* Posts by Mark 85

7928 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Why?

Exactly how does this benefit anyone... other than those rare beings called "hipsters" that want to control everything from their phone?

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USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

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You'd hope that Trump would golf a little less like he promised and do some work, everyone would win then (I think).

I would wish the other way and not just for him but any politician. The more golf they play, the less damage they can do.

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Where is Bela Lugosi when we really need him?

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Re: "...you'll have to find someone else to name it after"

And here I was thinking something simple for a name.. like "Chuck"... "Two Buck Chuck" to be precise.

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Robo-Uber T-boned, rolls onto side, self-driving rides halted

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Re: Learning to deal with shitty drivers

That would only work in the UK. The US doesn't have those particular items.

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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@chivo243 --mRe: What a colostomy bag...

I'm not sure why the downvote but I quire agree with you. Age doesn't matter in reality. A Peeping Tom is a Peeping Tom. Age nor sex matters. If their snooping.. they should get what they deserve.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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(please, readers, ponder those three words in succession and tell us they don't make you want to grab pitchforks),

No pitchfork here... more like something thermonuclear.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Wont people just move to Signal or Telegram?

No one would dare by government logic. If it's illegal to use these then by their standards, only crims will use them.

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Apparently the UK and US government position is that the sheeple have to accept the 100% chance of being cyber crime victims in trade for protection from the .0001% chance of being affected by a terrorist attack.

I think it's more like we're all suspected criminals and need to be watched. But then if the governments watch us will they have any time left to watch the criminals?

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Re: Colour me surprised

Ok... her first. Once she has all her comms unencrypted and open to world + dog.... then after a 1 month consultation and wait to see what happens... maybe everyone else will follow suit. </snark>

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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That excuse is working for me. I do usually add that "my knowledge is current and this could be a major disaster for you". They usually go bother someone else.

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Re: About time

I had to re-read their weasel words several times. Utter disbelief and my jaw is hanging open at their response. Unbelievable... Even more unbelievable is that they will probably get away with it.

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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Re: Barge?

I do believe there's seagoing barges. New York city uses them to haul the garbage out to sea for dumping.

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Re: No I don't have an armoured bowler hat

John Steed. Now that's a name I hadn't heard in a long time. Upvote!!!!

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

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On the bright side... you won't need to buy sun tan lotion anytime soon.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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@taxythingy - Re: Zombie hard disk

NB: last coffee was three hours ago and ive got kids inside on a rainy day. It is possible my tolerance is lower than normal.

Nah... you're just a normal tech type who's spent too long in the trenches. I think any of us who have been doing this more than year are like that. In WWII, they called it "combat fatigue".

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Re: Seriously?

But who understands Americans anyway?

Good point. I'm American and I don't understand some of the crap we do. Or elect to office.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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It's slippery sloop at best

Indeed, what makes it slippery is the very nature of government and the web. Ban one thing, well the providers/authors change tactics and something else needs to be banned. The question becomes, we're do we stop banning? I could see that eventually, the party in power could have any news or websites about the opposition being banned.

Damn it.. Orwell's 1984 was a cautionary tale, not a freaking instruction manual which everyone in government and fearful of the "bad guys" seems to be following.

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US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

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Re: It's all about money

If you had said that 10 years, 90% of us would have thought you were nuts. At this point... I tend to agree with you. We're well on the slippery sloop now. Possibly beyond stopping the downward spiral.

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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Not like we weren't ever expecting this thing to get hacked.... despite Google and Nest's "assurances" about security, blah, blah...

And some wonder why we call this the IoS...?

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Checked in baggage? What the hell.. has they seen the way the baggage people handle the baggage? Have they not had something stolen from the bags? At one point, everyone was adamant about "no valuables in checked in baggage".. and for a very good reason.

What's next? Flying to or from one of those "undisclosed countries" will require you to be naked....? Which after a couple incidents involving shoes and underwear in the past, I wouldn't be surprised.

