* Posts by Kaltern

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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The amount of rain up here in Scottishland would suggest speeds faster than everything...

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: Still haven't graduated from lithium

Might be a few pesky side effects to deal with first...

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Archive of 1.4 BEEELLION credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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Re: Oh not biometrics again

Reading before understanding - a common issue here sadly.

I stated we DON'T need NSA-level security. So your killer tagline at the end of your post was sadly wasted on those able to do more than skim through for keywords to throw scorn at.

Next, Biometrics could very simply be changed in EXACTLY the same way we change regular passwords. Send an email asking to be changed, re-scan fingerprint. I fail to see how this is an issue.

And stating that biometrics are only usable till compromised, is pretty much a strawman argument - in that ALL security is useful till compromised.

I think you are mistaking my suggestion for simple password replacement, for high security biometric eyeball scanning to get into NASA's secret Area 52, where they develop and test new security systems*.

* this may or may not be true...

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Re: Such an enigma...

The point is, passwords are no more secure than fingerprints, but fingerprints ARE more secure than passwords. What you're describing is typical overreaction to security issues that are pretty much beyond your control. Millions of people use internet banking, regardless of how some few of us view the inherent security issues, and in my opinion, while it is only a sticking plaster, biometrics would be a much larger bandage than the current reliance on passwords.

It doesn't matter how much 'we' trust online banking, or anything else. It's here, it's being used, and we should probably try to improve things as much as we can, to avoid people who cannot engage their brain to remember more than 'pa55word'.

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Such an enigma...

Makes you wonder why a system hasn't been invented that obfuscates passwords as they're being typed in, hence storing them in an encrypted format on the server side, so noone could easily guess what it is.

Oh.

Seriously tho. What's more secure, a password, or simply biometrics? I actually don't know the answer to that, but I would have assumed fingerprints would, at the most simplistic level, be the most secure way to log in to your average website.

I mean, fingerprint scanners are almost ubiquitous in their presence now, virtually all modern smartphones have them, which we trust to login to banking and other sensitive things. How difficult would it be to stick one in every keyboard made now and the future? You can even buy USB scanners for a few quid.

They don't have to be NSA-approved, nor do they need to be of highest military specification. And for really sensitive stuff, why not have a combination of both - at least that way it'll be as simple as typing the password while having your finger(s) scanned.

Within 2 years, every single home PC could have one, and then webmasters could incorporate this into their security by way of a simple plugin. Facebook, could adopt this, which would mean the sheeple of the world will quickly fall in line.

I genuinely wonder why this isn't a thing.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: Coming soon?

Don't buy them on eBay though.. they'll never arrive and you'll be charged anyway.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: 17.46km/HOUR???

I can't.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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When ET's come to visit the 3rd planet from the star in this solar system, not really that long from now, they're going to find a planet which died, an unnatural death. Remnants of civilisations will litter the surface,and alien archaeologists will be stunned to find out why everything died.

"They knew the planet was being destroyed.... but they decided that this thing called 'money' was far more important."

They'll go back to their home planet, and on their version of a talk show, the one burning question will be debated.

"Why didn't they put money to one side, and just fix things?"

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Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

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Come back when you can play Quantum Minesweeper, where the tiles both do and do not contain a mine...

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Point... entirely missed.

Oh well.

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At least this topic isn't yet being discussed on BBC HYS.

Unfortunately, in the UK and US at the very least, it's always going to be the case that those with, generally, couldn't give a fuck about those without. History shows us that this is the case, no matter how many well-meaning folks turn up with their charitable ideas.

UBI has the potential to work. However, all that would happen, is those who set prices, will inevitably set them higher, because there would be a small, but increased amount of spendable money. A loaf of bread will go from £1 to £1.25. These things happen, they always do. Inflation is usually to blame, although currently Brexit is a firm favourite right now - even though it has yet to happen.

Those who DO have more money than the 'working class' will hate the idea of supporting these 'freeloading plebs' - because in the UK at least, that is how people are generally brought up to think. I really dislike my own country. I'm not suggesting everyone should be identical and therefore have no ambition - because ambition drives us forward. But just how many people have come and gone, with the potential to be the next Einstein, just because they don't drive a Merc?

The country - and indeed most of the world, is drunk on capitalism. I'm not one of those ridiculous activists, running around naked, nailing myself to a tree in protest. But it's clear to anyone who has eyes and intelligence, that the world, as a whole, has completely stagnated. There have been no meaningful technological breakthroughs for decades. Meaningless studies by overpaid researchers into why mice prefer sugar over cyanide, snort up funding like coke, while education of the general public suffers. Politicians, who forget the 'By the people, For the People' thing, only exist now to line their own pockets and bend as many poorly thought out Westminster policies as possible. Governments view people as nothing more than taxpayers. And those who can actually afford to pay taxes do whatever they possibly can to avoid it.

