* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

1384 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011

'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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How much???

"Well, your honour; " replied the detective. "The accused did steal a Purdey shotgun, and saw the barrels off to rob a bank of a few thousand pounds".

How much does a Purdey cost?

The cost of a classic Purdey side-by-side now begins at £57,340. A sidelock over-under based on an improved Woodward design costs £67,562.

The Sporter will cost in the region of £20,000 to £25,000 including VAT, a price made possible by the style of gun and its innovative method of manufacture.

Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Cheap == Good is a fallacy

"Good because companies that do that are then able to undercut their competition, which means lower prices for the same good or service for the consumer. Excellent, that's what we want - we want cheaper products."

You might be happy to fill your home with tat based on price, but some of us prefer to be selective and get better quality goods.

Cheap does not always mean good.

What you propose is a race to the bottom.

TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

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Re: Who caused it?

"However, as the original hacker made the information available (and had no legitimate reason to do so) then I reckon that a good legal eagle could make a case for aiding and abetting."

To use an analogy, this is a bit like someone leaving a house key in a flowerpot by the door.

Anyone who goes looking will find the way in pretty easily.

IANAL but any unauthorised person who uses that key to gain entry won't be doing the "breaking" bit of "breaking and entering". The victim will probably get all or part of an insurance claim denied (if the insurance company finds out).

What the young laddie did here was the equivalent of announcing the location of the key in the pub.

Applying this analogy to the "homeowner", well it's not a home here, but a business, and TalkTalk not only left the key in the flowerpot but left personal details of customers in unlocked filing cabinets.

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Spartacus is Definitely On Topic today

"I'm Spartacus! (providing Roman slave rebellions aren't effing copyrighted now)."

Kirk Douglas is 100 today

Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

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Re: Energy supplier resonse

"I refuse to use the word 'Trash', although that is what the folder is actually named."

Quick survey time...

"Trash" on macOS,

"Wastebasket" on openSUSE and Scientific Linux.

Wastebasket is the winner on the systems I have here.

Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: "enjoy the unreadable EULA as it flashes past"

And Oh, the Irony: <!-- GOOGLE ANALYTICS TAG -->

The Privacy statement has in addition to cookies, Flash Cookies, Web Beacons, and "We may associate your IP address with the PII you provide."

Though for once, the Privacy Policy (4,550 words) and the Terms of Service (7,008 words) are readable and not squashed into a tiny letterbox as seen on Youtube.

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Having read the book...

It will be interesting to see if the film has the bit about filling out surveys as part of the job.

There's a nice little twist in there that I haven't seen any reviewer pick up on.

I was a robot and this is what I learned

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Re: Picture paints 1000 words

"I'm imagining a Segway with a screen stuck on top, and a computer with Skype and a joystick at the other end. Is that accurate?"

Have a look yourself

Microsoft says LinkedIn will make Trump, Brexit, voters feel great again

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Slurp, slurp, slurp...

I was definitely miffed the other day when I followed a link to a presentation on slideshare.net to be greeted with:

"Connect to more opportunity! We've logged you, <email-addy>, in with LinkedIn"

No option given, they simply logged me in.

And no doubt logged details of the slides I was interested in against my LinkedIn profile.

I fully expect more of this crap to come.

If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

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Re: Given some instructions...

"And how many people STILL can't reprogram digital clocks (like on VTRs) after a power failure or being plugged in for the first time?

Scoff ye not. The microwave built into the kitchen of my abode around the turn of the century didn't follow the normal conventions for setting the clock. I had to refer to the instruction manual every single time the clocks changed.

Hull surfers cut off by router attack

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Re: That picture

"I'm sure that's not a picture of the Hull coast. Then again, it might have been developed a bit since I last saw it.:

A bit of A lot of climate change too. The last time I was there, a full on wet suit would have been more appropriate.

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Re: Better article on the BBC website...

"TalkTalk and Post Office routers hit by cyber-attack"

The mention of the Post Office in connection with telecoms had me thinking it was 1979 again.

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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"With the characters not being echoed back to you you can't see whether the caps lock is on or off."

Oh yes you can. On the keyboard in front of me the Caps lock light comes on when that is engaged.

Various username/password prompts come up with a text warning if caps lock is engaged. The OS X login screen does, and I'm pretty sure Windows and at least some flavours of Linux GUI do as well.

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Re: Bless....

"I may need to break out the letraset transfers to preserve my otherwise perfectly functional keyboard from the office 'elfensaftee patrol..."

Bless indeed. I simply don't look at a keyboard unless I've just swapped from one international layout to another.

You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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Re: Wrong way round

"I think they'd notice if they couldn't enter dates later than the 12th of any month."

Which could equally mean that in any given month, data entered during the first 12 days could be wrong.

Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

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Re: VerifiedByVisa always gets in the way....

"Visa and others argue that mandated authentication checks put forward by the European Banking Authority risk disrupting online shopping without increasing security.

