* Posts by small and stupid

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Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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From another angle.

Part of the problem is that every fucker wants a password. I can remember a strong password. Or three.

So, what are the risks if my password is cracked for:

El Reg, or any typical messageboard. Apart from embarass me, or get me banned.

My utility account password (no card details saved)

A one off purchase from a site (again, no card details saved)

Or am i being naive?

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Clearly, all the benefits* will actually stem from having a central ID register.

So any politician enthusiastically harping on about the benefits of "ID Cards" is either a liar or an idiot.

*Of course it has costs and dangers as well

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Re: another iteration

Whats IQ got to do with Politics?

Politics is a mixture of ideology and self-interest.

Put another way. Lets say you are an average tory*. Meet Professor Redbeard here. His IQ is 30 points higher than you, and he is a revolutionary communist**. Does this convince you to join the revolution?

* replace with any mainstream political party

** replace with any extremist

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Laptops are so last decade. Tablets are obviously better.

However, it would help if tablets had a proper keyboard and more ports. The keyboard could be attached to the screen by a sort of hinge. Also it would probably help to put the brains in the keyboard part rather than the screen. That way it would be more balanced and more comfortable if , for example, you had it on your lap.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: Companies probably aren't doing this to discriminate

Oil. Oil is a necessary evil.

Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Yes, but

My suspicion is that an above board minicab-hailing app for an alliance of reputable vetted licenced minicab operators would have got fucked over by the black cab lobby.

However Uber with the ride-share fig leaf and big pockets were able to muscle in.

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Re: It's hard to know who to sympathise with...

Unless you have driven in Istanbul as well, then you realise the taxi drivers are no worse than the other lunatics on the road.

Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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Tax my arse. Australian retail is complacent and fat and incompetent. If Amazon can capture the Australian market via amazon.au they can make tons of cash by being a bit less shit than their rivals.

While if ozzies go to .com they are only going to make US level profits - plus the hassle of shipping and tax.

US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

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Its not meddling if its true

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Shes a middle of the road Democrat with quite boring and unremarkable policies.

Therefore the republican attack machine has had to invent shit.

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Hypothesis C: The possibility that there could have been influence is embarassing and damaging enough to the USA. Win for Russia !

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Re: another bloody silo that nobody needs

No silos are great.

You can have a separate identity in each and if it goes titsup at least the consequences are limited.

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Ignorant dinosaur speculation

How certain are we that there wasn't an intelligent dinosaur?

We only know of 700 dinosaur species, total, while right now there are 5000 species of mammals and 10,000+ birds.

Which implies there's thousands of dinosaurs that never made the fossil record?

And what level of civilisation and technology could an intelligent species reach and be invisible to us 65 million years later ?

Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Random thoughts

I doubt if Lego is more expensive in real terms than it used to be.

Some of the tie-ins seem questionable, they seem to ignore the buildability.

Eg Star Wars seems right, because taking your X-wing set and your Y-wing set and mashing them up to make a Z-wing is natural. But whatya gonna do with Harry Potter? Make a different Hagrids Hut?

The problem now isnt the specialised bricks, its that the set designs are over-complicated, over-specific, and havent been designed to be customisable. eg.as a kid building LL928 gave me a template for building other spaceships. While a typical star wars lego spaceship doesnt teach you how to make anything else (i know that kinda undermines my point above but at least the Idea of Star wars lego makes sense)

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: How do we survive?

Bullshit. Illiterate people cant afford tinned baby food.

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Re: Grannies will be grannies

Roving gangs of grannies can smell fear, and will exploit it for their own amusement.

Early contender for comment of the year. Jolly well done.

Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

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Nice to see the Trumptards out in force today.

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Re: And of course the moral issue...

Kill the motorcyclist, obviously. They are only worth 2/3 of a regular person.

FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

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Does this stuff apply to the non-financial everyday admin bits of the business? I mean, does BigBank have to be able to monitor the facilities manager arguing with the catering company about sandwiches ?

What if theres a conglomerate, with one wing that sells consumer finance and another that sells holidays?

Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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The point is that although Ocean is probably useless to Brazil, its still an order of magnitude less useless than a submarine, a jet fighter or a battle tank. It could, for example, go to a disaster area and help out.

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Re: Basic arsemetrics

Fair point - IF Oceans steel has worn away to uneconomic-to-repair levels (in which case - are the Brazilians blind, bribed, or both? )

Machinery - doubtful. The 'Civilian' machinery isnt that expensive and the 'Military' stuff has to be upgraded periodically regardless of the age of the vessel.

I suspect that a decent civilian design can have a 30 year life, and 'military spec' includes plenty of gold-plated nonsense.

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Re: actual profit..

