* Posts by John Brown (no body)

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

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Re: Must have been made by...

...you forgot agile too.

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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Re: "What will China use their new aircraft carrier for?"

That's a valid question from a nation who sort of has an aircraft carrier but no suitable aircraft to fly from it.

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FTC urged to probe easily penetrated telly-enabled teledildonic toy

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Re: This is USA Inc

not to mention the very high level of (outwardly at least) christian fundys in US politics, the debates in the Houses over a Bill originating over a hackable IoT dildo should be something worth buying a ticket for!

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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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Re: I spoke to Virgin

"Apparently watching sport is quite popular. Who knew?"

So the idiocracy is popular? Personally, I'd just offer them more cake!

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TalkTalk HackHack DuoDuo PleadPlead GuiltyGuiltyGuiltyGuilty

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Re: admitted stealing

"The problem is not in removing the copy. It's with making the copy."

Ah, so it's a copyright violation?

Off with their heads!

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Unplug the Bitcoin miner and do us all a favour: Antminer has remote shutdown flaw

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Is there any value to "mining" bitcoins other than the artificial value of money? ie is it just creating "money" out of thin air or does someone pay for the results of the "mining" and if so, what are they getting for their money?

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FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

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Free speech?

on an unregulated, non-neutral internet? Yeah, only if you can afford it.

I also find it interesting the the US Government tried to intervene in the law-making process of the sovereign nation of Canada over net neutrality. Why, that's nearly as bad as trying to influence an election!

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Re: Yet another example

"Of why I think the only way forward for the US out of this partisan mess we're in is to amend the Constitution to require a 2/3 majority from both the house and senate to pass legislation."

And disallow unrelated "riders" on Bills. Do you really want every bit of legislation, good or bad, to end up like the attempts to pass the budget?

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European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

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Re: pre loaded

And the Vero, although personally, I just use a couple of Pi 2's with OSMC installed.

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Try to sell stuff through Facebook Marketplace and get locked out for 72 hours – nice one, Zuck

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Facial recognition across the entire facebook estate will likely identify, with a degree a certainty, many of their users who will be tagged in other photos. The 72 hours thing implies that there is some level of human interaction in the process.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Yay!!!!

No, because you use it to watch "fake news" and rich people hitting their balls! :-)

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Yay!!!!

3 pages of comments about TV and not a single smug git telling us all how they don't have a TV, never watch TV and it's all shite anyway!

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Re: Chromecast

"The point the posters before were making is that with braodband and cheaper hardware any old TV will be able to display everything,"

And the people who can't get BB fast enough to stream a decent picture reliably can carry on with what they've got and if necessary, get a set top box with whatever the new standards are. No new TV required. Just like a few years ago when digital terrestrial started and the vast majority did not have TVs with Freeview built in.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Raspberry?

If the raspberry was a black or grey silhouette, then yeah, they probably would :-(

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"I would have thought the producers Nickelodeon and Schneider's Bakery might have a better case to sue than Apple."

I doubt either of those actually registered that pear image as a TM. Most likely it was a prop designers or writers in-joke that the production company lawyers OK'ed

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"Ahh,it because apples usual customers are high worth morons who really do have trouble telling the difference between an Apple and a pear..."

Yes, the sort of people who buy expensive pre-bagged.pre-chopped fruit to go in their very expensive smoothie maker and have probably never seen an actual real complete un-chopped fruit in their short (so far) lives.

Or the sort of people that think chips come from McDonalds or the supermarket freezer aisle and don't what a potato is.

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Re: So my new company logo....

...."Dogshit Industries - we have the drop on innovation"...

probably won't make it either.

That depends on if there's a bite out of the logo....eeeeewwww!

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Re: Well done Apple

"You're rapidly becoming the new EasyGroup (who in the past have tried suing curry restaurants, pizza places and gyms)"

Nor forgetting the Olympic federation who go around suing any business with the word "olympic" in their name or use 3-6 rings in their logo anywhere near an Olympic venue, usually with the connivance of the government who pass special laws just for that during an Olympic year in the host city.

