* Posts by Powernumpty

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Can't catch me

I'm going disguised as a set of steps and a fountain.

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

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Re: XKCD

Anyone else tired of XKCD for everything? (Ok I realise I should not have asked that).

Does using dictionary words not simplify the brute force attack?

Rather that multiplying each character by it's number of options, with for example three correctly spelt words, the attack is dictionary:dictionary:dictionary which to me is much simpler to brute.

That one has been doing the rounds for so long, it is charged and trotted out as the ultimate solution to passwords everytime something (anything) else is mentioned on the net.

I think it may be a sponsored message.

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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

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BT franchise and research

"BT" Called one of our direct dials, got to the accounts guy who is more polite than me, he then asked me to talk to them (FFS). Lady on the other end wanted to sell me cheaper calls or some unicorn shit can't remember which only that it was something impossible to get from BT, so she starts by asking my name (I told her my job role only) I refused on the grounds I didn't ask for the call and had no way of verifying her identity or business "we need you name for data protection, I can't proceed without it", I managed to not say what was going through my mind but gosh in these days of phishing and the fact BT on the call won't be BT in life it's a joke. They have badly managed themselves into a situation where I associate them with dire service and worse customer relations, together with forced price hikes for football in which I have zero interest. To enforce my opinion they cold call me on a TPS registered number to get me to sign up for a long contract on some technology I'm looking to drop. If it were not for the monopoly BT would have died years ago.

Oh and don't get me started on "Market research" which don't have to abide by the TPS regs, I'm paid to do a job not spend time giving your company valuable information.

I think I need to lie down...

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: Error 524

Can I just say how comforting it is to be mercilessly pilloried for an errant apostrophe, I would miss this site.

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Re: Error 524

Solar storm, earthquakes, hurricanes, 524's.

It's the Russian's I tell you.

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Dolphins inspire ultrasonic attacks that pwn smartphones, cars and digital assistants

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Re: Really?

Well the bats are laughing.

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

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Learning fatigue

Just that something is hard is no indicator that it needs to be replaced, brain surgery is I think generally considered hard because it is interfacing at a simple "cut here" level with a complex and highly evolved system.

I sometimes find people who are specialists in one field consider other areas irritating because they are too complicated to master in the time allocated, I'm not saying there aren't ways to improve networking but listening to one field like gamers on how it "could be better bro'" probably over simplifies the issue and will ultimately fail to improve networking for the wider user base unless the full user requirements are budgeted into the redesign

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: Doesn't bear thinking about

Used the get the European ones in a flat I rented, first time I saw one my mind didn't work very well as references like "known size-range for wasp" said it was "really close" but it's shadow was on the far wall and it's noise was far too low. After a while I got used to them and if I heard that hum in the place I'd let it out without bother to me or them.

I read they would bump you as a warning before stinging, can't kill polite insects now can we.

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Doesn't bear thinking about

They are just like massive wasps, wasps that have achieved "Asian Level".

(I can't see them doing anything about the European ones already here after brexit either)

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Re: Bad news travel fast!

If humans could invent a "butthurt drive" we really could explore the furthest reaches of the universe.

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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All this talk

Is designed to highlight the impracticality of physical bodies. We will be allowed to discuss it until "budgets" intervene then we will be offered the option to fully virtualising our existence, dropping the existing heavy meat sack for a much better alternative that us mere humans are incapable of currently conceiving (in all senses).

Once we have sold our souls to the devil signed up we will no longer need to be restricted by the laws of the physical universe, we will have to pay a monthly subscription to retain virtual existence etc. but that's all in the small print...

Anyway back to the gee whiz moving bodies thing.

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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Re: Grow a backbone

Maybe he was out on a limb just saying that stuff in public, risking more than his job.

Sounds like she had more contacts than context for the decision.

"I didn't get where I am today by using honesty, technical knowlege, and good decision making"

Tips hat to CJ (Reginald Perrin)

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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I'd like to patent

Trolls breathing.

