* Posts by Paratrooping Parrot

208 posts • joined 26 Jan 2011

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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

Paratrooping Parrot
Coat

Seems like the dominos are falling in the fight against online crime.

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Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

Paratrooping Parrot
Unhappy

This is the problem with cryptomining on websites

At the moment, it is the malicious criminals who are exploiting cryptomining. Websites need to get their security beefed up. In times like this, it feels like technology has brought about a lot of woe and worry, that I sometimes wish that I was living in a cave.

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More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

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Happy

Cryptomining vs Adverts

I would happily support cryptomining only if the website says that it is how they are funded. Also, it has to be such that the script cannot be hijacked by others. If a website does not mention that they are funded by cryptomining, then I would block it in an instant.

The advertising industry have shot themselves in the foot with all those dreadful campaigns from the early days of advertising; I am talking about the monkey one. Now they are filled with dodgy malware spreading campaign. If El Reg or the Guardian website was funded by cryptomining, then I would be glad to help, only if it was sanctioned by them.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

I guess password generators will be cracked as well. :(

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Give a boffin a Xeon and a big GPU, get a new big prime number

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

The old boys are back in town...

Now expect a lot more with AMD's Ryzen chips, especially Threadripper. :) Finally there's good competition.

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ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard

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Boffin

Boinc

This will be perfect for those who use Boinc and things like PrimeGrid or Einstein at Home. They need to make a version for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper though.

Also perfect for running some Machine learning experiments.

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Thumb Up

Re: Suggestions for replacement?

I used to use Foxit until I noticed that the install file size was humongous. I moved to Sumatra after advice from the peeps here. I have to say that I haven't looked back. So, thank you all. :)

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

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Holmes

When to record

If the cameras work like the ones in the US, then we have a problem. The police choose when to record the video, as has been shown when the police in the US were caught planting evidence because it happened to record 30 seconds prior to pressing record.

Police cameras should be recording at all times the police is wearing his uniform, so if there is an allegation brought up, they can review the footage for the day.

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Amazon admits flouting sanctions by flogging consumer tat to Iran

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I thought the sanctions were lifted

Didn't the sanctions against Iran finish in January last year?

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/world/middleeast/iran-sanctions-lifted-nuclear-deal.html

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Unhappy

Used Firefox from when it was Firebird

I have used Firefox from the very beginning, and still use it. I am a bit annoyed by the way it has influences from Chrome, but at least, I know that by using the Alt key, I can get the normal menu up. One thing that really annoys me whenever I use a different browser on someone else's computer, is when using Youtube, there are adverts. That always surprises me!

Their mobile browser however needs to be severely optimised. It is rather slow though, it is the slowest thing on my Android mobile :( , it does mean that I don't need to bother with Facebook apps. :)

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Disneyland to become wretched hive of scum and villainy

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

Erm...

Nothing about Samsung Galaxy Edge???

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

Paratrooping Parrot
Headmaster

An idea

Why don't they have specific training and certification for those who are doing things like health or social or judicial work on using the computer systems? This way they can be approved to use said systems and it can be definitely known that they know how to use the computer systems required.

The judge or healthcare professional will know not to use hotmail or whatever.

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TfL, WTH is my bus? London looks up from its mobile

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Mushroom

Do buses complete their journey?

I still have memories of using buses around 2005, when the bus driver would suddenly say it was the "end of the road", quite a bit from the end point. That used to annoy me, because I wasted an Oyster journey on that. I would have to look for another bus.

I would sometimes walk to the next bus stop if I saw that I missed my bus.

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Analyst: DRAM crisis looms after screwup at Micron fab

Paratrooping Parrot
Holmes

Who benefits?

Wouldn't Micron benefit from an increase in DRAM prices?

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

Fantastic way to make phones unrepairable

This seems to be the way to make sure that only the manufacturers can repair phones. No more cheap phone repairs, just make sure everyone chucks their old phones away to buy new ones, or pay over the odds so then Apple or Samsung or their partners can repair phones.