The Olympic Cafe in London, for example. I doubt the Olympia Exhibition Centre was affected though.

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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

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Re: "ReadyCLOUD is an enterprise VPN grade remote access solution"

Exactly. If what actual "cloud" and "enterprise grade", then the data would not only be properly backed up, but a single server outage should not affect the operation at all. AT worst, users may notice a slight increase in latency as everything switches seamlessly over to a different, unborked bit barn somewhere else in the world.

I don't care if it's free, cheap or expensive, if you're going to call it "cloud" and "enterprise grade" then it fecking well should be that.

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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

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Re: Well, *I* could be bothered.

"So the train ticket is roughly half as expensive (per second) as the Apollo program was."

The train ticket was a single, Apollo was a return, so that makes them the same price in effect :-)

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Re: Cambridge to Horley

"Apparently £999,998 was the price in 2011."

BREXIT deflation.

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'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations

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Siting in comfy chairs?

Surely the whole point of the VR 360 stuff they watched is that you need to be able to turn through the full 360 to see everything?

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Re: "They told me I had a common name and it was a match..."

I wonder if Soundex works with Redneck or Weegie :-)

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Re: I don't feel bad

"but mine is an old paper one"

Ditto! In fact, I don't have any photo ID of any kind. Well, there's a company ID badge, but that looks even less "official" than something I could knock out myself on a colour inkjet. I still managed to get eDBS clearance and MoD site access security clearance.

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Re: I don't feel bad

"my local Barclays branch, with whom I had been a customer for decades, wanted my passport AND a utility bill"

Good job I don't put my money in there then! Not having a passport, I might have a problem getting my property back off them, having loaned it to them in the first place.

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Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

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"Sarcasm aside, using the mac address as security is like trying to defend your home from tigers with a butter knife."

Not at all. If you practice, train and are lucky, you might be able to stab the tiger through the eye and into the brain, thus killing it. No matter how hard you practice and train with your MAC address, it will never become a security defence weapon.

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"disconnect the Wi-Fi antenna"

Depending on where the wifi is, that may just shorten the range, albeit considerably.

I once got sent to a job where the fault description was, "can't connect to WiFi". Got there, opened laptop, noticed aerial connectors not connected, connected them, all fine now. User (in an IT department), had upgraded to wifi themselves and only ever used it at his desk. One office rearrangement later and he was no longer sitting directly under the WAP so could no longer connect.

No, I've no idea why he needed a laptop that was only ever used at the desk either. Or why it needed wifi if it never moved off the desk. Probably he was a "ranker" who "deserves the best".

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Brit behind Titanium Stresser DDoS malware sent to chokey

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20 years old (now) Asbergers AND autism

....and he gets a year max inside a young offenders place?

Considering the damage and costs he's caused, not to mention his profit, he's getting of incredibly lightly.

This one where I'd expect the CPS to appeal the sentence as too lenient.

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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Re: Oh good god...

You are Brenda from Bristol and ICM£5

(to help clarify for out colonial cousins)

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Re: Land Rover

...then they can just hitch up the winch via a long rope to the finish line and haul themselves the rest of the way, albeit slowly.

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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Re: Then King's guitar left him

"I *suppose* one might argue that the overheated cans might have burst and sprayed any firefighters nearby with a flammable liquid, while they were in an area already on fire, therefore he was trying to keep firefighters from being harmed."

There *no* *where* *near* enough alcohol in that stuff.

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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Re: "So what could possible go wrong?"

There's nothing wrong with the spelling. The grammar, on the other hand, could do with a bit of work.

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Re: Filtering Fake news

"there are probably no more reporters on the planet than you can count on the fingers of one hand, the rest are journalists."

And not at all of the extinct species, "gentlemen of The Times"

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: El reg adds to the problem

Mythbusters did similar with a car, and you get to see it in very slow motion!

