* Posts by zb

219 posts • joined 10 Nov 2010

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

zb

Don't confuse me with the facts

I already have my opinions.

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US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

zb

Ridiculous, has anyone here ever heard of someone forgetting a password?

Which reminds me, I recently came across some old text files encrypted in vim. Can anyone tell me how to read them before the feds knock down the door.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: Welcome to the UK

Not just the UK, in my brand new apartment in Brazil all three showers had drainage points in the highest part of the floor. Must be something to do with being in the southern hemisphere and what Brazilians thinks of as down is really up

They did it on the balcony floor too!.

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Re: The next stage

Mathematically impossible, baseball bats pshaw! The politicians think that they can solve any problem with a new law.

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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer

zb

Well pled.

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Re: Yeah but...

I am shocked by her suggestion. Pulling out is not a good method of contraception. She should be ashamed of herself.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

zb

Re: "you're probably not going to be that bothered about human sex"

Reminds me of the old millionaire's adage:

"If it flies, floats or F***s: rent don't buy

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

zb

Safe space

I am not sure if kernel development will be able to continue when the millennium generation arrive, they will faint at the first message from Linus and demand a safe space

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Wi-Fi baby heart monitor may have the worst IoT security of 2016

zb

So the solution is to monitor your baby with a webcam, they have good security ... err ... I'll get my coat.

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

zb

Putting on my pedant's hat: yes a minor can enter a contract but not all are enforceable. Only contracts for necessities are binding.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_v_Inman

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

zb

Rounded corners

I hope it does not have rounded corners, Apple already invented them.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

zb

He makes me proud to be British

At least it wasn't one of Putin's cyberlackies :)

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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Re: The BBC is skint?

It is probably a bit drastic to move to Brazii just to get good sports TV. I can get the golf majors, Tour de France, F1, Wimbledon, most important rugby internationals, loads of European soccer including live UK Premiership matches and loads more. Over half have commentaries in English too. Pity I don't get most Brazilian footie :)

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WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps

zb

Re: Peices

If you talk like Prince Charles hice is singular.

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Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

zb

Wow, Google have a hot line to the White House. Who would ever have thought that?

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

zb

No big deal

Electric cars will be using all the world's electricity long before 2040 so plan to get rid of your toaster, computer, lights etc and live in the car.

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

zb

What about BASIC?

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

zb

I would think that the people involved would know about EXIF data and be clever enough to edit it if they were trying anything dodgy. So my verdict is they are guilty of sloppiness rather than dishonesty

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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

zb

Hillary's mail server

I bet they hacked that as well.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

zb

Google got lighter?

If you look at the source of their home page you will wonder how it got as big as it is. The statistics were:

266 Lines 42018 words 194,501 characters and 194502 Bytes.

All that to show a graphic, a few icons and a dozen or so words. Yes, I know it is a bit more complicated than that but ....

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

zb

Re: Yahoo

"Curious - that's me too, and it's been like that for years. Anyone else?"

Does anyone use it any other way?

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Mac hinge may change

zb

Re: Whale oil beef hooked

You mean you will be unhinged?

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

zb

But this all contradicts everything

we have been told about data security.

There are gazillions of web pages telling us how to safely dispose of hard drives. Everything from multiple overwrites to break them into a thousand pieces, heat them to 1000 degrees, grind them to powder and put it all in a safe for the next thousand years.

Now it seems that all one needs to do is run rm -rf as root "you just nuked your entire company.”

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

zb

Re: Cruel and viscious.

I think he meant 'viscous'

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

zb

I think I had better upgrade my password from password. How about Passw0rd Job done :)

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Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

zb

Re: Really - there wasn't a cleaner or anyone else in the building...

You should try living in Brazil where pull is 'puxe' which is pronunced 'push'.

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

zb

Two cent coin

I wouldn't give two cents for one of those

Just my 2c

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

zb
Trollface

One for the doctors

I can see why they are trying to get this treated as a medical device: the doctors will be very keen to drum up a bit of extra business dealing with gunshot wounds.

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EMC chief Joe Tucci to score monster pay-day in Dell deal – analysts

zb

Yes, but every EMC product and service offering sold is paying for that.

That is a a very old chestnut and virtually without foundation.