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Mozilla dev and Curl inventor Daniel Stenberg denied travel to USA

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Boffin

Missed Opportunity

Surely there could be a country that can make full use of the technical know-how and allow foreign staff to enter and become the second Silicon Valley in the world. I don't mean India where they just use staff as slave labour.

Unfortunately, everyone have put all their eggs in one basket. It is time to spread them around to a place that looks after data security.

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Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

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Paris Hilton

I thought Facebook have said that you cannot tell who has been looking at your profile. So, how do they know that their profile has been looked at by those people?

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Ad watchdog bites Plusnet over 'unintelligible' radio ads

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

But no fine?

I bet they weren't fined.

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

Paratrooping Parrot
Stop

No Root Firewall

This has been a godsend in reducing the amount of advertising. :)

I have also stopped installing any software that contains advertising and would need internet connection.

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Fake invoice scammers slurp $5bn+ from corp beancounters – FBI

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

FBI is following the scams

However, they do nothing about it. I guess they will do something about one scam if it affects a major politician or a famous person. Since it's the normal guys they can't be bothered. $5,302,890,448 in three years is not a small amount for the ordinary folks. Yet, they are happy to do everything to help the film and music industries to reap extortionate money from the ordinary folks sharing videos and music.

This is going to get worse.

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TalkTalk HackHack DuoDuo PleadPlead GuiltyGuiltyGuiltyGuilty

Paratrooping Parrot
Headmaster

Geography.

Hmmm... two from Tamworth, one from Norwich and one from Wales. Wales is a rather large area, in fact it's a whole Reg unit in itself. I wonder how many Tamworths can fit in Wales. Whereabouts in Wales?

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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

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Thumb Up

Re: "as robust and secure as a kitten crossing a motorway"

Quote of the year wrt IoT.

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

Paratrooping Parrot
Coat

Considering that Pluto was demoted.

It'll be a fight between Pluto, Goofy, Mickey and Minnie. :p

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

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Coat

That college name

I have a feeling that Wor-Wic Community College was named by someone who heard of Warwick University, but didn't know how to pronounce it.

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Petya ransomware returns, wrapped in extra VX nastiness

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

Priorities

Rather than trying to spend a large amount of time and money fighting piracy, there should be more efforts in fighting the scourge that is ransom encrypting malware. The losers in piracy are the movie and music studios. The losers in those ransomware attacks are the ordinary people and also hospitals and other critical places.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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FAIL

DRM means you don't own your content

I have a Nook e-book reader. I bought a few books from the Nook store. However, when Nook decided to close down its online book store, it meant that the books that I paid for were no longer available and were going to be wiped from my system if I connected it to the Internet. I had to download a special software to remove the DRM from my paid books.

This is what I HATE about DRM.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

Paratrooping Parrot
Windows

Who remembers

Lawsuits In Motion as a stand in for RIM?

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

Paratrooping Parrot
Megaphone

What happens to Skype phones?

As above, do Skype phones work on the new system?

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Western Union coughs up $586m for turning a blind eye to fraudsters

Paratrooping Parrot
Paris Hilton

Who gets the money?

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Microsoft swallows up AI language biz Maluuba

Paratrooping Parrot
Joke

Microsoft and AI

Considering how badly Microsoft software crashes, e.g. Blue Screen of Death, I have a feeling that Microsoft based robots will for no reason suddenly fall over crashing everywhere.

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

Paratrooping Parrot

If they have Linux, then hopefully we can remove the backdoor junk that is installed on Lenovo computers.

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Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

Back in late 2015

I had my Yahoo Mail address book hacked and so people in my address book had spam emails sent to them. I had created the password using Keepass then. I had to change my password again after that breach. Would this be related to the hack, or is this something else?

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Pixellation popped: AI can ID you, even after PhotoShop phuzzing

Paratrooping Parrot
Paris Hilton

What about numberplates?

