* Posts by Stumpy

200 posts • joined 20 May 2010

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

Stumpy

Frankly, it should be illegal for any company that has suffered a breach to offer protection and remediation services to its caffected clients itself. It should always be a trusted third party, as should the investigation into the breach iteself also.

Talk about marking your own homework....

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Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

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Am I the only one who read the headline as

Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find bacon

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: I did it another way...

+1 for a share.

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Trump as US president (in Sharknado 3)? Oh Hell No!

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Ah, just think though. If he had been in it, it would have been the BIGGEST and BEST crap film franchise EVER. He'd have been making Sharknado GREAT again.!!!

biggly.

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Ofcom: Blighty has devolved into a nation of unwashed binge-streaming mole people

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Re: Newsflash @Richard 81

Mmmmm ... evil Willow .... hrrrrrrr....

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Arcade Fire releases album on USB fidget spinner for £79/$105

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Re: RPM??

78 dear boy, 78.

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Facebook may print money but thirsty Wall Street wants more

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Re: All that lovely advertising lucre

That's where the likes of Ghostery, AdBlock Plus and Privacy Badger come to the fore. No profiling and tracking cookies allowed, unless I specifically allow them.

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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

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Minimum fine should be at least £1 per text message or email sent in these cases. That'll soon deter the buggers.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Sorry, but ...

There are only two Doctors of note ... Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. All others pale into insignificance.

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

Stumpy

Re: An alternative

... or you could use a triangular rubber coin approximately six thousand miles along each side.

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So. A cross-Europe cyberwar simulation. Of ransomware

Stumpy

You should, because what if they could cause it to set alight? Or what if they'd got control of _all_ the toasters, and fridges, etc. and used them to surge the power grid?

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London suffers from 'sub-standard' connectivity - report

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Vaizey may have a point ...

... when he states that only 1/3 of people elect to take up fast broadband.

I tried for years to get FTTP since BT Fibre wasn't available (then, is now) and Sky ... well, not going there.

I eventually managed to get the interest of Hyperoptic, but they wouldn't cable the building until there was enough interest from residents, so I started to canvass all the residents and the block management to try to get a groundswell of interest.

Let's just say that it's taken me three years and a shitload of effort on my part to get it installed, and as far as I know, I'm the only one in the entire block that's taken up the service. Everyone else is either with Sky or BT Infinity, and that's more than good enough for them (mean speeds here on infinity are around 20MBS on a good day).

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Re: Classic.

Correct.

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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... except that my all-fibre connection is actually faster than the claims made by my ISP, and the QoS has been nothing but 100% so far. Can't say anything about their tech support since I've not needed to speak to them except for a brief email exchange to sort out a static IP address....

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: Even the big companies fail at this

My guess on this is that server-side the password is read into a statically allocated 16 character array buffer before being dealt with rather than being read into some dynamically allocated string buffer. And it's much easier to stick a little bit of validation on the front-end rather than recode the server-side code that actually does the password encryption.

Still no excuse for those sorts of half-measures though

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Re: It only makes it easier to crack...

Flocke Kroes wrote:

"My favourate: '; DROP TABLE users /*"

And the best part of that is that my password strength checker says that it's a fantastically strong password

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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No, he'll be too busy helping the 'merkins .. since he wrote the bible in (American) English 5,000 years ago as you've already stated ...

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

Stumpy

Because they're too close to the problem to see its full humungousness.

The correct term to use in this post-truth, alternate-fact cheeto-led universe is biggliness.

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Stumpy

Seeing the "football" carrier is nothing new.

I'm sick and tired.... err, I mean I'm sick and tired of everything associated with Trump being labelled as something new and nasty. Much of what he's done or has been done around him has been done by his predecessors.

Complaining about such precedents devalues people's arguments against him. If people are going to criticise him for something then criticise him properly.

That may be true, but previous incumbents usually manage to spread their indiscretions out over the course of one or two terms in office. The piss-eyed tango-skinned buffoon seems to want to get it all out of the way early.

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Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

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Re: Traveling in the Donner Pass Has Improved

Surely in the Donner pass, they would have just eaten kebabs to survive?

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King's College London bods recruit members for penis ring study

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Finish in six weeks?

What, are they trying to recruit Sting or something? I'm normally lucky to finish in six minutes!

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: Probably a bad batch.

Same here ... and I don't exactly treat mine with the love and respect I'm probably supposed to to.

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Re: How many of you do this sort of weekly maintenance??

cuddling any digital device....welll, it's just wrong.

What, even including one of these?

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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Re: Classic Trump supporters?

Couldn't be bothered to read/comprehend the thing their railing about.... check

they're ... sorry, but if you're going all Grammar Nazi on them, at least get your copy proofread. Folks will think you're a Register staff writer otherwise...

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This bot shorts stocks when Trump tweets (don't fret, the profit is used for good)

Stumpy

Re: Not very future-proof...

4. Trump's account gets hacked, and starts posting confidential, unredacted intelligence reports.

I'm pretty sure his account wouldn't need to get hacked in order for him to start posting confidential, unredacted intelligence reports ... that's probably why he's excluded the Director of Intelligence from his everyday cabinet meetings, you know, just to reduce the chance that he might get hit by temptation.

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: no warning of toxic gases then, just aesthetics and housekeeping issues

Like my builder says about the asbestos that's in my property - it's actually safer to eat it than inhale it.

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Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act

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Re: Fly-tipping

Look for the guy hitting every pothole....

