* Posts by Paul

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Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

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I'm not sure what the point of this article actually was.

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Cook fights for life after Google summit blaze

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Re: Good headline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDKD9LUER7A

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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if I fly to the US again, I'll not take a laptop, I'll buy a chromebook when I get there, and factory-reset/erase it before I come back.

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Re: Barometers?

I read that El-Al do actually depressurise all luggage on the ground before putting it on the plane, specifically to combat barometric-triggered bombs. It's an expensive security measure.

Of course, this is something that people don't see, and possibily don't understand, therefore being expensive isn't copied by other airlines because it doesn't go with the main strategy of security theatre.

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Re: And in other news,

really? UAL don't look too bad over 6 months

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/UAL/

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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damn, that was the same combination as my luggage!

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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I can imagine the following scenario being replayed many times, in many board rooms, in many businesses across the world.

"So, the sysadmins say they need £75k to upgrade the firewalls, £45k to upgrade all the oldest computers to a new version of windows, and £30k for misc software and training. Oh, and another £100k/year for a security specialist. So we need 250K right now"

"Meanwhile, our company cars are up for renewal, they're nearly 3 years old and we need £150k for that, plus our bonuses are £40k".

We can't afford it all, so since we've not had any significant security incidents, let's put off most of the computer stuff, and we can still get our cars and bonuses? All agreed? carried unanimously!"

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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https://youtu.be/Du6acZ-PZQ8

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https://youtu.be/Du6acZ-PZQ8

Victim turns the table and manages to trick the scammer into setting and forgetting a bios password and bricking his own computer

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Re: @Ridley, re: boxes.

Two words: glitter bomb

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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Given that ebay mandate that payment is made by paypal, and paypal know where the buyer and seller are, it should be trivial for paypal to collect GST on all international deals.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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I was very amused when TalkTalk created a dedicated forum area for discussing being safe online

( https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/Staying-safe-online/bd-p/qa_safeonline ),

that many people asked them about being hacked and they didn't respond

https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/Staying-safe-online/Have-TalkTalk-properly-secured-their-internal-systems-yet/m-p/1992644#U1992644

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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Re: telnet??!!?

use "openssl s_client -connect host:port" instead of "telnet host port" to do the equivalent thing over an ssl socket.

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US govt ceases fire in legal spat with Twitter to unmask anti-Trump 'immigration official'

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I think Twitter and the EFF should be able to charge the US government for their legal costs in fighting their unreasonable and illegal attempt to extract the information from Twitter.

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Encryption systems: secure for all, or secure for none. Backdoors always get leaked or discovered.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Ban the Daily Mail, I went online to find out how to hate people, particularly foreigners, and everything I needed to learn was in the DM including encouragement!

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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if this region of space is really rich in H2, then it would be a good place to send a space probe which is driven by a fusion ramjet, and powered by a fusion reactor.

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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trumpscratch.com seems to be an NSFW soft porn site now.

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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I've not installed Adobe Flash on linux for a long time. Nor Skype either.

Netflix has worked just fine on my linux laptop for quite a while.

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BT's Openreach to hire 1,500 engineers

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Re: Will they stop sabotaging competitors lines?

My wife runs her business from home and is dependent on the internet, and we have a femtocell to provide mobile phone service.

We had Zen internet over FTTC, and wanted a backup service, so took advantage of free phone line install from TalkTalk and get backup ADSL.

Kelly contractors installed the line and the TalkTalk broadband went live the same day. The day after, the new phone line went dead, openreach stole the new line/port for another install. It took quite a few calls and eight days to restore service.

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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An agency contacted me asking if I was willing to work in Southend for HMRC in Dev Ops, for £600 a day. Problem is that...

* it''d mean working for HMRC

* it'd be inside IR35, so travel and subsistence not deductable

* it'd mean working for HMRC

I quickly said no, and suggested that they would have a hard time finding someone decent for that rate, who wouldn't leave as soon as something better came along. The agent said he'd already had two people say yes and then change their mind!

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Why am I reminded of this: http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/10/man-realises-sexism-exists-in-work-experiment-that-proves-what-woman-already-know-6502193/

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Thank heavens the wrangling over BT's Openreach separation has ended

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If BTOR have to lease all the infrastructure off BT, then we've not really made any progress. BTG can ensure pricing on fibre to the customer remains high, making ADSL and VDSL the only affordable choice for consumers, and thus continue to sweat their copper assets!

I'll believe that the new BTOR is actually going to make things better if they

1/ cancel some of the G.Fast research and deployments and bring back FTTx offerings at reasonable pricing, thus making it possible for me to get fibre internet to my home and small business

2/ reduce the cost of just a phone line, because the cost of the line rental won't be used to subsidise BT's internet + tv + phone packages.

3/ start offering "naked" phone lines without a dial tone purely as a carrier for broadband

4/ start offering dark fibre links at sensible prices

.. I could think of many more if I spent another 10 minutes.

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'Baby, I know your database needs upgrades tonight'

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Those were all pretty terrible.

