* Posts by Paratrooping Parrot

198 posts • joined 26 Jan 2011

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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

Paratrooping Parrot
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

Paratrooping Parrot
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

Paratrooping Parrot
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

Paratrooping Parrot
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

Paratrooping Parrot
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

Paratrooping Parrot
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

Paratrooping Parrot
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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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

Paratrooping Parrot
Paris Hilton

Why not just visit m.facebook.com ?

The only thing is that you don't get audio notifications of when you get a message.

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Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets

Paratrooping Parrot
Childcatcher

Requirements specification

Maybe one of the options for the requirements specification should be:

"Use an operating system that is guaranteed security updates for the life of the physical system at no or minimal extra cost, assuming at least 15 years."

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Ransomware scum sling PowerShell, Word macro nasty at healthcare biz

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FAIL

Job recruitment offices

I remember they always insisted on me sending them Word versions of my CV. I wanted to send them PDF for security reasons (although I do know about the problems with Adobe!). Maybe if Word refuses to run macros, it will be better. Otherwise, it should sandbox them so then it cannot access any other files.

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

Paratrooping Parrot
Boffin

I would love this idea, but...

The problem with Open Access at the moment is the number of predatory journals that are about. There are websites that claim to list predatory journals, but I have heard that some of those websites had secret payments.

What we need is someone well known and reputable like the Wellcome Trust to create open access journals that we can submit to. Predatory journals request large sums of money and they claim to have papers proof read and so on, but they don't.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

Paratrooping Parrot

Isn't this basically GIGO??? Twitter is full of garbage!

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

Paratrooping Parrot
Boffin

Interface with an Arduino

I think if you can get it to interface with an Arduino, then you can get a really good system to run as a robot controller with the Pi doing the processing and the Ardruino interfacing with sensors.

By the way, what is the speed of the latest Raspberry Pi like? Is it like a Celery or an Atom or faster?

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These Chicago teens can't graduate until they learn some compsci

Paratrooping Parrot
Boffin

What they need is a course on how to use computers and the Internet safely. They don't need a full blown computer course in coding. Maybe the bit about project planning and requirements that are needed in other fields.

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Samsung off the hook as $120m Apple patent verdict tossed

Paratrooping Parrot
Mushroom

The eventual winners...

It seems that the lawyers are the winners in all of this. They must have been raking in fortunes from Apple and Samsung.

I think the lawyers and managers should be sued for encouraging such behaviour. So, can we have a summarised list of the patents that have been accepted and rejected? I have lost track of them.

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

Paratrooping Parrot
Childcatcher

Too many cooks spoil the broth

With all these competing IoT foundations and what have you, we are going to have a big mess. Most of the effort will be spent on making their standards as sexy as possible. This will mean there may be a half hearted effort at security. All the networking experts will be working in a fragmented fashion and so the eventual winner will be so full of security holes (as the current crop) that it will be like Swiss Cheese.

Depending upon how much effort each foundation spent, there may be a time when they will not want to collaborate. So, the basic advice for end users is to wait and see. You may find out that you have absolutely no need for this IoT rubbish. :-)

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

Paratrooping Parrot
Megaphone

The reason I block ads

I have decided to block adverts for a few reasons:

* There are so many adverts on a page that use up valuable bandwidth.

* I had enough of those adverts that have flashing graphics.

* There have been too many dodgy adverts serving malware.

If those issues are resolved with a simple text based advert that is clearly marked and that does not download any other content or involve stealing logins, then maybe the site will be given the green light. Until that time, I will use my adblocking plugin.

It is up to the advertising community to clean up its act.

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