* Posts by Uffish

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Mmmmkay

Please describe, with evidence, the harm caused to people standing next to an average farter.

Now consider a pseudo-farter who has a machine to make the noise and some sort of smell whenever the pseudo-farter feels like it. How long would the average business put up with his antics.

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Re: "Let go your inhibitions..."

Geoffrey, it's only my inhibitions that prevent me from ranting every time a vaper invades my comfort zone. Are you suggesting that my dislike of vaping (near me) should be banned.

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Re: Smoke detector

Smoke detectors can and do give false positive reactions, and in the particular product I have at home high humidity is one cause of false positive reactions. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: Tax rebates?

It's the American way. Think of it as an encouragement for profitable companies to invest in new ventures.

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

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Re: "even with the gaul"

Would that be Asterix then?

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Union Flag distress signal

A very understated distress signal I would think. Some countries (France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland etc) would have an even longer wait flying their flags upside down.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: US Portions (IT version)

I have a theory that all computer programs of any consequence that are "Made in the USA " must have a suitable portion of attack surface for the spooks to gnaw on.

This is, of course, only a theory, shakily based on the constant calls by politicians for backdoors in crypto and the search for, and hoarding of, zero days etc etc. True or false, if I wanted to do something naughty and talk about it there are probably ways to do it reasonably safely, reliably and efficiently. The glory days of reading everyone's cables and listening to everyone's wireless are over.

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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Re: condiment etiquette

My choice is enough ketchup, american mustard and hotdog relish to mask the hotdog flavourings (it takes a lot) and wolf it down as quickly as possible, followed by cold chocolate milk. Not a good diet but it gets the job done. I'm sorry if that gets me banned from Chicago.

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Behind the scenes of Slovaks' fight to liberate their .sk domain

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Much ado about nothing?

How hard would it be to manage a country-code top-level domain registry according to best current practice? Not very I think (speaking with all the assurance of complete ignorance of the matter).

Sure, there are bound to be perfectly good companies around the world who could give good value for not much money, but think of the benefits of keeping it 'in country'. You (the government) get to set up a Quango with a few career bureaucrats to do the job and a few non-essential seats to fill with those people you are somewhat obliged to. Additionally, it will be popular and if ever a difficult case comes up you (the government) are better placed to avoid nasty incidents.

That would be the traditional way of doing things - what benefits does farming work out to the lowest international bidder bring? This uninformed mind would like to know.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Temporary Apple Fanboy Here

Much to my surprise I find myself defending Apple against the slur on it's name. Apple is NOT as loathsome as Lennart Poettering.

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Photo Rules

Upvoted because I think he's right. The Peter2 Principle "never take photos towards the sun" will save more photos than it loses. Of course, now that photos don't cost you anything, anything goes.

The odd 'contre jour' that works is often a lucky edge case of the camera auto exposure,auto focus system rather than a knowledgeable photographer manually setting his camera to compensate for the unusual lighting and wanted exposure conditions. In my experience most photos are point and shoot snapshots.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: "the total is going to be staggering"

@ Dinsdale247

When it comes to providing a non-working system I assure you that I could do a worse job, even using 100% proprietary software (Windows and Windows based for example). This is because I do not have enough knowledge of what is required to do that particular job correctly nor knowledge of what software can do that particular job correctly.

I suggest lack of competence is the cause of your school area's problems, not whether the software is open source or not.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Re: "foreigners are smarter"

SOME foreigners are smarter. Come on, don't spoil a good point with sloppy thinking.

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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Re: "An"? I had no idea!

U buntu if you want to, it's a free country.

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: Only local person I know who flies internationally more than once a year...

@ Pompous Git

I hope that you know a lot of local people. I'm relying on people like them to offset my air-miles and save us all from a global catastrophe.

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Re: A luddite writes...

Up-voted for the common sense of the suggestions, but I just had an enjoyable short break in the USA (from Europe) and would fly to New York for a party any time anyone invited me (assuming they really know how to party). We are all doomed.

Anyway, the shape of that plane makes me think that NASA is telling porkers.

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Re:Godwin's Law

@JDX

Next time try to argue things with logic instead of emotion.

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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

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Re: Hmmm, that old saying is still true...

Lots of businesses use their customers' property, banks invest the money entrusted to them, my garage test drives my car as well as servicing it, there are well established laws and regulations covering these activities. The laws and regulations are based on common standards of morality and decency. New industries based on new technologies are less well covered by existing ways of maintaining reasonable behaviour.

