* Posts by Avatar of They

714 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010


Thunder, thunder, thunder... Thunderclap: Feel the magic, hear the roar, macOS, Windows pwnage tools are loose

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Best headline ever.

Now all I am doing round the office is singing the Thundercats theme tune (Which I am sad and old enough to remember.)

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

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Re: Evil Neutral

No should be Lawful Evil. In spades.

Telemetry, can you turn it off?

No. So still Evil.

Is it legal? Only in the vaguest sense that it is not being challenged through courts and you signed the EULA by installing.

So Lawful.

Neutral means they haven't gone out of their way to be evil. They quite clearly have.

Argument for chaotic as they don't know what testing is and are releasing all kinds of things from their monkey enclosure.

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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Re: wtf does not "freeing prisoners unlawfully" mean ?


Appears to be a word in the dictionary.

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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Re: Amateurs!!

Yeah, it once found that the worlds best hacker had a 192.168 address.

Must be true though, NCIS said so.

Marriott: Good news. Hackers only took 383 million booking records ... and 5.3m unencrypted passport numbers

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Re: WTF do they do with Passport IDs?

It happens in plenty of countries. I was in Barcelona and booked via booking.com (so not through a travel agent etc) and the hotel receptionist very kindly handed me a piece of paper in English which stated what they wanted and why (usual email, address etc). The passport number was listed and it explained that Spanish security services wanted to know about foreign visitors. Was almost like the hotel was explaining what they want and what they had to ask for and why.

I assume your passport number is handed over by default if you book through a travel agent.

I also assume the UK does just the same.

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Very disrespectful

Respect is earned, he hasn't earned it.

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If they had been monumental steaming dumps I would have laughed and upvoted it, but Obama actually was pretty good and well received around the world. Neither of them made enemies of their allies, start trade wars, separate babies from parents, tear gas immigrants, bend the law to suit his needs and tear up international treaties on short range nuclear weapons, climate and the Hague.

Not to mention he (and his policies) has been laughed at twice by the UN.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Wow, bet you wear a T shirt that says "I would rather be a Communist than a Democrat." as has been seen at Trump rally's of late.

Sadly however as most things these days are online, education now needs an online presence so you are in favour of stopping kids learning it seems.

And communities are now online enabling a great deal of freedom to isolated people or those who have limited mobility like pensioners, terminally ill. You know, keeping in touch with the outside world so they don't feel lonely. (probably no money as they have to buy health insurance)

People who are lazy, yeah coz zero hour contracts and minimum wage doesn't exist in the US. Menial jobs are so well paid it seems. They earn so much they can afford proper broadband. (Obviously only democrat, because all republicans are rich. Or perhaps republican and they are always skint as they have to buy more guns because the redneck NRA demand they must)

So that's old people, kids and those who do menial jobs (That you probably try and step on) that you don't like in your moronic rant.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: Spare A Thought

There is a very nice post on Tumblr about why this is happening, possibly a fire yard sale and a clean up act to hook in investors. So it may well go the way of Yahoo.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

Does seem stupid that leaders of the 3 main(tory, labour SNP) parties voted to remain but still we plough on for a minority vote to leave. (36% isn't a majority) despite every head line now ringing doom and gloom from business, banks, MP's and common sense.

Ahh the power of stubborn British idiots.

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

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What kind of weird world does he live in where you send your better half powerpoint presentations to talk about a remodel of something. Do they not live in the same house or talk to eachother?

I like every other male in the world lets my wife make decisions about kitchen remodelling without my input, except a "Great dear!" now and then.

But privacy for personal users only, business can't get it. Hmmmm me thinks it isn't upto scratch on legislation then. But I am cynical.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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I have one from scottish power.

The battery is less than an hour (the guy told me and I have timed it.)

So I have to plug it in - so not really saving energy.

Only energy saved is the calories for me to go outside and read it then type that into a web page.

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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Re: As long is customers put up with it...

