* Posts by Alister

3335 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

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I wonder if all the models will attend the funeral in bunny-girl costume?

Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

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So much for Free Speech.

Newsflash! In Britain, there is no explicit right to free speech.

EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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The other problem is that as a modern airliner flies, it gets lighter (you're burning off the fuel as you go) and thus the aircraft becomes slightly more efficient (same power output hauling less weight around). Battery-powered aircraft do not have this useful feature.

And this also means that the aircraft has a landing weight almost the same as its take-off weight, which makes it much harder to land safely.

Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Re: You miserablists

Exactly how successful does an engineer have to be in Britain before you lot will be positive about them?

They have to be dead for at least 50 years before we start to think they were any good...

Geoffrey de Havilland (died 1965) just about makes the cut...

Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

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Re: Full of it?

@Big John

Okay, but I was also alluding to liberal vs. conservative politics in general. Does that not exist in Britain?

No, in Britain we have the Conservative party, who are traditionally thought of as right leaning, the Labour party, who are left leaning, and the Liberal Democrats, who are inconsequential but probably centerist.

If it does, I'd be willing to bet that the same effect applies there too, since the media there seems to be quite similar as in the US.

It depends on which bit of the British media you want to look at. The BBC is almost always toeing the party line of the establishment, which may or may not echo the views of the current ruling party.

The Times, once considered to be the most rigorously balanced newspaper, is now owned by Murdoch, along with the Sunday Times and The Sun, and they are all broadly supportive of the Conservative viewpoint.

The Daily Mail, the Independant, and The Telegraph are strong Conservative supporters. The Daily Mirror and The Guardian are strong supporters of a Labour view.

So by far the majority of British newspapers are right-wing.

Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

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Re: Seriously... with the double standards

Look... if you don't like the laws of a country, then don't go there.

I'd just like to remind you that the subject of the article was a British citizen, returning to his own country.

Equifax CEO falls on his sword weeks after credit biz admits mega-breach

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Smith is due to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on October 3 to answer questions about the hack. It's not immediately clear whether or not do Rego Barros will take his place.

I suppose it doesn't matter, really, they could both say "I have no recollection of these events" with equal clarity...

Twitter reckons Trump's Nork-baiting tweet was 'newsworthy'

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Re: Their numbers are way WAAYY down, I'm telling you

"I never used it, well possibly once, but never been near a keyboard so couldn't really, well let me tell you.... their numbers are WAAYY WAAYY down, by the way, they won't be around much longer....We're going to build a beautiful... and Mexico is going to pay...covfefe..."

Spot on...

Deserves one of these at least

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Re: What is saddest thing is

I'm waiting for one of them to start with "My dad's bigger than your dad!"

The scariest thing is seeing supposedly adult world leaders acting like kids in a playground.

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I'd pay to see what would happen if Twitter bans Trump.

He'll post a rant on his Bebo account which no-one will ever see...

US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

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Re: How exactly will this work?

I think yours might just have triggered some interest already...

What's in this Monday morning storage BLT? A 12TB WD HDD, wars of words – and more

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Re: Hungry for storage news?

lovingly polishing my Snap On isn't something you're likely to catch me doing

Hem hem...

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What's in this Monday morning storage BLT?

Well, looking at the photo, it appears to be a Lady Sybil Vimes healthy option, with bacon, lettuce and TOMATO.

Microsoft: We've made a coding language for a quantum computer that may or may not exist

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Re: Nurse! My sides have split!

I bet that joke went down like a charm

Nah, it was too strange...

More than half of small firms plan on using Privacy Shield – survey

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Something we are never told is just why does the data about EU citizens needs to be sent to the US in the first place.

You might like to ask Equifax about that...

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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Re: Flock of Gulls

upgrade to Mark 2, which will be thirty two years late, 450% of budget, and be a confused otter strapped to the underside of a crow.


Have one of these ------>

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If they pay me £20m, and supply me with a shotgun and cartridges, I'll happily take on the job of anti-drone officer.

Don't panic, but.. ALIEN galaxies are slamming Earth with ultra-high-energy cosmic rays

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Re: one, two, many

I'm not sure there is a corresponding Reg unit... yet!

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Re: Favourite

The password is "secret" was always a good one as well...

Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

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Ah yes, I'd forgotten kilo.


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My understanding is that Bytes are capitals and bits are lowercase, and that all the multiplications are capitalised, so e.g:

MB - Mega Bytes

Tb - Tera bits

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Re: I'll get my Côte

If you're coming from Spain, "beyond France" includes Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy with direct borders, and The Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia at one remove.

NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

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“You can see a steak looks biological – there’s blood dripping from it. Then, you put it in a pressure cooker for very long time, and you end up with charcoal"

Yep, that sounds like my ex's cooking.

SEC 'fesses to security breach, says swiped info likely used for dodgy stock-market trading

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Who watches the watchmen?

So, irony of ironies, the SEC is supposed to be starting an investigation of Equifax...

Who's going to investigate the SEC?

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

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Re: Both domains went dark ?

securityequifax2017.com was the one Nick set up, securityequifax.com was never registered.

The real one is equifaxsecurity2017.com.

CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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they should face a severe penalty so that no one ever again will think to tamper with computers belonging to innocent other people.

So, execution for a first-offence, exorcism for repeat offenders?