The question is who defines the new laws and regulations - if it is the industry and the lobbyists or those trying to extend common standards of morality and decency to new technology.

The problem with Google is that it thinks that it should decide how things are done - which is the perfect recipe for future abuses. OK, they would probably just stay the same tedious, money mad geeks that they are now, but everything is there for them to be a menace.

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Re: Most people said 'I don't care'.

I cared; not that they were scanning in order to produce "relevant" ads but because they were examining content in emails.

Collecting content from emails may, or may not, be appropriate for security services but is entirely inappropriate for an organisation that is quite simply in it for the money and only in it for the money.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Afrika bore holes

I met a couple of guys at a wayside stop in Nigeria, they had a small drilling rig and they drove around looking for people willing to pay for a borehole. I asked them how they knew where to drill, thinking of geological surveys, water tables etc. They said they just drilled where the customer asked them to drill and it usually worked.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Re: "But I don't care!"

Stage 15 has been completed successfully for this one - start stage 16.

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Re: "After you test in house,...you test everywhere"

Think twice about that, in my experience people with that sort of attitude get swatted.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Nuclear Power Plants

Come off it, the Green Party is, quite realistically, a protest / advocacy outfit and so it will almost automatically advocate alternatives to nuclear. Nuclear is tried and tested, the other technologies are not - you should welcome their advocacy of alternatives - they might provoke an advance in the technology that is better, if not well they tried.

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

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Re: Lie all the time

Do you have separate phones and laptops for your different personae?

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: @ ledswinger

Mr Anonymous Coward be aware that any comment with "Corbyn bare" at the start doesn't get read by me. Sorry, your carefully phrased ideas have been ignored.

I'd vote for the guy but "Corbyn bare " is not anything I want to contemplate.

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@Anonymous Engineer

Corbyn might say: "But then, I am only a politician, whose business is building and maintaining the world that the engineers of this life take completely for granted in blissful and total ignorance of the level of skill and sheer hard work that goes into creating and maintaining it".

At a guess I'd say a significant proportion of engineers would make lousy politicians, it takes all sorts.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Re: Top-secret report printed out from work PC

A further audit of the six individuals’ desk computers revealed that WINNER had e-mail contact with the News Outlet'

Does that mean that they checked the webcam output and have a video of her typing and muttering the words as she typed them or just that someone got her password from the postit under the desk and typed the note from her computer.

Whatever - all I can say is that all this is America's fault. Guys, you've done a very poor job, your fired.

Edit. Before too many upstanding USA citizens get too outraged - it's called humour.

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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Re: An inconvenient question with no attractive answer.

Point of order: I do not think amanfrommars deserves downvotes - I think he makes very valid points, but I think that Parliament (and the Sovereign I suppose)) is/are sovereign, not the spooks.

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Re: An inconvenient question with no attractive answer.

I posted above arguing precisely that an intelligence service should suffer under crass Parliamentarians. I agree with you though that there are difficulties and drawbacks involved. I think the relevant laws permit "following your nose" for a limited time before legal oversight is required.

"At the bot­tom of all the trib­utes paid to democ­ra­cy is the lit­tle man, walk­ing into the lit­tle booth, with a lit­tle pen­cil, mak­ing a lit­tle cross on a lit­tle bit of paper—no amount of rhetoric or volu­mi­nous dis­cus­sion can pos­si­bly dimin­ish the over­whelm­ing impor­tance of that point". —Winston Churchill, House of Com­mons, 31 Octo­ber 1944

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Re: Says it all

'What are we going to do to ensure we still are needed and stop all our resources being taken away?'

Sounds like anyone in any business that is losing sales. Not a politically incorrect thought in itself.

"As a publicly funded agency, what should we do for the people?" Do exactly what you are told to do by parliament. The last thing we need is a secret service that runs by it's own rules.

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Obama's intel chief says Russia totally tried to swing it for Trump

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Re: "shocked at the result"

Is it too late to point out that referendum results don't last forever, A subsequent Parliament is not obliged to follow the preceding Parliament's decisions.

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Pop-up Android adware uses social engineering to resist deletion

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Re: "If you can't understand these basics"

The bloody basics are that there is a bit of nasty out there that gets itself admin privileges. For that heads up I am grateful to El Reg.

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Security company finds unsecured bucket of US military images on AWS

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Re: Tell me again, why putting sensitive information in an NSA cloud is a good idea?

Because an NSA provided cloud would not be the appropriate place for some Contractor to Contractor communications?

