* Posts by arctic_haze

554 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


Chrome to label FTP sites insecure

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Correct me if I';m wrong but it seems to me that no protocol starting with X. was ever successful on the Internet.

Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

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After the Brexit

If data stops flowing, I will miss the Reg.

Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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That's no moon!

It's a battle station!

15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Who or what had 10 million trillion trillion joules to play with, 3 billion light years away?

A pan-galactic spammer?

Actually I like the idea that we see starship propulsion aiming by accident towards us. But the truth will be some boring magnetic fields and hot plasma. As usual :(

Belarus declares war on imaginary country within borders of Belarus that is better than Belarus

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British Army should do the same

It should start practicing quelling nationalistic uprisings in "Northgaelia".

SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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Re: Egads

Why bother with hiding it on you?

Put the card in your phone with a FAT 64GB partition and a second one with a file system the phone does not understand. It would be practically invisible without rooting the phone or taking the card away. Chances are no one would bother unless you were arrested.

On a second thought, nowadays it would be much easier to upload the data across the border, using some form of steganography.

Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

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Every company started by someone named McDonald and named after the owner could have a similar pass at suing the ubiquitous fast food company for trademark infringement. However, a quick Google search showed me that most of the time it was the global company which (successfully) sued local companies over name similarity.

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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As Elop would say...

Now we know what it means to have a burning platform.

UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: They need us more than we need them

Fog in Channel - Continent Cut Off

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: Go Samsung!

>>The only apps I've ever used on it are the Netflix and YouTube, but I guess they need to update their unremovable bloatware apps.<<

So what's wrong with using a computer for that?

Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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An artifact from the peak of our civilisation

The plane was built when men still walked on the Moon!

Google will let cloud customers use plain-old-Internet links

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A summary for policymakers

Move along, nothing to see here.

What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Re: JavaScript?

>>The cat is saying "Dis is computeh, so where is mouse?"<<

The mouse is clearly visible left of the keyboard. That leads to two conclusions:

(a) you are clearly distracted by cats,

(b) the lady researcher is left handed.

Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Re: Suggestions for replacement?

We're talking about Foxit (the PDF viewer), not Firefox.

HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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That was a big leak!

Until it happened, one had a clue that IT techs from India awere part of the Game of Thrones storyline.

Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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The guy should fell lucky he is still alive

This really reads like some Darwin Prize stuff.

Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Let's buy some MSFT stock

I was thinking about how much Microsoft profits depend on people choosing to pay money for MS Office instead of using free alternatives. People have to notice sooner or later that MS Office offers nothing except for lock-in and even that is eroded by how well other software opens Microsoft proprietary file formats. People can make reasonable choices, after all. They're not stupid.

And then I remembered Brexit and Trump...

Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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IT security and politics

In Russia everything is political so it would be an aberration if a big IT security company was not involved in politics.

It is a sad thing that the democracies are also sliding into this kind of pit...

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

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The supersonic Tupolev was build from stolen Concorde blueprints but the Soviets did not have right engines for it. So they changed the airframe to accommodate much heavier ones although with less thrust.

The rest is history...

You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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It seems almost inevitable

Creating stars in pairs solves the problem of where to take the needed angular momentum from!

Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Re: great ideas at the top

>Haha! Have you seen what happens to tiles when your proxy requires authentication *before* it allows access to the internet?<

I've never used Windows 10 but let me guess. They all turn into the "not available"? They all turn into the authenticate screen?

Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

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Big Brother

A Big Brother angle

I have the feeling it is a KGB v. NSA battle by proxy.

Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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She has to sue

The hotel company showed so much bad will that the compensation needs to be much bigger than allowed by the suit imagination. Angry jury is what the corporations needs to face.

Microsoft's cunning plan to make Bing the leading search engine: Bribery

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Bing? That's interesting

I'll need to Google it up!

Social media vetting for US visas go live

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A very narrow-minded bureaucratic point of view

Only an American could come with a 1/4 page slot for listing travel of the previous 15 years. As scientist and a citizen of a UE country traveling often both on business an privately I do not think I would fit the info in four pages (if there was a way to reconstruct it all). And I am lucky to live 200 km from the border of the next EU country. I know people who live 1 km from one (they would need 40 or more pages to list just the shopping trips across the border).

And what they mean by the source of funding? Would naming my employer be enough if 75% of the trip was funded by a EU scientific grant and 25% by a national one? And what if I get travel money from the inviting party? Do I need to know the source of their money they used to fund my trip?

