* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: RE: GOT AWAY WITH IT

"legislation for murder"

Murder is contrary to Common Law.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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Re: First Quantum Link... then Usenet... now...

I do miss the Trojan Room coffee pot.

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Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

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"the tool can also allow people"

"the tool can also allow authorized police and security personnel"

FYFY, it is a backdoor after all, just like what Amber Rudd wants.

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

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Re: God forbid

Valley? Belgium to that - trust me, stay in the trees.

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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He was correct

The Internet is a series of tubes.

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

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Re: No problem ...

"Why not leverage increased requirements to drive purchase price down?"

Just like the Tornado,

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Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

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Re: Geneva Convention

" ... UN says should stop but never do anything to stop it."

The UN has no way to apply economic or violent power. It has to rely on the member states stepping up. The UN can be many things to many people but has to rely on political influence for all it's actions. Have a go at your government if you have a beef with the efficacy of the UN.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Re: Count me unimpressed

It's a small step from "you bought X so you'll like X"

FTFY

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Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

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Re: Satellite in-flight Wi-Fi ..

Well, you see, its this series of tubes ....

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Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

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Samsung's still not saying when Linux on Galaxy will debut

"We'll let you know just as soon as we've sorted the data slurp."

Regards, Sammy XX

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Re: Logitech make a habit of this - avoid

At the risk of starting a war, would the camera have worked with a Linux distribution?

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"Another advantage is that if you need assistance they can sort problems out remotely. I've had to use that twice via online chat and it's quite handy. Logon, start the chat, explain a problem and wait. Their support staff are actually very good."

Its a remote control, over engineered to act as an information collection tool. It should be so simple to use that chats with the manufacturer are unnecessary. I may be cynical but the more difficult they make it to use the more personal data can be captured.

My take, from the UK, is that the item is clearly not fit for purpose after March next year. Go down to the local civil court and file a small claim - you have up to 6 years from purchase. Remember to sue the vendor, not Logitech, if enough people get on the back of PC World, John Lewis, Amazon etc perhaps Logitech will get the message from them.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

"Something must be done"

This is something. Bugger all use, but it is something.

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Look, ma! No hands! Waymo to test true self-driving cars in US with Uber-style hailing app

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Re: What's the point of "truley human-free" cars?

"Labradors"

Just as soon as we develop robotic poo-bags handlers.

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Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

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Re: What this guy says

"but we prefer not to indulge in such unfounded speculation."

Yeh, right.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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At one time (late 1800s) the absolute world speed record was held by a battery powered car.

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Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

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Re: I can see only the one solution

@ Charles 9

This way to the Butlerian Jihad!

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Try a sensible design?

Not an insurer but NewsThump reported that Audi would pay fines for their owners of new cars. Up to £20k a year apparently.

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So I'm liable for my Volkswagon exceeding CO2 emissions?

You can be if you mess with the pollution control systems. Will you be liable if you refuse the VW correction patch?

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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Re: Not new

My car has the lowest level of auto-pilot, a cruise control that simply makes progress at a fixed speed. The problem is not that I do not pay attention, at least not deliberately, but that I have to steel myself to switch it off. In lines of moving traffic I would get too close to the car in front waiting for the gap that I thought would appear on the offside to overtake.

I'm better with a little more experience and don't use it in heavy traffic conditions - hey, it was new. Given that I would add to the problem of inattentive drivers suddenly being asked to takeover the fact that, given that they will have less experience, they will not recognise there is a problem even when the big fucking klaxon goes off.

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

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Re: In before the smartarses going "what's new?", "we all knew this already", etc....

I'm happy with two units a day. I'm up to June 2034 already.

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Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

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The Indian

has made over 400 treaties with the white man.

They have kept only one promise, they took our land.

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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

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Re: "here is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : "

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"You Can't Fix Stupid"

Parents do "think of the children", all the time. Screwing with their offsprings' security is the one thing that has any hope of pushing an IoT security agenda, and possibly fixing stupid (or rather ignorance).

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: They seek him here...

"drilot"

I think you meant "idiot".

(My spell checker offers "drolly"; no, I have no idea either.)

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'Cyber kangaroo' ratings for IoT security? Jump to it, says Australia's cyber security minister

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Re: Great Idea!

"What's that Skippy, IOT security is shit?"

(In my best Liza Goddard voice.)

