* Posts by MOH

47 posts • joined 27 Apr 2012

Criminal mastermind signed name as 'Thief' on receipts after buying stuff with stolen card


This is pretty much a direct rewrite of the linked story, including some of the original phrasing. I know it's Friday but there's limits.

Green search engine Ecosia thinks Google's Android auction stinks, gives bid a hard pass


We're sorry we abused our dominant position.

Please send $1M to Sorrydude .....

Researchers peer into crystal ball to see future where everyone's ID is tied to their smartphone


Re: "mobile versions will be easy to scale quickly"

I'm not sure even Gartner would have the gall to charge £2000 for the report, which this crowd are unless I'm missing something in the page linked at the end. Hmmm. Maybe it's time to set up my own forecasting company.

Talk about unintended consequences: GDPR is an identity thief's dream ticket to Europeans' data


Or he could be a total stranger who moved in after someone else moved out.

Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again


Re: Mijn grootvader is een schaap

My God.I'm only realising that now. The clue was in his name!!

Google open sources standardized code in bid to become Mr Robots.txt


Re: That's your problem right there

Well, Google solved that problem for us too

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug


No wonder he kept turning the brightness down - that bright red on white on his blog page is painful

Have I Been S0ld? Troy Hunt's security website is up for acquisition


Re: I tip my hat

You could always try convincing him you're willing to put the same amount of time, effort and expertise into running the operation and see if he'll let you take it over for free?

The e-mpire strikes back: Google appeals that $1.7bn EU fine for choking web ad rivals


Re: I appeal to your better judgement

I took it as "Google appeals fine" (which would make sense as a headline) with a "Which fine? That fine!" added, hence "Google appeals that fine" - reads OK to me that way

Kenshi: Sandblasted sword-punk D&D where the dungeon master wants everyone dead


Are not article comments a form of text-based sandbox survival? Are we not all insignificant cogs in a giant meat grinder?

We are Google, we are proud, English football is moving to our cloud


Three lions something something Hertz

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register


Re: Childish but satisfying...

Even worse, he never noticed that his name had been changed to Patrick while he was away

Strong-willed field support op holds it together during painful customer call


Re: Seriously?

Own up. It was you, wasn't it?

No Widevine DRM for you! Developer left with two years of work stymied by Google snub


You're obviously trying to view the footnote on an unsupported browser, and DRM is rightly preventing you viewing it since you haven't purchased a license to do so


Re: DRM and excessive copyright strike again!

That's exactly the impression I got. I've a friend who does this quite a lot with his GF who lives abroad - they both watch the same show at the same time (legally, on Netflix) while Skyping each other. But syncing exactly is always a pain for them. TBH it's the kind of thing Netflix et al should just incorporate, but when someone independently tries to do it DRM rears its ugly head.

Would be very surprised if Google don't just nick his idea and release their own version in a year or so. Then probably drop support for it after two years after harvesting all the data they need.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey


Re: I did that once too...

Well, that escalated quickly

Boss of venerable sect with millions of devoted followers meets boss of venerable sect with... yeah, you get the idea


That seems a bit pointless and one-sided? I imagine the Pope's knowledge of AI vastly exceeds Microsoft's grasp of ethics

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019


Well, 51 bits ambitious

Techies tinker with toilet-topper to turn it into ticker-tracker


Re: Dickheads

Why waste time posting comments when you could be off solving the same problem?

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Google becoming Big Brother...

Reminds me of when they started blocking the REFERER header from search results. "It's better for your privacy if the site doesn't know exactly what you searched for, even though we decided the site is one of the best matches for your search. And we know everything that you search for. But it's totally for your benefit, and the fact that it helps push people toward being more reliant Google Analytics for metrics is a happy coincidence"

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down


Re: How can I put this?

I think someone might have installed spyware in your Shift key?

Fruit flies use the power of the sun to help them fly in straight lines


Just use chopsticks, it' s much easier

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?


Re: "Wrong" email addresses

Yep, they're perfectly valid. Didn't stop Aer Lingus refusing to accept them for the first few years of online booking

FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...


That's not a very convincing explanation. Aside from being a vague "blame it on the computer", it fails on basic arithmetic.

