* Posts by NotBob

350 posts • joined 27 May 2014


DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one


Re: Or maybe...

Except the data was verified in advance, if you read the article.

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


Re: Crazy people harming the innocent

So the same world as the BCH employees, but he caused less demonstrable harm.


Re: What a hero

To be fair, I followed the case, and the folks involved at the hospital shouldn't have jobs anywhere in healthcare ever again. They should be facing jail time alongside him for kidnapping, and the judge should be flipping burgers.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)


Re: Root cause analysis?

Anyone wanting a root cause analysis from the BOFH will either be found as the root cause or be found in the next episode...

Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio


Re: F and M?

There is a bank with those letters. I think it's F & M Trust, but can't be arsed to look it up...

America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky


Re: Justice grinds ever more finely

In less populated areas, a shotgun loaded with bird shot has been shown effective.

Now we need to see if we can use some form of rubber bullet for the same effect...


Re: For the curious

It's been a while, but I believe you end up getting a permit to fly. The AMA has moved the paperwork to members-only, so I can't see it, but it probably requires insurance, specific inspections, enhanced site requirements (bigger area in case something goes wrong), and possibly notifying the nearest airport.

Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown


Probably willing to pay them as long as they are not doing anything productive. No need to worry about that with the ones who walked out today.

Reminds me of an old comic strip when it is announced that all nonessential personnel can go home early. The boss stands in the window saying something like "deciding who to lay off will be easy this year." Might have been an old dilbert strip.

Well-rested women in danger of bouncing their men into early grave


Even if you didn't live longer without the fun times, I'm sure it would feel longer...

Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats


Isn't it terrible

He seems to be essentially complaining about the amount of improvement work that has been done for this rc. What a shame that more things have been fixed, resulting in a bigger change in the code.

While the world's smallest violin plays, I need a drink...

Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?


Reality TV

Where the men are men and so were the women...



Re: Alternative Facts

Origin stories like: "in the beginning, there was nothing. Then the nothing exploded and made stuff..."

Something from nothing is magic either way. At least they have the cojones to say it was supernatural.

'Celebgate' nudes thief gets just nine months of porridge


Re: Contradictory Information

He phished out the keys to the front door. Encryption doesn't help anything unless the key is kept secure.

Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality


Re: over engineered

I had one of those small biometric gun safes. Great idea, but it couldn't reliably read my fingerprint. Interestingly, we have the same issue with a number of the employees at the local factory, where we use fingerprint for the time clock. The company had to put in exceptions so some folks could clock in and out without the biometric component, because they had fingerprints that could not reliably be read.

I no longer have that device.

Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change


Re: I already read this

"Legal tender for all debts, public and private"

It's printed on the bills, but the government doesn't like people questioning the value of any of its currency. Add in that it's a government agency collecting (the DMV) and it seems unlikely that they could reasonably refuse...

Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals


Re: Fascists

Additionally, we are going from a career politician to a wildcard. He's been getting his jabs in (such as at Israel), now he's taking care of the people around him.

Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way


Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

Shotgun license? We just walk in to Walmart or the local gun shop and walk out with one. Grab a couple boxes of bird shot, too. Remember, kids, gun control means using both hands, so you're probably going to have to put the beer down.

Mine's the one with the sawed-off mossberg in it.

The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies


He may do better quietly buddying up with someone to get into a tla type position. After all, he already has his own spying network

El Reg just saved your Wikipedia Xmas


The issue is that we were told the annoying crap would go away if they hit a fundraising goal. The goal was exceeded, but the irritating crap stayed on.

Not sure how well the phone works when it's up your arse with your head and all...

US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

Big Brother

I want to support Amazon, but can we really say they are doing the Right Thing® if it's only to cover up for all the shady spying for advertising they are doing?

Seems we have more Big Brothers watching than I want to think about...

Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets


Seems like exciting research.

Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight


"Universal and well-understood standard"

We have a standard. The standard is that we'll do what we want and screw all of you if you don't like it!

It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk


Perhaps if driving in the UK was on the right side of the road, eh?

A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way


Re: @Ivan4

It's not just BAU, it's a business itself. Look at the massive donations from foreign governments, perhaps best captured in the "pay to play" Clinton Foundation...

Marc Andreessen has a pretty creepy relationship with Zuck


Re: Watched AOL destroy Netscape

Microsoft may have played a large part, but anything AOHell touched was destroyed. Netscape was doomed, coaster supply has all but dried up... Just look at the sorry state of the internet! I blame AOL and it's crappy internet ages ago.