The state of world poverty has nothing to do with a lack of UBI. It's entirely due to greed and the belief that money is going to make everything better - assuming you have any.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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I wonder what the 'regular user' figures were, before the announcement...

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: reg getting boring...

I have to agree here, until I'm shown concrete evidence that an Alexa device is acting as surveillance, I will ignore the cries of privacy invasion.

Just because something COULD happen, doesn't have to mean it WILL happen. We're not at CtOS levels of creepy just yet.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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How about, god forbid, creating a whole new story 1000 years later.... after all, there's always nefarious types wanting to rule the world.

But that would mean injecting originality into Middle Earth... and originality tends to cost even more money..

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AI bot rips off human eyes, easily cracks web CAPTCHA codes. Ouch

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This is not FUCKING AI.

Intelligence, Artificial? NO. Pattern Recognition.

Seriously. Anything that is autonomous is apparently AI these days.

AI will only exist when a machine asks something not in it's original coding and understands the answer.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: But what are they going to _do_ up there?

Building Very Large Things is much, much easier when there's not much gravity, you know. And if they built a Space Station - that would be very useful for things like space dry docks.. building the first space-only ship would be a tremendous advantage when doing the whole Mars thing.

If there are enough mineable materials on the Moon to help with the building, so much the better.

And besides.. who wouldn't want to stay in a Moon Hotel for a few nights?

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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Now that is going back some.

Classic game that. Utterly ruined of course later on...

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Please would someone link some evidence to support the theory that these devices actively listen to everything around them, record and upload this constant stream of noise to a backend server, which is then used by whatever government department of snooping to somehow decide you're probably a terrorist?

I think sometimes, they're not always out to get you.

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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

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Great... now the idiots of the planet get to abuse their pseudo-eloquence with more long-winded shite...

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Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

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Mirror mirror, on the floor.

Damn, I dropped my breakfast.

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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Re: @Kaltern

And 2 more... See, people do care!

(apart from the miserable git who downvoted my other post. I imagine I'll get over the emotional trauma, eventually.

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I'm quite sad noone upvoted me for my clever Edding's reference :(

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Or Zan and Dramas.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Sure. Along with free 'data management'...

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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It's quite simple really.

If you are not opposed to this domain being hosted, you are a Nazi sympathiser, regardless of your good intentions for free speech etc.

There is a reason why Nazi-ism is completely abhorred by the vast majority of the human race.

Whats next? Allowing a domain such as 'thelittlekiddie.org' (I made that up. I hope.) to be hosted in the name of free speech and democracy?

Censorship is a necessary evil. I know - I do it for a living. If only a fraction of the stuff me and those who do what I do got out into the wonderful world of social media... well, let's just say I think a LOT of people here might finally understand.

There is no place in the world for Nazi's, except as a footnote in history outlining Humanity's many mistakes.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: To speak to someone?

A phone call should probably have most of the above though...

Except an attachment. That's wandering into a different subject altogether...

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Mega VR roundup: Lots happening in the virtual and real worlds

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In b4 VR is dead, VR is pointless, I look like a tool wearing a headset, and other such shortsighted opinions on an emerging tech.

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Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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They can take our lives... but they'll never take our DATA!!

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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I'm sorry.. Paedophilia is banned from every known area of the open internet. If it is found, then it is immediately removed, people prosecuted and while it is true they will inevitably find another haven, it means they're still inconvenienced.

I fail to see how Nazi'ism cannot be treated in the same way. I think the world has already seen how it is not a very helpful political system. And I'm using that term simply for sake of clarity.

Censorship is only wrong when the thing being censored isn't virtually universally condemned.

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Internet addict sent to an anti-addiction boot camp is no longer an addict. Because he's dead

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There's no mention of what he was doing online. Was he watching state sanctioned porn? Or was he, more likely, using state sanctioned social media. Could he have been a troubled kid, with social anxiety issues, using the internet as a means to maintain some form of social interaction, albeit in digital form? Could cutting him off from his only connection to the outside world have driven his already fragile state of mind over the edge?

None of these things are ever considered, because the stereotypical 'boy in the basement' image is almost always applied to people like him. Could he have secretly been working one of those time-consuming online jobs to make a bit of yen? Maybe he was playing an online game like the Koreans do, and took it a bit too far?