Give them the option to pay up or just stop.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Hi John

"Just checking, did you manage to compress those Pratchet disks and put them somewhere safe?", "Oh and please say you didn't just use bloody WinZip".

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DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods

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Re: Wondering ...do you

"DJI uses 2.4 and 5.8Mhz.

Most RC these days use 2.4Mhz."

GHz I think you meant there.

There are aslo a few open source around 433MHz (459MHz in the UK),

TBS crossfire (Frequency Bands: 868MHz (EU, Russia) / 915MHz (USA, Asia, Australia))

and of course anything else someone with RF knowledge and little care for legality cares to use.

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Listen guys

We have some serious military customers who are really pissed right now, could you send us all you know so we can lock you out for a while and get them off our backs?

Oh yeah and sorry to all you other RC guys who are now facing strict regulation due to us selling thousands of items to morons, it's just business, not personal.

Lots of love DJI.

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Swedish slip-up leaks hosting company's customer data

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How do you really know,

how far they got?

"all ur bases are belong to Bjorne" text files?

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Well, debugger me. Microsoft's BSOD fixer is getting a makeover

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My life is complete

The ribbon of failure embraces me.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Oh here we go

The Police probably didn't want to be accused of sexism for anyone reviewing a female's choice, just like UK Police being unwilling to call out mainly Pakistani grooming gangs.

What is more shocking is that MS sold that many Windows phones, I had no idea that was going on.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: So much for digital

Big or little Endian?

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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A guess

He started dismembering the body as he was unable to lift it whole through the various hatches. However she died he wanted rid of the body quickly, that is not a good sign IMO.

As as an old twisted bitter git with a sick sense of humour can I just say some of these comments that concern a recently deceased individual are terrible, I know this is the internet but seriously could you not give it a couple of months before naff joking about her death?

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Coat

All the rage

contactless payment!

Unless the bill is over £30.

Don't ask me though, the last Tits I saw were pecking my fat balls.

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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The advantage of EMP

is that you can nuke yourself "just a bit" after NK has launched any kind of missile, China don't get involved because "everyone can see NK launched something" and few have the ability track missiles outside the atmosphere. NK's goes into the ocean and a black budget EMP takes out mostly seafront (with a view) stuff where land resale values are good. The dogs of war get to pee on some new cabbages and after a polite stop the cities around "lovely view" get redeveloped for the ruling classes.

Cynical much?

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I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

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That's

the verbose switch, you toggle it.

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Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software

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IP-Land

If vendors had to buy IP addresses in a set range (non geographic) for specific uses we could more readily asses network traffic for strange activity. Most of these backdoors will be using IP addresses that are not the original vendors so if I install some software that can only connect to IP-Land registered addresses X and Y any attempts to connect to addresses outside that are non standard traffic and should flag up. Critical software is not a browser; it should only ever perform known actions to known destinations.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Oh thank goodness

The wheel was a long time coming but the advantages have really paid off, this will revolutionise indoor lighting in my opinion.

/s

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Drone-maker DJI's Go app contains naughty Javascript hot-patching framework

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Black Helicopters

You must not question the gods of data collection, "all data is good, your data is better".

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Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

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Re: It would be funnier...

@ AC "We barely read the headline before having an opinion!"

I read that as "having an onion" and thought "at last a kindred spirit!"

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Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

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Re: all it needs now

Wasn't it something like 2:1 first responders and police to protestors yet it took seven minutes to get anyone close to the car attack?

The police were stood down so that it could kick off, it kicked off, now MSM are running the narrative.

I know this site is biased but I had hoped from greater scrutiny and even interest from those who comment, it's too easy know what we should think from peers rather than taking the time to gather all the information available.

I often wonder how things went the way they did at the start of world war two. I do now know, it is hard work questioning what we are told, the answer may not be black or white and we may need to leave the warm comfort of the crowd.

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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I hope he is rewarded for his efforts

Make of that what you may.

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South London: Rats! The rodents have killed the internet

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Re: Nice photos, but..

That is speciesist, if that hamster wants to identify as a rat you should respect that.

