* Posts by MiguelC

371 posts • joined 22 May 2014


France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban

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We're still waiting for that one piece of evidence against Huawei.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: Pussy Galore ?

What about Octopussy? (on retrospect, that one really sounds like it's about a strange alien able to satisfy 8 earthlings at once)

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: I'm not even sure that half the developers read the prompts they are adding

In their defense, you wanted to cancel it, didn't you?

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Re: I can believe it!

Some years ago I was designing a piece of software that would replace a commercial offering we were using then but that was incompatible with Windows 7.

The user showed me how it worked and what they did daily, "press F3 once then type something then press F3 twice and check the values, then press F3 n times", etc.

Each time F3 was pressed, the program advanced to the next part of the workflow.

I then asked how to go back to the previous screen in case you wanted to recheck something.

"Well, you press F3 until you get to main screen again and restart pressing F3 until the screen you missed is shown", was the answer.

I looked a bit closer for a second, then pressed F2. And, to the amazement of the user, the previous screen was presented.

Yes, although the user had been using that program for over 10 years, they had never read the instructions shown at the bottom of every screen!

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

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Alphabet board smacked with sueball for paying off Google execs accused of sexual harassment

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Re: PR stunt

You've not been reading the news, I gather...

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper

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A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client...

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

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Re: Oh yeah

and interest rates (for inter bank loans) are currently negative....

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids

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Re: Do phones still have an IR port?

About those 5 star ratings, they're probably from the same types that give 1 star commenting that they've just installed the app and are going to check it....

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Re: Do phones still have an IR port?

According to GSMArena's list, 221 currently available phones have IR transmitters (my own Honor included).

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Re: html in email...

PayPal also does that, they send mails displaying a button like text saying 'Check your account movements now' with a link to your account where you have to input your password.

As with this Apple site, who knows what the link really points to?

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Looking to the right side... when will that thing star to shout Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!?!!

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

Free wi-fi all around, kid's friends (also) have mobes, etc.

What you need to understand is that you can never control everything so you should - instead of forbidding - instill responsibility into your children.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Travel agents, mortgage brokers, insurance brokers, etc., help you save time. How much is your time worth? Mine is not only expensive but on short supply.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Pulled the plug...

@ElReg you could also let readers hide those under account settings

Another gripe of mine are paginated articles. As with comments, you should allow your readership to decide how they want to see long articles

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight

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Re: Mersenne

Or Trump....

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: Cows

I've been chased by a cow while cycling and can assure two things:

1 - they're a lot faster than they look;

2 - they're scary as shit when they're after you!

Slap for Slack chat app after US, Canada chaps zapped in Iranian IP address map whack

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Re: Fascism

I understand and agree with your feeling but I'm not sure I feel comfortable up-voting the comment...

Ho ho ho! Washington DC sends Zuckerberg a sueball-shaped present

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Re: Shit... meet fan

(although not for popcorn eaters or anyone else standing in front of said fan)

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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If that works I don't see any problem (as long as its voluntary, but this being in China....)

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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Re: Watches

I've always used manual gauges as back-up to my (Suunto) dive computer, not only there will never be any batteries issues with those as being able to double check everything gives you a lot of peace of mind

And double checking with your diving partner when in doubt also helps...

Silent night, social fight: Is Instagram the new Facebook for pro-Trump Russian propagandists?

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Someone posted on Google+ ?

Obvious fake news!

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

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Re: Need to determine your alignment?

Wrong order: tying the bag should be chaotic evil!

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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Re: You can't get here

Long ago, my colleagues and I were following up a mainframe bug report and saw a message on the terminal stating something very much like "if you reached this point you're fucked". The original coder was no longer working with us and, unfortunately, we had to agree with his statement...

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: Not user error

In my early life, I taught some basic computer intro courses for people who -mostly- never had used computers before. Once there was a lady who complained about the difficulty in using the mouse as the cursor moved on the wrong direction(s). Sure enough, the mouse's cord was under her wrist and all went smoothly after showing her the right way to hold the device...

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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...and I really don't like my coworkers at the office anyway...

