame people are still claiming that the illuminati are spying on us via fillings, so yeah, they're still nutters. A stopped clock is still right twice a day and all that.

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: Curious...

A USB drive will quite happily survive a trip through the washing machine.

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ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

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Re: @Doctor

"Secondly, you can't refuse the service if the checkbox isn't ticked."

Why not? There's plenty of businesses where if you don't sign their contract they won't do business with you, what's different in this case?

(honest question, IANAL)

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Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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Re: As a Defender owner...

I can only assume that the MoD have been buying 'milarty grade' wheel bolts for £1245 each from BAE, which in hindsight have actually turned out to be made from pewter.

Oh, and you'll never guess what, but the person at the MoD who signed off on them now has a job at BAE. What are the odds eh?

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