Brilliant sketch, have an upvote for reminding me...

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Lets just hang on there.


The awesome destruct testing at Samsung you suggest might be happening brought us the exploding NOTE 7. So lets hold your the sarcasm until they hit the shelves and then start to degrade.

This top class testing also includes recalls for microwaves, washing machines and fridges.

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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Looking good for planet computers.

It isn't looking like a one hit wonder which is good all round.

Waiting for Christmas for my Gemini. (Won't need the communicator me thinks.)

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

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Re: Timing

Wow, haven't heard such tosh in a very long time.

Social media is being turned against conservatives??? The biggest right wing nut job - Trump is using social media to very blatantly lie ("They were laughing with me") when discussing being laughed at by the UN. To name one of the many "Actual news" stories he seems to not understand. To a point the UN has warned him about his rhetoric.

Fact is conservatives don't like the fact that social media is proving just what a bunch of dangerous nut jobs who love rifles more than life they really are. Just look at the immigration kids being taken from parents when Trump denied it was happening and it was made up by liberals.

Greed has ruined social media but the messages of truth that do get out just prove it is a vital tool to stop dictators from taking total control. (Iran, Russia, Syria, Saudi, Turkey, China and the US)

But as Trolls go, well done. Have a cookie.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: You have my vote

For me it was Agile developers and those that use the word Scrum with out rugby boots.

Agile and its related evangelical sh*te is far worse than country and western singer in my opinion.

Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Would he have bothered?

If he knew it would one day lead to Candy crush?

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Too small a step too late

“builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some”

Releases contain bugs that might be painful for some.


Last night my "metered access" button to stop downloading crud had miraculously switched off and during a game it crashed to desktop to tell me updates were installed and restart needed.

Being able to uninstall apps at my leisure including dial home stuff would be nice as it means my gaming rig wouldn't turn into a toaster every few months.

It won't stop me hating MS any less or stop using Linux however

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Re: Steak and Kidney puddings

Having lived near the factory that made them for nearly 15 years. You wouldn't eat a Hollands pie.

Just saying.

Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Re: Why go public?

I imagine the target is the public. Because in the back ground and in hidden meetings NATO will be ramping up counter measures, dusting off old plans and drawing lines in sand - again. And at the end of this will come the big questions about nations budgets and defence spending.

That needs people to see the threats that are there, which thanks to twenty years of Russia not being dicks has meant money can be spent on other useful things and happy times.

But there is a time coming soon that we may need to turn away from roads and schools etc. And once against recruit soldiers, build ships etc. For that the public need to be on board.

Difference is in the twenty years of peace the EU has become a very different beast of cross working and helping eachother. So NATO by default will benefit by closer working EU nations, compared to 20 years ago. (Just don't mention the orange trump clown, 'Hunt' doing his best to alienate our allies and the May / Boris / Farage Brexit disaster)

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: You remaining folk that still run Windows...

What in all that is holy is 'kernel panic'???

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

Do you understand how contracts work? You sign up for something, you commit to it and you pay the money in. If you then decide to pull out you can't expect all sides to just give you back your money etc. Unless it is in the contract which doesn't look to be the case.

If you signed a contract for a car, agreed to pay a loan to the finance company for ownership and continued use of that car. Then decided you didn't want the car agreement and left, they won't pay you back what you put in. And you will lose the car because you still signed up to pay the money for it.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: oh what a tangled 'web' we weave

Why not find someone who is friends with your old account. Wait till it says "celebrate X's birthday" then you will know your data of birth???

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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They were originally HSBC but spun off a while ago. My FD app works fine today.

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Re: Rather that waste time tweeting...

I think the OP might have been suggesting it is quite hard given where would you go. From TSB to? RBS, Natwest, Barclays and HSBC are all rubbish at keeping the app working. So the list of really good alternatives is thinning.

