* Posts by davemcwish

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Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

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Headline scansion

Super-Cali's Robot-Autos, watchdogs say Atrocious!

This work @Stevie ?

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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Re: Apple responding to ElReg / Vulture

Given the spate of non-overtly positive articles recently (EFI, High Sierra, iOS11, Apple Watch LTE, Beats Headphones, iPhone X notch, iPhone general gripes), I thought that Team Vulture had given up and gone full scavenger.

The fact that they got something from an 'Apple spokesperson' is odd; I can only surmise this was an off-day and they caught an intern who was trying to be helpful. Why Apple's email system hasn't yet got a domain rule set to put these requests in a 'pending' folder aka 'Deleted Items' or auto respond with 'No Comment' is also strange.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: Poor Requirements Specification

Additionally

"Developing technological solutions which prevent [terrorist online content] being uploaded in the first place"

Given that, apart from China's Great Firewall, there is no single jurisdiction over Web content, who defines what's classed as terrorist content, and how the algorithm runs ? Given that one country's freedom fighter is another's terrorist, who has the casting vote, 5 eyes TLA orgs?

On the "within 2 hours", achieving this would necessitate the organisations massively ramp up their resourcing to have a review process otherwise, simply having an automated script to delete the offending content would easily be gamed by those that wish to censor stuff I don't like'.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid. @Aladdin Sane

Or we could get the soon-to-be-hired cheese tolerant intern to have a crack.

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Huge Apple news CONFIRMED. Software deal with Accenture is official

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El Reg finally received an invite to WWDC?

No. Kieran's coat still doesn't have an Apple invite.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: First "proper" smart home gadget?

@Ian Watkinson

"Stress reduction. I can set it to turn off all the lights when no one is home. Which will stop me yelling at teenagers that they've left every fricking light in the house on as they leave for school."

Mrs W insists on leaving the landing light on during the sometimes bright and warm daylight hours that we occasionally get in Blighty.

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Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

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What about the UK?

I've looked up where I and a couple of thousand people are going to a week long event next year. It's not in the arse end of nowhere, only just off the A1(M) but EE's coverage is listed as:-

2G - With a fair wind you should be able speak to someone and get a text

3G - Ha Ha Ha ha Ha. Just No. Now bugger off

4G - We'll give you 1 bar signal standing outside if we feel like it

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Abomination in the sight of God

I used to have vegetarian leak sausages in a certain purple-hued city center hotel chain. Quite nice they were too and better than the porky ones. Until that its they went to the dark side and went to Quorn branded ones. Other tasteless meat substitute products are available.

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Bubble & Squeek or Chips

My local has this option but I think that's too many carbs. On sausage, and being a Jock, I'd prefer mine to be square and not long and thin covered in an edible case.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Holmes

confessed to reading and printing out the document, despite having no permission to do so

I'm confused, the report appears to suggest that as far as access control, whatever the NSA currently have is inappropriate. In my, non government job, access is only granted on a legitimate business need. How did this miscreant have sufficient network privileges to view material she shouldn't.

Unless of course that's the NSA's plan all along to entrap their own staff.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Paris Hilton

Re: Clueless govt...

"UK companies will have to make two versions of their products and might as well throw away all security for the UK version as basically the UK govt says it wants to rape and pillage your data, however nobody will ever trust a UK technical product as the correct assumption is that its now 100% insecure."

Hmm. So if someone resident in the UK has a non-locked down client device, what's stopping them from buying or otherwise acquiring and using the non-UK Govt approved application and using it?

Like um pgp in the early 1990's. Don't they learn from failed historical examples ?

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NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants

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Films that predict the future

Have you not seen Idiocracy ?

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Re: How long...

She watches Sherlock you know so has probably suggested that to the spooks.

Mines the one with the wrong "A-Z" in the pocket just to confuse them.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: Edd China

Aw c**p, that was the USP of the series. Along with James May on The Reassembler, he made the technical aspects engaging to watch and was a good foil to Mike Brewer

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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Real cost of sports subscriptions

Re: @Gotno iShit Wantno iShit comments

Has anyone done an analysis of the cost of Sky/BY/Virgin subscriptions assuming that wendyball/a.n. other sport subscribers paid the full rights costs themselves and weren't subsidized by other pay TV subscribers and BT/Virgin line rental/call costs ?

