* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

4578 posts • joined 29 May 2007

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

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Re: Yeah, what about them?

after all, the enemy of my enemy is my friend

Not really, they're just further down the queue to stab you in the front (but further up the queue to stab you in the back).

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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Re: Does committee know something we dont?

It's easy to blackmail someone whom you are paying to vote a particular way. Just a general observation of course.

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Re: Russian for section 702 shitshow is

I know, I should put some SARCASM tags, but cannot be arsed to.

I'm pretty sure that it's unnecessary in this instance :)

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At what point will the general population of the US finally understand the nature of the boot on their face do you think?

I'm guessing they'll only know when they can't actually breath, and the only thought in their head will be 'how did this happen..I've got nothing to hide!

We are doomed by morons.

Democracy is as dead as this parrot.

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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

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Re: I wonder...

Wouldn't that make them over-qualified?

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Re: Best way to handle this

conspire so that everyone has a current CV available at all times.

You shouldn't need to conspire for that in this day and age, just a quick reminder to ensure everyone is on the 'same page' and off you go. Anyone who doesn't have an up to date CV ready to go needs their head testing - especially in some of these high churn outfits!

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Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

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Re: "Angela", eh?

For those who are search-engine-challenged..

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/code-word-campaign-bad-dates-alert-bar-staff-a7371171.html

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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Re: Leader in security services

To be honest, considering the blunder, their response to it is beyond my expectations for that particular organisation by several orders of magnitude. Go figure.

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Re: Techie dummy?

" just because I toil for an ISP I can "sort their windows out" and "fix their wifi"..."

Can't you? Or would just rather not have to do it?

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Doh!

Legacy CSC colleagues lost confidence in our ability as a team to maintain secure information and even complete the work required. This also resulted in difficult interactions between colleagues on calls.

So, some numpty from old HP then.

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WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

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Re: Another Day Another Lie

Nothing surprising about agencies accusing others of what they are doing themselves, it's just human nature..

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

It's even covered in The Bible..

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

"You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on another. For on whatever grounds you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things."

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History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

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Re: constructive antagony

Although I'm fairly sure I heard a 'dagnammit' or two.

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Re: It's just another religion.

No it isn't.

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Re: Usenet

Them's were the days...it wasn't a proper flame unless it actually provoked real flames coming out of your ears.

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Re: Simply Put...

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeese don't use that word, it gives me hives these days.

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Re: It's just another religion.

You're wrong.

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Re: Easy to crack (for any governments engineers)

Most people will probably just use the numbers option without setting it up to be alpha-numeric.

In which case most pin codes would be cracked in seconds by a decent system.

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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: Erm...

US Plod only go after people who can't afford to take them to court to get their stuff back, which is only made more poignant once you realise the cops have just taken them for everything they have.

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Re: Erm...

Making a pot deal on the doorstep of the house you live in, but don't own, apparently. Something like that anyway.

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Re: er...

"It really is a simple fact, the CIA is either utterly stupid or completely insane."

That doesn't look like an xor function to me.

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Re: Erm...

In America they could now seize the house and all the assets any of these people owned.

If the property was rented, they could also go after the landlords assets and strip those too.

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Re: Improvised Marketing Term to defend the defence industry.

Wasn't the term IED used in reference to roadside bombs that made use of a sheet of metal that got shaped into a pointy cone by the explosion?

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Re: Forest Gump's Momma

"Life is like a box of semtex, you never know what you're going to get."?

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Re: Should have bought the How To book off WH Smiths

@AC: you do realise that in our wonderful new world that you have just made available information that would be of use to a terrorist?

Fucked up isn't it?

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Re: Time to start deporting the problem fast before it gets much worse!

I get the arguments, but there is a genuine question buried under all this hostility - I'll have a go at drawing it out, obviously with the risk that it will be interpreted as a statement of some kind...whatever.

That the UK has always been subject to immigration from external nationalities and cultures throughout its history is pretty much historical fact.

Those cultures have quite often had an influence on how this country has developed and moved forward, I believe this is also an historical fact.

However, one question that arises in my mind is this - what level of external cultural influence are we prepared to accept and assimilate? Is there a line?

Part of the issue (to me at least) is that this country has mostly been extremely tolerant of foreign cultures and influence (although I don't think it has always been an easy ride of course) - but what happens if an external culture starts to gain a lot of influence in a short space of time, especially if that influence is *not* tolerant of other cultures and influence?

Individuals are generally fairly decent people, and easy to get along with. The dynamic changes though once you start dealing with large numbers of people acting 'collectively'. By this I don't mean that everyone following a particular belief system are all of the same opinion, but by small actions, or lack of action, they go along with the 'herd' - this is human nature and pure self-defence - most people are herd animals.

So, take an established body of people, with a general set of goals and beliefs, acting roughly in concert - then add in an external influence that challenges their beliefs in a very confrontational manner.

How would you expect a 'large number' of people would react to that? Do you think they would see it as cultural enrichment or a threat to their way of life?

Now I've written this from a UK-centric perspective, but the I believe the questions would be equally valid if I were living in a middle-eastern country that was under threat from 'capitalist empire builders'.

So, this is how I understand that some people think that western culture and middle-eastern culture are at war - and perhaps they are. That isn't my main question as I think it's fairly self-evident.

