* Posts by Alister

3335 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

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Agreed. Hysterical xenophobia seems to be a defining trait of the US.

I was going to call you a Pinko Leftist Commie Bastard, but then I thought "Wolfe Tone? you can't call him communist!"

South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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Re: Battle Group

Why a US attack sub when ours are better?

The Astute class might be better, but there's only three of them, and only one in current active service AFAIK.

The three remaining Trafalgar class are old, and unreliable.

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They'll just blame it on Elliot Carver

Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

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Re: "SHERLOC will be calibrated, tested, then re-tested and re-calibrated "

So? No Shit SHERLOC?

Alimentary, my dear Watson.

EDIT: just seen Drop Bear's post, I win!

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And because SHERLOC's job is to apply its laser to whatever it sees on Mars,

RUN Opportunity, RUN, Run and hide!

Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

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Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

The headlines I've seen so far have been quite clever, I thought. At least they rhyme and have the correct meter.

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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just not making the grade as a sysadmin

A measure of his competence is that he used a laptop to carry out his attacks, and then handed it back to his former employer.

Even though he did make an attempt to wipe it, he should at least have changed the hard-drive, or just used a different machine altogether.

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: Meanwhile, back in Ecuador

Mr. Assange may find himself without Ecuadoran citizenship and asked to leave the embassy.

That would be such a shame...

Anyone up for some Ecuadorian vote-rigging?

UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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Re: Technology has been there years to do this

I wonder as an IT professional


You are patronising.

Amber says so.

National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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Re: Tourist Trap

was it some sort of military coo?

Well played sir!

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Well-known actor Bandersnatchington Cumperdinklehough

In our household, he is affectionately known as Bend-him-over-the-cucumber-patch.

Icahn't get right Xerox Fuji merger spoils, cries activist investor Carl

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you didn't go with

Icahn't get no... satisfaction...

Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good

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We deeply regret notifying you of our intentions

Lol, I'm not sure that's what he meant...

Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc

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Re: Clearly allowing companies to hold this kind of information should not be allowed


I am not, nor ever have been, nor ever will be a customer of Equifax. Why should they have any information about me?

Roll on GDPR when I can get it all deleted....

I would like to bet that Equifax do have information about you. If you have opened a bank account, have a credit card, or have applied for a loan or other credit, then the chances are your data was given to Equifax, as well as the other credit reference agencies.

And the GDPR doesn't give you the right to demand deletion of your data unconditionally, if Equifax can show a business need (which they can, as they are a credit reference agency) then they can refuse to delete your data.

You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

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Re: That pic...

It's David Walliams

Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!

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Re: A subject close to my heart

Thanks for the suggestions.

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A subject close to my heart

My ex wife died suddenly at the end of December. We had been divorced for some years but were still friends, and I am the legal guardian of our children, who have come to live with me.

Sorting out her effects has been a chore, as nobody knew her social media and email account credentials, and she didn't write them down.

She had a recent Windows 10 notebook, one of those with no discrete hard drive, just flash chips soldered to the motherboard, for which nobody knows the login, so I've been unable to access that at all - due to the EFI BIOS I can't even boot from a USB Drive or Flash stick so that's essentially useless now.

If she stored her various account details on there, we'll never know.

Thankfully all the banks etc have accepted other means of identification to allow us to close accounts, recover money, sort out her work pension and so on, but we have been unable to access her email, or close her social media accounts.

It's made me realise that I need to keep a written record of things in a place where everybody who needs to can get at them.

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That's quite an old-fashioned view of email, though, nowadays. For the vast majority, email means webmail, and the concept of downloading a local copy will be quite foreign to them.

I'm a dinosaur, and therefore I use discrete email clients, and fetch my mail down to my local devices using POP3 or IMAP as appropriate, but I'm sure I'm in the minority.

If I pop my clogs tomorrow, my family will be able to get to my emails, but they don't actually know my email account passwords, and they aren't stored anywhere except in my head.

Game of Thrones showrunners to make Star Wars flicks

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Re: Would Disney approve...

Maybe it will be the only way to keep it up


Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Is it Legit?

Really? Mr Damage?????

His middle name is Heavy.

Or is it Danger? I forget.

Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Re: "Although you couldn't turn the sound off while you copied,"

Have you ever tried to set the volume to 0?

My recollection, of using a Sharp twin-deck Cassette machine to copy computer programs, was that if you set the output volume to 0 it also set the tape-to-tape volume to 0, so you ended up with a tape of silence.

I don't know how common that was, but it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case here.

Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

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Re: A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

@The People

Very suspect how 98% of the comments on here originate by the same IP address.

What utter bollocks. Where would you get that information from?

As most people know, quite simply Assange went into exile due to the threats to his life made by an administration rife with corruption and whom know no bounds. It would not be right for Assange to have gambled his life by submitting to a bail condition where there was the possibility of risk to life. Active threats to his life were made by key figureheads within the US administration, this was not mere speculation.

Even more bollocks. At the time that Assange chose to break UK law and skip bail, there were no threats against him from the US administration.

This is nothing less than a damning indictment of UK law enforcement and CPS conduct.

And finally, BOLLOCKS!

Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse!

