* Posts by redpawn

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Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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I'm not worried

about the battery leaking, just all the stuff used to extract the energy.

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'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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It's so they will make a clean bust

I'll get my coat, but on the way out, I'll make you one for less than $42,000 if you have the cash.

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It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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This will save Edge

Mac users don't have a browser which is only useful to download a preferred browser. That is unless you count Safari.

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Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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This is good

It is a return to the time before people had to lock their doors. You should feel much safer now.

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FCC slammed for 'arbitrary and reckless' plan to change how text messages are regulated

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Re: comforting innit.

How right you are. The economic benefits to private schools, real estate sales people and nanny services used by telcom execs should not be underestimated. When large corporations have more money, their executives support these industries. We should all hope the cash spigot is left wide open through lack of regulation so executive bonuses can trickle down.

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Apple emits its much-anticipated updates to Mac, AppleTV, and iOS

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So who updates first?

I'll wait a couple of days.

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Re: So the 365 in Office 365 means...

"365 fuckups a year?"

That's only one per day.

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When you buy Microsoft Services,

You get Microsoft quality.

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Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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What's the catch?

From the current administration I can't believe that a gotcha isn't in the works such as a reinterpretation of the contract clauses to allow you to be sued despite the repair being legal.

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Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

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Nothing to hide nothing to patch

How am I supposed to manage a household without my toothbrush telling the wold I am low on paste or my refrigerator telling amazon the milk is sour or Alexa telling the Goog that no one is home. I want my light bulb to unlock the car when I go out and lock the house. The toaster should switch on the burner in the morning so I don't have to wait to cook eggs as long as there are some in the refrigerator. Burdensome patching only makes life harder.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to patch!

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Last year, D-Link flubbed a router bug-fix, so it's back with total pwnage

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But free market

It must be that users don't value security. Users do extensive research before purchasing critical home networking kit. They also have their food tested for unwanted pesticides before eating it.

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Enterprise IoT security sucks so much, it's made Intel and Arm work together to tackle it

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Security is job one

This proves the good nature of corporations in difficult times, coming together to solve complex problems for the betterment of all except people.

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Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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Security staff

The security staff is so good, they can afford to work for free.

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Shred them

Mandatory standards of security should be required to import any such device. Non-complying devices should be confiscated and shredded at the border.

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US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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BPOE

We have the Best People on Earth securing our military systems, or is that the Elks Club.

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Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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For @#&% Sake,

Just put the poor beast down already!

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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You get what you pay for

That’s how free markets work. You bought a combination phone/paper weight and it still is. Reading the EULA tells you your gadget is practically guaranteed not to work as advertised so take heart these two primary functions probably still work.

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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: Two questions if I may

1. Natural things grow at their own pace.

2. The IPv6 seed might need to have its outer coating scored or scorched before it will sprout.

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Just supply the bandwidth you advertise regardless of the source. Promising a good data stream only to your own speed test servers and a few paying partners is not good enough.

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Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

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All your code are belong to us

Watch for new terms of use and binding arbitration.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Like Alexa

I encountered the ever friendly Alexa at an acquaintance's place. Other than asking for "Why did the chicken cross the road?" answers, Its friendliness made me want to through it in the ocean. Overly chatty people are bad enough but it is at least possible to share a beer at the end of the day and tune them out.

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Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

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Do they specify the retrieval time?

It could take a 11 zeros worth of days to retrieve you data from its perfect data storage vault.

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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Re: Solution

This is done in Hawaii. The scanning machine will let you know ahead of time if it reads a spoiled vote and give you the choice to get your ballot back or to send it through anyway. The machine reports the votes but the ballots are human readable.

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Russia's national vulnerability database is a bit like the Soviet Union – sparse and slow

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Re: Two Russia cyber stories ..

Can't imagine why anyone would have a negative view of Putin товарищ so right you are.

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US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

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Re: Symptoms of misguided policies

But War. We need the tools. It's us vs. them. Surrendering to the bad guys is unthinkable. Existential threat. Give us more resources.

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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I've already got mine

and when I look around, some of the 2D and 3D objects actually move when I walk around them. One makes noise rubs against my leg then jumps onto the kitchen counter acting like it wants to be fed. Another makes annoying barking sounds at random times. I can even manipulate a can opener to satisfy the objects. I have been informed that one can get an upgrade from the supermarket for $8 which in addition to increasing the sharpness of small print, reveals flaws in the simulation such as lack of detail in photographs.

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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You Just Need to Have Faith

It is only our faith in money that makes money work and so it is with Atari. Have you ever considered that the machine you are using now only works because you have faith in it? ... me neither.

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Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

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Monopoly is a Fun Game

as long as you avoid landing on an Oracle, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Spectrum... Hotel. Bankruptcy will happen to most and moral bankruptcy for the remainder. Trump gets to play too and he is obsessed with "Fairness" so you know you will get an equal shot at winning the game.

