* Posts by Flywheel

528 posts • joined 15 Jan 2013


Australian prime minister blames 'state level' baddies for Oz parliament breach

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Not via a back door, surely?

Surely those State Level Bad Actors didn't take advantage of a back door in a system somewhere? That would be ironic.

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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When I bought a powerful enough PC (a 486DX IIR) I ran a BBS on OS/2. I went through a few popular packages but ended up with Wildcat which had a great scripting language option. Great fun, and I really miss those sweet singing tones of the modems....

Santander hands over $700m to IBM in hopes of becoming incredible banking machine

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expecting IT savings

Blimey, they never learn, do they? I'm waiting for Watson to utter those immortal words "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Makes a sloth look fast

And at least a sloth seems to have a sense of purpose!

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Genius Bar

There'll be a battle of the Genius Bars with that Apple Store - I can envisage the "geniuses" there sneaking off to the Pi Shop at lunchtime to see how it's done!

Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers

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2FA via SMS? Srsly?

I don't password share and I knew it was inevitable that I'd have to switch 2FA on at some time, but I was mightily disappointed that Nest only allow a code via SMS. No one-time password option like Google offers?! Hopefully the crims will not try and get my phone SIM reset...

I like (not love) Nest when it works, but they seemed to have seriously lost the plot when it comes to security.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: Bad news...

And please add an extra 10% on top that for the poor old NHS.. *sigh*

You think election meddling is bad now? Buckle up for 2020, US intel chief tells Congress

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Deep Fakes you say?

Deep Fakes in the next election? My dear chap, they're already here, which is why we're in such a jolly old mess...

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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Re: New Register category - "Microsoft Problems"

Great idea! It'll be a big category so you'll need to stick in the Cloud - how about O365? Oh, wait ....

Amazon's titchy robots hit the streets, Waymo starts a self-driving car factory...

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Re: What's wrong with this picture?

I have to mention this.. Hitchhiking Robot Is Decapitated And Left In A Ditch After Just Two Weeks

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Re: Scout - what could possibly go wrong?

> how Scout will ring doorbells

Anyone who's an Amazon regular will undoubtedly have an Amazon "Smart" doorbell - Scout will just ping the doorbell's stored IP address and Bob's yer Uncle.

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Scout - what could possibly go wrong?

Hmmm.. a smallish, eventually autonomous delivery-bot carrying high-value consumer goodies on the mean streets of [insert wild-west UK city here]. They really haven't thought this through, have they?

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

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I managed to blag an £800 9600 baud modem from my employer as I ran a BBS (allegedly for them, but actually not so much). I knew it was a serious piece of kit because it was made of metal.. Ah, the speeeeeeeed!!

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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As I understand it, the Crown Prosecution Service doesn't need an IT outage to cause paralysis. Just saying...

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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asked to relocate, in some cases, hundreds of miles

It's a pity they're not a communications company - more and more people are working from home/remotely now that high-speed broadband is

becoming more prevalent!

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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Re: Cotton, really?

That's a good point you make there, and if they had plans to challenge the Uzbekistan cotton market there couldn't be a worse place to do it. Mind you, I'm sure they'd find a way to set up a sweatshop - it's only a matter of time.

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

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Re: No kidding

We have our fair share of morons

And many of them have not only been working overtime lately, they've actually been featured heavily on TV!

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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.. left our army with one of the fewest numbers of soldiers we've had in a long time

Briefly putting on my tinfoil hat again.. if I was a rogue state wanting to reduce the military headcount of an enemy, this would be a very effective

way of doing it without raising suspicion....

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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Re: Seems legit

running a small blacklist of sites end users shouldn't be accessing

You'd think in the NHS's case that should be a whitelist instead - if the Internet's being used for transmission of patient info and the like, there's no need to be accessing Faceborg etc.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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excited about Gopher

Some of us never stopped being excited about Gopher - did you know that there are over 300 Gopher sites worldwide now? Not a big number in the grand scheme of things but if you want ad/junk-free content it's the only way to go.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: Much-adored Linux toolkit...

I miss /etc/rc.local :(

(yes I know there's a way to do it in systemd)

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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Re: Just to play devil's advocate here

quickly build up their numbers by hiring and training up young people from the large pool straight out of university

Yes, but then the problem is retaining them! Young starters (I was one once) tend to job-hop to get experience both in technologies and different companies.

Cambridge Analytica sister firm pleads guilty, fined £21k for failing to obey UK information commish

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Pathetic in every respect

£21K ? They can pick up that in loose change from Zucks back pocket.. and they seriously need 30 days to pay?

The amount also sounds like an amount that was arbitrarily set by some Civil Service numpty who figured that it would caused SMEs some pain. Shame they never thought long-term.

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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Re WTF. Because it saves money. Simple as that - they don't give a f*ck about anything that endangers the bottom line.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Rumour has it ...

... that the Secret Government Solution is to surround all our airports with blimps shaped like Chris Grayling, and held in place by cables, as per WW2. They'll be inflated with an endless supply of high-tech Parliament-generated hot air and Grayling's permanent fixed maniacal grimace grin will serve to scare away trespassers, at no extra cost.

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Re: At least people can take comfort from the fact that ...

I'm sure they're laughing with us, not at us....


Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Re: No it won't.

True, but if you have a physically small device that you can plug into an HDMI screen and USB /Bluetooth keyboard it will work really well. I've done that with a Raspberry Pi Zero.