Brazen cheek from the creators of Verified By Visa.

Pot meet kettle.

Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Re: Also, discovered penicillin.

"how many consumer laptops even had wifi before the iBook was launched by Apple? None. iBook was the first."

My 14" G3 iBook (2002?) was certainly not the base model but didn't come with wifi included.

It did have a slot for one though, which came in handy a year or two down the line.

Those were the days. Upgradeable laptops. I could also max out the RAM when it turned out that even double the minimum available wasn't really enough.

Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Re: Points

"What I really want to know is did they get Tesco Club card points with the 2.5 million."

Isn't that the bit where they get caught? :-)

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Re: Co-op concerns

"For instance, do you know what customer-side SWIFT terminal used to look like until very recently? ... not hardened, used for mail, web browsing, office docs and, er, seven/eight/nine figure transactions."

It gets worse.

Last week's El Reg article $10m of Bangladeshi SWIFT heist ended up in Filipino Casino

takes us back to April's Meet the malware that screwed a Bangladeshi bank out of $81m,

which in turn leads to BAE Systems Threat Research Blog: Two bytes to $951m,

where we see that all the data files are in the Administrator directory tree.

Oops. Right there in public view, and the BAE report didn't even highlight that as a problem.

Apparently the Bangladeshi systems merited their own secure room, so perhaps weren't subject to malware from general surfing / mail / Office nasties, but really, running something like SWIFT from the Admin account?

Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Re: Macbook Pro 15" £2699 for 512GB + £100 for new dongles.

"The manufacturing differences between HP/Apple here are minute. Apple are getting almost evangelical in their belief People will keep on buying into this. I like Macs/macOS, but £2699 + dongles £100 is just taking it a tad far.:

The differentiator is the operating system and standard apps, plus goodies like a free development toolchain.

IOW the O/S isn't really free.

Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

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"As for cheap laptops - the Lenovo b50 i3 with ssd for under £300 has been a great buy for more than a couple of people I know recently, as long as you wipe it that is."

Are they running some flavour of Linux, or do you mean wiping just the Lenovo add-on-to-Windows crud?

Recruitment giant PageGroup hacked, Capgemini dev server blamed for info leak

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"Whats the problem? dont people put their CVs on these websites because they want the world to see them?"

But I don't want to be pestered by someone who thinks I want to work on a product that was already in its death throes 20 years ago. I didn't particularly like that product then, and I certainly don't want to go back to it now.

Six weeks after first ever profit warning Capita does what Capita does

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Data Matrix FAQ

Dunno if this helps, but it has lots of useful looking links:

Data Matrix 2D Barcode ISO/IEC 16022 FAQ

IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

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Re: Where I am working right now

"does it have anything to do with a cert? [yeah I realize you COULD hard-code an IP address into a cert, but that's what DNS is supposed to be for...]"

It might be nothing to do with certs, instead the mentality that once upon a time thought it was OK to tie a licence to a MAC address,

Which of course was Bad News if you have a network card failure...

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Re: Meanwhile

"I thought the trend now was to replace the digit with an X when you got to 10? So, we should be waiting for IPX, surely?"

Um, IPX does not scale well for large networks such as the Internet

(Whoosh, back to Novell, DOS and Win3/Win95)

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Re: turning IPv4 off completely

"And even there you could still plug either a tone or pulse phone into a socket, and as long as the exchange equipment could handle both you could connect to any other phone, old or new, pulse or tone."

BT rather brought that on themselves. My parents thought it was great to be able to buy their own phone and drop the rental once that was allowed, but BT flogged them a pulse-only phone.

I was somewhat disgusted by that, since I'd been on a tone phone for quite a while by then.

Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: the solution

"I guess it's easier to tweet than to write letters to the editor of the thunderer like we did before this confounded interweb thing came along."

Composing letters to the editor of The Thunderer was much more fun, especially if you did it as a group effort.

You could also wait until sober before popping it into an envelope and despatching it :-)

Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: Daesh it all …

Fork handles

Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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"Right up unitl the point, where someone dived 5 rows down the steeply sloping lecture hall in order to whack them on the back of the head..."

Oh how I wish I'd read that suggestion half a dozen years ago.

We had someone precisely like you describe but we we too polite to do anything so drastic.

Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Re: Many good reasons why it might fail, but this is not one of them.

"The touch bar presents an opportunity for a UI middle-ground here"

What went through my mind when I saw the Touch Bar presentation:

1. It neatly skips around the arm-ache problem associated with a touch screen mounted above a keyboard. Your hands don't have to leave the keyboard.

2. I drew a comparison with the capacitive keyboard on the Blackberry Passport. With touch sensitive phone screens I have a tendency to select something by mistake as I'm scrolling. This isn't a problem when using the keyboard to scroll.

The Touch Bar could be a meeting of those two worlds.

The devil is in the detail of course. It's easy to imagine the Touch Bar being visually distracting, and if the icons used are as indistinguishable from each other or as meaningless as in some apps out there, it'll be back to square one.

