* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Standard Life axes IT bods

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Time to move the pension fund elsewhere.

TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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Just say no.

1. "Do you want $Browser to remember this password".

2. Webmail?

3. Cloud? You mean someone else's computer, completely out of your control?

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: What date is good for you?

"I'll set the date to the 14th January 2020"

Postpone it a little longer. 29th February 2021.

Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Robot vacuum cleaners...

...are they any good at doing stair carpets?

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Re: Control devices through an app

Option 4. Flick the switch, which you'll find just beside the door, as you enter the room. Flick it again as you leave.

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Re: It is NOT paranoia if they really are tracking you and listening to your conversations...

"People hated having a bulb that took tens of seconds to become bright"

I've never come across a CFL that responded so quickly. And why do they take so long, given that the old fluorescents were at full brightness as soon at they started up (unless they were moribund).

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Re: It is NOT paranoia if they really are tracking you and listening to your conversations...


Sigh. Why is it nobody actually seems to be aware of what the Luddites' argument was actually about? And as to explaining to people, just tell them about Revolv.

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"Research shows that they could be convinced if there were financial incentives such as reduced energy bills or free installation of smart energy meters or lights."

And if informed of the disadvantages - lack of security, dependence on vendor maintaining servers, etc - they'd probably be convinced otherwise.

Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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"Have you noticed that there is a verb missing in this sentence? Is the word "ARE" copyrighted?"

No, but now you've drawn my attention to it I notice that one of them fails to agree with its subject.

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"would make entire genres of art like hip hop impossible to make"

And do they say that's a bad thing?

Planet 9 a captured alien, astroboffins suggest

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Re: Bah!

"Were some so-called astronomers not awake during the Pluto renaming debacle?"

I don't know about so-called astronomers but one of the astronomers who co-authored the paper on which this article is based certainly was. He was involved in it.

Prospect of fertilisation really blows bees' hair back

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"Specifically, the chloroplasts that are responsible for absorbing most of the visible spectrum also work on the frequencies that the bees use."

Entomophilous flowers tend not to have chloroplasts, their colours are usually due to anthocyanins. Flower signalling to insects is complex. There are often markings only visible in UV and there are also chemical signals which we humans perceive as scent.

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Re: hmmm

@Big John

A link! Just what the article lacked.

Scrum.org hacked, may have lost crypto keys and some user data

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"Don't go dissing DevOps: a supplier has 'fessed up to a website vuln"

That's not a good enough reason.

UK.gov's promise to pour cash into SMEs was just hot air

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Re: "£1bn, is a drop in the ocean"

"How many votes do you think sounding good politically about the treatment of SME's will buy a Government?"

A substantial percentage of the owners of SMBs.

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Re: "£1bn, is a drop in the ocean"

"The ONLY reason, and I mean the ONLY reason why the Govt is interested in SMEs is they think they can get more for less."

No. The only reason Govt is interested in SMEs is because it sounds good politically.

Shhhh! Facebook is listening

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'It may also be worth noting that before Professor Burns became an academic, she spent seven years in corporate marketing and the course she teaches is the "principles of public relations."'

KidsAcademics these days!

Easy remote exploit drops for unpatchable power plant controller

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Re: I'm not defending these....

"What if it gets accidentally BRIDGED?"

If you're in charge of it it's your job to make sure it doesn't get bridged, accidentally or otherwise. Not wringing your hands is part of the job description.

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Re: Put a Front End Processor In?

"Don't you get it?"

Yes, we get it. You need some sort of management device to be there when it's needed. So install one that will be there when it's needed. If you go along with the "it'll be hacked anyway" line of thought then you're effectively saying you won't bother to put one there, otherwise you're not meeting the spec.

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Re: Code space?

" It's the remote aspect that's hackable"

Regard a management device that's hackable as not being there because one day it won't be. Or even worse, it'll be there doing something it shouldn't.

So go back to the beginning: we need this device on site managing the xxxx. So what do we have to do to ensure it's there? Do we really, absolutely, have to have remote admin? If so then it really, absolutely can't be on the net, it has to be accessed by some other means. Otherwise you're only pretending it's there, rather like a cylinder lock in a glass panelled door is only pretending to be locked.

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"Remote administration REQUIRES a remote access of some sort, and many times the Internet is the only option...."

.... if it doesn't matter about getting pwned. In which case why are you installing it in the first palce?

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"Sometimes, it must be Right AND Fast"

That's OK. It's just that it can't be cheap as well. The Iron Triangle rules.

Top EU data cop slams Safe Harbor replacement as inadequate

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"As I have said before and will again, the only way to resolve this if for the US government to enact the same laws about data security and privacy as the EU."

Enact and obey. Even if they enacted them do you think they'd accept the same limitations as the little people?

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The much worried-about Privacy Shield is a proposed legal measure which would not ensure that EU citizens' data would remain protected by the EU's more stringent data laws when transported across the Atlantic by firms based in America.


These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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"format and reinstall anyway."

...and hope the bar stewards haven't put something nasty in firmware.

US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

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Re: Been that way fror a long time in the US of A

"students still had to take COBOL, but the problem was the only teacher who taught it retired"

Obligatory Dilbert: http://dilbert.com/strip/1998-10-12 et seq.

Bletchley finds Hitler plain text war machine on Ebay, buys for £10

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"Keen eyes my arse."

An interesting anatomical anomaly.

You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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Re: Confirmation dialogues

'Followed by "Are you really sure? Really really?"'

Followed by "We're recording that it's you who's doing this. If this is a mistake it'll be on your head."

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Re: I concur with the procedure guides.

