* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

5236 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

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Re: @ Sir Runcible Spoon -- Not sure, but...

Swine :P

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Re: Self-classification

Considering most people are delusional these days I'd say a lot :)

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Re: No kidding

"Then I remember I honestly don't care about the the human race anymore."

I'm confident that no-one will ever accuse me of being racist, because *all* humans look the same to me.

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Re: FB is a boil on the bum of mankind!

I've always heard that "if it's free - you're the product" and have yet to encounter a scenario where this has proven to be false.

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Not sure, but...

"I'm sure there's some punctuation problems in my post"

Shouldn't this be: "I'm sure there're some punctuation problems in my post" ?

"There is" (in my mind at least) points to the singular "a problem", rather than "some problems".

Could be wrong of course :)

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Re: My thoughts...

At first glance it rather looks like they are complaining that Google aren't taking it upon themselves to enforce/educate non-Googlers, presumably leaving it to the people who they are actually contracted with.

Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe

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If the Police were clever about this, they would set up multiple open wi-fi access points or bluetooth readers around the area along with camera's.

If the perp has his phone set to look for open wi-fi/left bluetooth on, then they might get him in passing, or if not then he might just use one of their hotspots and catch him in the act.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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Re: Death of the High St

Can you send me the link to the leopard's fanny batter on Amazon please? My wife's birthday is coming up and I want to give her a pressie she'll never guess.

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Re: Death of the High St

Have you been to any supermarket mid-week?

I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person who still works - either that or there are a *lot* more people around than we think there are :)

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Death of the High St

Whilst Amazon and other online retailers have certainly had their impact, in the UK at least I would definitely blame 50% of this on local councils ripping people off to park in town, and hiking the business rates up so high that shops are no longer profitable.

I've never quite understood how an empty premises brings in more rent money than an occupied one - but what do I know? If only I had the brains of some of the people in these council offices I might be able to ignore all this shit and pretend it doesn't matter!

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Re: private enterprise

Wouldn't it be mildly radioactive by now, sitting in direct sunlight with no atmosphere to protect it?

Linus Torvalds opts for the scream test: Linux kernel syscall tweaked to shut data-leak hole – anyone upset, yell now

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The Scream Test

Is a proper engineering solution to get you to your goal as quickly as possible.

Often the threat of a scream test is enough to get people thinking about the issue at hand which they would otherwise ignore.

Glad to hear someone still employs them when required (I don't think of them as the first tool in the box to use, but you should certainly have it in there somewhere to pull out when all else fails - mainly because it works when other methods are hamstrung by politics).

Oh, and he didn't swear? Are you sure this was Linus?

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: All you need is......

For some reason I read that at first as 'until the *headmistress* summoned him for punishment'

Dunno why.

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Apparently they had one of their sign-posts removed from the .net equivalent of a hamlet in Dorset.

Idiots who went to said hamlet to try and find PirateBay realised that because they couldn't see it, it must have been banned.

This whole age-verification system thing has all the hallmarks of a similar genius behind the scenes doing the thinking.

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

The reason I downvoted your post was because regardless of the sentiment behind this idea, it simply isn't a realistic solution to the problem.

In fact, it will simply switch more people (and not just kids) on to full vpn encryption etc., see :Law of Unintended Consequences

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Re: More fuel if any is required...

That's only if *all* your traffic is encrypted. After all, people do work from home and use company vpn's to log on to the company network.

So, do your normal stuff in clear, and any porn via vpn...simples.

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Re: If this is how things are going to be

Then my encoder ring must be broken, still looks good to me :)

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Re: I'm pretty sure I can prove that...

E=mc^2

Energy in a pie is equal to the mass of the pie when thrown at your face, twice.

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Re: If this is how things are going to be

EGREN SOMELN STATE MILEY

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Re: Not sure who is more dull...

aarrrrgggghhhhh....you fiend!

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Re: It definitely happens

and other top tips, such as don't saw the branch you are standing on :)

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Re: Not sure who is more dull...

Next time, please use an endquote; my OCD just triggered and I was all calm before.

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Re: Data Center Migrations and application errors

I'm no sysadmin, but even I know that when troubleshooting something new and you find something likely-looking in the logs that you need to go back a bit to see if the error/issue was pre-existing.

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Re: Trial version of Windows

"so he ducked that cluster-stuff"

It's ok, you can say cluster-fuck, we won't get upset.

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I can tell you have experience of messing up, this is an approved method of mitigating the fallout, reducing the punishment level down to the level of 'good natured piss taking'.

I approve.

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Re: took the day off

So, you now have zero people on 1st line support? Sounds like you did them a favour ;)

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Re: took the day off

"IT is many things, but it's rarely boring."

Since you've been around the block a bit I'm finding this statement to be a bit difficult to swallow, mainly because the number of fuckwits *in charge* of IT teams are boringly predictable in their never ending quest to do the wrong thing and ignore all advice to the contrary because they apparently can't read an email explanation that contains more than one concept.

Bah, humbug!

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: No one likes a liar

good vs bad - It was a play on words, I was referring to liars who had 'good' intentions vs 'bad' intentions (as well as the obvious comment about their skills as a liar) :)

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Re: The premise of this article is bullshit

"it was just pure naked greed and nothing more."

Nothing shouts 'INSECURITY' like unbridled greed.

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Re: No one likes a liar

I like a *good* liar, no-one likes a *bad* liar.

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"getting tired of this rag inserting itself and taking shots at MY President"

Have you ever read the bit just under the banner on this site? Don't think YOUR President is anything special, El Reg and the Commentards will take the piss out of *anyone*.

