* Posts by Morten_T

32 posts • joined 30 Sep 2014

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: I wonder if...

You think they might be developing an SEP field and this is the first field test?

Feel the shame: Email-scammed staffers aren't telling bosses about it


@ElReg: Do you have a link for the poll/report at Lloyds, please?

As esteemed as you are, it's better to have the source materieal when talking to clients about stuff like this. Thanks

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical


"...because PC attitude and the BOFH are inseparable..."

I think you mean 'PC altitude' - roughly 4th floor, right over £1 coin superglued to the sidewalk as the PHB tries to pick it up

RedDrop nasty infects Androids via adult links, records sound, and fires off premium-rate texts


Re: Curious as to the root to infection?

"Am I missing something, is this exploiting a known vulnerability in the android OS, or is it relying on the ignrance of the user?"

I think it's a combination of all three:

The "vulnerability" is really a feature in Android, that lets you install .apk packages from 3rd party sources instead of the Google Store. This can be very useful, but also introduces the risk that said .apk packages may or may not have been tested fro malware very well or at all. It also has an additional problem in that you can either enable it or not. You can't choose to use Google Store, TrustedAppStore1 and TrustedAppStore2, and then block everything else. It's either apps from Google only or from the entire world. IMO this would somewhat heighten security for users, but is by no means a silver bullet. *

The part you're probably missing is that some people enable the above mentioned feature in order to use a different app store than the one Google provides. AFAIK this is very common practice in China, among other places.

Regdaring the user's ignorance, you have a point here. It's my impression that many people don't really know that doing this puts their phone at risk, perhaps they just inherently trust the app store they're using. But if the app store doesn't screen the submitted apps for malware before making them available, then there's really no security at all.

* (I realize the piece of malware in qustion came from the Baidu store, and my propoed approach would do nothing to stop it in this case).

Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'


Re: Pink Unicorn?

SmarterEveryDay flew that exact model helicopter (R22) and it's larger cousin R44 with an instructor in this video:


There's some good footage showing how handover happens. Seems to me the instructor can be in control in a matter of seconds when/if needed.

Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist


Re: WTF???

"In one version of the report, I think from The Guardian, it was disclosed as the victim suffered stab wounds around the genitals."

Yes, that's what Danish media reported from the police press conference yesterday. Seemingly before she died. So "sexual assault without intercourse" description seems like the right way to describe it.

The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?


Re: At Prst. V.Jeltz, re: behaving aura.

"In my case they see me coming & decide to behave out of pure desire not to die a horrible & grisley death. My approaching while brandishing a screwdriver & cackling in insane glee might have something to do with it."

You're talking about the user now, right? :D

When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'


"...those who forget that the Romans borrowed the word..."

Just how old do you think we are, man? :)



"...explicit takes that Shane cut out of her blog for reasons of good taste – obviously not something that so troubles El Reg."

And this is why we all love you guys (well, part of it) :D

Merry christmas everyone. have some of these ->

Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'


Re: I love the final paragraph

"The TV programming is excessively shite (as it usually is)."

There, FTFY ;)

At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?


Re: Turducken

>>I'm interested to see that nobody has commented on turducken.

>>It's bird-within-a-bird-within-a-bird.

Indeed it is, I noticed that too. The bird-within-a-bird would be a turturkeykey. Although they could both be referred to as Frankenfowl. Also, don't use live ones if you decide to try it out. A ...errrrrrr... friend told me :D

Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure


Re: Vindication at last

Maybe his parents wanted him to become a lawyer :P

AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad


I'm sure the Regular Social & Team-Building Events will come shortly after the BOFH has "upgraded" the vending machines :D

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers


>>It's true, my clothes died years ago but I'm still wearing them.

My clothes aren't dead - they just smell that way :D

O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches


Re: Pics

So I'm not the only one who caught that one. Good :)

It made me think of this article from a few days ago. It's in danish, but the pics don't need much a translation. It's probably NSFW, depending on your workplace.


BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?


"Anything like that would happen here it would be endless arm flailing..."

No, the arm flailing would end as he hit the ground :D

Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it


Re: Steak

This sounds a bit familiar. Our office is next to a company making sweets. At 4-5am we can smell it, and can usually make out if it's licorice, caramel or strawberry on that day. I like it - many of my colleagues, not so much.

Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'


They could use all three, rotating once per day and nobody would notice, except for one of them being black text - maybe a few would see that and think 'huh'.


"... the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the humanity of the creators compassionate soul..."

Vogonity, surely? :D

At any rate, obligatory upvote for the reference and one of these for you -->

ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other


"... or it was that blind bloke with a hook for a hand and that’s the best he could do."

He could have just the hook as a stencil (except if the blacksmith was equally useless)

I think it was done by the goat - it wanted to win it's freedom.

User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box


Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

"You can hardly put CUNT on the appropriate line when closing a trouble ticket, now can you?"

That depends on your acrobatic skills :D

(also shyness level and "equipment type")

In after-hours trade on Monday, NYSE deployed test code to production


Re: Sounds about right

Have an upvote for "rectally derived" - I might have to steal, err, borrow that some day :)

Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead


Re: Proof

Lawyers, yes. Politicians/CEOs are clearly spawned in the deepest, darkest pits of Hell, and cast out for being too horrifying :D

What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon


Re: Snakebite 'n' black...

Thanks you just reminded me of this one:


Green, not purple though :)

Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT


"I can't see them taking off "

I think you're right, it's the delivery drones that will really take off :D

The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring


Re: Petcube

" I wonder how long it'll be before someone hacks one of these to weaponise it?"

No reason to hack it.

1) Fire pet treat at enemy

2) <Bad Mr. Burns Impression>Release the hounds</bmbi>

Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k


Re: Trickle down...

"Think of the benefits to parents once this technology is ploughshared for civilian use. You might never need to change your infant"

They've been working towards this already. Some nappies are rated "up to 15 kgs".

US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry


Re: Police: Your other devices tell us who murdered who and how...

Obligatory xkcd: https://xkcd.com/576/

Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers


Re: Final resting place

There's a scene like that in The Big Lebowski: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk61MeDmk2M

The original idea may of course come from somewhere else, as John Goodman's speech is somewhat different form the one you quote :)

Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict


"/me waits for the flood of "Gold Ring" jokes :P"

You mean "One ring to fool them all" kinda thing?

Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible


Re: Don't ban the bible

"It's full of murder and rape, and slavery, and genocide..."

So, a bit like the 6 o'clock news?

Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly


Symphony of complexity

So, what are some of the bands that Josh listens to? Sounds like I might like them :)

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