Who knows. All I DO know is that virtually all of the West spend a LOT more time online that the previous generation did, and I imagine they spent more time online than the last.

The internet isn't a form of addiction - the specific actions that can be taken ON the internet is possibly addictive. And noone seems to know what this guy did, that was enough to send him to a place that ended up killing him. Who's really to blame? The 18 yr old for whatever he was doing? Or the centre for not recognising a vulnerable young adult?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Morrisons sausage rolls tend to taste a little 'meatier' than your standard supermarket butchery section floor scrapings.

Now if they made that with their bbq pulled pork filling... that would be legendary....

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: Proportionality? We've heard of it.

Unfortunately, those pulling the strings want things to be seen to be happening, and as per usual, they go after those who are the easy target, those who can be used as a scapegoat to avoid having to investigate (openly) those really involved with these attacks.

Openly investigating a country is a risky business, and by arresting this guy, they can pretty much place the blame squarely on one man. Regardless of the damage it'll do to not just him, bu everyone who does what he does, it'll happen, Americans will swoon with delight, and the rest of the Western world will move on, like has happened countless times before.

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Used to work for a company as a CS agent working from home, on my own PC, telephone and internet all paid for by myself, and I was a paid employee, not a self employed 'worker'. As part of the process of working, you have to install dialer software that runs on the PC to enable telephone calls to be answered via a constantly open telephone line, managed by said software. The actual work interface was via *cough spit* Citrix.

A few months in, I'd noticed some odd CPU activity, and noticed there was a VNC viewer installed, without my knowledge. It turned out that the dialer software quietly installed WinVNC, and ran in the background. Further digging revealed that the software not only had the option to show my desktop (not the Citrix side - Mine) which apparently was never actually used, but was also a keylogger which WAS used.

I asked my line manager exactly why did they need to know what I was typing outside of the Citrix environment, given it was my own machine and internet connection. The answer? To make sure I wasn't doing anything in work time unrelated to the job.

Happily, I discovered that I could easily block both VNC and the keylogger, and noone seemed to notice. That of course wasn't the point, as I certainly don't remember giving permission for my personal computer to be bugged in such a way.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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Google Pixel 2 XL looks interesting, and while it might be run by Google... Sammy is fast becoming just as bad for using your data to line its pockets.

As usual, popular, successful company get too big, and aims too high to make good use of it's name. Besides, £1k for a UMPC? without a keyboard? Better off getting a tablet with simcard IMO.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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With proper broadband speeds comes the possibility of hosting your own content, or IPTV becoming a viable solution to the dominance of Sky. Both things are going to be vehemently opposed by the people involved, and because they do have quite a lot of clout in the UK business market, it's entirely possible they're making damned sure that fast broadband is only a pipedream.

I find it utterly amusing to see 4 and 5g speeds overtaking standard broadband in the country. That is a clear indication that something is very wrong.

Oh, and whoever said 10mb is more than enough - I'm pretty sure you don't speak for me, so please take your narrowminded irrelevance away back to your own idyllic corner of the world.

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Moneysupermarket fined £80,000 for spamming seven million customers

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Capital One used to be one of the worst for this ( I used to work there), I don't know if they do it now, but about 15 years ago, you had to call them to activate your card, and there was no automated system. You HAD to speak to someone (me), and WE had to try and sell the utterly pointless - and worthless - Sentinel Card Protection before we'd let you use your card.

Then we'd have the 'courtesy calls' which, because it was supposedly classed as customer service, didn't count as a marketing/sales call. However, we always had to see if we could sell the infamous PPI which was the real purpose of the call.

I bet not a great deal has changed...Except the PPI bit. Pretty certain that has....

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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While Amazon Prime still make you pay to watch some shows DESPITE already BEING a subscriber, they're never going to realistically challenge Netflix for overall popularity. The only reason Amazon is still in the streaming game is down to their exclusive content, for which, arguably, is worth the admission fee.

I really don't like the way Amazon hide a lot of their stuff behind an extra paywall. It isn't particularly cheap neither. I'd happily pay a little bit* more monthly to Netflix, assuming they don't start hiding content in the same way.

* A LITTLE bit. Maybe a £1 or so. It's easier to 'borrow' the same programming from nefarious sources than it is to pay for it these days... but it's nicer to do it legitimately.

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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Re: It's a pivot

"*The name AI makes me cross, we're literally just talking about machine learning and pattern recognition following very well understood algorithms. AI implies something more than that which just doesn't exist right now. When people say "we don't even know how the machine works" they are lying or stupid - they know the algorithm and could easily reproduce the results manually using maths."