How exactly does counting between 1000-2000 items three times give you 7800?

NetHack to drop support for floppy disks, Amiga, 16-bit DOS and OS/2



Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat


Re: Although...

I'm normally the first to hate on Google, but I don't see how is this their fault?

It sounds as though Netflix are allowing people to register accounts with email addresses without bothering to validate that they have access to those addresses?

That's insanely irresponsible, if that is actually the case. I hope I've misunderstood something.

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix


The energy waves clearly had an extreme effect on the first user, given that they changed gender twice during the support call!

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


Re: ArrZarr: Use python

It's export, you have to change the locale to use a delimiter other than a comma. Then saving it as a ".csv" will correctly delimit it with pipes, semicolons, whatever..

There seems to be some weird hardcoding around the extension name - Excel can't actually process a CSV file with newlines in a text field unless the file is actually called blah.csv, which it will open without invoking the Import Wizard. Using a different extension name and going through the wizard ends up actually breaking the line.

I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word


Re: I knew there was a reason

I wouldn't interview for a job that insisted I had to have a LinkedIn account,

South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media


Yeah, the tech is wonderful. Nothing can possibly go wrong. And if it does, the police will obviously admit they were wrong straight away. And would never twice wrongly arrest the same guy based on faulty image recognition

Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite


I've seen this before and it didn't end well for anyone. Wasn't this pretty much the plot of the first Star Trek film?

Schrems can't throw collective sueball at Facebook but individual action OK


Re: I wonder

I think that's kind of the idea behind the crowdfunded NOYB NGO.

Getting close to being funded a week out

Bitcoin-accepting sites leave cookie trail that crumbles anonymity


Re: Privacy and Commercial Transactions

The vendor needs to know. The various analytics and advertising tracking companies the vendor chooses to pass your personal information on to certainly don't need to know.

Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'


Unlawful dental acts?

Sounds like a case for Lemming of the BDA

This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs


Do you want Skynet?

Because that's how you get Skynet

EE brings 1,000 call centre jobs to UK and Ireland


Pretty sure none of those locations are in Ireland

Mastercard rolls out pay-by-selfie across Europe


Re: Challenge time? Or Crafts Moment?

Or just a short video of someone blinking?

Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears


There's an Anker watt joke in there somewhere, but I'm too lazy

Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies


"should ask customers to call phone numbers they need to look up on credit cards or websites,"

Hoping this is a typo, because I'm struggling to parse this

Plutonian 'lava lamp' seas give dwarf planet a regular face lift


Re: "Of course the world is a 6000-year-old flatland where π equals 3"


Circumference is 2 * Pi * r, the maths is fine.

*Area* is Pi * (r ^ 2)

It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?


Re: Never mind the replicants

It's a remake of a Swedish series, Akta Manniskor, which is worth a look. Haven't seen the remake so not sure how closely it follows.

Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement


Since I coincidentally read this about an hour ago, Ossium for 117?

Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre


I remember our entire system spontaneously going down midday in the insurance company I worked for years ago.

They were getting some kind of maintenance work done in the server room, and one of the guys propped a piece of panelling up against the wall - failing to notice it was also leaning on the big red emergency shutdown button...

Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!


I remember a few years ago when Google stopped passing the HTTP_REFERER from search results to the destination page, initially just for logged in users, and claimed they were doing so to protect user's privacy.

(Which in itself was laughable - if Google thinks my online store is a good match for what you searched for, they'll direct you there, but it affects your privacy showing me what you were searching for. Yet it's fine that they store details of that and all your other searches?)

Wondered exactly how they'd trample all over users' privacy once they'd roped enough people into logging in

Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands


No doubt as soon as it's developed, they'll immediately insist on development of a backdoor to bypass the self-destruct mechanism. Only usable by the appropriate authorities, of course. Maybe it could detect those using some kind of biometric ... oh, wait.

Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia


Re: models

Given that Eagle article claims "In a yearly (albeit expensive) ritual, Simpson flies Eagle 4 to the Moon every year on September 13th", I'd suggest it may not be entirely factual.

You can flog 'used' software, but read Ts&Cs first – ECJ


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