* Posts by G.Y.

131 posts • joined 15 Dec 2011

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

G.Y.

resurrect Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

Maybe they can then resurrect some of the dead ...

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

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"and here follow my conclusions

upon which I will base my facts"

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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humidity Re: Heating / Aircon

At one place, half the people complained it was too hot, half that it was too cold. The AC people ran round&round with a thermometer.

They never checked humidity; but one person would ride her bike to work, put her sweaty sweatshirt on her chair to dry -- and after 9+ hours it would be still sweaty.

I suggested they replace their thermometer with an astrology book -- more fun, and equally misleading.

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

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coVfefe!

The V is missing!

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Re: I had a boss that kept forgetting his password.

Dialog re: bluetooth

me: use the 'phone # of the girl that would have been your girl firiend if only she had said yes

Turner Whitted (yes, him!): 722...

Me: hey that's a Seattle 'phone #!

Turner: I didn't specify the area code ...

This was the home 'phone of young Kathy Pappas, who is now (&has been for a while) Kathy Whitted.

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Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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letter to authenticate letter

At one place, a guy had a degree from a university they did not recognize. They asked for a letter from that university, to verify the degree was really a degree. I suggested they also ask for a 2nd-order letter to verify the letter, a 3rd-order letter to verify the 2nd-order letter, ...

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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

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Re: RICO

The $1M goes into a private person's pocket. Ask Charles I how this worked out.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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life&death? Re: Did He Have An Option ???

The shenanigans were not deadly to any individual; and if all polluters were murderers, the jails would be very full.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: Wasting the courts time

Israel's wage protection act lets the judge award up to 5% per week; this is mainly to make employers' legal departments to avoid delaying tactics.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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195X Re: do not enter the hypen!

Fortran 1 could do it back in 195X

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Chap.12 "the wheel of life" in "when the air hits your brain" https://www.amazon.com/When-Air-Hits-Your-Brain/dp/0393330494 has a similar story

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

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NZ, Canada &Australia Re: Why Israel didn't ban electronic devices on flights to Tel Aviv?

also to the point: NZ, Australia &Canada share "5 eyes" intelligence with the US. If they have not banned laptops, what is different about the US?

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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battery Re: Security Theater

It's way easier to put out battery fire in the cabin than in the hold

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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(alleged) locker-cave talk:

"I grab women by the [deleted]; when you're a neanderthal, they let you do it"

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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per http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39425532 and http://fortune.com/2017/03/28/trump-electronics-ban-iata-criticism/ , the IATA boss does not believe this is about security, has mentioned protectionism.

I notice Canada, NZ and Australia, which share intelligence with the US and UK, have no ban

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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why a _reading/writing_ test, and not oral? I don't usuallycommunicate with a cab driver by paper notes ...

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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IBM VP

when Intel demonstrated the 487, they showed how "a nontechnical layperson" can just plug it in.

Unfortunately, they chose an IBM VP, who plugged it in wrong way round and broke it.

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

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I took care of a hard dive once by putting it on a stone step and treading on it. The drive enclosure got bent 45 degrees; disk was unlikely to spin again

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Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out

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encrypt Re: Commercial Aircraft Locations

Data could be encrypted, with the key safe on the ground, sealed up, junked upon safe landing.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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CYA Re: Aaand it's gone

Thus, the hackers can hack as before, but the general public won't get to the site ...

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Security! experts! slam! Yahoo! management! for! using! old! crypto!

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1973 Re: Teach, train, don't complain only...

The documentation for the 1st Unix to get out of Bell labs tells you how they salted password. This was in 1973.

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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no! Re: Fairly pointless, really

If the crypto is public-key, with the private key kept in a safe country, the journalist in the field cannot be forced to decrypt.

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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other way round

The CIA didn't tell Bush; Bush &Cheney told the CIA

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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suit

If this were the US, the school would have been sued for a large sum of $s; concentrates administrators' minds wonderfully.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Re: Engineers!

Russian has no definite article; I gather lots of Russian computers have "ANY" (in latin characters) written in sharpie on the space bar.

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

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Re: God...

That option makes it _homogeneous_ . Isotropic is another issue

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Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers

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112

NIST retired 80-bit crypto 12/31/2010, said 112 is the minimum

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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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humidity Re: Speaking of boarding up things.

At one place, half the people complained it's too hot, half complained it's too cold. The AC crew ran around with a thermometer, but had no humidity meter; I suggested the thermometer be replaced by an astrology book -- no less accurate (for purpose) and more entertaining.

But one employee would ride her bicycle to work, hang up her wet sweatshirt -- and it was still wet 9 hours later.

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Re: Personally, I applaud the use of this technology.

I don't think Mr. Marketing Hack is running for US president

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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HCF

Where is the HCF op-code, now that we need it?

(Halt &Catch Fire)

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Sorted

aVtomat !

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Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds

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Henry Marsh

wrote this up nicely in his "Do no harm" (p.268 &on)

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Jobs'

!

Job was someone else; Job control language was invented to torment him (&others)

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Apple faces Beijing blackout for iPhone 6

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He who lives by the rounded corner

Shall die by the rounded corner

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He who lives

By the rounded corner ...

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

G.Y.

Re: foreign encryption is a 'theoretical' capability

ditto SHA-3

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I spy with my little fibre, ten MEELLION or so galaxies

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Re: And as the last galaxy was counted...

I believe Arthur Clarke's billion is a Eurpoean billion (=10^12)

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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vacuum & UPS

I had a project run on 2 Winchester disks (75+75MB, I think); the tape backup was delayed &delayed. I was told "back up 1 disk to the other". "what if there's a power-cut?" -- "you're on an uninterruptible power supply!"

Then the same technician plugged a vacuum cleaner 4 times running into that UPS, killed it. I inquired as ti why she was not shot at dawn.

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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Re: vexatious litigant, eh?

The high bar is to _WIN_ the suit, _NOT_ to file, scare, and force the defendant into big legal expenses

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Skylake issues

jab701 did _not_ buy from Intel; he bought from Dell/Microsoft/h-p/... -- so _they_ are responsible

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

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Schiller:

Mit die dummheit kaempfen goetter selbst vergebens

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Trump carded again: Hotel security aced

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Re: Sigh... president can't change the law

The 1862 emancipation proclamation, using the president's war powers, liberated the slaves in areas which shall be in a _state_of_rebellion_ as of 1/1/1863.

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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that classified access method

classified information-recovery method:

(1) pull finger out

(2) switch brain on

(3) run away from failed lawsuit

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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One way

to decide http://www.paddypower.com/bet/politics/other-politics/us-politics?ev_oc_grp_ids=2288451

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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taxi

remonds me of a NJ (EWR) taxi guy

(at end of trip) me: is your Visa machine working?

he: do you have cash?

me: yes

he: it's broken

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Big data boffins crunch GPS traces, find altruistic route planning is good for everyone

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I thought Waze is already doing this

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: #define spel spell

When Grace Hopper's people checked out COBOL compilers, they found of them insisted on using the keyword THRU. The "variant spelling" THROUGH was not accepted.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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I had a techie who did that 4 times running. She was NOT shot at dawn, for some reason or other.

At the time, our group's only backup was disk-to-disk (nonremovable). When I asked a bout power cuts, was told it's OK -- there's a UPS ...

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Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT

G.Y.

Henry Marsh's "do no harm" has a good section on hospital passwords

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Re: Not a floppy story

Rather, _TOO_ floppy ...

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