A set of lads will go round ripping the nameplates off all the machinery and doctoring the equipment manuals so all spare parts have to go through Artco Marine Spares LLC (Panama) c/o Arthur Dailey Jnr Marine Enterprises (Plymouth)

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Basic arthimetic

So: the most useful ship in the Navy is only worth £80m and costs a mere £12m a year to run

An F-35B costs £50m+ each.

A type 45 destroyer costs £ 1b

'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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I slightly disagree. The best bosses are the ones who cant do your job but know they cant.

its the middle ground that sucks

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Re: Fixing without dry docking

Yes. There will be a guarantee claims list hundreds of items long and the builder and/or equipment makers will be dutifully rectifying / bullshitting their way out of them as we speak.

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Hope you have a donor card

Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets

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We should have built full size nuclear carriers , or bought second hand of the yanks, or not bothered at all.

Non-nuclear pocket carriers wedded to one unproven airplane design = fucking idiocy.

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Its because the -B isnt going to work, isnt it?

Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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As a total idiot luddite, i ask:

Can you get a cookie fucking program that deliberately corrupts the data in them?

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Yuck

Every cent spent on LOTR TV is a cent NOT being spent on "The Continuing Adventures of Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser" and/or " Tales of the Dying Earth" and/or "Tales from Zothique and Hyperborea"

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: A certain bias, there

Why privilege lunch over breakfast?

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

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Re: The Home Office

Its Dementors. definitely.

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Re: "patronising" techies that "sneered" at politicians

Yeah, theres this huge crowd of far more competent Tory politicians that should have got the job instead.

San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Alt-right is a stupid term

What the fuck is the alt-right? I see a spectrum with old fashioned neo-nazis at one end and 4-chan troll wankers at the other. What I don't see is a single new idea.

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

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Re: Burn, baby burn..

"He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom."

NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

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Footballers abilities are frequently and publicly tested and their pay comes from willing consumers.

So:

Bankers, well, fuck knows what they do all day , and they fuck up things for everyone.

Presenters: I am very sure that Messi is a much better footballe than A N Other, Melchester reserves.

But I dont really know that Gary Lineker is any better at presenting MoTD than A N Other personable retired ex pro.

Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

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Belin

"There are many possible variations: you may also add dried and/or fresh tomatoes, other kinds of seeds instead of or in addition to pine nuts, even other oils. As with all traditional stuff, there isn't a single recipe (I do many different variations myself)."

No, no, no, no. a Genovese hit squad is on its way now to punish you.

Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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Re: Douglas Coupland wrote microserfs

Did you know that sometimes, the opinions voiced by a character in a fictional work, are not actually the opinions of the author?

New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

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Re: Bad Mouthing

What currency? All US dollar transactions of any kind can be stopped on a whim by the yanks.

Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

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Re: City of London Police = Rent-a-cop

"The only people worse than the Met are South Yorkshire."

West Midlands?

I suspect the Met are one of the better forces. And I dont mean that as a compliment to the Met.

Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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Re: What about the mainstream media? False equivalence bullshit

Youre part of the problem, equating the biases of the MSM with total crazy nonsense.

Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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Re: That's kind of the way research universities operate...

Thats not fair.

Studying the Reg, you can see that many organisation have poor leaders, evil HR bods, antfucking accountants, dishonest sales staff, drunken marketeers, etc etc yet have somehow broken free of this shitfest of fuckwittery and recruited the cream of the IT world.

Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: @ AC wrong democratic result: Saying it with Sir Terry...

Ah, Lord Vetinari. The superheroically-competent, machiavellian-but-good, absolute dictator.

The most fantastic invention in the Pratchettverse.

An order of magnitude less plausible than wizards, dragons, etc....

British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Can anyone explain again why we bought STOL carriers instead of proper ones?

I would have thought that the really expensive parts of an aircraft carrier - the bits that can overrun spectacularly - are basically the same for both.

Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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How to stitch it up

By my maths, if every MP votes as per their constituency did, except for 50-60 Labour and 50-60 Tory Remainer-MPs-in-Leave-constituencies saying "Fuck it", Remain will get a narrow victory.

Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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Re: Facts are irrelevant in this campaign

Not a History Channel fan i take it.

There are always worst options than 'business as usual'

Mysterious algorithms, black-box AI recruiters are binning our résumés

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Re: First, the Gross Edit

..who couldnt be bothered to do basic research

The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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Well im fascinated.

Either,

a) the world of marine coatings is much more complex than they layman would think,

or

b) The MOD have made something simple very complicated.

or c) a little from column a, a little from column b..

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

A third as well - that absence of evidence of a natural cause was evidence of an unnatural one

Fly to Africa. Survive helicopter death flight to oil rig. Do no work for three weeks. Repeat

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Oh dear, has the art of facilitation payments been lost with our industrial heritage? Kids today, etc.

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