Uptime Funk from openSuse was fairly good

https://youtu.be/SYRlTISvjww

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Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think

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IMNSHO, people don't buy Macs to learn about how operating systems work and how to fix problems if they go wrong, they treat them like appliances. In fact, the relative robustness of OSX means people are less likely to learn much about operating systems if they use a Mac. And over time OSX is becoming more locked down like iOS, so tinkering is getting harder.

Therefore I'm not surprised that real OSX experts are rare.

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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I tried to decode that rot13 but it didn't work, not sure if I am using the wrong font?

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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I wouldn't be bothered if large numbers of people are playing games at the same time in IT.

Sometimes the IT department are biding their time waiting for people to go home so they can start planned maintenance.

Of course, if this was happening all the time during working hours, then I would ask difficult questions about the number of staff members actually needed.

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Not sure if trolling, but quite possibly they're using the often abused shorthand of saying sodium instead of sodium ions; the latter don't catch fire

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: Thank god get_iplayer still works fine, and is not limited to the "approved" platforms

https://github.com/speculatrix/web_get_iplayer

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Skype-on-Linux graduates from Alpha to Beta status

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I stopped installing Skype on Linux a year or so after switching to 64 bit Linux, because Skype was a 32 bit program and you had to install dozens of 32 bit packages for it to work. I also used to use an apparmor profile to stop Skype getting nosy and reading files on my computer it hag no business poking into.

The web version works fine for chat.

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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

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isn't this article about 5 years overdue?

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Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai

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Welcome to the USA, where everything is for sale, your privacy, your rights, your healthcare, your internet activity...

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Mediatek do make some high end SoCs, but they're serial GPL-violators. On the odd occasion I've had to use their drive sources, the code quality is abysmal.

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it looked so good until I read "Mediatek".

I think the GPD Pocket looks quite interesting too.. if GPD can launch it without the quality issues of the GPD Win, and properly support linux on it, then I think it could achieve surprising success

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Re: 18:9?

get a load of my 80:40 display, that's even better!

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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What kind of unit is 1ma/h ?

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Re: Bit pricey and it'll be a few more months until it's out but...

The Atom X7-Z87xx processor is actually quite good.

Why not look up specs and benchmarks before condemning something?

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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I think spammers work on a 0.0001% response rate or lower!

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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is that a PS2, USB or bluetooth mouse it captures? I guess the latter for the IoT connection?

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Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger

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Re: "Do you pay "rental" for the electrical supply cable coming into your home,"

OTOH the concept of "line rental" on a mobile phone is complete BS

I'm surprised they don't have a special charge called "base station maintenance" or "tower antenna maintenance" instead of line rental.

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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https://www.linx.net/communications/press-releases/linx-response-to-article-in-the-register

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Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k

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I suppose a cork is too simple a solution?

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Apple joins one wireless power group, the other one responds with so-happy forced grin

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I have a Sony phone which has a magnetically attached charge coupler, much like the old Apple magcharge connector.

It's quick to connect, doesn't lose power like Qi, and the phone is still waterproof. You can still use the microUSB socket to charge if you wish.

Such a shame Sony dropped this feature, when instead it should have become a standard.

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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I used to go to the USA two or three times a year to visit relatives and for a holiday, spending thousands each time on a hotel, car hire, subsistence, gifts etc.

I started to cut down after "9/11" because getting into the country made me feel like a criminal, even though I am middle class white european male to the 4th generaion with a UK passport etc.

I've not been in three years now, and I estimate it's cost their economy over $15000... and counting.

I know there are many others like me. I've heard of Chinese companies trying to send people to do trade deals being turned away, and spending millions in Europe instead as they are welcomed with open arms.

Surely His Highness Donald and all his business owning buddies would want the tourists's money rather than turning them away in droves?

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Trump is a big fan of Reality TV. He clearly wants to remake an existing show but with a new twist and a new name, a program to reveal peoples' secrets, and it will be called "Stasi In Their Eyes."

I'll get my coat.

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Supermicro sockets it to Skylake rivals

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Skylake was so last year, Kaby Lake is here!

same socket though, so hopefully a firmware update will allow Kaby Lake CPUs to work.

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Synopsis: When a mysterious misshapen orange troll rises to power in the near dystopian future and declares war on common sense and logic, a group of unlikely heroes rise to combat his insanity and spark rebellion.

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Ah, one day they'll make a movie about this. Trump Wars Episode 1: Rise of the Park Rangers it'll be called.

Credit to my daughter who said this when we chatted about it.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Re: The Forbes article on this suit

Well, yes it is. If you're a business and want things to run faster, it costs more money. You either make it faster or wider (more parallel operations). Oracle chose to charge more if you do the latter.

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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

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Re: So the fires were the result of...

It's the tech bloggers masquerading as reviewers.

I'm sure many only get to keep the phone for a short while, maybe a matter of hours, so never have to live with the deficiencies, or see the beautiful device crumble or its shiny finish strip away over the a few weeks of use.

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