The company will sell its products for what the market will bear and as long as the costs of production show a sufficient margin the product will be made and marketed at a price. If a company's overheads are so high or its turnover so low it cannot make an acceptable profit it is ready to be sold, reorganised or wound up.

It would have been much more accurate to say:

Yes, but every shareholder is paying for that.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Re: Somebody In Management Had To Know

"We'll happily take our 8Bn U$ as a fine since we made 20Bn U$ in sales we otherwise wouldn't have made"

That's what Ford thought when they did a cost/benefit analysis and decided that it would be cheaper to kill a few people than fix the design fault in the exploding Pinto. They were wrong.

https://users.wfu.edu/palmitar/Law&Valuation/Papers/1999/Leggett-pinto.html

Can you imagine an American jury deciding on punitive damages against a foreign company fraudulently selling a product (diesel engined cars) that American manufacturers don't make? How many zeros would you like? BP are handing over 50 billion to avoid the jury lottery and legal costs.

Time will tell but I very much doubt if VW are forced to pay at least the last ten years' profits earned in the US.

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Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

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Re: Just the sort of objective «reporting»

"Everybody writes something so cringingly crawley about Assange or full of vitriol.

I have yet to meet anybody who doesn't hate him however"

I think of him in the same way that I think about Margaret Thatcher. Lots of good work done in the early years before they went mad

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Re: Well, a hobby is a hobby

Profit? hmm. Maybe the boffins posting in this thread can work out the cost of the paint. While they are at it calculate how long before it explodes/collapses/bursts into flames.

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Is domain overlord ICANN the FIFA of the internet? We'll know this weekend

zb

Excellent article which has opened my eyes.

Sadly not even El Reg readers seem to care much. So far 13 comments and none of them upvoted more than ten times. It is going to be very hard work to persuade anyone of any importance to take up the banner.

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Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches

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Re: Stick your 5.5"..

Spoken by someone under the age of 50. I recently started to collect my pension and for years have had trouble using small screens. They only reason for me to buy a 5.5" screen is because I cannot find a bigger one.

Incidentally I was all ready to order the Idol 3 based on this review until I saw the last paragraph. If I wanted a fixed battery I would have tried a iPhone. My wife is never without two spares for her Galaxy S3.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

zb

Re: Convenience?

Yes, like all the tech love expressed here for Google Glass

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zb

Re: Convenience?

You forgot to mention taking finger off screen :)

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

zb

Re: Jam...

I don't know about using Marmite as a lubricant but Vegemite has its good points when used as thermal paste

http://www.dansdata.com/goop.htm

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zb

Re: It wouldn't matter what you tell 'em...

Reminds me of a pal who is a consultant gynaecologist. His reply, when asked for free advice at a social event his reply is:

'I could not possibly answer without making a thorough examination, if you could loosen your clothes and lie down on the carpet I will do what I can'

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

zb
Coat

How about calling it

Crew Tripped

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

zb

That is ridiculous.

""The US has a law that requires anyone that has this data to report to the government ..."

Of course they don't, they don't need laws, don't need anyone to report anything the NSA, CIA and friends just barge in and take whatever they want. I doubt if China behaves any differently.

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

zb

OMG! They killed Kenny!

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Oracle's Larry Ellison has the MOST MASSIVE PACKAGE IN PUBLIC

zb

The really rich and cool bosses just take $1 pa just to show how trivial a few million is.

Buffet, Page, Bezos etc

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

zb

In the words of mandy Rice-Davies

Well he would, wouldn't he?

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Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

zb
Childcatcher

Warm and cuddly

FAST should be congratulated for being so worried about protecting children against dangerous toys and horsemeat. It is a calumny to suggest that they are at all concerned about the revenue of its members.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

zb

Re: Sarcastic Panel

It was a case of who blinked first.

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

zb

Re: Irrelevant

I think they are happy with the current deadlock

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

zb

.... their service is no way worth $25 a month

Wow, that would be expensive! But:

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Dyn offers a 14-day free trial, after which Dynamic DNS Pro costs $25 per year. ®

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Still, even at $25 pa there are alternatives.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

zb

Teach a (hu)man how to fish and (s)he will eat for the rest of their lives.

I can be a pedant too. I think you meant to say:

Teach a (hu)man how to fish and (s)he will eat for the rest of (her)his life.

Even then it seems to imply that humans are female.

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