* Posts by Mark 85

11222 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink

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Voova should take some heat here...

Apparently they didn't have any backups of the data since the critical data was "lost". Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Could OpenAI's 'too dangerous to release' language model be used to mimic you online? Yes, says this chap: I built a bot to prove it

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Re: Keeping things unreleased hinders research

Be careful and afraid of what you wish for. Imagine for a moment that it's used to impersonate a politician.

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

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Re: @HVC

Rats... my apologies for a brain fart. In defense, both houses of Congress are filled with the same types.

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Re: Round 1?

If he kills Twitter with his lawsuit, he's going to have to answer to the Donald.

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Re: ::tee hee::

You might also need something stronger than beer.

Icon: Tall glass of something stronger than beer.

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If I mention here that this is conclusive proof that Nunes is not the sharpest doorknob in the bag, will I be getting El Reg in trouble?

Well, he's head of the "Senate Intelligence Committee". The question is are they looking for intelligence or claiming they're intelligent? As an aside, I thought the First Rule of CongressGritters was to have a thick skin.

Silence of the WANs: FBI DDoS-for-hire greaseball takedowns slash web flood attacks 'by 11%'

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Re: Good news, but there is lots more work to be done here.

Well, for the US that might be a good thing? But somewhere, somehow, the IoT crap should be required to be locked down which won't happen at least in our lifetime.

In a humiliating climbdown, Facebook agrees to follow US laws

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Re: Dear Facebook,

Interesting concept but as other suggest, in this case Google is your goto. I have to admit after listening to friends that FB isn't very good at targeting, period. One local realtor I know complained that his ads were seen all over the country instead of just his target (local) market. Understandable since he's getting billed for every ad shown.

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Re: Laugh of the day

Sort of like "trusting politicians" or maybe lawyers then? I daresay the only one's who trust Facebook are the clueless.

Super Cali optimistic right-to-repair's negotious, even though Apple thought it was something quite atrocious

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I have one also but then, there's a portion of the buyer-brigade that doesn't care about "new and shiny". We want value for product and that includes a life time longer than a battery.

The way the market is headed these days, if you need a spark plug change on a car, it'll be cheaper to just buy a car.

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Re: Next on the list

I've been expecting it to go the other way with even more restrictions. Maybe the lobbyists will join forces and buy the FTC? I have hope (slim but still...) that the states and if need be, the Feds will do the right thing unlike what they've been doing to consumers of late.

Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now

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Re: Oi! Keep quiet

That used to be said about Apple's boxen... While not in high numbers of exploits like Windows, they are getting their share of them. So don't be smug as Linux hasn't garnered enough attention yet from the black hats.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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So they're going to rush out a patch? What could go wrong?

Let's ask Microsoft about this? They probably know.

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Re: Criminal Negligence and/or Corporate Malfeasance? Those are a Rock and a Hard Place

Engineers, maybe. Or not. Executives and/or board members... definitely not.

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Re: Lifts the veil on aviation ...

In theory, even auto drivers should have a training period as different cars have different characteristics. Truck drivers already do as here in the States, it's an "add-on". So yes, the pilots need to train to the plane as every plane has a different flight envelope. Difference between cars and planes is that one will kill you and everyone in it if you don't actually know and understand the differences.

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Re: Car analogy, software emulation

Upvoted because you have described the problem exactly. I suspect that some point, the airlines would like "pilots" that are basically meatbag window dressing. Hire basically a computer operator who has no knowledge of the guts and mechanics of flying.

There's a lot of similarities betwixt flying and driving. Seat of the pants and feedback from the controls are big part of it. Once everything goes full computer control and human "takeover" controls aren't needed then fine, but until that happens we need the control and the feedback the vehicle gives us.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

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Tough times need tough arses to get through them.

it's clear the teachers will stash this payload in the staff room while students make do with tracing paper.

Tracing paper? More like grade ZZZ which basically a stick with bark cut from the nearest tree and wrapped in a piece of paper. The ZZ grade is paper but does have large chunks of wood in it.

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Re: Water

Seashells will work but eventually there won't be any left on the beach. However, we here in the US should be able to supply large quantities of corn cobs in both the white/light and brown/dark varieties.

NASA: We need commercial rockets! SLS: Oh no you don't!

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Just ditch the incumbent industrial military complex already, it's been sucking you dry for years

Good luck with that idea as it ain't going to happen. They're too big and too embedded in Congress's collective rectum.