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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

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Re: @AC Welcome to the sharing economy

"My main gripe with cabs in Chicago is that many are the economy Prius types where you can't sit upright in the back seat, or the cab is on its last legs falling apart."

You can blame that on local regulators. Around here, both taxis and private hire cabs have to undergo an annual inspection and will be taken off the road by the regulator if not up to a decent , clean and good mechanical standard. I think, but am not sure, that there is minimum emission/pollution standards too which takes the older cars out of the taxi/minicab cycle too.

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

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"horse and trap, they would definitely be the worst case scenario for driverless car"

It'd not surprise me in the least to find that none of the devs have considered this scenario yet and the default action would be to treat it as a slow moving vehicle and just sit behind it until either it or the car turns off.

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Re: There's a great deal

"I'm more astonished at the involvement of Nominet ..."

Well, all these Internet of Transport (IoT) devices will need a web address.

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Re: There's a great deal

"Thinks to self, now why would people responsible for radioactive material want a driver less car...."

Based on the recent information that they were driving plutonium around in the back of a car with no escorts, not even a co-driver, back in the day, then yes, I can see why.

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Re: Why?

"Haven't companies been running driverless cars in tests for ages now? "

That's true, so far as it goes. Are all those tests publishing their data? If not, then each company/project/test is effectively starting from scratch rather than standing on the shoulders of giants.

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

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Colour me surprised!

Big businessman become president and installs business friendly cronies and policies. Be honest, who didn't see this coming?

On the other hand, even those politicians who get elected on a "drain the swamp" manifesto seem to always cave eventually and join the flow. Trump set a new record for turning on his "blue collar, grass root" and shafting them with the same old, same old.

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: Is there a fee?

"And giving a third party who isn't your email provider access to your email? Can't be a good idea."

It's quite possibly breaking the Ts&Cs of your email provider too.

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Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

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Re: Rule #1

"Well, duh... you never start an attack from you're own console.... This is what wardriving is for? Or cyber cafes? or libraries or the Apple Store..."

Apparently he had a huge erection on the side of his house to allow him to piggyback onto other peoples WiFi.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: FFS...

So? Are you saying the Mac is worse than Windows for "intuitive" UI design?

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Re: FFS...

"People use Microsoft in whichever way they find it because it's relatively intuitive."

For some relatively low value of "relatively"?

Star Trek IV

Engineer Scott (in the 1980's): "Hello Computer"

Other Guy: Why don't you use the mouse?

Scotty: (picking up the mouse like a microphone), "Hello Computer"

Intuitive interface? Yeah, we've heard of that.

BTW, it took me ages to find my way around the control panel (and to find the control panel), when my wife stupidly upgraded to Windows 10. My "intuition" was telling me where to find settings, but MS was thwarting me by hiding them in non-intuitive different places.

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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

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Re: The land of the ....?

"Animal Farm might be worth reading too"

I heard that David Cameron read that one and grew a great affinity for Napoleon as a result.

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FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

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Re: This is great

It's not about new towers. It's about putting 5g kit on top of existing lighting poles and the city has to be notified. The change is that if the city doesn't respond yay or nay within a fixed time period, then it defaults to yay instead of the current nay.

I don't even see it as a big change. It's just putting pressure on city planners to respond in a fixed time frame instead of dragging things on because they can't be arsed to reply.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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"ChromeOS does al of the above right,"

...and from talking to people who do school IT, the Chromebook management portal is pretty good and mature. Those with experience of both seem to prefer Chromebooks to Apple in schools these days (Speaking about the UK here)

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Re: I wonder if this hardware

It'll almost certainly be a locked down UEFI secureboot with no other boot keys present or option to add. Remember WindowsRT?

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Re: Two words really

"Now Google and the Chromebook are the platform to beat."

...and judging by the slide in the article, MS aspirations are to equal only 1/3rd of the match points and not try so hard on the other 2/3rds. If that's their attitude, Windows Cloud sounds about as useful as Windows Phone!

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