* Posts by Mark 85

8303 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

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Network Solutions – would be more than happy to sell the company its premium renewal service, where it will contact a specific person before any changes are made,

And given the staff turnover (read as "layoffs") of way too many companies these days, what are odds the "specific person" will be gone by the next renewal time?

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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

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Re: Do not mess with badgers

https://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/

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Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

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Re: Extra-territorial control

Though I don't remember Google fighting the extra-territoriality of the DMCA.

That didn't affect Google's profits.

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Piracy of products (notably most piracy is done in China) is a world-wide problem. For Google not to recognize this and become part of the solution is pure hubris on their part. I would imagine that if someone stole their code or product they would be looking for worldwide protection and redress also.

If the world changed and China enforced patents/copyrights, etc. and respected intellectual property for other countries, this wouldn't be the problem that it is. But until they do, Google should address the issue from their end. It would be a good start.

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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"Oh look.. it's working well thanks to Google."

"Uh.. seems to be working too well."

"Oh sh......"

Moral: Let's be careful out there and not tweak things too fast or too much.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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"Grounded because you washed it and it needs to dry? You engineers didn't think that it had to fly in the rain?"

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Re: ALIS, ALIS, who the F*ck is ALIS?

Who the f*ck is ALIS?

The owner of ALIS's Restaurant.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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Re: I'm sure

Do I like regulation? Absolutely not, but it appears the not so cranially equipped need that sort of help to stop being stupid.

Stop being stupid? Via legislation? Tell me how that's going to work? This pure eye-wash for the masses as there is no cure for stupid. As a reference point, look around at many stupd things are done by people first yelling, "Hey you all... watch this.".

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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but instead of releasing evidence of mass criminal activity or stealing and releasing malware this new person/group would dox congress.

That will never happen in our lifetimes. I'd assume that's kept in a very deep and dark place, possibly not on computer. After all, the agency has to assure itself of maximum funding in every year's budget and keeping the ones who vote on the budget in line is part of their self-imposed duty.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Sublimated Ear and Gaseous Elbow.

Although, Liquid Voice would be a fine band name, if only so that you can use the noise of Dabbsy gnashing his teeth as a suitable rhythm section..

You could retro the name to the '50's.... "Liquid and the Voices".

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NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

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Re: My partner..

Is it really just the same image as eons ago? Are there no updates run? No patches? No firewalling of the networks, etc.? The average home user would seem to do better.

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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Unhappy

If this weren't so pathetic, I'd be rolling on the floor and emanating gales of laughter. Instead, I'm cringing and wondering WTF do we have running things in this country?

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

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It might just be that we're all too cynical here to accept the "suicide" as being a "suicide". Back in my younger days, I knew several people (all in their mid to late 20's) who killed themselves and it was over less than what Alexandre was facing. Stull like "fight with girl friend", lost paycheck at casino, etc. So I think suicide is very possible... until one considers Thailand. At this point... I tend to buy the story lock, stock, and barrel.. he did himself in possibly just escape being in a Thailand jail.

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UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

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Interestingly enough.. the site is still up and running. I'm surprised that they haven't been shutdown yet. I guess these things take some time to kill off.

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China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps

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Re: 1984 ?

Too late. At least as the US, try to find a pair of shoes not made in China... or steel (other than specific ones used in defense). Or clothing. The list goes on and on.... They own too much of the world economically and are definitely pushing their politics in the background.

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If we follow your method, the Internet as we know it, will cease to exist since just about every (can't be sure of "all" but seems it should be "all") country will be banned.

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NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

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Re: The sound of the heart beat of a whole planet?

Well... some people do believe that the Earth and other planets are just huge (really huge) eggs.

Icon: Mine's the one with the recipe in the pocket for a really large plate of Eggs Benedict. Now to find a plate large enough to serve it from.

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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

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Wife and I have the same number after numerous phone and carrier changes. We're in the States. I guess I'm wondering why others change numbers?

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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

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Re: We must be doing it wrong.