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BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath

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Re: How long...

@wolfetine "I mean, I've too much money as it is and struggling for ways to spend it."

Once youi're married, may I suggest a small child. Nursery fees for me are 1.7x the mortgage

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ProtonMail launches Tor hidden service to dodge totalitarian censorship

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Re: How long...

@paulnick2 Any how long will you be able to trust [VPN Provider] assuming that you can do already and that their 'no logging policy' is real ?

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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Who uses IR comms in this day

My m8 who uses his Sammy to play around with friends TV's

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Tallow

When I was rewiring my house, I heeded the advice from my father-in-law about what to use to make the cables slide more easily. Rendered beef fat was the suggested answer and worked a treat.

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@Patrician Re: Animal walware

Given those concerns, Fruitarianism would be the appropriate choice of ethical food consumption

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

davemcwish

Re: managing desire

'a load of 128gb pink ones no one wants' - I'll give one of these unwanted a good home as long as we agree to not charge each other.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Screwfix and B&Q closeness

Unless we're in the same town (and google can't measure) I'm wondering if that's a common occurrence. According to Google maps my two are 350m apart.

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Galileo satnav fleet waxes orbital

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Re: So we will have the satellites...

"Then, the market forces will be the final drivers of the penetration of these applications among the public"

In summary, we've spaffed between €7 bn and €22.2 bn of EU taxpayers funds on the project and have no idea *if* anyone will use it

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Re: So we will have the satellites...

Chipsets do exist e.g. Broadcomm's Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, SBAS, QZSS and BeiDou supporting BCM4774. Unless there are 'incentives' I don't see adoption of Galileo and others in mass-market devices; GPS is currently 'good enough for the majority of consumers so why change and GLONASS is only there to avoid Russia's 25% import duty.

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Re: Wot no Kathy Klugston?

Thanks but Charlotte Green still is the doyenne of R4 imho

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Do what I've done

I get the same intermittent nag running 9.2.1 and have to keep selecting 'remind me later'; there isn't a 'bugger off' option. The red dot with '178' over the App Store icon seems happy enough.

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Three to chop off £3bn of its network in bid to woo EU over O2 merger

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Re: That pledge on prices...

Yup there will always be other deals, it's just a question of timing. I've got my eye on EE's limited time 16GB Data Unlimited Minutes Unlimited Voice for £20 pcm

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

davemcwish

Re: Exkeewws me

Long Ton (UK) - 20 hundreweight (2240lbs) or 241.9268 Jubs

Short Ton (US) - 2000lbs or 216.006 Jubs

Metric Ton - 1000 kg (2,205 lb) or 238.0952 Jubs

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

davemcwish

Definition of success

Reduction in domestic electricity demand ? Articles in 'the popular press' about fuel poverty being replaced by 'out smart meter saved us £££££'?

My guess is success will just be completion of the rollout.

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Paris Hilton

Subscription content

@Thecowking Yup and SPB.

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Would sir care to see the post-pub nosh menu?

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Moving Pictures

I think the next stage is to have the full El-Reg/Lester Haines video experience. Something like James May's Unemployment Tube was what I had in mind with a Spanish audience.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Johnny Castaway..

^ This

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

davemcwish

Re: "Si non confectus, non reficiat"

This highlights an interesting (to me anyway) parallel here in the UK with the debate on funding the Trident replacement (our current equivalent to the Death Star) vs funding equipment more suited to to what others perceive is a more real threat from non-nation state terrorist groups (let's call them 'rebels'). The latter believed could be countered by conventional offensive capability e.g. Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier + the yet to be funded planes and a better more well-equipped army and navy.

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

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Big Brother

Alternatively....

Connection Records Archival Premium

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Janet pulls open network info for good after DDoSers exploit it

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Coat

Crocodylia

@Martin-73 @RichardJones1

I'm assuming that you reside by the coast and have the requite saltwater typically favoured (but not exclusively) by crocodiles. For the rest of us I'd suggest alligator.

To any prospective burglars there are two ways to disable the reptile.Take a pencil, and jam it into the pressure hole behind his eye. Alternatively put your hand in his mouth and pull his teeth out.

