* Posts by wolfetone

3268 posts • joined 6 Aug 2011

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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"The user asked if she could access the appropriate help desk ASAP, but Ben's colleague “simply said 'No' and hung up.”"

Torn on this line. While the user quite clearly has troubles wiping their own arse, not sure that line was the best thing to help solve her soiled arse.

Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: Hmm Halal pork sausage....

I don't know, but it's always fun to mention it to certain Daily Fail readers and watch them blow up about how the animals are euthanized without being stunned (which is half true, some halal meat is stunned). But they never consider the welfare of the animal before it meets it's end. Only the fact that to be outraged by halal is to be outraged at Islam without looking like a giant raging racist.

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Well, the retail sector is getting a battering at the moment by the Christians. First they boycott Tesco because they showed some muslims celebrating Christmas (but said nothing about the lack of religious imagery), and now they're boycotting Greggs because Jesus has turned in to a sausage roll. I mean, of course, that's only if they're not already boycotting Greggs because they use halal meat which is "cruel" to animals that have spent their lives cooped up in cages.

I bet none of the wankers even bother going to mass on a Sunday, just on the main events like Easter and Christmas. Y'know, the days when the commercialisation of religious holidays is front and centre in everything we see and do so they see it as an excuse to chow down on chocolate and sprouts.

But that's all none of my business.

Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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Re: Hacked?

Can you get a transmission rate of over ~38MB/s from America to Russia? Or actually, America to anywhere in Europe?

Because it's a tall order.

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Re: Hacked?

"The gulf between "we can't prove beyond doubt it was Russia" and "it was a local hack" is very wide. It gets even wider if you go for "it was a local hack and Russia wasn't involved in any way.""

No it isn't. They looked at the file, the size of it, forensically. The file could not have been downloaded via a network. It was downloaded locally. They have the transmission rates which could only be attained via local access.

That's beyond doubt.

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Re: Hacked?

You have to also remember that the NSA are the only security agency in the USA that said it couldn't be proved beyond doubt the "hack" originated from Russia. The FBI and the CIA were quick to say it came from Russia, but neither of those have the ears the NSA do in terms of network capabilities.

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Re: Hacked?

And, interestingly, that hack occured internally at the DNC headquarters. Former NSA guys conducted a study, and found that the transmission rates of the emails were at the maximum about ~38MB/s. The best speed they could come up with coming from Europe was a data transfer from New Jersey to London, which gave about ~10MB/s. Now if the Russians were hacking the DNC coming from the Ukraine or wherever, they would not have been able to download those files at the recorded speed without being in the building.

Add to this, Donna Brazil in her new book has said the hack started from a DNC staffer listening to a voicemail message left by a Russian pretending to be a reporter. That voicemail message, apparently, allowed the Russians to hack in to the servers and steal the emais. That's the story coming from the DNC. And the above paragraph comes from guys working with the NSA, who as we all know wouldn't miss a webcam girl farting on camera to some guy in India. Nothing goes on without them knowing. And even they didn't see this hack occur.

Who are you going to believe?

Apple succeeds in failing wearables

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Re: "You have to tap or flick your wrist."

Have an upvote and a pint for your troubles.

Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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"We're delighted to be able to have fast internet at long last" - The Sewer Rat King of London

"We can't wait to catch Ratatouille on Netflix!" - The Sewer Rat population of London.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

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Re: specific sequence of events huh

So, eh, where do you live?

Asking for a friend.

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"Hasbro, manufacturer of the Furby, took issue with Which?'s test. It said: "We believe that [hacking into the toy] would require close proximity to the toy, and that there are a number of very specific conditions that would all need to be satisfied in order to achieve the result described.""

Well, under a certain condition of it being night time, me being out of the house, there being a power cut, someone with a brick could gain access to my house. But I still invest in security for the house to mitigate that issue.

Because that's common sense.

EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

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In Schrem we trust,

In Zuck we're bust.

Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: BLASPHEMY! ?

"Sausage rolls remember, not religion you just can't leave it lay can you"

I think you'll find in this case it's Monty Python, not sausage rolls and/or religion.

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BLASPHEMY!

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"Wolfetone said "For once, can we leave the whole "Religion is bullshit" or "Atheists are cunts" thing at the door and JUST ENJOY THE SAUSAGE ROLLS!?!"

Your sentence exemplifies why religion is a bad thing, atheists don't like religions but religious people don't like atheists i.e. people rather than ideas.

For saying the "jealous god" religions are presented as being "good" they always seem to promote intolerance."