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IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

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Re: Die Hard: Offshore

"On 2 October 1942, Queen Mary accidentally sank one of her escort ships, slicing through the light cruiser HMS Curacoa off the Irish coast with a loss of 239 lives."

OK, Wikipedia and RMS Queen Mary was probably somewhat more agile than a modern container ship.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: Is anything ever obsolete?

ATSC version 3 is better than NTSC

Almost Twice the Same Colour

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Top of the radio charts: Jodrell Bank goes for UNESCO World Heritage status

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Re: Quasers?

Quasers

Weren't they banned during the war on fat?

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Re: Backdoors for all

Size of crypto software: 25kb

Size of 47 mandated back doors: 25Tb

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Re: spoilerific

Don't tell me, let me guess.

Jar Jar Binks is back?

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Russia to block access to cryptocurrency exchanges' websites – report

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Re: Banning it so it must be popular

"why they need guns"

Why they want guns surely?

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Real Mad-quid: Murky cryptojacking menace that smacked Ronaldo site grows

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Re: I'm OK with this

There is a cost for background mining, power, life of CPU etc. OK, perhaps minuscule and something I would agree to if asked for informed consent. The crucial point is that I am not asked so have not agreed and it is theft.

The other concern is security. Who knows what may be smuggled onto my PC along with the mining script.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Wrong Swelling

Given the views of iThing owners about their iThing perhaps they are mistaken about what is swelling?

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Beach, please... Billionaire VC finally opens way to waves

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Re: Obvious man is obvious

What, Pretty Woman wasn't a biography?

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Online criminal records checks to take a punt on troubled Verify system

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Or if the DBS check comes back "fail"

An unnatural person.

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NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

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Re: Premature release?

" ... it happens to the best sometimes."

All these comments and nothing ejaculation related yet. Sometimes I despair of the comentards.

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Re: Counterproductive..

Why not try Trevor Baylis wind up radios and a high powered BBC World Service tx?

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: A certain bias, there

Always pour the beer the night before, that way it is flat and you can get it down your neck quicker in the morning.

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NetApp scraps first day of Insight conf talks at Mandalay Bay after terrorist guns down 59

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Re: Heard at the NRA headquarters

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

My take on these well known words emphasises "free". They were penned not too long after the American revolution when the shackles of the occupying power were broken. Political and legal systems were not mature. "Militia" implies a measure of local command and control. In order to remain free of an overbearing government or imperial power local communities could turn out a well armed and effective military force.

Given US history, Manifest Destiny etc, tradition and politics the right to bear arms is seen as the final guarantee of freedom.

I am not an American, am I right or wrong?

Of course a local ad-hoc force could not effectively defeat a modern military. A measure of local control is retained in the National Guard. I do wonder if military hardware should be in the hands of amateurs.

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Schrems busts Privacy Shield wide open

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Re: They've got to sit down and think about it again

"Pork Sword" because they're gonna screw you whatever.

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Ouch: Brit council still staggering weeks after ransomware bit its PCs

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Re: Random, malicious, professional?

"Professional" implies a certain level of training, skill, experience and, yes, remuneration. It may also imply membership of an institution established by charter.

Doing it for money implies that you have a job.

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Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

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All together now,

"An engineer told me before he died,

He knew a girl ... "

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MoD brainbox repo opens up IP treasure chest for world+dog

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Re: Really?

Leaking acid burnt the operators' backs. Hence signallers were known as "scaly-backs."

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Boffins sling around entangled photons at telco wavelengths

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Ernest Rutherford

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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Office 2019

Only for sale on 10 Hygiea.

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Insteon and Wink home hubs appear to have a problem with encryption

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Re: What do we care ?

Remember to include the phrase "we take security very seriously."

Wot about "learning lessons?"

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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Re: Considering everything else about Daesh

Thanks.

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Re: Considering everything else about Daesh

As I recall (and if not true it should be) one of the great debates in certain parts of the Muslim world was the use of SMS for divorce. Can you send one SMS text saying "Talaq talaq talaq" or were three separate texts, each saying "Talaq" necessary?

Still, we (Christians that is) argued about angels and pin heads. Intelligent people went happily to their execution fire because they did not accept that a wafer and wine would really become the body and blood of Christ. But as a sinner I think indulgences are a great idea.

Is there an app for making a confession, if so is it approved by the Vatican?

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Sputnik-1 replica used to test the real thing goes under the hammer

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What have the Victorians done for us?

letters

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Evidence Based Policy Making

"No, not heard of that."

HMG

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