* Posts by SoaG

243 posts • joined 31 Mar 2011


Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...


Re: Thank you!

A 14 year old can't even give legal consent.

Tech giant to spend $500m dealing with housing crisis caused by tech giants


Caused by tech giants? No.

Caused by NIMBYs pushing local governments to refuse building permits.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach


Re: Now is a good time to get a password manager app

It is El Reg, so hopefully sarcasm. PW managers are the biggest risk out there. At least one of the big ones has already been breached a couple years back and the others all have huge bullseyes on them.

Never understood the mindset that a single point of failure is a somehow a good idea.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Security through hilarity

Any of my staff leaving their workstation unlocked promptly finds they've sent an email to the department declaring how much they love cheese.

'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!


Re: Insurance Black Boxes

Good on the 2 truck drivers for immediately blocking the road like that.

Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales


The world is upside down.

China upholding patent protection.

China? Really?


Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops


Although that might sound vaguely romantic

14-year-old girl

Troy George Skinner, 25


Nothing even vaguely romantic about pedophiles.

You should be ashamed of yourself for having written that and your editor is clearly incompetent for not having removed it.

Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa


'at least we aren't American'

Take off, eh!

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots


I couldn't believe the 10 things that happened next and DESTROYED <pro/anti political view> using these common household items and kitten gifs.

Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab


Not a distillery, but you'll have cause to drink if you live there.

It's a decommissioned coal power plant. That smokestack is still one of the tallest structures in the country at over 700'.

Just out of frame to the left is a cement factory and another Toronto landmark:

The Ashbridge's Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Not to worry though. You'll hardly notice over the smell of the harbour. As part of Lake Ontario, you'll also note that even in the sketch nobody's swimming.

Sounds like it's going to be great place to raise a family!

Equifax couldn't find or patch vulnerable Struts implementations


Two different credit reports depending how you write your address?

That actually sounds like good feature!

WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now


It doesn't matter how up to date a machine is...

...if it's not connected to the internet.

Forget the cost of new hardware/anti-virus. What's the cost of employees wasting time?

I've got several consistently underperforming help desk staff on final written warnings for watching YouTube playing browser games for hours on end. Now they'd rather stare off into space than use remedial training materials to become competent.

2 of them have even gone to HR to complain about how unfair it is to expect them to do what they're paid for!

The cheapest solution is to run 2 networks and have most devices have no outside connection.

Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31


One mistake with the lawsuit

He made it all about the interaction between the 2 of them and getting compensation for his expense.

Should have filed it as class-action to get everyone in the theater reimbursed.

You know how online shops love to keep tabs on you? Now it's coming to the offline world


Re: Always another choice of retailer.

Always is a strong word.

I've been to 3 major hardware chains here in the last week, not a single light bulb among hundreds that isn't made in China.

'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'


As an atheist not of the militant/evangelical variety (which is all too common on the internet) I approve this message.

'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age


Re: Start the countdown...

I remember the memes when Star Wars Galaxies (of all possible games to do so) briefly released a patch that overwrote the Windows, rather than the game, boot.ini file.

Good news: Teen hacker gets 1-million-air-miles bug bounty reward. Bad news: It's United Airlines


Re: €5 in airport tax

You flew out of Toronto? You know it's not a long drive to fly out of Buffalo right?

Not just lower surcharges, but the ticket itself is always at least $100.00 CDN cheaper and 1/2 the price for parking.

Probably less total travel time too given how much faster customs is at the border instead of the airport.

UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records


Always amusing

When a Big Brother article has a Facebook button on the page.


Re; then the entire government services delivery will grind to a halt.

So...business as usual then?

'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'


Re: Death by power point

Certainly an efficient way to win a war, but seems like a violation of the Geneva convention.

Vendor rep 'Stinky Sam' told to wash and brush teeth or lose job



I always found our own sales and marketing types caused far more problems than vendors.

Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee


Re: Minimum wage actually means $0 in the US

The minimum wage everywhere is always $0.

If government regulation prevents an employer from hiring someone without paying them more than they're worth, they don't hire them at all.

This is why jurisdictions like Portland see a stampede of entry level employers for the exit when they drink the 'living wage' koolaid.

Yelp isn't a viable business in the long run, so Talia needed to leave anyway. A shame someone who thinks she's should be paid lots of money to do media for a reputation company, wasn't bright or savvy enough to realize trying to publicly shame an already reviled company could only impact her reputation, not theirs.

You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon


So 3 guys...

...gaming since 1981 and somehow 20 years experience, not each, but combined?

Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned


Re: Hungry for results?

You've got a 100-sided coin that lands the same way 64% of the time?


Re: code by known malware authors

Perhaps could be made to work the other way too. Within a secure network, regardless of credentials of the user/admin trying to run something, refuse to run any code other than by whitelisted authors.

Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax


“Some people will say, 'Freedom of speech, Freedom of speech', These are foolish people."

Well, hopefully that's enough to finally pull the wool off his supporter's eyes and end his clownshow of a campaign.

'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father


I fail to see how anyone, other than public employees and self-serving politicians, benefit in any way from inserting the corruption and inefficiency of government into charity.