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

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Re: "up to 95 per cent"

1 household out of 1000 also falls in that range...

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

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Re: There appears to be an assumption

Another assumption is that payment (in cash) is mandatory on porn sites (as Lord Paddick so astutely pointed out when referring that it would be hard to control Twitter content as "asking payment service providers to take action – as they are required to for porn sites –" was not possible)....

I see a tiny point of failure there (in addition to all the others)

Have a gander at this: Amazon agrees not to act as Silicon Valley's foie gras dealer

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Re: Chacun à son goût

For those who say it's nice for the birds, how about a nice video (remember, this one was filmed as a demo, so there's some extra care not to show any brutality)...

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: humans were never intended to eat sprouts!

nor beans, but don't even try taking those away... I'm serious now!... back off!

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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and what about address spoofing? it was even easier to do then as it is now

UK Supreme Court considers whether spy court should be immune to legal probes

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Re: "While the UK is better than many countries"

Your point being? It's also worse than many others.

I think we should aim for "good", nut just "better than others"...

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Re: Speaking of confusion.....

Problem with that is that the taxman doesn't care about anything you say. If they don't have the information they required they assume you didn't provide it and chug along accordingly. You feel the pain, not them.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: "people arrested in third countries who then magically turn up in China"

Oh, you mean that China might do something similar to CIA's extrajudicial renditions

So the stereotype's real, they're still copying the US! /sarcasm

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: Child porn

Ban! Ban! Ban!

To err on the safe side, they should ban all images!

And ban all videos too (don't really know if video is allowed, and didn't care to check)!.

And ban all text, text can be problematic too.

Only then they'll have a safe place for all to enjoy.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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"The moral of the story? Ensure every suspicious nook and cranny of your motor is clear of anything even remotely resembling a controlled substance. Even a little taste test would have had this whole sorry episode licked."

Erm, no, the moral is never to visit the U. S. of A.

I thought that was perfectly clear by now!

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Re: re: stop me painting my own copy to hang in my living room.

I'd say it's more akin to a musician licensing their music but wanting to stop you - specifically - from listening to it.

So yeah, if they licence it, they can not stop you from enjoying it.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Please select your country / region to buy HUAWEI MateBook X Pro








Hmm... It seems some countries are missing from that list.....

Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz

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Drug-free work environment

Are NASA as tight-arsed about alcohol and tobacco use for their own workers? Oh, you mean 'other' drugs...

(I do suppose there are no drug dispensaries at Space-X but I could be wrong)

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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Re: Reboot Avatar? Yuck!

You mean blue Pocahontas?

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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As if there ever was any relation between a company's turnover and/or profit and it IT department's competence*...

*See "Banks" for reference.

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing

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Re: E-mail Client

Like this Apple site?

(now then, I know it's not malicious, but do you?

SMS 2FA database leak drama, MageCart mishaps, Black Friday badware, and more

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Re: What a load of bull

"Even if you consider the world's most awesome chess player, he still only has an 8 x 8 board and 16 pieces, most of which only have one kind of movement."

And I'm sure you did the math on that one...

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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yes it is, and the main reason is that a civil case in the US is (potentially) worth a lot more than in Belize

also, Faull was a fellow american citizen

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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That photo Apple uses to promote the X family

Always looks to me like the phone is bulging enormously, like if the battery's ready to explode...

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!

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Re: It isn't rocket surgery people.

Nor brain science, for the matter...

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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Re: "captured audio of the killings, and subsequent removal of the bodies"

And that is the reason why Amazon has been strenuously fighting off attempts to recover audio sent through Alexa, they really really really don't want you to know how much they know about what you say when you think nobody's listening...

Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

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Re: Or the less of two weevils.

Or choosing to get hit with the lesser of two anvils

Western Digital: And when I pull the covers off, behold as NAND becomes virtual DRAM

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Re: Is two really three?

Why do you think there's a comma between "consumer" and "and enterprise and commercial"?

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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One plane gives you 2-dimensional positioning

When they manage 3 planes will they get 4-dimensional positioning? Awesome!


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