* Posts by Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

263 posts • joined 17 Nov 2011


London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: RF Jammer?

Well, no, you can't but you can spoof GPS and confuse the drones, maybe even force them to crash.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Yeah, 'satire' is great, especially when it's deeply offensive to minorities right?

Here's a tip, Felix is Swedish, why don't you go and have a read of some history books, specifically the role of the Nazi's and their sympathisers in Sweden, then see if you can work out why his targeting of Jewish people in his deeply offensive video is not 'satire'.

If you still can't work it out, try replacing the word 'Jews' with any word used by bigots, maybe one that has been used to abuse you or someone you like and/or care about and see if it's still 'funny' when it's on a youtube channel with 70 million plus viewers who will defend the person posting the video

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Re: Representee of the 9 Year Old Army

Poppy, making anti-semitic jokes is wrong wherever you do it, you're still a terrible person but you're only a terrible person in front of a small number of people.

Unless you've got 70million plus people watching you.

If you think that sort of 'over the top joke' is acceptable then you need to take a long hard look at your your life and circle of friends.

Handy tip, to help work out if a 'joke' is acceptable, try replacing 'Jews' with one of the terms of abuse used by racists, mysoginists, homphobes etc. etc. and see how acceptable those jokes are then.

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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Re: what's soap?

Or petrol, it melts enough of the rubber to glue the grip to the metal.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Re: subs

You might also consider that the antenna used in your watch is ridiculously undersized and inefficient, you wouldn't want a surveying GPS antenna on your wrist.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

Stir fried sprouts are also a good thing, as is a Boxing day breakfast bubble n squeak made with leftover (I know, but there are only so many kilos a man can eat) sprouts.

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Just to clarify...

Was its directionality dependent on the ability of the wearer to, ermm, 'point'?

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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Re: Apple's bug description

" If Apple had known of the issue from Intel they would surely have fixed this long before."

Yeah, that'd be it, it's Intel's fault.

Apple are known for jumping on and quashing exploits and bugs as soon as they are informed of them.

There's not a single bug, security flaw or exploit Apple know about that hasn't been fixed by Apple as soon as they find out about it.


CableLabs sends its time lords to help small-cell mobile nets

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There are stock traders with Cesium atomic standards in their networks because high frequency trading requires such a level of accuracy that nothing less is sufficient.

Hell, there are two atomic frequency standards in my home workshop, precisely because telcos use them in almost every cell base station and they replace them regularly, selling the old gear off for scrap which eventually makes its way onto eBay for cheap, you can pick one up for a little over £100, Cesium standards occasionally turn up from the same telcos and I've seen them sell for a shade over £300 at the cheapest.

There have even been Hydrogen MASERs sold off and bought by hobbyists, rich hobbyists admittedly because they're expensive to run, you need hydrogen rated plumbing, a lab grade supply of hydrogen, a lot of power, a temperature and pressure stable room which takes a lot of space and backup power because (like all frequency standards) they take time to come up to temperature and long term stability so you don't want to have to switch them off and on again too often.

But, if you want a cheap frequency/time reference that's potentially as accurate as a Cesium reference then you can't get much better value than a ten quid GPS receiver with an outdoor antenna.

Atomic 'clock' is a pop science term used to describe an atomic frequncy standard, electrons don't know when it's pub 'o' clock (more fool them) , they just have a very precise energy state transition period which can be used to measure time.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: BS


It's the very nature of Basic Input Output System to provide access to the underlying hardware and if it's not in BIOS then it has to be coded into the OS.

It's not difficult to request a modified 'secure' BIOS if you buy enough/have the right connectons (think government agency)

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

Pfft, there are still Trumpf laser cutters out there running Windows for Workgroups 3.11 on some of my client's networks and we're talking laser cutters that hack apart sheets of 3mm thick stainless steel as though it's a piece of A4 80GSM...

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Hold on

And if his case gets thrown out?

He'll be back?

Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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"Were they 'proven' to be a threat or was it more that they are close to the Chinese Government and have been busting American imposed sanctions?"

A conspiracy theorist might make a career out of the various warnings surrounding ZTE gear but:


Yes, I'd say they were a threat, I'd be similarly suspicious of Huawei, despite GCHQ's oversight.

Unfortunately that kinda leaves good old 'merkin companies and their gear is known to have been compromised by the 'merkin TLAs

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ZTE were proven to be a threat to national security weren't they?

He's selling out America (and allies) for corporate greed and by extension, making himself even more rich (I don't believe the billionaire claims he seeded in the media, fake news)

But he's missing a trick if he doesn't monetise the Nork meeting hashtag 'Trumpkim' to market a range of pocket money extorting cute toys aimed at six year olds.

Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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The Spitting Image

Nice title but why didn't anyone pick up the typo?

's Brain

Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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And as a follow on (as well as mentioning this technology and how it was superseded) Most Secret War by R.V. Jones is a very informative read.

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: "the UK again reiterated its position on the project"

With the narrativium dictated explosion and solitary wheel bouncing off toward the horizon.

Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Just for you...