My question is this: Who benefits from a cultural war?

The answer is the same as it has always been: Follow the money.

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Re: the vast majority of terrorist incidents world wide are linked to Islam

In addition to innate racial discrimination (which civilized beings try to overcome with rational thoughts) there is a very disturbing set of people who seem to find it acceptable to make disabled peoples' lives even more miserable than it probably already is.

I mean, really, what could someone with one leg, or down syndrome, possibly have done to someone that was so bad that hundreds of arseholes think it's ok to ridicule them, even attack them?

Are peoples' lives so empty and devoid of compassion that they can't tell when they are actually quite well off (historically speaking) and feel like bashing on someone totally worse off than they are?

Seriously, I don't get it.

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Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

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Re: Morse code

That's a pretty low bit rate, even for stellar destroying level civilizations :P

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

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Re: Sounds good to me

It's apparently second only to Chinese in it's complexity, mostly because we tinker with it every 5 minutes ;)

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Re: As a Defender owner...

Should have fired them both off at the same time for a handy speed boost :)

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Re: " So why is Foxhound built by US based General Dynamics ("

£1m+ for an armoured 4x4?

They don't have to have DVD players in headrests you know, ease up on the options and I'm sure they could drag that price down a bit.

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Re: It's great to know the price of everything ...

Queen Lizzie will spend the first five years of a c40 year operational life without aircraft - so 12% if its working life as a useless toy.

Can't we lease it out to some banana republic for a while?

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Oh, Google. You really are spoiling us: Docs block cockup chalks up yet another apology

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Re: Yeah, no

How are they scanning encrypted files?

Oh, you mean people are storing files on other people's servers without encryption? In that case why does anyone think it is private in the first place?

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: Chirp

So, not much of a leader - check; Not so free world - check.

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Re: I love El Reg.......

You put jam *on* your bun? Philistine!

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Re: Should be able to watch photosynthesis, too ...

Does any of all this have an application that could be put towards terra-forming? i.e. such as gas converters to clean up the air balance a bit (co2-> o2 for example, extracting the carbon in solid form).

Having said that, The Earth is a pretty big engine, so doing something on a scale that is relevant is most likely out of our reach until the human race faces extinction unless it does something.

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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Re: Interesting stuff

it's not hard to accept two mutually-contradictory ideas as both true if you don't know anything about the topics, but if you have a reasonable grasp of the facts then you need a lot of training to keep agreeing with both.

Perhaps a slight adjustment to your initial points will make it simpler..

1) The Russians definitely interfered attempted to interfere in the US election.

2) This interference did not have any impact on the result.

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Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert

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Re: The ad was in keeping with the game...

replace ("a baseball bat.","a baseball bat , is ok?")

FTFY

Thanks, I'll let you get back to your poetry now :P

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Re: The ad was in keeping with the game...

Yet for some reason the fact this cute little feline vandalizes his keepers' ear and the proceeds to smack him in the head, full pelt, with a baseball bat.

Mixed values?

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Why not just trip all the consumer unit switches apart from the one leading to your boiler controls and stick a UPS in-line with your boiler control supply?

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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"It’s rather good on motorways "

Maybe if you're usual commute is during the wee hours, but in my experience the rest of the time it's pretty choppy.

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I don't even use my cruise control settings because I don't like the delays it creates.

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Re: WipEout

Some shoot-em ups restart from pause with a slo-mo wind up to full speed to get you back into the game.

I'm guessing a time distort device would bump the price up a bit?

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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Re: Lots of criminals in here

Oddly enough, the company proxy prevents me getting to that site to see what I'm not keeping up on.

I'm going to take a wild guess at: not much.

Edit: With a meme that old is it any wonder I'm not dedicating any memory to it.

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Re: Lots of criminals in here

unlike the angry teenage edgelords on the other side of this argument

Must troll harder. C-

Caring about the future and not wanting it to be full of boots on my face, forever, does not make one an 'edgelord'. Methinks thou doth protest too much.

PS Assuming that is your real password, which I doubt, you've probably broken this sites' T's&C's.

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Re: Trying to hide something

If only criminals want to hide anything, then can we just send the government directly to jail?

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Re: One good thing

Especially if the plain-text is made up :)

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Re: what part of end to end doesn't he understand

What did The Mall ever do to you?

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C'mon, edgelords: The APIs are ours to command – do we do good or evil?

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Re: Errm, Cloudy Thinking ?

Indeed. It is entirely possible* to be found speeding doing 30mph in a 40mph if the conditions are deemed unsafe to drive at 40mph.

*Possible, but unlikely in this camera festooned day-and-age.

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Coming here to post something similar.

This stuff is all well and good if the world didn't contain huge numbers of twats who would create a multi-car pile-up just for giggles, or they were 'bored'. Of course, it's a broad spectrum, but we can safely consider anything that can be hacked that might end up creating some form of harm to others will, at the very least, be attempted.

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Boffins befuddled over EU probe into UK's tax rules for multinationals

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Re: "Boffins befuddled..."

As an added refinement, you do so when nobody else has even thought of doing such a thing.

In addition to which it needs to fulfill a very silly requirement, such as spotting where you left your thermos the last time you went to the moon in your personal space pod made from old Lada parts.

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