* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16449 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

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In view of http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35110909 maybe the board should consider leaving security in the hands of someone who actually knows about it.

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Re: Really?

"Rather less if, as is usual, the scrotes are happily ensconced in Russia"

Fortunately the "dumbest, pigshit-thick woodentop" appears to have been brighter than you as several suspects have been apprehended and the nearest to any of them being ensconced in a foreign country is one in Co Antrim, N Ireland.

Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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Re: But what about the one true root vegetable....?

"So we call them spuds, or tubers if we went to agricultural college."

A tuber is a storage organ formed from a stem.

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Re: Yawn

"Actually, it's not closed."

You missed the fact that I completely ignored the hydraulic cycle.

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Re: But what about the one true root vegetable....?


Sorry, but they're not roots, they're stems. Those eyes? They're buds which you find on stems, not roots.

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Re: Yawn

"Turning camel manure into CO2 and NOx doesn't seem to be an entirely rational approach to reducing GHGs. How about composting the manure and feeding the grass with that. More grass, more camels, less pollution."

The grass will fix the CO2 and the NOx will be rained out of the atmosphere into the ground & taken up by the grass. It's not strictly a closed system unless you put a big glass box over your house, lawn and camel but it's balanced.

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"But where will the raw materials for our food grade 3D printers come from?"

HP. But you'll be able to donate the "empty" cartridges to the poor.

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"Are there any long term studies regarding growing, harvesting, and consumption of tomatoes, given they are related to nightshade ?"

As are spuds. The fruit of spuds look rather like tomatoes but are poisonous as they contain alkaloids similar to those of nightshade. Spuds also develop alkaloids if they're exposed to sunlight & turn green. The vegetative parts of tomatoes also contain alkaloids. OTOH many commercially produced tomatoes seem to contain little but water.

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"It was producing 2 to 3 300 mm long cukes per day for many weeks"

SWMBO here only grows the dwarf variety & gets to eat the lot. Horrible fruit although the cuco-melons she tried one year were worse.

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I'd have thought the T of the BLT would have been as bad as cucumbers. Both are predominantly greenhouse crops, at least in the UK.

Beleaguered Microsoft customers: Streamline your licensing

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Re: how about the SME's then?

"Not everyone is like you."

Be fair. He's got a job to protect.

Mine's the one with a copy of the GPL in the pocket.

New data porting rules mustn't overburden businesses with costs, says UK minister

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Re: Is it just me

No it's not just you. Having read the article I still don't know what problem they're supposed to be solving.

Red Hat launches dedicated enterprise cloud platform

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"For $48,000 a year, the Linux distro provides a high-availability cluster with five nodes, four application nodes, 48TB of bandwidth, premium support, and 100GB of data."

Alternatively, for $48,000 a year you could buy a lot of PCs.

EU mobile roaming rules to save customers billions in bills

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"They'll make up the loss by jacking up non-EU roaming."

More likely they'll jack up all rates. Why stop at non-EU roaming?

3 continents, 8 countries and one cyber attack on a fake petrol company

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I don't know whether the scenario has much effect on the exercise but if it does then this seems to follow a traditional military strategy planning pattern: fighting the last war or the war before that. Even a scenario modelled on Sony would have been more recent than that chosen but the current attack-de-jour seems to be DDOS.

New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

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Cheap solution

3rd hand old tape drive.

Access? "See that pile of unlabelled QICs there? You're welcome to look through them. No you can't borrow our drive, it's in use."

Expert welcomes UK’s digital health recommendations

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"Among the advice she gave was a recommendation that the UK government ensure that there is access to free Wi-Fi within all NHS buildings in England."

Why? Does she also recommend that ISPs give free health treatments?

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Re: They're not serious about this

"Repeat prescriptions actually work!"

Lucky old you. After several reissued passwords SWMBO still hasn't been able to log on to get repeat prescriptions.

HMRC aims for fully digital tax system by 2020. Yeah, whatever

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Re: No end to tax returns

"And you have to check that they've calculated it right. If they get it wrong... who's fault is it?"

That's easy. If the tax came out too small it was your fault but if it came out too much then it's your fault for misunderstanding because obviously it was correct all along.

Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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Re: The Problem Seems To Be Both Simple And Predictable.

"the complete failure of the IT industry to make a simple and secure server product suitable for home use"

Failure to make? No, there've been such products about for years. Failure to sell, apparently so. But I suspect that the demand for storage as a service comes mostly from people wanting to access storage from mobile devices. Providing that from a home device would mean punching holes in the home router's firewall (apart from those pre-punched by too many vendors!) which would be beyond most of the potential market.

Maybe what's needed is a home device that can combine storage with router/firewall pre-configured to provide external access AND good security.

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Re: it is practically impossible to not use it.

" but the default when setting up a new windows machine is to create a cloudy account and use that"

On 7? That's what the original claim was about.

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Re: Bah

"This is an irrefutable, documented fact."

Citation or it's neither.

Assange inquisition closer after Sweden, Ecuador sign pact

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Re: Once

"deliver him to the authorities in the UK"

Who might well deport him back to Australia after he's served his sentence.

No root for you! Google slams door on Symantec certs

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Re: this...

"Seriously, I am surprised this jail concept is not rolled into a distro yet..."

From the linked site: "June 2015 – Firejail included in Debian."

Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

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Whilst digging though the possibility of such integration I discovered that until comparatively recently LibreOffice incorporated an old, hacked version of SeaMonkey just so they could have access to the address book code. What a missed opportunity. They could have exposed the mail client and kept with an up to date version. They could even have exposed the web interface for good measure. Assuming "hacked" doesn't mean large chunks chopped out it wouldn't have even increased the footprint.

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"Hopefully LibreOffice could pick this up, work on it and bundle it to give a better MS office competitor."


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Re: "This depressing picture"? Aye right...

"After all, the customer is always right. Right?"

But who's the customer & who's the product? Right?

Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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"The likelihood of the failure is low, provided you have a competent electrician. "

Yes, well, JF's company now know theirs wasn't.

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Re: opps - Nope, Risk = Impact X Likelihood

"the flood defenses were improved, and they did not fail - they were overwhelmed"

If your living room is knee deep in water (again) it's probably a distinction without a difference.

HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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The Engineer's Lament

The Last Chance

The Lost Chance

The Former Glory

The Withered Husk

The Silent Women - This has a dual version of the traditional inn sign for The Silent Woman featuring portraits of the two guilty parties

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Ye Olde Apothecary

Social media snitching bill introduced into US Congress by intel bosses

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"Senate Intelligence Committee"


US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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...they're out of bed again.

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Re: for goodness sake

"If they passed a law that prevented this sort of thing it would be offered via apps from somewhere outside the US."

That boat's sailed already. Telegram is from Germany and the owners are Russian, I think, so even if Germany joined in the idiocy they'd just move on somewhere else.

Revealed: Mystery 7-year cyberspy campaign in Latin America

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Isn't ALBA the likes of Venezuela (give or take the result of the recent election)? If so I'd have thought the US would have been likely to be supporting opposition groups there, not spying on them.

'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

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Sounds like a good thing...

...if it can control the ratio of content to padding in Horizon etc.

Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Re: Great value

"Carter blocked Iranians coming to the US until some things got sorted out"

I think there's a difference between the nationals of a specific country in specific circumstances (with the connivance of the Iranian govt a rabble had taken over the US embassy) and members of a religion from a wide range of countries.

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"there is no indication the billionaire überpatriot intends to visit our shores."

Doesn't he have some business in Scotland to do with balls (appropriately enough)? He might want to visit that.

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Re: There are two points of view

"When you use juvenile and derogatory tactics l...you negate any chance of being taken seriously by intelligent people."

Good point. Would references to the traitor in the White House be an example?

MPs slam gov heads over 'childishness' on failed farmer IT project

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Re: What was the "dysfunctional and childish behaviour"

It would have helped if the article had a link to the report - https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Early-review-of-the-Common-Agricultural-Policy-Delivery-Programme.pdf

The relevant paras are at pp 28 - 29. Of course "childish" isn't actually mentioned in the report. I suspect the members of the committee have access to a good deal more information than is in the report itself.

I like the raising of the question as to why people are still in post. It's time to end the culture of people remaining in positions of responsibility for such failures.

Libertarian hero: 'Satoshi Nakamoto', government funds, the NSA and the DHS

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"the bitcoin creator was working hand in hand with NSA, and they are able de-anonomize the blockchain"

I thought everybody know that.

In-a-spin! Yahoo! clutches! Alibaba! baby! to! breast!

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Re: Makes sense

"admin assistant (or whatever the PC types call them these days)"

Intern. Added advantage is that they don't have to be paid.

Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets

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"restrictions third-party apps have on access to system components in both OSs"

I thought the usual complaint is that these restrictions are negligible.

Mandatory data breach reporting rules finally agreed by EUrocrats

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Critical national infrastructure

"operators in energy, transport, health, and banking"

Surely water, including drainage, and communications,including internet services, should be included as part of that infrastructure.

Mozilla confirms its Firefox OS phones are dead

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Re: Allow the apps to run in both mobile and desktop

"Generating another username and password pair are zero cost."

Except in terms of security, of course.

France mulls tighter noose around crypto

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"Northern Ireland (mainly a territorial dispute local to that land) is a far cry from religiously-crazed madmen"

Thanks for explaining that to me. I must have been standing a bit too close to notice that they weren't religiously-crazed madmen.

Cheque, mate? Barclays Bank borked as website, apps take cheeky siesta

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"Good luck with finding a shop that will accept cheques nowadays!"

At the rate things are going, any shop whose bank network is down today.

Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

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"But realistically, how are companies unwilling to update or pay extended support more likely to hire a team of skilled programmers to maintain an obsolete OS source code, with tha acompanying red tape of code audits and delivery process? They already switched to Windows XP on PC hardware to cut costs in the first place."

The problem arises where the PC, OS, application and a hugely expensive piece of machinery were bought as a single package where the choice of OS was the vendor's. If the OS goes out of support would you rather (a) scrap and replace the machinery, possibly disrupting production for a while in the process or (b) hire a freelancer to maintain the S/W as and when required?

Linksys routers vulnerable through CGI scripts

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It really doesn't matter what make or whatever level it's been patched to: no remote admin.

Most businesses collecting data they never use, survey finds

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"Unfortunately security is also expensive."

And, it seems, optional. After all, it's been shown that if you have enough brass neck you can just weather the shit storm when data goes walkabout.

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