* Posts by anothercynic

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Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!

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Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."

Call them by their old name, please... Abbey. Abbey bloody National.

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Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."

@jake, that's actually impressive... using the leaves of a faux ficus as password list... That they gave full access to the company mainframe is... unfortunate. But the use of the plant shows some thought process. ;-)

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If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck

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@Mark 110

It's the users... not the phone.

My first iPhone was the 4. Since then, I've had the 4S (a contract upgrade), the 5S (ditto), and I'm on the 6S (a new buy direct from Apple). Never once have I broken a screen. EVER. Dinged it, sure. Scratched it, yes. But the screen? Nope. Perfect nick.

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macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

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Re: Hard locks attract workarounds, workarounds become a honeypot for malware.

Incorrect. They do *not* run Sierra.

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: Dover

Noisy as fuck? Well, they *were* powered by the Proteus...

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

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Re: Too simple ?

Correct, @peterm3. Amazon is the fulfilment partner. They hold the stock. The contract is with the third-party seller.

That said, if Amazon itself has stock, I prefer buying from them because the VAT *is* paid. Third-party suppliers are the scourge of the system.

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: LMFAO

Well, I wouldn't drop $200 for a pair of earphones/headphones from some little upstart (which Beats effectively was until Apple gobbled them up)... but Sennheiser (or any other well-established audio specialist) yes, especially when that specialist has some of the best customer service available (a no-quibble exchange policy when something breaks in the first year or two).

But yeah... If you can drop less dosh for a really great-sounding set of ear cans, why would you drop a stack for something 'because image'...

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Re: Nothing new here

I'd say since the first decade of the new millennium that's more the case, not since 2000... Since Jobs died, they've *really* fallen off the wagon.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Re: McCarthy Lives

Who are the downvoters? Seriously... Voland's right hand is right. This reeks of McCartyism, Rebooted.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: These "new" iPhones

Oh, the ones who drank the Kool-Aid are screaming "gimme! gimme!!!" all over Facebook. Sadly, I have several close acquaintances who are doing just that, yet they are the same ones who complain about how high rent in the LA area is, and how health insurance is difficult to get.

But new $1,100 iPhone X? Yeah, gimme! GIMME NOW! *head in hands*

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Re: These "new" iPhones

Or a second-hand/factory iPhone 6s... They're pretty good value.

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Re: These "new" iPhones

You know, you might be on to something there... There is zero chance I am paying over a grand for a *phone*. If I wanted to do that, I'd be running about with a Vertu, *not* an Apple.

*looks at and cradles iPhone 6s* Don't quit on me. Not for another 4 years. Please?

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

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Tweeked? TWEEKED?

But it tweeked the standard...
El Reg, you know better. Tweeked... So Apple doped the standard with methamphetamine? *eyeroll*

Yes, I'm being sarcastic, and yes, downvote this post already!

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: even simpler

Given that most countries work on the basis of residence, *all* your beneficial humans would actually have to move to this country with really low personal tax rates... Find me any country that doesn't tax the living daylights out of its citizens and tax residents. Any. Please. Monaco? Excuse me while I laugh.

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Re: @Ledswinger "Its an excellent idea......"

...local companies, which aren't set up to implement the massive international tax "avoidance" schemes that Amazon & co use, can now more realistically compete with Amazon's prices.
ROTFLPM! Keep dreaming... keep dreaming.

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Re: "My business has 2 revenue streams"

@Pascal Monett, the operative being here "Not supposed to". But, given how vague tax laws tend to be, you *do* end up being caught in the net, and the fun about how small businesses are squeezed will happen again.

Tax law is *never* as easy or straightforward as it ever seems to be.

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And thus it has come to pass...

... The old tit for tat fun game will start soon then as US tech giants complain to the US government, the US government takes it to the WTO tribunals, and the merrygoround leads the US to implement same on the non-US tech giants paying a pittance to the US government purely because 'they use the USD, so it's *our* business'...

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: Smartest route?

Actually Crossrail could make it *easier*, certainly for those who have to use the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Central, Northern and the southern half of the Circle and District lines, mostly because you can get to those lines by staying on the Liz Line to Bond Street (Jubilee, Central), Tottenham Court Road (Northen, Central), Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations. The speed on the Liz should make transfers easier than sitting on the Tube.

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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Re: As long as it wasn't anything important....

It's worth flagging up that US S.S. numbers are not the analogue of UK National Insurance numbers (which are not fit for purpose anyway. But that's for another fuck up).

They're leveraged into a lot of commercial and government systems.

Just like the UK National Insurance numbers. Excellent. ;-)

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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To be fair... they have a point (despite it only being 'the other side of the street'). VM could've done a better job siting them somewhere less... obstructive.

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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Re: Equifux

You forgot Experian...

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Re: New kind of social security numbers?