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and now having sat in a warehouse somewhere for thirty years,

After 30 years in storage, there's probably a lot work that would need to be done to get it "flight ready". Such as replacing all the seals for starters.

From MySpace to MyFreeDiskSpace: 12 years of music – 50m songs – blackholed amid mystery server move

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All the music?

Wasn't the reason they "re-started" themselves after basically folding? And it took that long for anyone to notice too.

Hey, US taxpayers. Filed your taxes? Good, good. $500m of it is going on an Intel-Cray exascale boffinry supercomputer

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Hmm... and then there's "add-ons"... like for a border wall maybe another one up north and then one around the coasts with built in "bilge pumps" to keep certain places from being flooded.

For the computer... add-ons such as maybe another one for NSA.

Both will be huge and beautiful.

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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Re: @stiine

Preferably someone else's.

Human nature says otherwise. We may hear it, laugh or be appalled by it but it won't stop us from doing something similar ourselves. Sort of like being told not to touch a hot stove as kid.

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It's a good teaching tool. Never make that mistake again. *cough*

I think making the "big" mistake makes us better at our jobs. We all have our "oh crap" moments and most of us learn from them. Most bosses usually understand only if we can recover from the mistake without too much permanent damage being done and never make that or a similar mistake again.

Karpeles walks, Google and Microsoft board up Windows hole, and Android AV still sucks

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Navy swamped by Chinese hackers

Maybe it's me but I don't get why sensitive info has to be on public facing servers. How hard can it be to move the stuff from the "public" side to private servers that on not web facing? I can't think of any hi-tech answer other than make a connection once a day (or use, ahem, some sort of magnetic based media).

UK code breakers drop Bombe, Enigma and Typex simulators onto the web for all to try

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Re: Explain like I'm five ..

The breaktrough moment was when the Brits realized that the Germans left them bread crumbs. The closing line was the give away which was always "Heil Hitler". Once someone realized this, the rest was easy by comparison. Still, IMO it was a massive and great achievement..

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

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Re: Well if Trump can do and say anything

How did that happen!

Really? You don't get it? Look at two things.. his base and at what he does. He tweets, he tosses out whatever is on his mind that will obscure any real issues. Hell, he's still ranting over Clinton and others including McCain. The guy is a good example of applied misdirection.

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Re: Nice

Can you show me one teenager who didn't rebel or break any laws or conventions? I can't. It's part of growing up and finding one's self.

I'll leave this here: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." I somehow think that none of us qualify.

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Re: Nice

To quote: "Youth and enthusiasm* are no match for old age and treachery." Not sure who said it, but it applies.

*I've also heard it as "youth and innocence".... there's other variations I'm sure.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Re: Your "nutter on a rampage" is China's "Tiananmen Square"

Once upon a time in the not too distant past, there was a lot of self censorship going on in the news world. They might show the scene afterwards, but maybe just some blood pools at most. Not live on the scene as it happens stuff, no bodies., no gunfire, etc. Some things were just too horrific for them to show.

Somewhere, something changed. Ratings? The "get there and cover it first" mentality? Or maybe even our media that makes the perps "celebrities" as such.

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Re: El Reg follows common sense!

It's a disturbing trend we see all too often in today's media to make these idiots out to be rock stars

That's a big part of the problem and like various "challenges" of late on FB and other platforms, mass murder has become one. Hit a new high number of bodies and someone will be thinking of a way to "do better" and win instant fame.

Perhaps the answer is cover the story but never, ever mention the miscreants name? Perhaps, closed trials with the perp is "Mr X." or "Miss Y"? Not sure that would go over well in any society other than some of the more "controlled" (for lack of a better term) countries.

No matter what anyone comes with a potential answer it still is going to be a tough problem to solve. Media coverage is one thing but videos or even live coverage from the media while it's going on is bound to spark copycats.

I will note, that banning guns isn't the answer. Remember Oklahoma City and the truck load of fertilizer/diesel blowing up the federal building? Those who want to do harm will find a way.

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer

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Re: What about the social tech support requests

I think I'll starting telling people I'm a civil engineer :-)

Be careful with that one. It's a loaded weapon of self-destruction in disguise. At some point, someone will as you to "take a look at these plans for our extra room" or "can you help me make some plans for "x:" where 'x' is whatever they want to do.