You obviously don't come from/visit Surrey very often. It would be easier to catch the driver that's actually able to miss the bloody things.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

Stumpy

... and so the rewriting and expunging of history begins.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Re: Pre-recorded?

I refer the dishonorable coward above to exhibit 'B' from the story:

Evidently journalists in the editing suite had failed to cut the first 10 seconds of botched footage from the programme, which was supposed to have been signed off by the news editor and the station manager before broadcast.

Which explains why the broadcast was as it was despite being pre-recorded.

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

Stumpy

I was there last year and saw the new archway whilst it was being constructed next to the reactor. It really is a sight to behold.

As has been mentioned in comments above, the area really isn't that dangerous any longer (in many places) - there's around 4000 people who live and work full-time in the exclusion zone. As long as you're careful with your dosimeter then you're perfectly OK.

That said, it /will/ still be around 500,000 years before the exclusion zone is truly safe for humans once more since there are still a great number of long-lived isotopes around in the soil (mostly Cs137 - half life of 30 years and Pu238 - half life of around 88 years).

It's definitely a place to go visit - there's some fantastic remants of the cold-war lurking around in there. I spent two days there - staying overnight at the (small) hotel in Chernobyl, and could quite happily take the camera back there for another excursion.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

Stumpy

Re: But it will be invaluable in case zombie apocalypse occurs

Just switch off the energy supply to houses with zombified people inside, thus keeping the undead confused, cold and in the dark.

So, that's anyone who watches Big Brother, X Factor, Strictly, etc, etc, etc ... then?

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

Stumpy

That's why it's always to remember to get all of that stuff in writing so you have an audit trail when the shit really does hit the fan.

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'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

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Re: Now enlist him in special forces training

"Now, I hear if you engage with our good friends of al Nusra, you get to eat the liver of prisoners. Would that be acceptable to your tastes?

Hmm .. depends. Is it served with a nice Chianti?

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Stumpy

Re: Forced Program Defaults

Seems like a problem on your side. I'm running Sierra, and have Google Chrome set as my default browser - It's an option in System Preferences > Default.

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Stumpy

Odd though, I've so far not had any problems with macOS Sierra on my Macbook Pro ... current uptime is a little over 12 days and no instability, no slowdowns, etc.

Generally I've not experienced any real issues with OS X for the last two or three revisions. Mail was a little flaky prior to El Capitan, but other than that no problems (although I don't use iTunes apart from transferring FLAC files to my phone, so that could explain things a little)...

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Re: little to do with apple

Oh, if only I could upvote this multiple times.

This "Move fast and break things" attitude has been the bane of my life for the last few years now. It seems to have infected every area of every development team in every business. Using Agile as an excuse to put band-aids on band-aids on poor quality development, no worthwhile external documentation and code comments that are either non-existent or referring to the original code that has since been fixed over the intervening several sprints and are now completely irrelevant in context.

Christ ... roll on retirement. Only another 15 years to go (unless HMG decides to move the goalposts again in the interim).

</grumpy_bastard>

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

Stumpy

No problems here...

... in Southwest London. Been working from home and online all day from around 05:30...

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Re: The temperance movement? Is that still a thing??

Yes, go and see them next time they play. Bloody brilliant band!

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Stumpy

Utter Sacrilege!

The only, and I repeat, ONLY, time it is ever acceptable to add milk to the steeping leaves is when you're breing up a nice pot of Cardamom Chai, where the leaves, spices and sugar are added to the heated milk and there's no water anywhere near the whole concoction.

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Bank tech boss: Where we're going, we don't need mainframes

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Re: Utter drivel

Ah.. I remember the old MTS system at Newcastle. They were still running it there in 1992.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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I'm devastated ...

... by the apparent lack of BOFHness amongst you all.

I mean, you've practically all stated that you'd delete the email and pretend nothing happened rather than resort to blackmail or extortion?

Fer chrissakes, grow a backbone and charge up the cattle prod, the lot of you.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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“The FSM Gospel is plainly a work of satire, meant to entertain while making a pointed political statement. To read it as religious doctrine would be little different from grounding a 'religious exercise' on any other work of fiction. A prisoner could just as easily read the works of Vonnegut or Heinlein and claim it as his holy book, and demand accommodation of Bokononism or the Church of All Worlds.”

... but surely this is exactly what L.Ron Hubbard did with the Church of Scientology.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

Stumpy

Oh happy, happy day!

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Holding out for a Jobs: Tim Cook still auditioning for position of Apple god

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Re: The Apple II was certainly practical

What I found interesting at the time (before floppy disks) was that a cheapo cassette recorder was far more reliable at recording and playback than a "proper" HiFi one. Never quite worked out why.

My guess would be that the quality decks have more filtering circuitry in them to remove high-frequency hiss from the tape. The unfortunate side effect of those filters tend to be that it causes the high-frequency signal on the tape to clip slightly, thus leading to errors. The cheapo decks, lacking these circuits tend to just play back whatever they can (so no signal loss, but more noise).

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Stumpy

Re: Screen rotation .. Pah !

... ah, so it wasn't just me who did this then :)

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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If I were him, I'd be tempted to get a good lawyer and sue the Port of Tyne for their aggressive behaviour. I'm sure he could find some damage to his equipment, and not to mention the emotional stress he's been put under...

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: Just remembered

What on earth was the tiger doing with the bottle of Coke?

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MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

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... and then roundly ignored.

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

Stumpy

Re: Not all that funny

How do you know it hasn't already?....

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