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It might have been helpful if Mr Tetelman had included the expiry date for those certificates identified as being at risk, as you may find that the normal refresh / replacement is due before the April deadline anyway.

Certainly most of our certificates provided by Thawte or Verisign (who were Symantec owned) will have expired and been replaced by then.

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Over emotional


Don't worry, eating McDonald's does that to me, too.

Vast majority of NHS trusts have failed cyber security assessment, Brit MPs told

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@John G Imrie


But this is exactly the problem mentioned upthread, there is no centralised purchasing or logistics anymore, it was got rid of in favour of each individual Trust having responsibility for their own purchasing.

If there was a centralised logistics and purchasing facility, then economies of scale alone would make a massive difference to the amount of money the NHS spends on IT, drugs, estates and everything else.

However, government policy (and not just the present government, but those of all political leanings) seems to be deliberately aimed at fragmenting and removing this ability.

UK web grocer Ocado takes £500k hit after robo-warehouse tech splurge

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Re: I bought

That's 'cos you said "Can I 'av ocado's shares...

OpenWall unveils kernel protection project

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I've heard that sniffing systemd is terminal...

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create a security module to watch Linux kernels for suspicious activity.

Ah, a systemd sniffer?

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Fine, so when does he stand trial here?

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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Re: StatCounter = irrelevant, amateurish

I assume this was a camping holiday organised by the Linux Users Group?

In any normal grouping of users an 80% share of laptops running Linux would be very unlikely indeed.

Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

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Armor Gummiwaren

What an apt name.

It's almost a disappointment to learn that Gummiwaren means "rubber goods", it sounds such a great name for an anatomical area.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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As served by Claude Maximillian Overton Transpire Dibbler.

Named meat - and NO we don't mean Alice or Bob!

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Re: The Universal Food

one to be consumed with the roast beef, the second with sugar as a dessert.

Yorkshire pudding with Golden Syrup is a delicacy I well remember from childhood.

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I was wondering if you meant doner meat,

Doh! Yes, thanks.

But, the odd misplaced heart, lung or liver... Who knows :)

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Re: How else?

Well said! Have another.

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Re: Wazzock!

A true hipster would serve this fusion delicacy on a dutch hoe

Is that the ones who wave to you from the windows in De Walletjes in Amsterdam?

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Well obviously, I'd wear it in place of me flat cap.

Or possibly use it as a bowl for feeding me whippet.

Actually, the idea posted above of filling it with donor meat and chilli sauce has a certain fascination, need more beer.

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

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Late reply, I know, but if it's coming out of the back of a jet turbine, it's going to be fairly warm, isn't it?

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: How thoughtful of her

I love it when people bring their own petard and rope.

Just to be really pedantic, you don't require a rope if you are using a petard - the "hoist" in that case being done by the power of explosives.

A petard is a very old type of shaped charge or pipe-bomb used particularly to breach doors or walls, comprising a box or tube filled with gunpowder.

On the NHS tech team? Weep at ugly WannaCry post-mortem, smile as Health dept outlines plan

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The initial infection was likely through an exposed vulnerable internet-facing Server Message Block (SMB) port 30,

Hmm, this must be an implementation of SMB that I was previously unaware of.

The only SMB I know runs on TCP 445 or old-school TCP 139.

Suspicion of villainy leads Facebook to ban cryptocoin ads

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"That said, there are many companies who are advertising binary options, ICOs and cryptocurrencies that are not currently operating in good faith."

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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And yet the UK is presently in the middle of a plan to remove the dedicated radio network for the emergency services, and to put them on a shared service with the EE 4G mobile network, and they don't consider that to be a problem?

To hack Australia and learn its secrets, buy second-hand furniture

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Re: They buy 2nd hand furniture in Australia???

Sorry for the double post, but:

Slightly Foxed

Heavily Badgered

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Re: They buy 2nd hand furniture in Australia???

Conservative Cabinet for Sale, 21 items, Slightly Foxed, Barely used

Some with missing spine or not in original cover, may be warped.

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Deja Vu all over again

Do I not recall a similar incident in the UK last year? I seem to remember the filing cabinet(s) in question ended up in an antique shop in Norfolk?

Ah yes, here

Good to see our Antipodean cousins are still following where Britain leads...

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Future humans will only find

I would have thought reinforced concrete would survive as some kind of metamorphic rock.

My name is Ozymandias, King of kings. Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.

On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car

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I really look forward to the idea of a future where, as I walk down the street doing my shopping, all I can hear is the angry buzzing of the constant cloud of drones overhead, with the occasional scream as one descends to make a delivery and catches an unwary pedestrian.

I can see a time where Trafalgar Square will be the territory of feral drones, and the pigeons will all be in hiding.

In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

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You seem to be suggesting that the British punishment - suspended jailtime - is the more severe punishment, but the American imposition of a stiff fine seems to me to be the one which will actually have an immediate effect on the scammers.

F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

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That's Agile, baby

It's how we do things now, get with the program...

Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants 'before US govt' about CPU bugs

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@tom dial

and would be interested in a cite or two of such court orders.

I think you rather miss the point, these are "secret court orders" and as such, instances of them are unlikely to be available to cite.

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