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

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O2 is one of the smaller network operators, holding just 14 per cent of spectrum.

That's a misleading statement, however, as their overall network coverage of the UK is one of the most comprehensive.

Anecdotally, I have had much more reliable signal in diverse areas of the UK using O2 than friends and colleagues on other networks have managed.

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

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Yes, the steering wheel will be optional...


Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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Re: What price security?

This is not a cloud storage vs server storage issue. Badly configured storage is just as likely to happen on either.

I disagree.Most on-prem or managed storage is looked after by someone with clue, who can fend off the stupidities that cause this sort of leak. If a developer wants a database to be hosted, then it's done in a managed fashion, and access is granted with proper consideration of security consequences. In most cases external access from the internet is never required.

Cloud storage with one of the megalithic suppliers encourages developers who want to host a database to just stick stuff on it, and if they can't immediately access it, they turn off the default security, as it's not their problem. External access from the internet is inevitable in this model, and to properly lock it down requires clue. No-one with clue is involved in the process.

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Although "should HAVE" would of been the actual grammatical correction on this occasion.


Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

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a service called "app readiness", which "gets apps ready for use the first time a user signs in to this PC and when adding new apps"

So, is it a pre-compiler for the pre-compiler then? The mind boggles.

I remember the days when a program came as a compiled binary, and didn't need to be created from p-code every time it ran. Curiously, that seemed to be a faster and more stable way of doing things, but progress moves on.

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

I though Docker was them boots with air-cushion soles that skinheads and punks used to wear...

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Not just functional programming. We used to do lots of procedural programming too. We used Pascal, so we could do both, because Pascal has functions and procedures.

I genuinely laughed out loud at that one. I must remember it to quote to other greybeard Pascal programmers I know.

Now what was it again?

What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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Equifax is ideally placed to help businesses if they experience a data breach

Yes... yes you are. Just not quite in the way you thought you meant.

Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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The eels made him teacher of writhing and reeling.

and the different branches of arithmetic:

ambition, distraction, uglification, and derision.

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I prefer pTerry's version:

Give a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day, set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life...

Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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So, they're going to try selling fintech to Finland, is that right?

Equifax mega-breach: Security bod flags header config conflict

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@ sitta_europea

Not sure of your point?

You seem to have found an SPF record with a legacy entry in it.

And last I looked, El Reg was not the holder of confidential credit information or PPI.

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Scott Helme's header.io site is very unforgiving in its marking.

As a comparison with equifax's score of "D" here's a few others:

theregister.co.uk: "F"

www.paypal.com: "B"

www.ebay.com: "E"

www.google.com: "E"

www.experian.co.uk: "E"

Some of the headers that Scott's site marks you down for are very difficult to implement on real world sites, (Content Security Policy) and others are only just being introduced (Referrer-Policy) and are not generally implemented.

A fairer representation might be to use the Qualys Labs site


Where equifax.com scores an "A"

'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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I would not, could not, on a train. I could not, would not, in the rain.

Ah, Dr Seuss, welcome...

Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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Re: Accident reasons

Also, what use is a facility that allows the drone to think it's landed, but is still at 300 feet?

I'm not sure it was a feature, more a bug...

As I recall from the accident report, the drones were originally fitted with a weight-on-wheels inhibitor which confirmed that the drone was actually landed before power could be shut down, however, for some obscure reason the manufacturers removed this.

Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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Re: Birdstrikes

loose one prop

UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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Damn you sir, what do you mean by that?

Lt-Col Cholmondely-Featherstonehaugh (ret'd)

Web crash and pricing errors hit Argos

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the laminated catalogue of dreams


123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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...aren't aware of turning the automatic renewal off on these domain names.

I rather think 123-Reg might have thought of that, and maybe have disabled that ability for .uk registrations? I don't know, I'm not a 123-Reg customer, but it wouldn't surprise me if they had.

To me it seems a very cynical way of increasing .uk registrations, just to make the figures look good.

Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

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Though the JDP’s authors pooh-pooh the notion that unmanned drones make it morally easier to drop bombs on people...

You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being in the Army, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh.

I knew a Major, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to disband the regiment. Morale totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh!

DARPA lays out cash-splash to defibrillate Moore's Law

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Contrary to popular belief defibrillators don't start things, they are designed to stop the heart dead when it is fibrillating - that is, when the AV node is firing randomly and the muscle is contracting and relaxing spasmodically.

So to use defibrillate as a metaphor for starting something is incorrect. As a metaphor for giving something / someone a massive shock it is probably admissible.

El Reg is hiring an intern. Apply now before it closes

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Cruel and unusual punishment, that!

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Mind bleach required!

Auto-makers told their autopilots need better safeguards

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You can't just make an open-bladed huge great cutting machine and then put a warning in the manual not to go near it. You have to have safeties and lock-outs and mechanisms and barriers.

And therein lies the problem, individuals no longer expect to have to take responsibility for their own safety, instead they expect that they will somehow be physically prevented from attempting something dumb.

A prime example is railway crossings in the UK: despite barriers, warning lights, and all the other safety equipment, people still attempt to cross in front of a train, and the railway is somehow blamed if they are killed or injured.

At some point people should have to face the consequences of their actions, up to and including Darwinism, and not expect that they should have been prevented from getting into that situation.

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