* Posts by David 132

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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hard corn

As in, “barley legal teens”?

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First it came for your desktop, now Windows 10 1809 is coming for your Things

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Spazturtle They should just get rid of the current 'penalties' for using an unregistered copy on Windows and just make it so that unregistered copies are automatically enrolled into the windows insider update rings.

Ah, you're of the "hanging's too good for 'em, the Taliban were too liberal" persuasion, I see.

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Pain spotting: Russia's Aeroflot Docker server lands internal source code, config files on public internet

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How responsible of you...

”We have decided not to link to the server exposing the information, nor go into detail on the data-leaking vulnerability, in the interests of responsible disclosure.”

In other words, “...because we don’t want to come into work one day and find Novichok smeared on our door handles”

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

Morel of the story,

That'll be a D H Lawrence story.

I think it makes him sound like a fun guy.

(EDIT: D’oh, after scrolling down the page I see that about 45 other people beat me to similar puns. So don’t bother up voting this. I’m not THAT desperate.

I wish the Reg comments system threaded conversations properly!)

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Re: Robocop Future

PUT DOWN THE UNAUTHORIZED REFILL CARTRIDGE!

YOU HAVE THIRTY SECONDS TO COMPLY

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Wait, what?

The plaintiffs said the settlement fund would be sufficient to pay all valid claims from people who owned printers and experienced print interruptions.

$1.5million, and between 2.2 and 2.4million claimants?

So ~68 cents each, even assuming that the lawyers don’t take the lion’s share (unlikely)?

Well, this is certainly a strong way for HP, Ink. to show their customers just how much they’re valued...

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Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

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Dickinsonia?

I’m sure there’s a limerick in there somewhere.

“There was a paleobiologist named Sonia,

....”

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Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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Sorry, this is a ransomware attack. You mean your database is your loved one, and they send it back row by row?

No, read what he said... “a bit at a time”.

So one day you get a 1 in the post, then a 0, then maybe another 0... maybe they’ll take a byte out of the victim, or if the extortionists are really cruel they’ll communicate by the time-honored method of cutting out words.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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"911? Help, I've been hurt in a fall"

"I have severe injuries to my face and back, and I've lost a crown.

Oh, and the meatsack who wears me might be injured, but who cares, AppleCare(TM) only applies to me..."

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: File sizes

And I really hate when people confuse an inconsequential throw-away remark on a discussion forum with a deep-dive statistical analysis into file bitrate/size/quality codec results.

But, y'know, life isn't perfect.

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File sizes

"A DVD quality movie will typically run to around 4GB, and a Blu-ray movie to 7 or 8GB..."

You're using the wrong codecs then. DVD-quality local rips^H^H^H^Hcopies are around 700MB, and 1080p quality runs around 2-4GB.

Although a few extra bytes are taken up by having ".x265.BDRip-YIFY.EngSubs" and suchlike appended to the filename.

...Or so I've heard.

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Oh dear, a fan

Stevie Or is that fast breeder reactors? I always get the two confused (which explains the prompt criticality fiasco when I deployed my home-made set-top box).

For some reason this passage from Good Omens comes to mind:

“He plugged it in to the socket. Then he switched the socket on.

Every light in the house went out.

Newton beamed with pride. He was getting better. Last time he’d done it he’d blacked out the whole of Dorking, and a man from the Electric had come over and had a word with his mum.”

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Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

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Worse than that...

The management/configuration portal for the Orbi hub is at Orbilogin.net (entered on a machine connected to the orbi wifi, it does a local DNS redirect to the hub’s IP).

Netgear didn’t have the foresight to register obvious variations such as Orbilogon.net, orbilogin.com etc., which of course have all now been registered by squatters/scammers.

To compound their stupidity, they actually reference one of the “wrong” URLs in one of their online guides.

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Apple sees the (augmented) light, buys holo-glass tech startup

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As Karl notes, to achieve a good resolution by spinning a length of optical fibre in a spiral to cover the field of view (akin to how a cathode ray scans back and forth to cover an area) would have said fibre exceeding the sound barrier, if you want a decent refresh rate.

Quite apart from the velocity/refresh question - is it just me, or does that sound terrifyingly close to "here, put this weed-whacker / garden strimmer 2 inches from your eyeballs"?