My sentence exemplifies one thing which you don't want to admit: I want to enjoy the sausage rolls without getting in to an argument that can never be won by either party.

This is a discussion about sausage rolls. Not religion.

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For once, can we leave the whole "Religion is bullshit" or "Atheists are cunts" thing at the door and JUST ENJOY THE SAUSAGE ROLLS!?!

Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a hack, claims angry upstart

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Re: Whilst I have sympathy..

"Even with the examples quoted by @scrubber, nation-state Fiat currency is an order of magnitude more stable. Sure it can become worthless quickly, but nowhere near as quickly as someone can fettle with your e-tulips."

How? Look at what happened with the UK Brexit referendum, overnight the Sterling lost 30/40p against the dollar. If investors are spooked by anything, they sell their currency which in turn brings the prices down. It's quite different to the "gold standard" set out after WW2, as currencies were backed by a physical asset. But no currency has been backed by gold since the 1970's and has been backed by nothing more than pure faith since then. Quite a lot like the cryptocurrencies today.

Stop your moaning, says maker of buggy Bluetooth sex toy

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It must be some bug if it records the audio of your masturbation. Although, I'd imagine the audio to sound a lot like someone walking through a muddy field with mud up to their ankles in wellies.

Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

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Re: Isn't Wifi/5G a viable and cheaper option

"With the increase in Wifi/5G speed wouldn't it be a better option to concentrate on Wireless solutions rather than digging up roads and pulling expensive cables/fibres.."

Sure, if you lived in a lovely climate. But we have crap weather in this country, which would affect wireless transmissions.

Uber loses appeal against UK employment rights for workers

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"The firm has said it will appeal the latest ruling again."

The firm would rather spend more money paying solicitors to do their best lying in order to get out of paying money that they really ought to be paying their employees.

'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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This is a fairly sticky situation for the Candians, eh?

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Have they donated any money to the charity yet?

OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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I have tried it a few times to make sure it works. And it does work.

I've never had to use it in anger though.

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Yet again the idea of having all your eggs in one basket comes to mind.

Sure, it's bad they've been down for 3 hours. But why haven't the site owners affected thought about contingencies for such an event? The company I work for have it's sites primarily on Linode, but I know what happened with them before, so the sites are mirrored on another provider separate to Linode. If they go down, we can switch our sites quickly. I haven't had to yet, but at least if something goes wrong I've protected my company's assets.

Question yourself as to how much you value your website, not how a company can remain powerless for 3 hours.

Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Terminator

I find this anti-human type of propaganda disturbing.

Bitcoin drops SegWit2x hard fork after community objects

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Those who are saying Bitcoin isn't a currency or worthless must read up in to how their own country's currency operates. It's a "Fiat" currency, and no it's not backed by the car manufacturer.

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Indeed. The mother in law came round recently extolling the virtures of the Amazon Alexa, how her friend has one and it's "brilliant" because you can ask it to do stuff and it'll do it. "It's also listening in to everything you say, how is that brilliant?". "What do you mean?" she asks. I point out that it's voice controlled, and once it hears Alexa it'll listen to whatever command you give it. But for it to listen to it's name, it's going to listening to you all the time and all the conversations you have with people.

"Why would you want that in your house?" Insert generic comment that indicates their view on personal privacy.

A side note about the "burning water" quip. That near enough happened. The wife was hard boiling eggs, and I didn't know about it until I hear "popping" sounds from the kitchen. I investigate, as it sounded electrical and I thought something was on fire. There I see my copper pan, on the biggest ring on the cooker, which is set to full blast heat, with 3 eggs in the now red hot dry molting pan. "Oh sorry I forgot".

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While watching the TV last night I saw an advert for AO.com and them touting Hoover's WiFi enabled range of appliances. Ranging from a washing machine through to an oven with a built in camera to check on the food you're cooking.

The wife, who doesn't cook and quite literally can burn water, says "Oh wow that's brilliant, we should get one of them". I look at her and ask her "Why? Do you want to watch your food burn in real time now?".

She wasn't impressed, but then again neither was I. What problems do devices who utilise the cloud solve? Like the people who bought the Harmony who have discovered they've been shafted by a company who can't be arsed to provide support to keep it working, what happens to the rest of the clowns who buy these WiFi/cloud devices and after 2 years discover the device is toast because the company have bricked them?

I'm not a luddite, I may be a few pennies short of a tin foil hat wearer, but the less technology in my house the better. No smart meters. No internet connected printers. No WiFi enabled cookers. No. I want a computer to connect to the internet, maybe a phone and maybe a set top box for the TV, but the rest can go to hell.