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Re: 32GB HP Monstruosities

I removed Chrome OS from my lowly Acer Chromebook and slapped Gallium OS 2.1 Linux on it. It's (now) amazing what you can do with 2Gb of memory and 16Gb SSD storage...

Aussie Emergency Warning Network hacked by rank amateurs

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No back door needed then. I'm sure that won't stop them installing one, as a precaution. Think of the children!

Chinese rover pootles about... on the far side of the friggin' MOON

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Re: I can just imagine the timeline

No problem - Fake moon: Could China really light up the night sky

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I can just imagine the timeline

2019 - Chinese mission lands on the Dark Side of the Moon - High-fives all round etc

2020 - China launches 3 more missions to establish small colony for "scientific research"

2022 - China announces scientific discovery of vast precious metal mineral seams and claims squatters rights to Dark Side of the Moon. International outcry and condemnation follows. China ignores the problem and sets up first Lunar mines.

2023 - US opens first Lunar McDonalds

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: I have a .ES domain

My Europe-based domain registrar just relied to my question:

There should be no issue with your postal address in the UK.

Considering that the only registry "restriction" is a demonstrable connection with Spain.

The connection can be:

- offer services

- have a historical, cultural interest in Spain

- have the webpage translated in Spanish

- in case of e-commerce: the possibility to buy from Spain

We do not foresee any issues with you, as a UK person/company, continuing to own & register .es domains.

In my case, I have cultural interest in Spain - I drink a lot of their red wine..

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I have a .ES domain

I've so far received no notification that I have to surrender this but it'll be a real pain if I have to (all the good names were already taken).

Apple blew my mind – literally, says woman: MagSafe plug sparked face-torching blaze, lawsuit claims

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Re: Not Apples fault

It is not at the stupidity level of the classic issue that the user of the oxygen concentrator decides to have a smoke while using the system

Maybe she'd also applied hairspray just before the event - that would have "helped" things along...

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: Dutch solution - eagles!

There's still austerity here, but we can call on thousands of cheaper highly fed trained pigeons to sh1t on the drones and neutralise them that way.

If it can work for Aer Lingus a drone should be no problem.

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Re: The internet

I'm sure anyone stupid enough to do this isn't worried about legality!

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

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Re: Danger UXB

unmanned bomb delivery vehicles

I'm sure the Team has thought of the possibility of some enterprising terrorists ordering a *cough* "takeaway" to be delivered to a politician's home. The Surprise Topping never fails.

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"using a nearby fire extinguisher"

Wot? C'mon now.. you can't tell me that an open public space like that has one or several fire extinguishers casually dotted around the place? If that was Britain.. something something tealeaf ..

I couldn't tell if that was just a water bottle in the picture though

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Why Dublin?

Tá mo shreabhadh móra lán de eascanna - they'll be fine with Gaelic, really...

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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It won't be about results at this stage

Dick said earlier this year that she didn't think it would result in lots of arrests

No, but it'll collect a helluva lot of useful facial data for various state-sponsored AI systems to practice on, so imagine if they compared the images with say the Passport Office database, or maybe TFL cameras? If Joe Bloggs was a regular tube user and they captured his image via one of these vans they could easily judge the accuracy.

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Re: 650 willing crowd subjects

Please, no Dick pics!!

'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign

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Re: 1980s library art

"Takes me back to my first job, where I had an ashtray on my desk."

Cue the obligatory More doctors smoke Camels video.

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Re: I think that is the real reason

it's not like you can spend them anywhere useful

You need to use your imagination.. a lot more online suppliers accept them, physical not so much...

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

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Re: Really.

No, you got that wrong @robinson: he was paid $299,136 - he probably earned about half that. This is a common misconception.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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Re: Good for Charlemont!

Neither does the town in question sound as if it is full of people who have chosen to live off grid. Internet access is becoming one of life's essentials as much as it pains me to say that

It's a chicken and egg situation. If there was fast broadband out there, it could help regenerate the community by incentivising people to work there. The housing would be cheaper in that area so young starter families working in tech-heavy companies might just want to move out of the expensive but not-too-distant cities.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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they do not deal with overseas providers

Oh, well that's going to be really effective, no?

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unwanted pop-up ads already showing a "full spread"

The last time I saw one of those was on the Guinness web site... I must get out more.

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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How about...

... instead of the faster/smarter/sexier/smaller chips they concentrate on getting rid of the back/side/front doors first? Oh and the as-yet undiscovered one that's mimicking a pantomime trap-door. You know where that one is, don't you?


Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Re: How many billions of dollars are being spent chasing this?

millions of pictures of dogs at all different angles before it can recognise a dog with reasonable accuracy. A baby only has to be shown a dog once or twice and it knows "dog"

Unfortunately I only seem to get quizzed about buses, store fronts, traffic lights, "crosswalks" and fire hydrants whenever I have to prove I'm not a robot. I assume they'll get around to "people", "dogs" and "babies" at some stage - until then, stay off the streets!

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Look to SciFi for inspiration

If we can assume the infrastructure of the Internet is ok (for now), we can fall back on TOR. What I foresee though is an alternative Internet which doesn't use the existing Internet and would be Mesh-based, probably running on numerous 4/5/nG cells. Set up a few in your neighbourhood and get some real community going. Use decentralisation and help build the Fediverse. Let the existing Internet fester in its current form and let the rest of use the Other Internet.


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