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Toshiba crams 14TB into another helium drive, this time with SAS boost

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Re: pitch

Yes. And it's important to use all 4 screws to attach it into the enclosure, or else it'll float away.

Ah, the nostalgic sight of small children skipping through the park, each clutching a SAS drive bobbing away on the end of its data cable...

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Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human

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Re: what’s with Adam Sandler?

Can't you drive out?

Cute, but no. Not when there's cars & trucks parked bumper-to-bumper all around. The analogy would be standing mid-movie in a regular theater, and loudly yelling "I HAVE TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW". Not tactful :)

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Re: what’s with Adam Sandler?

But if it was him or a Tranformer movie, I’d know my pick.

It could be worse. Last summer I went to a drive-in movie theater, and they'd changed the bill at the last minute. I ended up accidentally having to sit through the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. All I can say is that I was very glad I had lots of alcohol to hand. Compared to that, an Adam Sandler movie is f*cking Citizen Kane.

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It's a net neutrality whodunnit: Boffins devise way to detect who's throttling transit

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Re: adamsmith.com

No. No-one misses amanfrommars. He/it turns up, vomits sub-markov-chain textual turds onto the discussion, and yet for some reason has a fanclub around here.

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Ah, 4 downvotes for my factual, explanatory comment (as of time of writing this. Bring it on.).

I can only assume that there's a few Verizon/AT&T employees reading this site... don't worry, I'm sure your mommas don't know what you do for a living.

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I thought the issue was the fire dept had an "unlimited" plan, which Verizon decided was actually limited.

Exactly (and that’s what I was trying to convey). Nothing to do with NN, and everything to do with telcos’ arbitrary bastardization of the word “unlimited”.

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News of Verizon throttling a California fire department's data suggest things have already changed in America

Can we please stop this misconception right now?

The Cali fire dept thing was a case of them going over the data allowance on their plan, and had nothing to do with Net Neutrality. It would have been a NN issue if Verizon had been, say, allowing them to access FireSupplyCo-Who-Have-A-Deal-With-Verizon.com at full speed, but throttling their traffic to BobsFireSupplies.com and other sites.

Now you can argue that either the fire dept didn’t pay for the right level of service, or that Verizon mis-sold their package, or Verizon lied about what “unlimited” data meant...but none of that is NN.

There are MANY reasons to loathe Verizon (and AT&T) but let’s not undermine the Net Neutrality fight by conflating it with unrelated dickish behavior.

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Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

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Re: "criminal fines of up to $750,000 when he is sentenced later this year."

@Doctor Syntax "It also includes clauses that will see cash gathered by Prenda, and potentially more in damages, returned to the people who paid up."

Unless the victims can't be identified.

In which case the cash will "return to Prenda, address unknown..."

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Spelt?

onefang I just looked in my pantry, spelt - pasta.

No, spelt - P-A-N-T-R-Y, I think you'll find.

You're welcome.

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Aaiieeee The fact they screwed up and then tried to blame someone else is just pathetic personal ethics.

I think you mean “...is modern politics.”

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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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gregthecanuck Rumour has it that Disney may take a partial stake in Tesla. They have a great need for autonomouse vehicles.

“Hello, AA? I need a tow. My autonomous car has Frozen. I tried pulling the fusebox but it’s all Tangled...”

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: and the moral of the story is....

Blackpool.

It’s the Vegas of the North, or so I keep hearing.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Re: "Do not want" is not strong enough.

You can always tell when a software feature is for the benefit of the vendor, not the user - it will be difficult-to-impossible to remove/disable it.

Bixby’s a prime example, but also: apple pay, cortana, apple Music, the windows Store, animated emoji crap on just about every modern platform, iOS/Windows updates... I’m sure you can think of others.

Yes, I’m aware that some of those can in theory be disabled, but they have a habit of popping back every so often (after every update in the case of Windows 10, and about every 10th time I try to play a local MP3 file in the case of Apple Music).

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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@Gene Cash Nurse Ratchet won't hear of that foolishness.

Just to be pedantic - the name of the nurse in the original movie was Ratched. "Ratchet" - and how could it be anything else? - was the name of the robot nurse in Futurama.

Unless German nursing homes are more high-tech than assumed, I am technically correct (the best kind of correct).