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Google Fiber goes full Wizard of Oz: We're not in Kansas any more

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Re: If Google owns the fiber...

Careful there. You might be getting closer to the truth of the matter. Re-classifying Google/Alphabet probably wouldn't go over well with them. Then there's the bottom line thing... bleeding money no matter how noble the cause isn't something corporations willingly do. Especially ones with a careful eye on the stock market.

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WWE star's swiped sex snaps survey spam snares selfie sickos

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World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Not a real competition but "entertainment"... of sorts.. And somehow linked to our fearless President.

http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/donald-trump-and-wwe-how-the-road-to-the-white-house-began-at-wrestlemania-20160201

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Darwin can fix stupid.

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BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain

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See the comments about "testing", "rework", "testing", "release", etc. Then realize that this costs the ISP's/networks money. Money from the bottom line not to mention the cost of the bandwidth for the updates. Bottom line is king and everything else can just go to hell.

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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Re: You miss the point

But then his next statement is a direct turn-around.... ""We have to reach at-risk youth all over the world and divert them from hate and radicalisation," Drummond told an ad conference in Cannes in 2015." And then there's money being paid to the jihadis.... which is what it all boils down to. Google will say anything to protect it's revenue stream.

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Re: block All Ads

Blocking all ads is a bit sledgehammer and slightly irrational.

For you, maybe. For myself and probably others, not irrational at all. I have never seen an ad via the Internet that was relevant to me nor did any of them ever make me want to go buy the product. I guess I'm just a bad consumer. Shame on me.

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Re: _

Three shells, maybe? Easily cleaned for the next user. Corncobs are only suitable for pit toilets (loos).

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MI5 man to steer GCHQ as Trump wiretapping saga continues

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The US president on Friday maintained that Spicer had simply "quote[d] a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television".

So.. it wasn't "fake news" then? Or "alternative facts"? The bullshit rhetoric level is increasing....from all sides.

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Ah.... the buzzwords

Gotta' love it... usage repeatedly of "robust" "taking data protection seriously", etc... Someone is obviously a PR or marketing type.

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Cisco reports bug disclosed in WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA dump

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Re: The title is no longer required.

Sure there is... from the management handbook.... "We've never done it that way before." Usually followed by the PHB saying something along the line of: "And I do need to Telnet in and keep an eye on things.".

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Re: OMFG this is an astonishing story.

I wouldn't put paint on a reflective surface and then hit it with a laser. Any ash or burn residue will create a problem for your missile. I fried (literally) a mirror in a laser cutter when after aligning things, I got distracted and failed to properly clean the mirror I was adjusting. Hit it with full power and "poof!".. fragments.

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Re: Slow moving targets only

I was not aware of one being deployed in the Falklands.. Thanks for that.

I'll also add that the laser shouldn't be the last line of defense. Smoke, rain, fog, mist, etc. will make it pretty useless.

As for the landmine ban... how's that working again? I would hope the US wouldn't use it on human targets. Hope.. hope... hope....

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Re: Slow moving targets only

In practice a weapon which produces guaranteed blindness (usually permanent) in all enemy soldiers up to 5-10 miles (far outside its normal kill range) is something our military would love to get (and will misuse it this way even if they are not supposed to).

I'll fix that a bit.. it's not just "our" military but all militaries. I can't think of any that wouldn't mind having and using it as you describe.

The general is right about the "target value" also. Just seems stupid to fire an expensive missile at a slow moving drone. So this laser weapon would work there. For high-maneuvering, high-speed targets, one needs a different solution.

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

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Re: settings-autoplay=off

Gif's everywhere are annoying. I shudder think how many I'd see in a day without Adblocker running. I have friends with epilepsy and they say the ads are the worst and ad companies blow off their complaints.

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Lyft drops $27m on the table to make annoying driver lawsuit go away

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Cake today....The American version of capitalism lawsuits at it's finest.