Also the definition of the "social media" [any websites or applications you have used to create or share content (photos, videos, status updates, etc.)] makes me wonder what should I list. Certainly ResearchGate and Academia but should I also provide the publishers of scientific journals I published in within the last 5 years (like Elsevier or European Geophysical Union)? Just going to a EGU conference makes me share the abstract on their website. And what about my University website where I share my photo, CV and published papers - are those status updates?

It has obviously been done by someone who traveled abroad once or twice in his lifetime (as most Americans do because their country is a continent) and his idea of the websites you publish things on is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

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The knights who say Ni

Such knights are sometimes needed. If the companies gave all our data to anyone who wants to have them, privacy would be... a dead parrot.

Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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I'm relieved to hear that

What happens in the black hole stays in the black hole.

Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Out of the frying-pan into the fire

I have no idea how this idiom would sound in Russian. However I know that with Windows 10 all may data go to Redmont (and presumably to Washington), while adding Kaspersky Labs creates the possibility that the renamed KGB will also laugh reading the jokes I type.

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

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Something fishy about this bug

I'm not a fan of Windows but somehow I cannot believe this is not fake news. What is the CVE number of this bug? It is nowhere to find! What is the Bugzilla bug number of the relevant Firefox bug? I've checked: there is none. Not even a closed INVALID bug.

So why should I believe it is a real bug?

Particle boffins calculate new constraints for probability of finding dark matter

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Dark matter would not be dark if the coupling between whatever it is and electromagnetism were not extremely weak.

Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: get ready for “what's your e-mail address?” from counter staff

Why not "president@whitehouse.gov" or "bgates@microsoft.com"? Both were real addresses before the public (and spammers) learned about them.

Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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European Arrest Warrant?

Does it meant that the hard Brexit will solve his British problems within less than 2 years?

The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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A question about "experts"

If one needs a quote saying "Apple is doomed" or "iOS is doomed", she phones Rob Enderle. That's simple.

But whom one should ask for a good "Android is doomed" quote?

MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Fail ship has arrived

It is a long time since The Register had an article as misguided as this one.

Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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It's a trap!

At least that is what Hari Pulapka's surname means in Polish.

Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Take home message

We'll always have LibreOffice.

FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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The photo

Isn't it Jenna Coleman?

NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

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A colour photo, please

or it did not happen!

We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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MS does not need leaky browser tabs

Isn't using Win10 enough to let Microsoft know your every byte and keyboard click?

'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: Better security questions needed

"Did you enjoy your time in the Hitler Youth?"

Doesn't this one come from one of the US visa forms?

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Re: Sometimes I can't use a long password

Oh yes, banks. My bank (a local chapter of a big international financial institution) had a period when they called their clients with offers, starting the conversation with asking them for... the password.

The first time it happened I was very close to actually calling the police. I could not believe it wasn't a scam. Later they changed the policy to ask about my personal data (like month of birthday). My answer was still the same: "You are calling me so it is me who verifies you". At least they never tell get to give me the offer, which is a bonus.

Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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I see no comments under this "death notice". Were they removed (together with the possibility to comment) or is it my Privacy Badger who saves me from Microsoft data slurp?

Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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A simple solution

Unban the phones.

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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A real hacker

I talked once to a guy on a J1 visa. He was a foreign security expert. He said his job description on the visa was actually HACKER. Because someone disbelieved him, he brought the actual paperwork. Yes, he has been invited officially to the US to do a hacker job. And from what I know, he was getting paid quite well.

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Re: Very funny

Agreed, but if the photograph is the famous one of people escaping a napalm raid I have good news.

The girl survived and had a relatively good life since recovering (at least comparing to most war victims). She was burned badly but luckily taken to hospital by the photographer which saved her life. She lives now in Canada


Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

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Mexico will pay for that

It's true!

Roses are red, bugs make you blue, Patch Tuesday is late, because Microsoft loves you

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Total fail

This is how the policy of "one cumulative upgrade to bind them all" ends in a real world.

Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

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Re: Shit VW !!

If it is a diesel VW, it may wrongly assume you are testing the emissions.

'Mafia' of ageing scientists, academics and politicos suck at picking tech 'winners'

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Time travel is THE future technology

We need more Tardises!

Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Re: Devonians

My thought exactly. Most probably a less known offshoot of the Silurians, old time enemies of the Doctor and generally us, the apes.


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