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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@ShelLuser

Perhaps you should spread your ogre catching net a little wider than Christianity and Islam. I quote from an excellent web page:

In 1898 William James Laidlay wrote a book criticizing the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and he included -

'It is the game of life we are playing; and if men, by their professions, lead other men into disaster, I maintain it is a serious thing. Some men, in fact, I think, most men, do it with no malice at all; in fact, far from it, it is more like stupidity; still, the result is the same'.

In other words, never attribute to malice (or religion) that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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Re: "what google could've done about it."

What they have done, perhaps a bit sooner.

Google should (does?) take this seriously because a reputation for hosting shite is not what anyone wants.

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Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

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Re: Forget Apple pixie dust.

Forget the physics, the only question you will need to answer is "Is it better than bluetooth", or something like that. If it is it will be a winner, if it isn't it won't.

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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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Re: More to the point

Funny that southern China and Hong Kong speak Cantonese, Taiwan and Singapore speak Mandarin which makes identifying the language of the perps pretty confusing to me. My bet is that the NSA did it and included obfuscation to conform to the usual ' plausible deniability' clause in the job spec.

Note to the outraged:- you can replace 'NSA' by anyone you want, the meaning of my comment would be unchanged.

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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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I think the spell checker got fuzzed

"attack service" or "attack surface" or did I miss the pun?

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CERN ready to test an EVEN BIGGER gun

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Re: Start material

What surprised me is that the source of the neutral hydrogen is a little gas bottle which they turn on (briefly) to make each pulse of protons. Obvious really but strangely commonplace.

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$6,000 for tours of apocalyptic post-Brexit London? WTF, NYT?

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@Andrew Meredith

Maybe I should have included a JOKE icon but I thought that Reg readers were too intelligent to need it, most are.

Mind you, the average foreigner that I meet has gone from pained puzzlement to straight out scorn when contemplating the brexiteer's antics. The prices will have to be very low indeed to attract them to this septic isle.

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Re: Brexit Tour

Have to get in before brexiit 'cos when that happens no foreigner will be allowed (or want) to come here.

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Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties

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Re: bow and arrow - good!

Letters Patent were invented to encourage innovation in a country. They granted a limited term monopoly as a reward for bringing something new and useful into use.

All that is ancient history now. The Patent system has been hijacked by businesses for their own ends. It's time to kick legislators where it hurts until they bring back the idea that patents are for the good of the country, not the patent holder.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: "why would you do that"

Always wear slip-on shoes when flying and check whether your trousers are likely to fall down when you remove your belt. Why would you do that? Why indeed? You think that security theatre reassures passengers? It damn well doesn't.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

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Re: "I doubt French voters will blame her any more than American voters blamed Trump"

Plenty of French voters will criticise her, same as plenty of US voters criticise Trump. My own opinion is that Russia has tried to influence the elections, not so much to get 'their guy' in but just to bugger up the countries by fomenting as much argument and recrimination as possible, and just possibly get a less competent politician in a position of power.

It is less effective than shutting down the infrastructure but arguably not an act of war. The problem is Russia, but I agree, it is not that big a problem.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits RC2

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Re: It's fascinating that Linux now has the same problem as Windows

@ Warm Braw - I think you are ignoring the facts and history behind the term 'Lingua Franca' .

My experience of working with 'foreigners' is that British, Australian, Nigerian, American, and just about anyone's English is good enough if you can't use anything else. In other words people use their own language (Spanish, Chinese etc) where possible and English when that is not effective. Nobody seems to get upset by this arrangement except politicians and bureaucrats.

My experience with Devuan RC1 is that you can set it to use the keyboard nationality that you want but the login page stays resolutely in US keyboard layout, which makes strong passwords somewhat fiddly to type.

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

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Re: Stable Beams.

Surely that should be strong, stable beams?

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Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

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Re: Losing Unity 7/8 is not the end of the world!

@ Jonathan 27 - Polished? I have to disagree. Successful yes, even better (for carefully crafted values of better) but 'polished' - it's not what Microsoft was all about..

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Re: "the first engineer"

The first Engineers got their references from their p.e. colleagues, after that you had to ask your P.E. colleagues.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Oh you optimist

When people say 'Oh dear, I have to buy a new expensive TV' and promptly buy one, it will be noticed by manufacturers. No use complaining and wishing you hadn't, it's too late now, you have been borged into the consumer society and the consumer society is designed to make you consume, and you have, and you will.

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: "gets caught between conflicting"

What happens is rather painful and very messy, what else would you expect?

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