* Posts by Eltonga

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If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

Eltonga
Coffee/keyboard

Re: "at zero cost"

The citizen of Russia, Italy and Argentina lobbies key-logging and screenshot-taking software for US state and federal contractors.

Argentina lobby????????? This is turning out to be extremely conspirative. Too much conspirative I'd say...

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

Eltonga
Happy

When I know I'll be using a laptop, I carry a mouse with me.

At the rack aisle or cross connection cabinets, cars, aeroplanes... you're usually condemned to use the laptop at your...lap.

I know it has fallen out of fashion, but I love to use trackballs, which with the "recent" wireless updates, are generally unobtrusive and always require a lot less real estate than a mouse.

Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

Eltonga
Headmaster

Re: Sad Days

Mind you, I also remember "Carrier Landing" on the ZX81, and working with the ZX80 (computer, not the chip) when I started work.

Erm... there is no ZX80 chip. Perhaps you refer to the Zilog Z80 (actually a Z80A working at whooping 4 MHz) that was the microprocessor behind both the ZX80 and ZX81.

Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook

Eltonga
Devil

Re: Anti-GMO

Not if we had the bollocks to stop uncontrolled breeding we wouldn't.

well, we always have that old reliable option of an all-out war.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

Eltonga

Re: but that's the same as everyone elses review!

There's no question that someone, young or old, could easily throw together something as basic as this for about the same outlay,

Actually, and IIRC, Ben Heck did it in his sponsored "The Ben Heck Show".

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

Eltonga
Holmes

Re: Uh, am I the only one

a quiet area of the spectrum.

That might be for us, and right now. Who can know how cluttered that part of the spectrum is in the origin point, moreover if you assume there is a civilization advanced enough to be interested in interplanetary radio? Also, there is the hidden assumptions that this "beings" have the same kind of senses as we have. It could well be that they are a species that communicate through RF emitting and receiving organs and well, the space around them could be really, really noisy in the RF bands...

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

Eltonga
Trollface

So you're recommending an extension cord? Won't it get tangled around the sun?

Man you are so outdated... what was wireless charging invented for, anyway?

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

Eltonga

Re: "..one small step..."

You know NASA's official position on the telemetry tapes for all 6 missions is that they are "lost"?

IIRC, what was lost was the high definition tapes taken from the local feed and not from the received data.

Eltonga
Headmaster

Re: "set foot"

Hmmmm... not actually an exoskeleton. More like an exoskin but that's totally unnecessary. An exoskeleton has physical support function that an astronaut nor any other kind of suit has not.

UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

Eltonga
Meh

Ouch... that must have hurt

Actually, Mark lost more in his own time, plane tickets, hotel rooms, plus the hefty bill his attorneys' buffet certainly sent him.

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

Eltonga
Mushroom

Re: Zuck on that Bitch!

"a hefty $7,500 fine."

LOL. Not quite as hefty as the €20 million of GDPR.

It's per user. Do the math.

Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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Big Brother

Re: Messing with CLI numbers

All the cold calls I get have a CLI of "international". It appears that the call centre - obviously staffed in the UK - is relaying through another country.

I am sure you are aware that there are call centers in India that are staffed with people trained to speak with a given accent. It is usually done for debt collection as it was seen that talking as the neighbour next door helps in that regard, but may be done for other kind of business too.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

Eltonga
Mushroom

Re: Claim They Did Nothing Wrong...

Or is lying so prevalent at every level, that me being a hermit, i have missed the signs and symptoms of such, in every day life ?

They just follow Herr Goebbels advice: Lie, Lie, Lie... something will stick on.

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

Eltonga
Coat

Re: UK had IEE not IET

I don't tend to call myself engineer, so could safely go to Oregon, I suppose.

Yes, but remember to have a beeper at hand to replace improper usage of the E word when somebody asks what you do to earn your living.

Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

Eltonga
Headmaster

"poles are closed 5 time zones away"

"The poles are in all time zones!"

Well I'm pretty sure it was a typo and the OP just meant polls instead of poles. And FWIW, I understand you meant poles as in the geographical meaning rather than than the one that has to do with the people natural to Poland.

Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

Eltonga

"While it's capable of transmitting 24/7, it can only be reprogrammed when a large magnet is placed over it. This happens at three-monthly intervals and the window of opportunity for putative hackers is less than half an hour."

And there is also the non-trivial fact that the cardiac implant is not a long range receiver so the would-be hacker should be very near to you or use a considerable amount of power.

Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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Headmaster

Re: It beings.

Actually, Free Speech is a right, and nazis have it too.

The difference is what happens after you exercise that right, and that's what everyone is confusing. One has the right to say whatever one thinks, but there is the rest of the legal aspect that applies.

Defending oneself on the basis of free speech is childlish at best.

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

Eltonga

Re: EMP

Lead-acid batteries of the kind used in cars, ships and pretty much anything not very finicky with weight are not precisely sensitive to EMPs.

Of course, the ships should have manual power switches instead of electronic ones but that is also not too difficult to overcome.

Eltonga
Coat

Re: "whether the Navy should be abandoning low-tech backup solutions"

But... who would want to keep living if an EMP fries all the entertainment and private communications equipment on board?

Yes, mine is just two coats behind the gentleman's one.

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Eltonga
WTF?

Re: How to stop ransomware

Since only criminals use bitcoin, just make it illegal to trade bitcoin for real money. Then they can be traced through any banking system. Too easy, man...

If this is meant to be an irony, it's great. Otherwise it lets me speechless.

Eltonga
Facepalm

reformat and restore from off site backup :)

Yeah... let's check for first time in history whether the offsite backups were successful.

And let's hope we didn't back up the infection vector too... and oh... that the DR are not infected as soon as we turn them on...

My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

Eltonga
Coat

Re: USB cables

according to the 120 quid per millimetre Van den Hul yacht mooring cable literature that came with my free promotional gift.

I assume the promotional gift includes at least a small yacht to try the characteristics of the cable.

IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

Eltonga

Re: @2Nick3 Just something to think about...

On the train to work every day, I'm surrounded by people using their laptops.

Thomas Watson Jr. used to do that (commuting by train to NYC, I mean). And he was by that time General Manager of IBM World Corporation, IIRC the name, which was the company used for external trade by IBM.

The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

Eltonga
Trollface

Re: Limo

It's not a 1/4 mile if you know your way around - but then you might miss out on the New Carpet and the Working Toilets.

Whaaaaat??? Working toilets??? Obviously the company keeps wasting the shareholders' money in unneeded (and probably undeserved) luxuries for the employees.

Look at those beautiful bushes all around the field... they look like they could do with some natural nitrogen and urea rich nutrients.

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Thumb Up

Re: So....restore from backup

That's because we ran out of Cathars some time ago ;-)

Aaaah! But that should be no problem for the Spanish Inquisition!

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Eltonga

Re: Work time

Portable HDD?

Eltonga
Coat

That's what quantum panic theory intends to answer.

Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

Eltonga

Re: Who is going to pay for all this?

You are a traitor, not respecting the will of the people. We are going to have our strong and stable leader May negotiate a strong and stable trade deal with every strong and stable country in the world and it shall be good strong and stable.

FTFY

Eltonga
Joke

Re: Sounds like a fairly nice system to me

Sell the pigs to a slaughterhouse so they get to their well deserved fate. Cash. Redo from start.

Oz MP flies crypto-kite, wants backdoors without backdoors

Eltonga
Big Brother

Re: Explain it sloooooooowly...

Well, that would mean that you finally decided to take the blue pill and wake up to the real world.

Avast blocks the entire internet – again

Eltonga
Trollface

Well, yeah, we all know the drill: "It works fine on my machine..."

IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

Eltonga
Devil

@LordElpuss

On which kind of parties, if we may know?

Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

Eltonga

there's a risk involved in operating a Tor exit node, when you're in places like Russia

Actually it is dangerous in a varying degree almost anywhere... if some pedophile traffic could be traced back to the node (and I don't think that is extremely improbable), one would have to handle PRs veeery smoothly.

NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

Eltonga
Headmaster

Re: NASA Don't own the moon!!!

They don't claim they do... they just say they own what was brought back by the men they sent in the spaceships they paid. Or don't you say you own a piece of rock you bring back with you from a vacation in the beach?

Eltonga

Re: Why does the US care if people own bits of the Moon?

Mnope... only bits brought back in their Apollo missions. To be fair, they could say that they paid for them dearly and are legit keepers.

Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

Eltonga

Re: It's all verry simple

I'd like to see you removing the batteries from a sealed tablet wile you wait for TSA inspection. Not that it's impossible to do, but it would be something to behold.

Eltonga
Go

Next advancement: Emergency chute for devices on cabin

Ditto.

Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

Eltonga

"Unfortunately in the UK, we have to some degree devalued our IT sectors by making it ridiculously easy for third world outsourcing companies to replace indigenous employees by on shoring and off shoring their jobs with lower cost labour.."

@TheVogon

That's exactly the same in the US...

This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

Eltonga
Devil

Re: "...a local transformer which takes it up from the standard 50Hz to the carriers’ 60Hz..."

It is currently accepted that aircraft carriers are splash proof only. You submerge them 5 meters and you lose the warranty, BTW. The bottom of the sea is witness to it.

Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

Eltonga
Angel

Re: Money

I'm sure you heard that there are no free lunches... that $175M probably had some hefty string attached to them.

Eltonga
Go

Re: On the plus point

I am currently using a Pebble chinese copycat (well, kind of copycat as it has a mineral glass sphere over an e-paper display - one year and a half of use and not a single scratch) and have nothing to complain about. I say copycat just because it uses proprietary software. The hardware was duly hacked up and now there is a small community of developers working on a highly functional open-source firmware and ancillary Android software.

What Pebble did was to open the eyes of many people regarding watch functionalities which were attractive to that group. Not the cup of tea for everyone but a cup of tea anyway.

It seems that as always greed took over common sense and Pebble is dead on the water, but not before conveying its message.

Boffins ID bug behind London's Great Plague of 1665

Eltonga

Re: No face masks?

Even if it were 40 years, we are talking of one magnitude order above that.

Not to say that they must totally ignore security measures but in this specific case, that they had to dig the bacteria ADN (which is not the same as saying the whole bacteria) within the victims' teeth, and being the fact that Y.pestis vector are the rat's fleas, the ones digging probability of catching anything besides retching due to the grisly show are extremely close to zero.

Eltonga
Joke

Re: I thought this one was fairly clear to be "proper" plague

what you need is a good population of Eagle owls to keep cats under control (along with Yorkshire terriers and small children)

I'd rule out small children due to unneeded extreme cruelty... toward the target cats.

Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

Eltonga
Joke

Re: Ethics..

Well, where I live Sussex is a kitchen towel tissue paper brand... I think it adds to the topic.

Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

Eltonga
Devil

Re: I don't believe it

That's why the company pleaded guilty.

They were using a door more dangerous than a nuclear blast.

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

Eltonga
Thumb Up

Re: Far too lenient.

That will not only get you rid of sales callers. It will make them hate you too.

We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

Eltonga
Headmaster

Re: On point 3

Well, for one, we lack of context information.

It might well be that the rest of the office is working with beaten off 6 years-old Dells while your department "won" an internal ego contest and got those shiny new MBAs, and the price to pay for that Pirric victory was that insurance fell on your department's head...

Or of course it can be that the company's heads are full of it.

Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

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Black Helicopters

Mnope. They just got who to blame on every single failure the plane will have in the future, from flat tires to weapon carrying capabilities. "yet another software bug".

Eltonga
Devil

Re: Also cause a Foreign Object Damage hazard

In that case, you have run out of options to restart the radar. If there is a bible on board specifically for this kind of oopsies or the pilot happens to have some prayer written down, that would be the right moment to put it in use.

Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

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Heh... I have AdblockPlus installed since it first came out to light and never noticed El Reg has annoying advertising :)

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