And "undue burden"? How can a company that spends millions of dollars arguing these decisions really complain about the "undue burden" of dumping contact information?

Good point. Maybe it takes some time and money to select the employees who's data will be turned over? Or maybe just massage it a bit? Someone else pointed out the G-mail addy problem.

While government wants to be Big Brother, methinks Google is already there and could teach government a few things....

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

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So there's people sit using MySpace? Really? My flabber is gasted.

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Re: "paying out the nose"

Hockey (in North America at least) is, according to one well-known person, ice-skating, playing with a buck, and fighting all mix into one "sport". Icon: Coat because ice is cold.

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Re: staff get reamed

Rethink this a minute.... it's marketing and sales droids getting let go. Too many startup companies don't put the money into engineering and design but into marketing. They usually go bust pretty quick. Those that put their money into the product first will probably survive. My suspicion is the CEO finally got this figured out.

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All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

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Method to their madness...

They're just making sure the way is clear for them to do what they want. If the legislation passes in CA, then they're screwed even if the FCC rescinds Title II. The argument against CA is pretty circular... law not needed since it's covered by Title II... meanwhile fighting to kill of Title II. Got to love corporate games... until you get their bill with a demand for payment.

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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

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A variation of what we used tell printer users... "There's a little Japanese guy in there who wrights very fast and is very neat. When the machine stops working and we come in, we toss in a 50 pound back of rise and 5 gallons of water for him and sometimes some cookies (biscuits)". I'm not sure if they ever believed us or just assumed we were making a joke.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Facepalm

Dear lord... is there no end to these idiots who have no clue? See icon.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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@Alistair -- Re: Da job Bag

Well thought out bit of kit there... except that you are missing the largish steel mallet. A wooden one works but doesn't throw fear and terror into the other PC's (or users) as well as the steel unit.

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Re: Government staff: need I say more?

While the "is the Internet down" is technically wrong, I've also had users ask if the Network is down when using their home computer and not doing "work". Seems to be interchangeable. I also hear "my hard drive isn't working" when they mean the computer/monitor/mouse/etc.. Go figure...

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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One set of great grand parents were Irish. Another set were English but of French descent. Does that make me Irish-English, French-English or, as I prefer, just English (or British, or European (for now) as I choose)

As my father used to say: "What it makes you is American. We're all of the Heinz 57 breed."*

*I and many others of my generation understand the reference to "Heinz 57". I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to fathom its meaning. A good place to start is "mongrel" .

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An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

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Re: I BIT clonton Is AREADY DOIN thug To TRUMPI

ManFromMars? or a wannabee without the spelling skills? Let's not feed the troll....

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Re: You can basically make world leaders say anything you want.

Or not just world leaders... how about someone that say the police want to pin a crime on. "See, we have their video confession." I'm sure there's other mis-uses of this tech to had.

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Flight Centre leaks fliers' passport details to 'potential suppliers'

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I don't think so. How many times have heard about someone's house being cleaned out while they're off on a trip? There's even been reports of miscreants trying to sell the house or move in and claim "squatter's rights". I think some paranoia is healthy.

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Changing providers is a solution?

So switching providers is a tool to change this if I read it rightly. Only en masse, not just one person but whole neighborhoods. Well, that might work where's there a good choice but here in much of the States, there is no choice. You have a provider (usually a cable company). One.. not two. The alternative is the phone company and their offering... DSL which is dead dog slow.

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Re: Easy Beat Gold Eggs

Ah.. you're in the S&M aisle. The knowledge you seek is two aisles over.... in Toys.

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The ads for prayer beads? As in "use these when you don't have a prayer on Saturday night sex"?

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Trump Hotels left orange faced: Hackers plunder systems for credit cards

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Re: So it's SynXis and not Trump Hotels that was cracked?

Yeah, click but on the bright side: if it had been his hotel chain, Twatter would be realing from all his posts about who didn't do it and what will happen with the government catches them... ad nauseam ad infinitum.