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There's an elephant in the room

Having just read a chunk of the roundup linked at the end of the article, it seems a lot of developers are feeling ignored.

Ignore the developers at your peril, Apple, for they are the ones who keep the iOS ecosystem alive.

Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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Re: So why not create a new v2 compression scheme?

"And I am bloody sure that Alpha assembler could do bit twiddling with little more pain that x86. I have written assembler for both. C compilers might have been less good at it."

IIRC with the move from VAX to Alpha, the Macro assembler became a compiler rather than a simple assembler.

Data alignment was also important on Alpha: MSDN article "Alignment Issues on Alpha".

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Re: So why not create a new v2 compression scheme?

"and not to forget the eye watering cost of hard drives in those days as well"

Let's not also forget that the other main argument for disk compression back in the 90s was that less physical I/O was required to access compressed files.

This was a pretty powerful argument for those of us who weren't particularly short of disk space.

A by product on NTFS was reduced fragmentation.

WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Re: ... applications as web pages instead of applications as applications ...

"And the commentards still turning off JavaScript in your browsers: what actually are you using the web *for*? Static webpages and videos? Really?"

That probably tells us more about your surfing habits than you can divine about ours.

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Re: Hmm.

"Well, that dead language that just kept hanging around is coming back."

Wot? Cobol?

Could have fun with that.

Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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Re: They fluffed it ages ago

"To be moderately fair on MS, when they started all this ARMs were pretty feeble compared to x86 and to where they are today. MS's mistake was to think that ARM would always be too small for a full desktop. Oh how wrong they were."

It's not the first time that relying on Intel to keep ahead of the game isn't wise.

Until AMD came along with 64 bit processors for the desktop, Intel was quite happy to restrict 64 bit capability to expensive servers <cough>Itanium</cough>.

Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Re: Cul de sac

A pet peeve of mine is the French calling two-way radios "talkie-walkie".

Right up there with Yanks who talk about "garranty" and "warrantee" in my book.

On balance, I find "talkie-walkie" less of an abuse.

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Re: Cul de sac

one of the colloquial terms for that sort of contraceptive in German is "Pariser"

cf the French préservatif

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Re: Cul de sac

"The presenter kept referring to "ee-oh-tay" until someone had to stop her and ask what she was talking about."

I've fallen into the same trap in German. You go to the effort of thinking of a suitable translation and plain English, including pronunciation, would have been fine.

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Re: Rue de Fourbastard

"And it's even got an entry in Wikipédia!"

Also found in Wikipédia, Rue du Docteur Finlay, in Paris.

From which we learn that there was a Cuban version of Doc. Finlay who discovered that mosquitoes could transmit yellow fever.

For the younger readers here, Dr. Finlay's Casebook was a long running TV & radio series in the UK.

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Re: Le FrenchTech

"Me, I cultivated a Belgian accent years ago so nobody knows I'm British unless I tell them"

Belgian accent in French here as well, though I'm not sure how I acquired it.

It can be quite amusing to get compliments on my English when called on to do a spot of interpreting.

But when asked by a French taxi driver if I'm Belgian I'm never sure if there's an implied insult.

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Re: Cul de sac

"The word shampoo is not used in French"

"Shampoo" does make it to German.

It's pronounced "sham-poe" to rhyme with "toe". Coincidentally, "Po" in German means one of the following: buttocks; buttock; butt; seat; behind; backside; hind end; hindquarters; posterior; bum; buns; derriere; keister; caboose; fanny; tush; tushy [Am.] [coll.]

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Re: Is it..

'sac-de-tea', or 'cul-de-tea'?

"Teebeutel" en allemand.

"Teebeutel" was often used as an insult by a former boss when referring to Brits in general.

How Google's Project Zero made Apple refactor its kernel

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Re: Where's all the snark?

"Why would that matter? It's not as if you posting an exploit here."

Someone might know be able to put two and two together and work out who he is.

Obligatory XKCD

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Re: This isn't an easy bug class to fix

"Yeah, but context-switching is so damn slow on x86. Any idea of the performance on ARM?"

Patience, Grasshopper.

Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

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Re: Try that

"I think their phones just catch fire, I haven't heard about exploding ones .."

Try popping "exploding samsung" into a search engine...

Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all - UK.gov

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Re: or, they could really encourage 2FA everywhere

But what sort of 2FA?

Quite a few of us don't get a reliable phone signal at home, or even at work.

With phone software nasties that can intercept SMS, aren't we simply moving the goalposts?

It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

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I like this one

"the Cupertino developer of TextEdit"


AWS budget tool update gives suits the control they crave

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20,000 budgets per client?

"The service now allows the creation of 20,000 budgets per client"

That could be useful but just as with VM sprawl it will take a lot of managing.

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: Uppercase and mixed case names

"Presumably MINI stands for "Mini: It's Not Issigonis's" or something like that?"

Given that nouns are capitalised in German, are they trying to tell us something?

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