Mines the one with the titanium tactical pencil in the lining.

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VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder

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Re: Which VPN?

I did look at others including Private Tunnel before I made my choice (vpn.ac). I decided against Private Tunnel (and others) given they are more easily subject to US oversight. I'm not sure what is really the one that provide the most anonymity as they are probably mostly as good/bad as each other. IMHO true anonymity would be not to use the internet at all but failing that, the advise in the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh OPSEC guide is a start

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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And the problem is...hurt feelings ?

When I had a part time retail job as a merchandise replenishment officer (not 'shelf stacking' - there's no such thing), random unpaid checks at the end of a shift to deter shrinkage, aka theft, was the norm.

There could be a slightly sexist element in that women's clothes don't have a large number of pockets compared to men's hence the need for some bag, but actions to prevent theft seem reasonable.

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Here's the little-known legal loophole that permitted mass surveillance in the UK

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Re: What the what?

@Daniel Hall

"but.... what the hell is 21 shillings."

252 pennies

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UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

davemcwish

Re: Wait a sec...

@dickiedyce

They'll also be on the 2003 version so be limited to 65,535 records.

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Request Filter

Given that this is the 2nd attempt to introduce this I think it's highlight likely that it already exists and they're after retrospective authorization to use and demand ISP's populate

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

davemcwish

Re: or...

Unlike the realist/cynical/tinfoil hat (delete as appropriate) brigade on ElReg forums and elsewhere, IMHO the public either tacitly accept the behavior of politicians and are easily appeased by panem et circenses or they openly support being spied on as, in the words of a US national I know, 'there are a lot of bad guys and we need our good guys to do whatever they need'.

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Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

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Re: Thought experiment

@Doctor Syntax

I guess it depends on how paranoid you are but what about a paper variant of the Enigma machine

http://www.themarysue.com/papercraft-engima/

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Re: Which Delusional World Are People Living In?

@Uberseehandel It's aimed at other countries who dislike the the US but still think that the the UK (and it's institutions) are honest, democratic, decent and transparent.

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Re: Not that I'm condoning this ...

"So what else am I missing?"

1. Do you, as a citizen of country x, have complete and unconditional trust in your government, their security services and all public bodies that they will not misuse this for their own ends in spite of the evidence that they do e.g.the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000) has been used on number occasions to investigate individuals for non terror related alleged offences ?

2. Do you, as a citizen of country x that has a repressive regime, have complete and unconditional trust in your government that they wont give your private key to the security services of government y to spy on you for political related matters?

For me the answers are both 'no' and I don't believe Silicon Valley aren't already in discussions with the NSA.

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Here's how TalkTalk ducked and dived over THAT gigantic hack

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Re: Let's try to weather the storm

@Ledswinger

"I have a suspicion that because of the high churn rate in telecoms reselling, give

it 6 - 12 months for people to forget and people will sign up" <- fixed it for you

ElReg commentards will remember but there's a lot of people that don't follow this and will just go for a cheap deal at any given time.

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Re: fuck this makes me angry!

@Rimpel

If I setup a new recipient via internet banking (I haven't tried DD), I'm required to go through a telephone authorization procedure before it's activated. I can't see that it would be difficult to implement this for DD.

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Insert headline here for Microsoft Office tweaks

davemcwish

CalDAV and CardDAV

Lemme guess, still no support for the OSX variant.

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

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Re: This is easy to check...

@Roland6 - Apparantly not.

The only published "data" other than weight, price and whether it's bagless is a 'star' rating for each of

* Carpet/floorboards/laminate - Refers to how well the vacuum cleaner picks up and retains dust from these surfaces

* Allergen retention - Refers to how well the filter retains small particles of dust and pet allergens

* Pet hair - Refers to how quickly the vacuum cleaner collects pet hair

* Noise - The more stars the quieter the vacuum cleaner is

* Ease of use - Refers to how easy the vacuum cleaner is to use on stairs, manoeuvre on carpet and wooden floors, empty or change bags and store away

* Brand Reliability

They don't even list the manufacturers published power data.

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Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

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Re: Tick box?

@Graham Marsden

"Don't forget that ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance..."

Don't forget that NOT ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance...

Fixed that for you.

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