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

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I guess paranoia runs rampant in the world lately. The answer to "whom do you trust?" is apparently "no-one".

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: Coming soon to the UK...

Replace UK with US and you'll find we're all headed down that path to the cesspool.

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Ghost of NTLM still haunts Microsoft: Aged protocol hole patched

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How deep do the rabbit hole actually go?

All the way... after all, this is MS.

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

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One can only presume that if this were to pass, the bad guy/gals would be rolling their own encryption without a backdoor. So would that make any of us guilty of being a terrorist if we used encryption that was, say something older but un-backdoored ? I'm also believing that the governments would really like to read our thoughts too.....

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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Any other luddites about?

I guess I'm safe then... I only use my phone to make..<gasp> phone calls. No purchases, money transactions, etc. are done on it. I guess I'm a luddite at heart.

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Bloke takes over every .io domain by snapping up crucial name servers

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Matthew Bryant

Could it be? Enquiring minds and all that....

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: in his defense

There's dreams and then there's nightmares.

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I don't have to sell my soul anymore."

Says it all. I remember a line from one movie to the effect of "I'm out of all the corporate bullshit" and for some of us.. that's a great thing.

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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[*] - yes stop laughing and the majority of Android users like myself who get bugger-all patches even when bugs are publicly disclosed and in use.

The paranoid in me asks: Can you be sure that a) there are no "secret" patches? and b) that the patches disclosed actually are clean of any hidden code?

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Re: This isn't the problem you're looking for

but what about modern Western society for which the Internet and other forms of electrical communication are increasingly essential?

Think about this for a minute. The above shows how embedded you are in "tech".

It's easier to get off the grid when you live in the sticks (I wouldn't call Afghanistan or Pakistan examplars of modern technology),

You answer your question in your opening statement. Those folks are used to being off the grid, so to speak and probably wouldn't use hi-tech anyway since it's foreign to them. Sometimes, this is one of them, old methods are better than new methods.

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Therein is the problem. The politicos think they know everything and won't listen to reason under any circumstances. It's universal and seems to be the same thought (or what passes for thought) processes in all the countries.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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Re: The horror. The shame.

Can you define "soon"? The way I see it, is that the Repubs in Congress are shifting support slowly. Trump won't be booted but will try for re-election as his ego says he's a minor deity. What will need changing by the people is the way many vote. I know of too many who hit the "vote entire ticket" button and while they feel good about most of the candidates in their party, they don't consider the consequences of voting each candidate based on the merits of the candidate rather than the party as a whole. This may change to a certain extent next time around. Or not.

IF Trump were consistent in his views and put away his Twatter feed, and hung around more in the White House, and got rid of a few family members in high places, the populous might raise his approval ratings. Seems no matter how much he screams on Twatter, his popularity continues to drop. I think the problem is that none of the voters really have a clue what stands for nor what he'll support on any given day. The only they know is that he's screaming for attention.

I've been watching the CongressCritters and they seem to be acting, for the most part, as independents and that's good. I'm all for a 3rd party with some heavy support in this country if for no other reason than to disrupt the good-old-boy network in government. Maybe this President will bring it about. A realistic 3rd party without axes to grind like the environmental crowd or other one trick pony parties.

We need elected officials who can think and not play follow the leader. We have real problems and the tired old politics aren't the solution. The old saying about "if you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, you're doing it wrong." applies.

I'll go kick the soapbox back into the corner and see how close it is to beer o'clock.

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Re: WTF

One of these days, I'll figure out if you actually believe this or are just trolling for kicks and grins.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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I did ask if I could get a captive bolt gun on expenses but was told no, no matter how much I explained that it was more humane.

To hell with humane. Bring back the guillotine on the public square so the rest get the idea that idiocy will not be tolerated. Then again, from what I've seen, there's not enough guillotines.... <sigh>

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

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It is said that such tools are on the verge of revolutionising how psychiatry is practised.

Well, psychiatry should be practiced. Maybe one of the decades, they'll get right.

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