Here --> Have a proper beer and chill out. Oh, and learn to spell 'ARSE' correctly whilst you're at it.

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Re: From the writer

citation required

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Re: Crossing the Line

"IT graduates with principles. What a remarkable idea."

I was about to down-vote you but then I remembered I never graduated :P

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Re: "No one likes an asshole"

Personally I think the Americans elected an arsehole because they wanted him to go to town on the old-guard who have been lording it over them for so long :)

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Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

"And apparently enough Brits and USians liked the lies from putin's puppets to vote to wreck their countries."

What?? You really think that highlighting a few contentious issues is enough to sway people's votes to a greater degree than the daily brainwashing from the local news?

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

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Re: It's about time...

"Nope, does not work, for me:"

Classic :D

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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Re: Fuck!!!

I would never rely on my dive computer for actual air reserves left - that's what the gauge hanging off your regulator is for.

I still have my 2010 Oceanic Geo 2, never missed a beat.

Careful with this latest Microsoft release – tug too hard on the threads and it tends to unravel

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Re: Appropriate attaire only

"It can only be worn in the Middle East because it has to hang on an iRack."

That only works if you usually mis-pronounce the name of the country (i.e. you're American)

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Re: Tech or pretend-tech?

"How does the mirror and holy postcard help with that?"

Well, it's Xmas, he was wearing a Santa hat, so I'm guessing it was a works party :)

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: "do you think the Leave voters would have been expected to 'like it or lump it'?"

"WELL DONE YOU."

That seems a bit harsh. I don't believe my one little vote can be conflated to me being responsible for the mess the politicians have made of the situation any more than your vote could be considered a failure to stop it.

You raise some valid points, but I certainly don't agree with all of them. At this point perhaps we should agree to disagree? I see no reason to sour the forum by continuing to dissect this particular beast, we're not going to change each others mind and it won't achieve anything substantial imo.

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Re: Dumbing down the general population

Putting aside differences and making the best of the situation seems to mean the other side should like it or lump it, and that's not going to happen. This is going to run and hamstring the UK for decades.

Unfortunately I'm going to have to agree with you there.

Just out of curiosity, if the Remain vote had won, do you think the Leave voters would have been expected to 'like it or lump it'?

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Re: "Naive, I know, but without trying we would never know."

So you and your pals thought you'd conduct a social experiment with the entire future of the UK's relationship with the rest of the world.

That's one way of looking at it, although I certainly took it a tad more seriously than you are implying - I'm not treating this as a game. From my point of view I was standing up for what I believe in.

Hoping for a revival of the "Dunkirque spirit" were you?

Guilty as charged.

How do you think that's worked out? 50% success rate? More? Less?

I will admit that I'm disappointed in the result. Whilst there was a slight majority vote in favour of leaving, it's hard to argue that there isn't an element of xenophobia there, rather than the positive viewpoint I had hoped would emerge. So I have to go with less than 50%.

I'll leave you to guess how well I think it's worked out.

I'm sure I have no need to guess, John. Any more than you need to guess that I was hopelessly idealistic in my faith that, when it comes to the crunch, people would pull together and show some solidarity.

I won't apologise for standing up for what I believe in, and I voted to leave because I genuinely believed that remaining in the EU would lead us down a path with fewer options later on, when an additional option or two could make all the difference.

It's just unfortunate that our political 'leaders' are so spineless and self-serving.

Lest we forget, the people of this country might have voted to join the EEC (an economic agreement) they didn't get a vote on handing over our national sovereignty. The very first time we had a chance to vote on that particular nugget was the Brexit referendum. Over 50% of the voters wanted to leave, and if you believe the pollsters the main differentiator appears to be age, i.e. the older people were more likely to vote to leave.

This has led to accusations of the older generation selling out the younger etc., yet you could also look at it as the older (more experienced) voters looking out for the younger generation (which are their children and future, remember).

Partisan lines have been drawn up along the most bizarre basis at times, but for me it's about the ability to stand up to the power brokers who see the little people as nothing more than cash cows to be milked and discarded, and I honestly believe we would have less power to do so within the EU.

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Re: Dumbing down the general population

"Not really seeing where your belief it'll achieve that result has sprung from."

Fair point, but it was only one of the reasons, and certainly not the main one.

If this country had been exposed to European culture (as opposed to almost entirely US culture) then Brits might *feel* European. As it is I don't feel connected with Europe, so the idea of decisions being made in Brussels outside of my ability to influence (by voting) doesn't sit well with me.

I was also rather hoping that this country would re-discover its collective backbone before it was too late and that once a decision was made that people would put aside their differences and make the best of the situation. Naive, I know, but without trying we would never know.

As it is, the remainers (who lost the vote by the way) have done everything they can to undermine the process and spread FUD across the land. Bloody annoying.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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I seem to recall having numerous different autoexec and config sys files depending on the game that needed to be run, along with a menu that allowed me to select which set I wanted :)

All thanks to that visionary luminary who said that 640k should be enough for anyone.

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Re: Speaking for myself

"(it was Token Ring, mind you)"

So, more of an Ultima - Underworld kind of network then? -->

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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Re: Optional

Perhaps they should have reported some anomaly with their gravity readings?

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: Scale

Voyager 2 could go from London to Sydney in a shade under 18 minutes, and it's been flying how long again?

Although...saying it like that doesn't make it seem very fast at all :(

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Re: Somewhere ...

...slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us...dunn dunnn derrrrrrr!!!!

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Re: 50 years

@Bluto, I'm not sure my parents were involved in the engineering cycle, more like the commissioning body.

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