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@Rich 11 If you think I'm going to downvote that then you've got another thing coming.

And as usual on these comments, the British steel the show...

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Re: I think I'll..

Can you use Wagner as a Ring tone?

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

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Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

So many grammar errors. I'm loosing patience.

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Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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Re: A "phoencall"?

I didn't think I had either, but it rings a bell.

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Sen. Ron Wyden: Adobe Flash is doomed, why is Uncle Sam still using it?

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or casseroling their gran.

Mind you, there’s a few nice South Africans these days.

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Core blimey! Apple macOS update lifts boot from MacBook Pro neck

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Re: Poor quality control

Haven’t you heard? The notation A.J. / “After Jobs” is considered culturally divisive. We’re all supposed to use C.E now... “Cook Era”

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Re: Tools vs Toys

Let me guess... you drive a Ferd Fteenthousand?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8P5vGcf-NU

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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

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Re: Why is this even a question?

Oh dear. Well, I suppose you have to learn sometime. Come, sit down.

See... the world isn't fair, or logical, or consistent. Some people are greedy - for money, or power, or control. Some are idiots in thrall to the greedy ones.

Next week, when you've recovered from this, I'll let you in on the shocking truth about the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas, and the Honest Salesman.

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Call records breach let users feel like Movistars (with everyone watching who they're talking to)

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Re: IT's a Novel Virtualised Utility for AI Application in Future Productions

Sssh. The grown-ups are talking.

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

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Re: New version of Cluedo

Now I have a vision of Tim Curry as the BOFH. Or maybe Madeline Kahn.

Cracking film, by the way. Watch it if you haven't already. You're in for a treat.

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Re: You wait...

Meanwhile, I have a thing in my dressing-gown pocket which my aunt gave me that I don't know what it is.

Oh, sorry, wrong adventure.

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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

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Re: A little bit harsh but nevertheless there is a certain validity in the opinion

"Money can't buy you happiness... but it allows you to be miserable in comfort"

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Nicely done.

Did the spell-checker on Word have conniptions, putting red squiggles under every single word, or did it just give up in despair?

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Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

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Re: The GitHub repo includes a zipped executable of UI Recorder

For people who can’t be bothered building it themselves from the source.

It’s a risk worth taking when dealing with a reputable developer who consistently produces good code.

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Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Re: Nige is spitting feathers

Thank you for that reasoned, mature and well-argued contribution.

On behalf of all of us who voted to leave: kindly fuck off and take your ad-hominem petulance with you while the grown-ups get on with trying to extricate the country from the bureaucratic, corrupt, arrogant and anti-democratic mess that is the EU.

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Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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I thought this thread would attract a better caliper of comment...

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Re: "Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking"

Yeah, I just think a car with brakes is retarded.

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Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

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Re: Annabelle the Sheep

If you want a sheep with personality, it has to be Flossie - just ask Lord Melchett.

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Re: Rejoice, rejoice!

@AC - don't be mean to "JJ Carter", who is after all just another AI experiment from Microsoft:

IF ($article-text.contains("Microsoft"))

{

post_reply ("thank you for this two-minutes hate")

/* TODO: can't get this next line to work properly, right now it segfaults every time */

/* post_reply ($well-reasoned-argument-carefully-and-eloquently-rebutting-the-article) */

}

Apparently, we're supposed to see Microsoft as the Emmanuel Goldstein de nos jours.

JJC is less annoying than Cortana, but only just.

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How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

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Upvoted, although "engaging with PDF as a file format in a disturbingly intimate manner" raises all sorts of very uncomfortable questions. Are French letters involved?

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Re: Routers, Routers, Routers

Justin Case >>I recall stories of proposals in the early days of mobile for just that since they had a huge wired commas network for trackside

Imagine if someone hacked that. What an apostrophe!

That would certainly give a period of chaos and would be a dire critical situation.

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Re: you mean just like windows 10

@Boothy (Would have been nicer if MS gave the option to use a separate drive for the Windows.old backup).

Wandering off the topic of this thread, and really just thinking aloud... I wonder if you could manually create a C:\Windows.old folder and mount another (empty) NTFS partition into it - thereby tricking Windows Update? i.e. instead of assigning a drive letter to drive D:, just mount it into c:\windows.old?

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