FTFY. I'm guessing the lawyers wanted a sure pay-off.

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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Re: Mesmerising --- the Duck and Cover drills.

Not exactly fun times as a youngster was it? I was in Dayton, Ohio, not far from Wright-Patt AFB and that was considered a major target. As kids, we'd ask innocent questions like "Will hiding in the hallway actually save us? Why can't we watch the nukes blow up? " Never got a good answer. Just some mumbo about "this is required and will help". As I got older, around 13 or 14 or so, I realized it was a placebo.

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Re: Mesmerising

but did you know that both the Germans and the Japanese were working on atomic bombs during WW2?

Yes, as an El Reg old fart.... I'll offer this starting point: For the Germans, Google on "Heavy Water Project" Germany. Fascinating reading both the tech and the efforts to stop them from developing it. The Japanese might be a bit more obscure to find.

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Re: Never

But you can't snow a snowman.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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He can cancel it... but will it actually be canceled or will the powers-that-be continue their agreement? No tin foil hat for me, thank you. I know they're out to get us.,,, eventually.

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Re: Obama did not order it

After that... where's the mind bleach?

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Re: That was then...

I got Tahiti. Hmm.... maybe time to move.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Re: He'll Go Far

My first support job in IT required that keyboards be taken apart and cleaned rather than tossed in the bin and issue a new one due to cost. It was cheaper to spend two hours opening it up and cleaning it than to replace it. I had total disbelief as to the stuff I found in them... chicken bones (yes bones... small ones however), new and interesting civilizations growing them, the usual donut cookie/biscuit crumbs, etc. Then there was the post-it note with a phone number that a marketing droid had folded up and shoved it under the Enter/Return key when his wife showed up at that office one day.

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NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

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I think you're skimming the loud, shouty ones. Many us are not deniers, nor believers (in the cause). That the climate is changing is a given. It has throughout history if we look at the archeological record.

The problem is the cause. I see nothing wrong with reducing pollution such as CO2, particulates, water cleanup, etc. That's a good thing. But is it the cause of the climate change or is this a natural occurrence? Much of the data I've read about takes that big yellow ball we orbit out of the maths. Is it a factor or not? What drove previous climate changes? These are things we need answers to as far as climate change.

Just because we're skeptical of the cause doesn't mean we don't believe there is a change.

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Looks to me like the $200 Million is a drop in the bucket compared to what's being paid for the SLS and Orion. I do wonder that if SpaceX get their man-rated Dragon flying if NASA will continue funding this?

Cut the development budget and presto... everything else could be back in and still have money saved. I love bacon and ham but not pork barrel projects. Just sayin'.

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Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake

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Re: Not Etna?

Interesting story on BBC but I'll be damned if I'm installing Flash to watch the videos.

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I think a brew is in order for those two who rappelled into the caldera. I would hope that someone tested the air down there first. Pretty amazing pictures.

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Re: A bit of an overreach here but.....

In light of the updated info in the article on this.... so it's not world-wide but only for that particular city is interesting to say the least. Sounds like the cops have an idea who did it and it's not someone out of country or even out of state which in itself seems unusual after most other reported incidents of this point to someone in eastern Europe or in Asia.

I think popcorn is in order and comfy chair to see how this plays out.

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A bit of an overreach here but.....

While this is way beyond overreach for information, I am pleased the local cops are trying. Most places they just take the report of fraud, etc. and say "Oh.. the Internet.. tough." and go back to their coffee and donuts as they know it's pretty impossible... well maybe not for the NSA, FBI, CIA, et al.

Which it just hit me... why didn't they hit the NSA for this? I'm sure they have the info.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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The Update is definitely a piece of wonderment....

Not an ad, they say.... but an invitation to be a guest and share. Almost Facebookish... I do believe the marketeers have started to believe their own BS. Or maybe it's just an alternate reality/truth?

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