So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?



I believe the only appropriate response to your proposal is "Shut up and take my money!"

How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves


Re: don't expect humans to turn troglodyte.

Clearly you don't know very many humans.

Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe


Re: There's literally zero evidence so far of any tampering.

The ONLY reason to even have electronic voting instead of physical ballots is to make tampering with the numbers easy.

GCHQ's CESG team's crypto proposal isn't dumb, it's malicious... and I didn't notice


IMEI blocked?

Doesn't even need another network or country. Guess what your provider does when you call them to activate your replacement phone? They delete the old IMEI to add the new one thus removing the block. There is no master list of blocked devices. Only purpose of blocking is to keep them running up your usage bill until you get the new phone.

Snakes in the aircon, killer crocs in the river, virtualisation for apps


Re: I can relate to Scott's experience

Wireless internet is always a bad idea for a whole host of reasons, signal attenuation being one of the main ones. Even if you were to put up an antenna mast tall enough to clear the trees around the house, you should still expect it not to work for much of the rainy season and work poorly when it's just humid.

Wanna harvest a stranger's Facebook data? Get a mobile number and off you go


Re: Well duh!

"only put things on facebook that you would be happy published in the national newspaper"

Metadata, you might want to look it up. Facebook knows you better than you know yourself.

They even know how big an idiot you are.

Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina


On the other hand..

...maybe if Facebook, Apple and Google are very publicly sharing everything with the FBI that might finally be enough to wake the sheeple to demand those companies stop tracking everything.


People like their amusements too much.

ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART


MS guy that works in AI?

Good lord! They're making Clippy robots!

It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic



"The Falkland Islands will be a barely habitable wilderness, afterwards"

Excellent expose and analysis piece.

Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits


If the merits were adequate, they wouldn't need to bother with a trade show.

Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis


Re: non sequitur

When private groups redistribute money, that is charity, when government does it, that is socialism.

The former organizations can be extremely helpful and effective, the latter is always inefficient and wasteful (and not just when it comes to redistribution).

Mental exercise - what if, over a decade, all social programs were phased out, all tax rates were lowered proportional by the amount spent on them, and replaced with mandatory donations to charities of the taxpayer's choosing in the same portion of income.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo


Re: Isn't it about time...

Well, yes, though I'm curious, why httpS for recipies?

V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones


"a pair of spectacles that nearly runs SharePoint"

As long as nobody gets any ideas about glasses that run Power Point.

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber


Yes, yes, there's a hilt...

...but is it just me or does the blade (and mini-blades) look to be somewhere between jagged and flaming vs the all the movies/cartoons/book covers we've seen up to this point?

Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app


I'm shocked! Shocked!

To learn that an app with the sole purpose of facilitating casual sex with strangers would have a surplus of creepy guys.

YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins


Re: "I read your email ;-)"

Did he actually read the email? Or was it a simple and effective way to educate users (at least a little bit) about data security?

This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO



I can't tell if Barry is completely un-self-aware, or a brilliant meta-troll.

I hope the latter. If so, well played sir. If not, well, he probably won't understand this post anyway...

...or read it.


Re: Europeans drive shorter distances

I'm Canadian, but largely similar for driving/vehicle purchase habits.

You can stop right there for a big part of it. It's a 16 hour drive at highway speed to my sister's place (and much, much longer in snow). With several more hours past each other to the East/West borders of the province we both live in. Hell, it's 100 km just to get across the Toronto suburbs.

Yes there's a lot of city folks buy gas guzzling SUVs either as status symbols, to feel safer in a larger vehicle or just to be higher up and see what's ahead in rush hour traffic. Outside the major centres though, anyone who drives a Smart car is a moron who's not going anywhere once winter comes.


Re: Food for thought

I'll attempt to paraphrase Mr. Smith.

Money is a unit of measure.

Unfortunately, while the value of the unit was slightly variable in his time (coin clipping, etc.) in the modern age it is extremely variable. Whereas 340 years ago individual crooks clipped individual coins, now the Federal Reserve clips every single dollar on a daily basis. Economies of scale! (No I'm not arguing for a return to the gold standard)


Re: Peak Whale Blubber

Thumbs for that. I must now endeavour to incorporate this into conversation regularly. Regardless of the actual topic, it's just too good not to use.

How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap


The last time we heard something like this...

...vague promises of changing the world accompanied by glowing praise and financing from all kinds of tech related bigwigs and business...

...we got Segway scooters.

Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized fusion reactor breakthrough boast



"That's like Barack Obama asking me for a loan."

With US federal debt an unfunded liabilities closing in on $125T I found that quote amusing.

Still, while I'm skeptical overall, there is some merit to the argument that LHM may want investors because they're looking at a spinoff as it would be very much non-core business. They'll just hold onto the patents for any custom materials developed.

Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...


Shareholder is not synonymous with investor

Investors and speculators are both shareholders but their interests are often mutually exclusive. There tend to be fewer speculators but they're usually louder and more often the ones being catered to.

Related: If the execs are pushing EBIDTA numbers as the headline rather than a footnote, SELL! Someone is trying to obscure the real health of the company


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