And Lloyds / Halifax systems are only as good as India can write for them so I fully expect them to fall over very soon.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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Re: Give and Take

But google are honest like that. They are openly telling you that some phones won't upgrade and the latest may get a couple of updates if you are lucky. They have said in that past some flavours will not jump upgrades and some phones won't even touch some upgrades.So you basically know what you enter into when you get one.

Also the argument is and always has been the manufacturers that are the problem of bringing updates in a timely fashion, not google. They are the ones that are slow to bring to market any updates.

They don't lie about it to customers.

Caveat - I think Google is appalling for a whole heap of other reasons.

No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Re: Unconvinced

The way Trump is steering his climate advisors, science advisors and tech views. That might not be too far from the truth.

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

Australia had a mass shooting.

They then banned guns.

There hasn't been a mass shooting since.

The UK had a mass shooting

We severely restricted and banned gun ownership.

Gun shootings massively decreased.

Worth a watch, the gun control piece by Jim Jeffries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rR9IaXH1M0

Only the US feels the need to try and keep dangerous weapons in the hands of people as some kind of legal thing because obviously nothing has changed in the last 200 years. Only the US feels the need to have militias. (WTF does a country that powerful need for unregulated militias anyway)

Everywhere else at least rethinks things when bad happens, and accepts that some things have to change.

Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

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Re: 180 days ?

They never left their insecure ways. They used to have QA & Testers and were insecure. Now QA & Testing is done by the public and it is still insecure.

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Re: Radiation

Well done, I think that is one of the most complicated diagrams I have seen that is given as a way to put things into perspective. :)

I think I need a sit down and a beer while I get my head round it.

First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Its what the fast ring, slow ring and windows 10 home users are for. Isn't it?

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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I can't think of anything worse than handing over all the keys to MS.

A whole heap of No.

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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Hit the nail on that one.

It does appear that people who voted leave (trolls aside) don't and won't see any of the negatives that are coming out as fact, they insist it was a majority vote (with 72% turn out the vote was nearer 36%, 34% in favour.) they insist it will be better (despite Liam Fox, Rhys Mogg and even Boris saying its not going to be great) and seem to ignore all the issues around companies leaving, massive staff shortages in areas like farming and the NHS as something that a mystical british work force will appear to fix.

But a couple of good demographic charts show most of the voters to leave were old, most of the people to remain were young. So old people voted for something that will have be lived with and picked up by the next generation who didn't want it. What a selfish bunch the "leave" people are.

It is like a religious path to oblivion for them... Very much like Trump supporters.

... And remember, Africa is our salvation. 49 nations from the bottom end of the world economy will save us. With yet to appear trade deals to replace the global power houses.

Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price

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LAN parties.

What happens if you have a LAN party, 20 people in a room playing together? Gonna need a heck of a connection over that one link.

But no one ever thinks of LAN parties.

So what's Microsoft's counter-AWS cloud strategy? Don't be evil

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MS talking over reality again.

I would believe Microsoft if Windows 10 hadn't happened. With the telemetry and blatant data theft.

But it has, so I won't.

Then again I am also of the generation that remember all the anti competitor work of the 90's and naughties.

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Re: How much?

...Probably the only App you will find.

I know coat already on.

Facebook brings banhammer down on over 650 pro-Iranian 'fake news' accounts

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I don't get it.

Am I missing the point about banning Pro Iranian? What about Pro US? I might have missed a law that said Iran shouldn't use social media to push its policies to the world. The UK does? What is the difference.

Or are these accounts just posting stuff that is basically Anti US. A lot of people don't like the West, especially the US (And because of Trump this now includes much of the west) so again what are these posts saying that means they get banned for pushing their own view? Will FB pull the BBC because they showed the massive protests against him when he came here? Or the stupid things he does with immigrant kids and how the EU, Canada and Mexico are no in a trade war?

Do FB pull anti china facebook accounts for pushing the one nation state? (Bet they don't as they would lose the lucrative advertising money.)

But after seeing the insider TV show on C4 about what facebook actually do I have zero faith in them doing anything other than a PR stunt..