Guides should also say why things are done this way and the risks involved if they aren't, especially if regulatory or legal requirements are involved. Not only does it mean the readers have a better understanding of what they're supposed to be doing, it enables a review if circumstances change. It also pre-empts manglement's bright ideas - and is evidence to deflect the inevitable shit-storm when they ignore it.

Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

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2020 is 4 years away. Can we have some examples of what these same analysts were saying about 2016 back in 2012? It's absolutely no use quoting this stuff without some way of judging the sources' reliability? It should be standard procedure.

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: What an absolute

"a Mac is the way to avoid all this Windows bull"

ROM: Requires Only Money. Don't assume everyone can afford Macs.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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"Also at less than six months since purchase the assumption is that it's a manufacturing defect."

Given that the problem seems to be hit and miss it certainly sounds like a manufacturing defect. Either faulty batches of some component, substitution of alleged-but-not-quite equivalents, different plants with different build quality or maybe different firmware builds. I'm no great fan of ISO9000 but ISTM that if they were meeting that they'd at least be consistently bad - or good.

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Re: users as test subjects and bug fixers

"Isn't that how Linux works?"

It depends. Some users work with LTS releases. Some want the bleeding edge. With Linux you don't pay your money and you still takes your choice.

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Re: Still copying Apple

"some of us, like the over 40 crowd, never use anything other than Windows."

Yes, yes, we know there were no computers before some 10-year old designed the Spectrum for Sinclair so anyone alive before then has no chance of adopting new stuff.

Well, sonny, I've got news for you. Some of us, still alive and well over 40 were using all sorts of machines well before then. In my case ICL mainframes back about 1970, Z80-base S100s in the late '70s, Primes (ask your grandad) and a Zilog Z8000 based box about the time of the Spectrum. And that Z8000 box ran Unix which is what your favoured Linux, Chromebooks and Android emulate and the basis of your Apple toys. In fact the best use I ever found for Windows was opening multiple sessions on Unix servers.

So all that stuff you think is new isn't. It's old. Those of us who are old enough not only remember it first time around. Some of us might even have contributed to all your shiny.

It's half term now. When it's over and you go back to school and learn some history; if you don't you'll end up repeating it.

Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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Re: Quite a large pachyderm in the room

"Some plates...the materials from the crust mix with the cores due to these interactions at the the magma-core boundary which is why there are heavy elements for us to mine in the crust."

And overall, just what proportion does this amount to for the core & for the crust?

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Re: Quite a large pachyderm in the room

Irrespective of how many times some particular stuff has actually been at the surface it's still the same stuff. You're really only looking at the difference between the time dilation effect at the surface vs just below the surface and the time spent at various depths. In terms of the overall size of the Earth it's not a great deal. What's more, the paper points out that as the Earth isn't homogeneous the effect varies depending on depth and even ignoring vertical movements, is negligible for several hundred kilometres (fig 3).

Systemd kills Deb processes

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Re: Hmm

"I think this thing should be renamed 'Mold'"

Maximally obfuscated Linux daemon?

Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

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Re: Symantec

'Recall: "Symantec was forced to fire 3 employees after Google's engineers found rogue SSL certificates issued in its name used in the wild."

Was anyone prosecuted for that? No? So it was a government backdoor, you don't fake an identity document like that and it doesn't even get investigated.'

Prosecuted for what? Could you name a statute or a piece of common law which this violated?

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Doesn't this raise doubts about trusting Symantec as a root CA?

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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'For all Satya Nadella’s praise of “experiences” – it’s one of his favourite words'

This explains an awful lot. Mention of the $Product Experience is an inevitable indicator that marketing have got at it and however good or bad it might have been in the first place, made it substantially worse.

Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Referendum

"As much as I abhor this Government there's such a thing as Voter Fatigue"

I used to live in N Ireland where there were local parliamentary elections and a referendum which IIRC was timed to fall fairly close to at least some of the others. The motto there is "vote early, voter often". Being dead was no impediment to voting.

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Re: Labour's "discomfort" over the Snoopers' Charter

"If Corbyn isn't kicking up a fuss about this then he personally is fine with it"

It's Burnham's remit. He's Shadow Home Sec & it's a Home Sec bill. That said, I wonder if there's a big clue half way through the article. The NUJ objects. Got to listen to their masters in the unions.

Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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Re: dead in the water

"relevant and proper court orders to the extent they can, with compensation for the direct cost of doing so"

Who gets to decide on relevance and propriety? (Note that you wording suggests the possibility of irrelevant and//or improper orders.)

What about indirect costs which could vastly exceed direct costs if such compliance affected the marketability of the company's products?

In-flight movies via BYOD? Just what I always wan... argh no we’re all going to die!

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Re: Read a book

" I can fit more books than you can given the tightening carry-on limits"

How many books do you actually read on the average flight?

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: Honest question


I think you've just given elReg's journos yet another euphemism.

HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Two questions

Is he still there?

If so, are there any other jobs there?

The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

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Did he vote against appointment of the board? Did he, as a big shareholder, raise issues with the board? Were the European business practices of the company hidden from him? If not it would appear that he's gone along with things so what's his complaint now?

Marketing by opt-in, opt-out, consent or legitimate interest?

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Re: Opt-in --- Opt-out.. it's all BS from here....

'if you answer "yes" that ticked into the "the sucker will take calls" box and the phone rings more.'

I have an alternative. How long will the sucker hold the line "a moment"?

Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

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Re: Time locked up

"And his alternative may be a lifetime in a US Supermax"

His alternative may be a lifetime of the ego damage of being totally ignored by the US.

BBC post-Savile culture change means staff can 'speak truth to power'

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"If you look at all retail, media and consumer companies they are all seeking to do what MyBBC is trying to do... to bring a more direct personalised relationship with the customer."

...whether the customer wants it or not.

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