* Posts by Snafu1

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Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

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http://www.private-eye.co.uk/ has been going on about this & similar dodges for at least 5 years if not more, in various different sections (business, government, general news etc) plus a couple of Special Reports. Being (mostly) UK focussed & distributed it may not have made WW headlines.. :(

A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Re: You want a shredder

/The/ rack? Only one? We're talking about a DC here..

Possibly substitute your triggered solenoids for shaped charges or 10 gauge.. but may be a little noisy heh?

How about (thinking Google-sized DCs) simply have an auto-reverse on the coolant system? Instead of pumping cold in, pump hot: instant death for data outflow & (if allowed to runaway) physical meltdown into a heap of aluminium/silicate slag

(for.the GCHQ operatives watching, I'm copyrighting & patenting this idea..)

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Whatever happened to the Pinch ;) ?

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[quote] "[...] degauss and shred the platters and dispose of them in multiple locations."

For (some?) metal platters you can quickly reduce them to a shapeless lump by applying the flame of a standard plumber's gas blowtorch. [/quote]

Works for bosses too.. allegedly ;)

Germans in ‘brains off, just follow orders' hospital data centre gaff

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Re: Its all in the planning

Above maybe; below sounds interesting.. a water (or waste) leak?

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Re: Probably air con fear

Legionnaire's disease? Plenty of examples of that being spread by AC.. not a nice way to suffer or go :(

Anyone stuck by a fan blowing cold air to a specific part of the body (eg a person stuck at a specific desk) may suffer joint pain (usually neck) if ambient is significantly different. Older people (say 35-40+) tend to feel this more frequently.. ofc the older ppl are more likely to be in more senior positions, so they can get the grunts to move the furniture or vent as necessary.. I'm sure you get the idea

All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Dabbsy, I'm amazed you didn't link Flanders & Swann in last week's or this week's screed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyeMFSzPgGc

(FWIW I try to stay away from plumbing. Just like sharpening kitchen knives, I know the /theory/, but always cock up the implementation.. usually drastically :( )

Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Re: Might take a while

Try the BBC 'documentary' currently available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT7Yx5kxYco

Dramatised, but fairly accurate

Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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"Let's recap: the founder of Commodore, running Atari, built a computer designed by former Commodore engineers, which would compete against a Commodore product called Amiga, designed by former Atari engineers, who wanted to replace the Commodore products designed by once-Commodore but now Atari engineers."

Does anyone remember Sellar and Yeatman? The Picts vs the Scots..

Windows 10: A sysadmin speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: overall I prefered the UI of XP

"Microsoft apologised for Windows 8 but don't appear to be serious about it."

Also IE "integration" (into the OS (later proven to be false) as well as the bundle) in XP -> W9x, the reaming of Stac's disk-doubler tech, the blatant copying of DR's utilities/UX etc etc... all the way back to MS DOS v1

When will ppl learn that a successful mega-corp builds its success on the bodies of its competitors as well as their developments :(

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: The witches were introduced in Wyrd Sisters, a parody of Macbeth.

[quote]In Pratchett's world, Middle Earth is just a small part of the more backward region of Discworld, where some very unpleasant little wars took place and missionaries are going out to reclaim the Orcs for civilisation. [/quote]

Tell me, have you ever tried /Grunts/ by Mary Gentle? If you've read enough of LoTR to remember it, & appreciate parody, it should knock your socks off! :)

Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

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Re: Comeuppance

Considering the cellphone operators were 'given' (implying 'for free') the bandwidth in the first place, I think this is now a cry-baby attitude on the part of those who now find they have to pay for it..

Excessive wind bothers solar racers' rear ends

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The Saharan desert expanded rapidly due to the introduction of goats a few thousand years ago, IIRC: they ate pretty much all the vegetation at the fringes, resulting in nothing strong enough to hold the dust/sand down long enough to fix it in place. This eventually resulted in a self-perpetuating expanding cycle of desertification

What happened with the Aus version? Rabbits were introduced too late shirley, and the water table's high enough to support scrub..

LOHAN hero playmonaut STRANDED on Spanish mountain

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Your Playmonaut seems to be having difficulty finding the correct Secret Mountaintop Lair.. would you like some help with that?

WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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Controller-

Optimised

Neutralisation

Device

Operated

Manually

Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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This one is going to run..

and run..

Password-keeper LastPass plugs up IE cache leak vuln

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"The browser plugins detect when you change a site password and update the vault accordingly. The "Fill Form" function makes online forms a doddle, especially given that you can have multiple forms for different locations. Logging in to one device even logs any others out, and this is all from the free version."

/This/ makes me shudder. The principle is fine, but the execution WRT security (allowing for the patched problem) is a nightmare. The 'Fill form' functionality can be picked out specifically for a) its usefulness & b) its potential security problems, /especially/ over wifi (although even cabled systems can be compromised)

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Re: Always seemed odd...

Attacking a strong target (I have to assume LP is 'strong') consumess a lot more resources than attacking several weak ones.. plus the weak ones (once compromised) may lead you to further clues, cutting down the options again

Of course if the 'strong' target has such a glaring hole then all bets are off

Not quite sure where it should go, but..

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Re: Not quite sure where it should go, but..

and www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDiSYp_51iY

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(dunno why my original snafu acct was disabled, but wth..)

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Not quite sure where it should go, but..

I'm sure you can use this in an upcoming piece..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOWA-L3JZO4

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