The show clearly showed that 'Muslim go home' is banned, but 'Muslim immigrant go home isn't' even if the language is worse. And if a page has more than a certain number of followers it stays despite what they post because the revenue is to great.

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

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Re: Give it a couple of million years

We are very different from 10000 years ago. We know a female from a village in Australia could run faster than usain bolt while "Jogging" on a beach. (from the stride distance of preserved foot prints)

Since then we have gone backwards in terms of strength, fitness and our ability to process food stuffs, illnesses even certain weather because we have clothes and shoes and medicine to help. Which in turn has let us survive as a weaker form, live longer etc.

We were also much much shorter, a few hundred years ago, never mind 10000. Just look at Japan over the last 50 years to see how changes in diet and lifestyle can impact height. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5811819/

Today we have AI, robots and a massive obesity problem because our diets and lifestyle are very different. You think in 10000 years it won't have changed us again.

Assuming we are alive in 100000 years as a species.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

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To summarise.

Technology moves on.

Security holes found.

People are made aware.

Google do something about it.

MS don't and their bug page doesn't work.

So business as usual then?

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Litmus Test.

Future credibility of the GDPR / EU versus the biggest name doing it.

Popcorn. Sunglasses, Comfy seat booked.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: Double Plus Good

They were in there as well, she mentioned the NSPCC were pushing for it and ignored all other conversations.

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Re: Double Plus Good

I hate that phrase with a passion. There are plenty of legal things I would like to hide from anyone else. But numbnuts in parliament and do gooders think its fine.

I argued this with my MP about whether she should sign the snoopers charter and she came out with the same stupid half arsed argument. (she voted for it in the end)

Bereavement, redundancy, bankruptcy, terminal illness, domestic abuse victim, rape victim, marital troubles, criminal convictions to name the ones I can remember from my argument with the MP.

Why should anyone else get to know about them? (She had no answer either.)

Sad times for Oz.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

For minuting a meeting outside of work, where I didn't have a laptop. the kind of club meetings in someone elses house or a rented room in a town hall or pub etc. Didn't need paper, and it was quick, much quicker than finger typing. Then I could just send them via email to a proper PC for writing up.

And as for Jobs, didn't he say you didn't need two mouse buttons amongst his other stuff you don't need?

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Travesty...

Isn't that applicable to most Disney offerings nowadays? Including the star wars remakes (sorry new films)

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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Re: Finally took the plunge with 18.04 last night..


Vmware workstation 12. Download as fast your internet will allow. Install I think is 4 lines of text might have been 5.

Time to create is about five minutes of a few sliding scales and some numbers then next next. Then depending on your install it takes as long as it did with a disk. For windows 7 I think mine took about 20 minutes to go through the normal install wizard.

Once setup install time is a double click and watch it load, maybe twenty seconds for windows 7. This is on Ubuntu on my dell XPS 13.

Sounds like you had a bad experience but VMWare workstation 12 also passes through 3D graphics, much better than virtualbox.

Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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"Admittedly, those days were already over as soon as a user worked out which way round to plug in a USB cable."

Brilliantly put and so true.

FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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Re: Eggs out of pancakes

Careful. The TSA have a master key that has to be able to open any locked luggage that enters the US. So they sell locks that are TSA approved, meaning the lock will fit the master key. (I assume if not they break the locks)

I read an article that actually said "Don't worry, only TSA approved staff have access to the key." :)

So America wants a skeleton key because they already have one for physical luggage.

If at first you, er, make things worse, you're probably Microsoft: Bug patch needed patching

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Best Headline pun ever. Love it.

Brit tech forges alliance to improve cyber security as MPs moan over 'acute scarcity' of experts

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Well its a really good job we are not putting up walls and barriers to allow all those people that want a job in a suitable industry to come here. Or building in steps to really slow down their applications.

That would be a really stupid idea for any government to do right now.

Mines the one with the "currently" red passport in it.


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