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

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Re: Credit where it's due

So where did the money transfer to? Being "cybercash" in the sense of there's no real money (bills or coins) did it just disappear or go to some foreign company? Has anyone looked into if the systems were hacked and taken over by outsiders? Too many questions but the judge sounds reasonable.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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Re: What is it with hotels?

Here in the States, Mariot (I think it's them or used to be) do much of the hotel/motel food service. There's four levels from 4-star (super high end and super expensive) to 1-star (prison food). Seems like most of the hotel/motels pick the 1 star because it's cheap.

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Re: Hotel lighting

They all seem to be lit by dim, pointless standard lamps.

Because some designer, consultant, or exec type thinks that hotel rooms need to be "home-like". But then it's not "home", it's a freaking hotel/motel. Give me a bed to sleep on, a table or desk, and a way to turn the lights on to work and completely off to sleep. Ambiance, or their version of it, is crap.

'Naut trio successfully dock at ISS after Soyuz rocket goes all the way

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They don't call astronauts "steely eyed" or in this case "steely balls" rocketmen for nothing you know.

Mayors having a right 'mare in Florida: Acting mayor arrested weeks after boss also arrested

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Re: "In politics stupidity is not a handicap."

Why stop at Brexit. Every country has it's Stupid Politician Games going on. You Brits certainly have them but then we here in the States are right up there with you. Race to the bottom and all that.

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Re-read the article. The goat was an "honorary" mayer for some sort of fund raising stunt.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

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Re: The worst thing about this outage...

I wonder how many more productive hours were done at work, school, ... as a result.

Well there was answer on the kids part. for the productive hours at work... probably a bit less and people got up and gathered around the coffee machine (or tea or whatever) and whined while swapping all the gossip verbally and repeating it to the late ones showing up instead of typing it once and copying all their friends.

Then again, many may have just sat there staring into space not knowing what to do.

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I wonder if they did a more in depth explanation to the cash source for FB? If I were an advertiser spending money on them for ad delivery, I'd sure as hell want to know what happened... for how long... and then I'd auditing my bills for ads that were supposedly delivered during the outage. Then again, in many ways, FB is more secretive than the NSA.

Can't do it the US way? Then we'll do it Huawei – and roll our own mobile operating system

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Politics and business as usual then. It's never a good mix as too many pockets get greased, too many "leaders" get b***hurt and make decisions based on feelings instead of logic. Wars have even been started on this type of stuff by those in power. Only in a fictional world will every one ever get along and work for the common good instead of personal gain. I'm not an idealist or communist but some feuds between governments just seem way out of proportion and rather bizarre at times.

What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks

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Destroying is the only way to go. As added plus, there's a lot of stress relief in placing USB stick on a hard surface and whacking it with large mallet. For added benefit, place a photo of your ex-boss/wife/whatever on top of it.

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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I suspect that both groups will have a tendancy to drink more than their bodys weight in beer over the course of a weekend though.

I don't see a problem there....

What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?

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Re: Can log in, but can't post at 07:45 CDT, 14-MAR-19

Too much free time on your hands then?

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Re: Funny, I didn't notice a thing

I had to go look that one up. Well worth the time as I can see using farnarkle in meetings, etc. Have one from me.

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Re: Twitter down?

the Great Orange one will be saying "Fake News" to all his staffers because it was not on Twitter or Fox News?


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Re: Who is forced to spy and who can choose.

IIn the West enforcement and spy agencies are the only ones forced to do so (it's their job,

Right... "forced" is the operative word. The fact that every major website dumps tons of tracking cookies, Google knows more about you than anyone, and FB tracks you even if you're not a member means what? We don't need laws to be spied on, only corporations.

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Re: The "hiccup" lasted well into 2 P.M. for me

I am sticking to my claim it is The Donald busy trying to delete every mention of him and that Chinese brothel owner from the interwebs (before Melania finds out).

So your post will disappear soon then? As will this one since I mentioned it also?

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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Re: Eyewitnesses...

I remember a crash of a helicopter several decades ago (it from the squadron I was in). Most of the ground based witnesses said the thing was flying and the rotors were turning but one witness took a picture as the chopper was maneuvering all over the sky. The picture showed the chopper upside down and the tail rotor and main rotor not moving. The pic was picked up by the press and in their eyes, case closed. Fast film and camera speed it turned out as the evidence was a hydraulic failure of the flight control system. So eyewitnesses and even carmera coverage are taken with a grain of salt.

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Re: " Its stock price, by the way, has plummeted..."

Try "uncontrolled decrease into the terrain".

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