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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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The economy was already on the upswing before Trump. Remember the economy under collapse at the end of Bush's term. Lots of rebuilding under Obama but trump claimed it was a bubble. The economy is now on amphetamines as this increase in economic activity is pushing the National Debt is through the roof. Buy a nice membership to Sam's Club with your tax break unless you are super rich in which case get yourself a new jet.

You wouldn't want the quality of your water or air to be regulated as it might interfere with bidness. Enjoy your free market choices with the end of net-neutrality.

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There is a point though. It is to remind people of the all the things the Trump administration has foisted on the US populace.

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Astroboffins spy the most greedy black hole yet gobbling a Sun a day

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Re: Space is a time machine

or time is a space machine. Who plugged it in without setting the voltage switch first?

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Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

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The trickle down effect

Who would want to deprive the CEOs of ISPs of their pay raises. Think of all the nannies and private schools which will deprived of potential income. Think of the struggling real estate brokers and hedge fund managers and their children too.

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US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops

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Professionals

are always trustworthy, so no problem.

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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Nothing cleaver to say,

they are at SpaceX.

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NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

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We all know that

NASA keeps a base on the moon already to test crashed UFOs from the 50's. They are just pretending to want a public program some time in the future. Got to get my super charged beer from under my chrome plated pyramid now.

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So when can you get in the first self-driving car? GM says 2019. Mobileye says 2021. Waymo says 2018 – yes, this year

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Taxis

A great place to start. So do you choose the mob owned medallion driver or the mob owned self driving cab next time you land in a city? I'd seriously consider leaving the airport on foot.

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Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing

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This reminds me of POGs

the paper milk caps which were used for gaming purposes many years ago. They became collectors items. Adults and children bought into collecting limited edition cardboard discs with hopes of cashing in. Shops opened and sales expanded exponentially. But since they were intrinsically useless and new supplies could be created by anyone, though not exactly the same as the next entrepreneur's, the market crashed.

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Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Re: Sites sharing passwords with each other?

Take it a step further and inform each user of the number of other users with the same password as you. For the truly security conscious corporation they could inform you which users were sharing your password as an added incentive to have a strong unique password.

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MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

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You are touching it wrong!

You take our precious MBPs into dusty environments and hammer upon the keys. No wonder they break and it is your fault so no warranty repairs for you. The proper way to type is to take your MBP to a dust free environment and adhere a sponge to each key. Next gently touch them, one at a time. Your well engineered Mac will continue to work perfectly for the entire warranty period.

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Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics

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The price of Freedom

As with the second amendment one can expect casualties using MS products to exercise first amendment rights. This is price for having the freedom to defend yourself or express yourself.

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Hawaii Live-Go! Microsoft launches Honolulu admin tool for cloud and on-prem

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Project Honolulu Because?

Hawaii is known for its bureaucracy and inefficiency like Microsoft? Think incoming missile stuff-up and Edge. Or should you think of some of the worst traffic in the country running on crumbling infrastructure.

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'Well intentioned lawmakers could stifle IoT innovation', warns bug bounty pioneer

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Stop regulating cars too

I want a Mad Max car and random IoT objects in my house. It would be real cool to have large metal spikes protruding from all sides of my vehicle and to have 21st century pirates in my appliances. Let the free market regulate traffic and tech. End the nanny state and give people the freedom to protect themselves.

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'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

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Because Apple Loves You,

like the controlling spouse who will hit you and lock you out for parking the car in the wrong direction or purchasing petrol from the wrong station. Understand it might appear to be abuse, but it is just love in another form.

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Holy helmets, Batman! Bane-like mask lets you 'talk' to computers without making a sound

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Better than shouting at your computer

Time to implant an electrode. For secure communications you would go wired. Otherwise you could broadcast your thoughts to all in range with Bluetooth.

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Intel admits a load of its CPUs have Spectre v2 flaw that can't be fixed

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Re: So since Intel have now confirmed that are unwilling to fix...

More like all the cars have a keyless entry system with an alternate entry code of 1111.

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Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

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Better to let unfriendly entities spy

on US citizens than to allow the people a secure cell phone network. After all "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" and soon will have nothing which suits the US government as evidenced by their actions.

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Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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Why are

people always so tired on April first?...

Because of the 31 day march. Happy Easter!

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Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe

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I have a safe!

I put an object in front of the closet door and it keeps my cat from peeing there. Is this good enough?

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Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

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Too expensive for Amazon

Sky high storage rates and so few customers poor Amazon is going the way of Sears... Wait what am I thinking it's just greed.

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

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LSoT

Lying Sack of Trump is in continuous need of deflecting attention from himself so facts don't matter. LSoT pretends to be for the ordinary man, not person, while pushing money into the hands of elites. By the way, LSoT supporters are still waiting for all those coal mining jobs to come back. They are terminal optimists.

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