I always "paint" white on top of number plates rather than blurring them. I guess that is immune to the algorithm.

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

Space travel is always risky

This is why you have insurance, to cover you for failure. You should have read the small print Spacecom.

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400 million Foxit users need to catch up with patched-up reader

Paratrooping Parrot
WTF?

That's a huge download!!!

How come Foxit Reader has become 46 Megabytes??? It used to be so much smaller! The default install is now over 100 Megabytes!!!! I had to deselect all the options for just a basic pdf viewer. They have removed the real reason we loved Foxit. It used to be fast and small. I will have to find an alternative!

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Zuck covers up mic and webcam because sharing isn't always good

Paratrooping Parrot
Coat

Re: Taping over the mic has no effect at all, it's just another membrane.

Duck tape will have an echo. ;)

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

This is the future of IoT

We are all doomed! Trying to get everything to install applications from the Internet is a disaster waiting to happen!

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

Re: Champagne Cider

Israel has been at Eurovision for donkeys years.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

Paratrooping Parrot
Boffin

Permissions

I had deleted many Android software because they had permission creep. They had a few permissions, and then added more. Another set of software that I refused to update was a calculator that seemed to need access to the phone. It used to be excellent until they decided to team up with a phone answering company that basically hijacks your phone when it rings.

I have increasingly had to delete software. Probably one of the most useful software I have installed on my Android mobile is No Root Firewall. It has stopped me from getting adverts for many installed software. :)

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SWIFT finally pushes two-factor auth in banks – it only took several multimillion-dollar thefts

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Mushroom

I am sure that if the United States or any of the "Western" countries had lost that money, then SWIFT would have acted a LOT sooner.

So, what will happen to those banks that have lost a great deal of money? Bangladesh isn't a particularly rich country. That amount of money leaves a huge dent in their purse.

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UK needs comp sci grads, so why isn't it hiring them?

Paratrooping Parrot

My experience at job hunting

I noticed that many of the job agencies would advertise entry level jobs, and yet ask for many years of experience of using so many different packages and programming languages.

I am at university now doing Postgraduate studies. I sometimes have a few classes with the Bachelor students. I have noticed that some of them didn't want to do any programming!!!!

I sometimes wish that I had studied more computer science in my Bachelor course. I hope my Postgraduate course helps.

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

Paratrooping Parrot
FAIL

Could we have a full list of the domain suffixes owned by these domain registrars? This way everyone can avoid using them. :)

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IE and Graphics head Microsoft's Patch Tuesday critical list

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Happy

Re: Not worth the risk

If you are really desperate, you could run Windows as a Virtual machine under Linux, which can be used to run your Windows only software if Wine doesn't help.

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Hacker flogs '42.5m freshly stolen logins' for seventy-five cents

Paratrooping Parrot
Paris Hilton

Another password change?

Sorry, but does this mean that we all have to change our Google, Microsoft and Yahoo passwords?

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

Paratrooping Parrot
Meh

I am a bit worried

Yahoo deal with email. If the Daily Fail take over Yahoo, how would we know whether the Yahoo services that are currently running will still be available? I have a feeling that Daily Fail will take over services that it feels are profitable and remove those that are making a loss. Therefore things like Yahoo Mail and Flickr may suffer.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

Paratrooping Parrot
Happy

Yay!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jn8K8EA7-Q

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Mindless Flash masses saved as exploit kit devs go astray with 0day

Paratrooping Parrot
Paris Hilton

One small question...

When will The Register stop using Flash for videos?

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Spies rejoice! Gmail, Facebook Messenger BREACHed once again

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

Some may complain "Why are people publishing details of exploits?" Thing is, I have a feeling that governments and *cough* NSA *cough* have probably been using these exploits.

This is why using computer communications worry me. There is no way to keep a secret. :(

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Facepalm

Today????

Really??? Why is the coin dated 2014?

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