The Dread Server BlackBerry Enterprise is no more


So it's been renamed, is it any easier to work with?

Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings


Everything travels through time. It's only if something can alter its rate through time that anyone would be impressed...

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor


Re: Well...

Let's face it, if it's like it is across the pond, few casual users will notice. Businesses that depend on specific software will pay any price, even if that means software that has been hobbled in a non-business-critical way. IT folks will bang their heads against the wall over the implications, and we may see some increased use of OS, but it won't change much.

They knew that when they passed it.

Half-ton handbuilt CPU heads to Centre for Computing History


What the boss thought

when we said we needed to do some "heavy computing."

CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security


Re: They should...

Don't give them ideas. Secure boot, anyone? Any chance to lock the computer to only Windoze and they'll be all over it at our expense.

NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science


Re: How does this work?

The sideways flame is interesting, I assumed it was a camera angle thing.

China cites Trump to justify ‘fake news’ media clampdown. Surprised?


Make the Great Firewall Great again, eh?

DDoS attacks: For the hell of it or targeted – how do you see them off?


Re: Cloud-based DDoS defences introduce delays


If we play our cards right, maybe we can spin this into The Year of Linux on the Desktop

What says Internet of Things better than a Bluetooth-controlled smart candle?


Re: I can see a point

Yes. That way they can't charge their phones to control the candles, but they can sit smugly in the semi-dark knowing that the candle they lit is ridiculously overpriced compared to the "old fashioned" candles the neighbors have.

Oracle settles with State of Oregon for US$100m, by locking it in


Re: Summary

It has to work this time, otherwise Oracle won't have them locked in and required to pay...

Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

Black Helicopters

Tin foil hat time

Seems odd to see all these Apple tax stories just a little while after they resisted their patriotic duty...

Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar


Re: "Have you been forced to do utterly pointless work?"

I worked at a factory that did this well. Employees scanned or swiped time cards when starting or leaving machines. There was provision for logging time not at a machine, too (down time, no material, fixing someone else's cock-up)... It was actually quite nice, and manglement had all their pretty graphs and whatnot.

You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'


Some banks use the picture as a way of identifying themselves to you. If you see the wrong picture, you either have the wrong account or it isn't actually your bank.

'Inherent risk' to untried and untested 4G emergency services network – NAO


Re: Towers

That seems to be a problem, but I don't know that this is a solution. Across the pond we use radios. We have channels which are full duplex for communication with dispatch and the like, but we have basic walkie-talkie channels for tactical and operations channels on scene. Nothing short of an intentional jamming operation is going to take it all down.


So do the costs include the blue light services needing their own portable "towers" for when disaster strikes and the impact incidents would have on the national bottom line and lives while the 4g signal is down?

One assumes, perhaps incorrectly, that it at least includes making emergency services' devices take priority in heavy congestion. The tech exists. Of course, they may instead be relying on some sort of "cell on wheels" or "cell on light truck" portable tower solution. Maybe even flying in some blimps with equipment...

Kneel before Zod! OpenText claims mighty Documentum from Dell


Sounds better than companies just selling customer lists...

Google plots cop detection for auto autos


Re: Loop until... Loop until...

In the US, it is generally permitted to go through a red light if traffic is clear and you are turning right.

Emergency vehicles may be allowed to ignore certain traffic regulations if running lights and sirens, but different standards for different services. If you wreck while driving with lights and sirens, the assumption is that you screwed up. Your insurance company will have to prove otherwise.

Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers


Chrome has a big market share probably helped by bundling with their android OS offering.

When do we start the legal work against them like we did Microsoft of olde?

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Re: They way of the playground has much to commend it.

That gets very expensive very quickly when they lawyer up. After all, you haven't proven they're doing anything...

Cash crunch at Tesla


For all the reviews, the model s is apparently pretty awesome. Is it proced wrong? Is there a manufacturing issue bleeding money? Or is it just trying to do too much too quickly?

Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses


Re: HMS Forth??

Maybe they coded in forth.

IIRC, you can assign 4 to equal 1 in that language, so it works on multiple levels...

Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec


They're takin' our jorbs!

Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis


Re: Easy mistake to make?

They keep forgetting "the enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more, no less."

Send them to read the 70 maxims again.

Google breaks heart, White Knight falls off horse


Over here,

The broadband you have is seldom the broadband you want...


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