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It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

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Stop the world I want to get off

Is there anybody else out there who looks at the wonderful feature set on some pricey mobile then thinks "crap it has Android" but at the same realises there is bugger-all real choice.

I recently gave out some OnePlus 5's and for today it's great but give it short while and I doubt it will be supported. Cost of a fair laptop, great bugging and tracking device that will leach your personal data if not funds from purchase to disposal yet we seem addicted to them.

I want a simple secure phone that doesn't sell me down the river, just can't buy them nowadays.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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In other news

Very few negative responses were received from Turkeys to our Xmas-feedback-form sent in January.

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Cisco loses customer data in Meraki cloud muckup

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Re: Bad weekend for Cisco

"upstream service provider issue" - I wonder if that is cloud based, oh no cloud doubting me again there.

Upstream sounds more bucolic than some other term like "another cloud failure" so don't worry, babbling stream, nice thoughts, relax, keep up the payments.

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What's the issue?

It's not Meraki is any kind of firewall so what the worst that could happen? apply someone else's policy to your firewall or something?

This is the cloud, everything is perfect, and good value while supported.

/sarcasm

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Kill it with fire

I have enough trouble with bloody call handling devices already, if they start getting sarcastic I'm out of here.

You pressed "ZERO" to speak to an operator, OH HOW LOVELY, would you care to select your MUSIC ON HOLD too?

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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

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Dare I say

People should be employed for their abilities not their gender, race or value to some checklist.

People who develop greater abilities through study should find greater opportunities in work, regardless of their gender, race or negative score on some diversity checklist.

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Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: @DA: "Committed Suicide"

I thought the current term was "Worked for the Clintons"

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Re: No, it wasn't a long long time ago .........

One sided pongs! Luxury! my dad used to pick up broken TV games machines in the market and we had to fix them before use. One had a motorbike bike jump game that had enough screen space for about 20 buses and ramps, I could do about 35 buses by listening for the landing ramp/crash, sounds after the bike had disappeared from the screen.

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Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

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Perfect!

Sorry that should read <Perect!

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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I was going to make some comment about the Awan brothers and arrests in airports because they fall under different jurisdiction but thought I'd search the Reg for recent Awan Brothers or Wasserman Schultz info first and find there is virtually no coverage (from those searches anyway).

WTF!

Seems I may have mistaken the type of site this is.

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Canadian ISPs do not Canuck around: Bloke accused of piracy grilled in his home for hours

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Re: No decency

Exactly why I used that wording.

glad one person got the reference, love the "corrective" votes on the reply.

It's just too easy to wind people up these days.

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No decency

In much of the western world there is still some pretence made that corporations do not take precedence over the law.

Perhapse he could convert to Islam and claim "racism"?

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

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Re: Skype for Biz is a 3-D cluster.....

"You'd be better off moving to fart-based morse code"

That got me thinking.

I'd be too worried about follow-through sending a 4

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Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

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Hacked

My foot they are just doing market research.

Noted twenty five smartphones published poster 5, twenty three poster 4 and only 12 poster 2.

The one about Sharia Law went unoticed as the residents were unaware of the term (Law).

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Chrome web dev plugin with 1m+ users hijacked, crams ads into browsers

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Wish I could ban chrome home sign-in's at work

The amount of crap that comes with some people's profile is crazy. I can tell when one senior dev starts his PC as Chrome starts looking for his TV on the network.

One day we will look back at these plugins and wonder what we were smoking.

and yes like the AC above I do know it's just not cool to question Google products.

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Sun's core in a real spin, but you wouldn't know just by looking at it

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Re: I'd seen the term in relation to the Earth's weather.

"our stars long term stability"? I thought we were due another Carrington event next wednesday!

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Ah warm memories

of putting backup tapes in the fire safe and going soundly to sleep.

Now I find myself awake wondering which remote backup method could be compromised by an as-yet unknown exploit or silently encrypted through the night.

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

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Insinuating

that Obama was a real person in the first place, lol.

I stil prefer "bad lip reading" on youtube though.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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The reason

it was a bad idea to come down from the trees in the first place was "the lawyers in the undergrowth".

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