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

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Trollface

I bet the Devops1 through to Devops198 wouldn't have done this.

Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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I think the fact Clinton campaign have started this Trump/Russia alliance matters most of all, especially when John Podesta's company are involved in colluding with Russia.

Look it up.

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0.7% of Facebook posts and about 0.9something% of Twitter posts were by these people.

That's hardly influencing anything is it? More people tweet about Harry Styles' Kiwi fruit than that.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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Re: iPlayer and the License

"Erm, hasn't that already happened with the BBC now requiring a login to iPlayer."

Only via the website. On the YouView box it asks for a login, but you can skip it. How long this carries on for I don't know.

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Re: iPlayer and the License

That's far too easy and far too cheap for the BBC to implement.

Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

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Re: 2 things

"First off, who the fuck puts a printer on the open internet?"

People who believe the internet can be contained within a black box with a red flashing light.

"And if you do why do you leave the web interface open?"

See above.

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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There was me thinking BT were being nice when they offered me a free speed boost. I didn't have to opt in, they just gave it to me.

That was only a month ago, and now they want £2.50 a month more for the privelege.

Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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I'm shocked that so many of you are having this problem.

Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

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Re: "there are always unknowns"

I didn't know that was unknown to you?

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Re: does anybody know why people don't grow them in greenhouses?

Truffles, AFAIK, grow on the roots of specific trees. On the continent they used to use pigs to find them as they'd be a little bit burried in the ground. However the pig would quite often eat them, hence the move to using dogs instead.

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Re: "there are always unknowns"

"Surely that should be Donald Rumsfeld...?"

I apologise for providing the organ grinder when you wanted the monkey.

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Re: "there are always unknowns"

Because there are known knowns, and there are unknown unknowns too. But there are also known unknowns, and unknown knowns.

Or they asked George W. Bush.

Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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With all the coverage that's being given to Queen Liz's financial affairs (or should that be the UK tax payer's affairs?), it's upsetting to know that the real juicy story of the whole thing has been ignored.

It turns out that Bono's money moves in mysterious ways.

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Cash will always be king. Just ask anyone who's lost a card and has had to wait a week for a new one to turn up.

Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Build a bonfire,

Build a bonfire,

Put BT at the top,

Put OpenReach in the middle,

And blow the f**kers up.

US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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Remember when those nutters were saying the Government were spying on it's people?

Are they still nutters?

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What about Seth Rich's murder?

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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This should've been a story line on The Thick Of It. Imagine Malcolm Tucker ripping in to Terri after taking her laptop down Tottenham Court Road to fix the broken WiFi.

KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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The KFC Bath Bomb

That special present for Valentines Day, to ensure a finger lickin' good time.

Flagging outsourcing biz and sports rights weigh down BT profits by 4%

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Re: Love it...

"That's the 1% in red raw reality - greedy FIFA and over paid footballers extracting their blood money from ordinary workers loosing their jobs."

Er, no. Not quite.

It's the Premier League working outside of FIFA that dictate how much the rights are to show live Premier League matches. Not FIFA. And you need to consider that Sky upped the ante with the last TV deal. A deal so good that it would mean every team in the Premier League could charge £20 a ticket for every game in the year and still have enough money left over to give the players a good wage.

Except, the player's agents saw this then decided to up the wage demands of the players (and in the process increase their own cut), which then means the clubs have to pay the wages of the players while simultaneously increasing the prices of the tickets.

There is a lot wrong in football, but most of it starts with the agents. Not FIFA, for once.

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Re: Love it...

"What, ditch the sports? Why would we do that?"

Sports coverage is quite good outside of the Football. They show Baseball, Basketball, Rugby Union and Rugby League along with the Aussie Rules stuff as well.

The thing is Football is a big deal when trying to get people to part with their cash. You might not watch it, so you don't have to pay for it. But others want to watch football and due to the way the Premier League divvy up the fixtures you won't get all of the games you want to see on the one subscription. Especially if your team plays in Europe (although that's UEFA's fault not the PL). Football also draws people in to buying the other services from BT.

I'm a BT customer, but only because they had the best internet to my home and I didn't want to give Rupert any money. I watched the sport up until you had to pay for it, and because I had no spare time I didn't bother buying it. But once I get time again I'm going to pay the £3.50 a month to get it as it offers great value for money if you like sport.

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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The DSA seems to forget there's no magic money tree though?

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