"If I ever get to pass a law, it will be "That Steve K should do 10 jumping jacks each morning", but I'll not tell you for 3 days..."

A secret law is not really a reasonable comparison though, none of the law that Taheri is accused of breaking was or is secret so there's no excuse for ignorance or incompetence, it's his responsibility to ensure he and his company obeys those laws.

Just as ignorance is no defence, if he or his people didn't know about the very well known Carousel fraud and the MTIC variant they're about to find out that incompetence is no defence either.

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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As long as he wasn't going to my kebab shop I wasn't too worried but it seems he will be in a month or so.

I rarely wish harm on anyone but I could sacrifice a bit of Karma for him.

It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos

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No mate, Virgin hire the contractors, Virgin are responsible for checking their work is being done properly, safely and up to the relevant standard.

If the contractors cock it all up it's Virgin's fault because they hired them, that's how it works.

There are no get outs here, the blame lands firmly on Virgin for hiring the cheapest cowboys they can find and the court made that very clear by fining Virgin Media.

As for your 'I have no issue's with my VM connection, and the one time I did it was sorted inside of a couple of week's'

'Let's just drill down into that statement...

'inside of a couple of weeks' to sort out?

Are you on drugs or do you work for Virgin/Liberty (or all)?

Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: You'd havve thought.....

This is America we're talking about though, the country where the president blatantly lies on television, then denies he said what he was broadcast saying, where you are allowed to own as many guns as you like and where the answer to gun violence is to have more guns.

So, I fully expect Djibouti to be a glowing puddle of molten radioactive slag any time about now...

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Illogical captain

"the fact the UK is leaving shows that something is not entirely right with the EU and that the EU needs some level of reform"

I'm guessing that whoever said that isn't, despite their job at ESA, actually a rocket scientist.

I certainly hope they're not responsible for anything that requires logical reasoning.

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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I'll be the one in the foyer selling the 'My manager sent me to IT Expo and I didn't even get a lousy pair of socks' T-Shirts.

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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All valid comments but that's where they went very wrong, they went big when they should have gone small, at least for retail locations.

A small outlet with a big profile would have worked a lot better and cost a lot less.

The retail should have been backed up by an efficient mail order business, I'd have happily paid a small premium to have good quality items delivered next day, unfortunately for Maplin I wasn't happy to pay a massive premium, that pricing made it acceptable to buy bulk from China and wait a couple of weeks or less for delivery so Maplin lost my business to China and RS, CPC, Farnell and a few other mail order companies who specialise in things like RF components.

Competing against pound stores two doors away by selling the exact same items for a tenner was never, ever, going to work but the cynical side of me might consider the idea that it was never meant to, instead that it was some kind of financial manipulation tactic which will be quietly exposed in a year or two when the administrators have ploughed through it all.

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Re: Tandy it ain't @Oh Homer

Got to take issue with the "I remember the halcyon days when Maplin was a slightly better Tandy:" line,

Maplin in it's heyday was run by hobbyists and staffed by hobbyists in the shops, it was *much* better than Tandy, you could get valid opinions and valuable, accurate advice in stores and the catalogue was a work of art in many ways, not least the cover art.

Then came along the investors and venture capitalists to suck as much profit and knowledge out of the company as they possibly could, the result was a drive to make the once great into something as bland and useless as any other retail park shed.

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...

You blame the messenger when their algorithms are being gamed to push propaganda and an agenda based on lies and outright deception.

If their algorithms didn't allow that to happen then it wouldn't be an issue.

Is that simple enough to understand?

Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

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Re: Minnack Theatre

Beautiful bit of the world, highly recommended for a visit and the beach is excellent too if that's your thing.

The Museum is astonishing, the tunnels in the cliffs are worth exploring and if you have the stamina the steps up to the top are rewarded with a stunning view.

I hate to say this to a resident of the area but we visit as often as we possibly can from the Midlands/Northwest and are never disappointed with the county, the Minack and Telegraph museum are jewels but there are so many in the county that it's impossible to run out of things to see and do.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: Quality of British Business versus Service to British Customers

Mail order?

Distance selling regulations apply, reject the whole thing and tell them to arrange collection.

Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

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Re: Two sets of heads

Conner Peripherals Chinook, two head assemblies, each on its own actuator.

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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The crux of it.

"No matter what laws are passed, criminals and terrorists are, by their nature, not law abiding, and therefore will ignore those laws, and continue to use the technology."


It always amazed me that a regular sentence for driving without a licence was a driving ban (I know the sister of a lad who, at the age of 14, got a lifetime driving ban for stealing and joyriding cars, needless to say, it had absolutely no deterrent effect), while I understand the reasoning behind it it seems absolutely nonsensical, rather it made them more likely to kill someone in their attempts to get away from the police, the inherent nature of a criminal is that they do not obey the laws that are used to punish them, nor do they care about the punishment meted out

The weakening of the cryptography that's being demanded and justified as a means to keep us 'safe' is going to achieve the exact opposite.

Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

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That's a bloody good use of technology and some serendipitous timing.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

"As per usual, just copying others. The US lead by example in it's early days by ignoring copyright and patents from outside the US for many years."

Not forgetting the tech they stole from Germany after WW2 and the immigrant scientists who worked on it.

If you dig into the slightly more sane of the conspiracy theories surrounding American NSA bases on foreign soil you find somewhat credible claims of state sponsored commercial espionage as well.

Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

I agree, any number of things could have happened if he hadn't been able to buy a gun, hell, if he were sufficiently motivated he could have probably killed someone with the laptop I'm typing this on, it's fairly old and pretty heavy so I reckon it could do some damage with a good swing.

The problem with your argument is that a gun (with very few exceptions) is an object designed with the primary purpose of killing in mind, my laptop isn't, nor is a car, a bus, truck, train, aeroplane, ship etc.

I'd be willing to make a small donation to the NRA if the number of Americans killed by ramming attacks in the 365 days of 2017 was larger than the number of Americans killed with a gun this week.

America, where the difficult problems are caused by somebody else or ignored.

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Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

" If he had been civilly commented to a private or sate run nut house he would of been bared from having guns"

Even then, there's very little to prevent him getting a gun, American society is awash with them and it shows in the stats just how dangerous it is to have them so easily available.

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Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

Oh but this isn't a guns issue, just like Las Vegas wasn't the right time to talk about gun control, both shooters would have been able to kill or injure just as many people by pointing finger guns and shouting 'pew pew, pew pew' at their victims.

Fucking idiots, quite how anyone can say with a straight face that removing guns from the hands of the public wouldn't help prevent this sort of tragedy is beyond me.

Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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None of them need to be internet connected, they may need to be networked, there is a difference.

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Re: Starting to make sense now

We've long been known as the 51st state.

Top of the radio charts: Jodrell Bank goes for UNESCO World Heritage status

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Re: Doctor Who

"Unless I mistaken, it's where the Fourth Doctor met his demise."

You are mistaken.

Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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Re: Eh?

Sorry to be a killjoy but I would place a decent wedge of cash that any use of a company laptop for storing pics of his wife, viewing porn etc. Etc would be against corporate IT policy.

Nothing a short sharp shock to the hard disk if it had one wouldn't fix.

Russian bot-herder and election-fiddling suspect closer to US trial

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Re: "I will die within a year"

That you claim to know they can 'disappear' people makes a mockery of the rest of your claim about 'them' being able to do it without making any noise wouldn't you say?

Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Re: Counterproductive..

Preloaded and configured with mesh networking might be interesting though

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Techies will continue to sneer.

"Would Ms Rudd require that all door locks produced by locksmiths selling locks for use in the UK share a common master key, copies of which are stored in Ms Rudd's office, in all police stations (just in case), in the glove boxes of all emergency vehicles (just in case), in the cabinets of all utility companies (just in case), in the offices of local councils (just in case - terrorists and kiddie botherers y'know) and of course various very reputable* private security companies such as G4S (just in case one wants to outsource things).".

Y'mean like the TSA require all your luggage to have locks with master keys if you travel to the States?

Can't think what could possibly go wrong with that *stares at kits of TSA master keys for sale*

Don't forget, if you've nothing to hide you don't need privacy.

Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Real close now

So, in another couple of decades then?

Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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Re: Twitler lied?

Now now, his arms aren't that long

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Quelle surprise

Why is this always a surprise to the people who comission that kind of bollocks scheme when it's absolutely predictable for all the rest of us who actually have a clue?

Or have I answered my own question?

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: The mind absolutely boggles.

486SX, 487 CoPro and 486DX being a case in point, it's barely more difficult to design a chip that can have features permanently disabled before encapsulation to give you a 'range' to sell from, it would be no more difficult to do that and offer chips that have MEP disabled in hardware if there was a market (which there obviously is) but it's simpler to have it configurable by integrators (an undocumented jumper or cuttable PCB trace on the board perhaps) or even software houses because that means you can sell commodity hardware as 'secure' so costs are rock bottom.

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Nah, I've done it.

had to enforce the emptying of recycle bin on exit, sent round *lots* of emails advising people, asking them to sign off that they'd read and understood it.

Got a shitogram from the MD's son because 'all my important emails have gone', said idiot was in the habit of putting all his read emails in the recycle bin but opened them from there if he needed to read them again.

I called him an idiot, in front of his dad and a few members of staff.

This was the same idiot who wrestled the advertising copy role out of the hands of a graduate who could read, write and spell to replace it with semi-literate drivel.

After three issues of the national magazine they spent a not insignificant amount on advertising with his father persuaded the graduate to 'proof read' all future advertising copy.


'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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I had one regular customer who used to call up for tech support when she had problems, in a series of memorable calls she complained about her hymen .sys being broken.

RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

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Re: That will not stop him being elected

That'd be the same Donald Trump who has been accused of rape by his ex wife, accused of raping a 13 year old and has been accused of sexual harrassment many times, of groping women and was caught on tape bragging about assaulting women?

Just making sure we're on the same page here.


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