PR or ML doesn't sound as pretty or impressive as AI. AI is recognisable and markets well, it's purely a sales gimmick to call it AI - especially when dealing with somewhat dim bosses.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Until they reach the level of, ahem, interactivity as we see in Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - I don't see much point.

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Dark web souk AlphaBay outage: Users fear they've been scammed

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Crims in Criminal activity shocker! Innocent drug-fuelled customers hit, as pre-planning murder purchases go up in fragrant smoke.

I wonder if they'll try a different site to Hire-a-Hitman?

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Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

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Presumably, they won't be reusing the same protection again.

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

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Us humans are quite crap, really.

I feel shortchanged - not only can they see ultraviolet - they can do it in perfect clarity and shading too.

Of course, they can't sting other creatures without generally dying. So they're not perfect.

I wonder if wasps share a similar visual ability. Bastards that they are.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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To be fair, there are 2 rainbows on that picture. And, again in fairness, the picture DOES show what appears to be a lesbian couple with 2 kids (the person wearing the badge certainly seems to be female, there is the slight hint of breasts as shown by shadowing).

I'm not sure what the problem is of course, but I thought it only fair to point out the raging homosexuality being paraded on their front page.

Raging.

What next, a free copy of the Grindr app with every Pi? Oh think of the poor children.

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Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

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I feel these recent attacks are linked in some way, perhaps coincidence. It just seems odd that there have been 2 separate attacks, using different 'tools', within just a few weeks of each other. To mind mind, it's either trial runs - to see which system is the most effective, and who 'fixes' the problems, or maybe even some ridiculous tit-for-tat attack - like 'we can do it better' type things.

The very fact the 'Wannacry' attack had a very obvious and deliberate failsafe built in, tells me that it was designed to be shut down after a time. Perhaps those behind it didn't think it would be so easily found, or even they KNEW it would be found.. And this new attack, specifically targeting code and other 'useful' documents again tells me there is method to the madness.

I would suggest any and all sysadmins start testing their own networks for any possible point of intrusion, as I get the feeling that, as someone said earlier, these are preludes to something a lot more dangerous. Cyber crime has never been top of many IT head's agendas, mainly because it's harder to justify to the board.

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Honda plant in Japan briefly stops making cars after fresh WannaCrypt outbreak

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Possibly planted by McLaren F1 Team for 'services rendered'...

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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I think some people here spend too much time in their server rooms and have become de-sensitised to the real world.

I pray you don't develop suicidal thoughts to the point one small tip over the edge would be enough for you to take that final step.

Because anyone who can blame the victim here needs to go outside and remember what reality is like, and not what reality is according to the Daily Mail - or whatever source of warped news you choose to read.

I wonder if some people don't think that terrorism is just a bunch of misunderstood folks, who really just need a friendly hug and a cup of tea.

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Re: Do you have kids?

I.. what?

She LISTENED TO HIM DIE AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT.

That's the only part of this sorry story that matters. Even if she didn't tell him to do it, over months of texts and calls, urging him to do it.

When you are cold/unstable enough to listen to someone die, especially considering she's supposed to be in 'love' with the guy, you need to be removed from society.

Especially considering she then tried to make out she was all anti-suicide and suchlike... that's pretty deranged callousness. And by all accounts, she was even 'trying out' for the role of suicide victim.

There is room in the world for forgiveness and understanding. Just not in this case.

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Re: Unwise decision?

Because, despite everything else we already know about what happened, he TOLD her what he was doing. To quote from the article:

Carter later texted a friend and told her she was "talking on the phone with him when he killed himself ... I heard him die."

If you are in a position to prevent a death, and you are clearly aware of the absolute circumstances, as she was being on the phone with him, and you CHOOSE to not life a finger to help, that is clearly the same as CHOOSING to shoot them.

It's pretty much the same situation if you could press a button to let someone live. If you decline to press it, knowing full well the outcome of your inaction, it's just as bad as if you pressed the button to kill them instead.

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Re: Stupid but?

So you're saying that if one person, who wasn't sick as in mentally incapacitated, but sick as in psychotically driven to cause her 'boyfriend' to eventually kill himself, was white, she didn't deserve to go to jail for a VERY long time?

What a ridiculous statement. Why does skin colour have to come into everything? She was twisted and clearly enjoyed the power she had over her victim. She deserved to be found guilty of manslaughter, and it's a shame that some form of murder charge couldn't have been brought against her.

And why on earth would the verdict have been different if it was a male causing a female to commit suicide? I can't quite understand your thinking.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Big Brother

But he COULD be a Communist.

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