*WHOOOOOOSH* As the joke goes right over his head...

Where's the eyeroll emoticon?

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Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

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Re: A chip hidden in a charging cable?

It is *not* a charging cable. It is more than that. If it only was a charging cable, then even then I'd rather have a chip in it that regulates the juice going through there and dies if it's too much rather than frying my device. Ask the guy from Google who tests USB-C cables because he didn't want his Chromebook fried. So. Who is the idiot here?

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Ex-SpaceX avionics tech loses safety certificate-forging wrongful dismissal lawsuit

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Re: With friends like this ...

Be careful here. The expert witness made no such allusion. If the defending counsel managed to do this and the jury (if there was one) swallowed that one hook, line and sinker, it's the jury and defending counsel that're to be hauled over the coals for playing to stereotypes (but at the same time, prosecuting counsel should've/most likely informed his client of this possibility, and his client insisted on continuing).

Court is *never* pretty, and if you can score quick, dirty, low shots on the opposition and win your case, then your client gets their money's worth.

That said, I agree with you that such dirty low shots are exactly why people don't seek medical advice when it comes to mental distress or disorders, and that is very unfortunate. Mental health is vastly important and so easily dismissed.

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We're not the 'world leader' in electric cars, Nissan insists

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Re: ASA has no legal powers

@AndyS, quite. I applauded Brewdog for that big fat middle finger in the Portman Group's general direction when they issued that press release.

:-)

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Re: ASA has no legal powers

Just like the Portman Group for booze. But beware such organisations that claim to be the independent overseers of their ilk... the ACPO was another one of these organisations and effectively drove policy on policing in this country until someone pointed out that it was not under government oversight (despite the chair of it claiming they'd happily submit to FOIA), and an independent review by the new PCCs then recommended it be folded into a council that *is* subject to review by government/the PCCs.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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Re: $95m @anothercynic

@Ledswinger, chapeau.

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Re: $95m

Since the $95 million are stock options, chances are that the options won't vest, and he won't be any the richer ($95 million) or any the poorer (his standard salary). He doesn't care, chances are Uber (*gag*) offered him enough to swallow that loss.

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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Re: Probably the software was bought by Hollywood....

Ahhhh, but Dog could resurrect! You could make a reboot of the Lion Kills Dog story! ;-)

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: People aren't terrible drivers.

I've had such blank-out episodes before and they scared me, to be quite frank, shitless.

These days I am very particular and stop frequently to avoid that from happening, because as much as they might possibly (allegedly) be your safest driving, I don't know, there's no proof of that, and quite frankly, I would prefer not to know.

If I'm not compos mentis behind the wheel, I shouldn't *be* behind the wheel.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

@bazza, it's not a problem... Remember that most of these jets are the old -100 or -200 models, which were cheap to get (or were donated by their old owners, in the case of SOFIA). There is a plethora of -400 series jet available given that Cathay and Air France have recently retired their last -400 bodies, and British Airways still has over 30 of them in daily use.

GE and Rolls Royce (and NASA) will have *plenty* of jets to borrow/buy/gut/Frankenjet. The Airbus A340 is also still a usable airframe.

Air Force 1 (actually, you mean the VC-25A, the military designation of the B747) is not a problem either because there's an existing requirement from the USAF to Boeing to produce a copy or three as a replacement for the existing airframe. It will likely be a -8 model.

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Re: Puny fifth engine in that pic

@Blake St Claire, all 747 models up to the 747-8 had the fifth-engine ops capability. QANTAS still does this occasionally when (in fact they did it recently for a stranded jet in Johannesburg).

The 747-8 models exclusively use the GE engines, which split between the fan and the remainder of the engine and hence can be shoved into a freighter, so they no longer have fifth-engine ops support.

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: What do they all do? @SkippyBang

Link: https://maritime.college/Boating-Rules.php - A rowing boat is considered a powered vessel, but given it has restricted maneuverability compared to a motorboat, it has precedence. A 30 second Google search found this. I'll ignore the downvote...

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Re: What do they all do? @SkippyBang

Given sailboats are subject to wind, it might make them faster but a damn sight less... maneuverable. Hence it's cruisers (motorised craft) giving way to rowing boats, and rowing boats giving way to sailboats. :-)

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Re: What do they all do?

Actually, what's worse... if *you* switch your AIS off, it's *your* responsibility to make sure you track other ships and stay the hell out of their way, especially if it's something rather sizeable like a VLCC that doesn't stop on a dime (compared to your puny ass that's probably much more maneuverable).

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You really have to wonder...

... How the hell do you miss an oil tanker on your radar... Or, rather, how the hell do you manage to *not* avoid running into one?

The US Navy has a lot to answer for. As supposedly the most technologically-advanced navy on the planet, this kind of stuff is just inexcusable!

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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'current government' is irrelevant. The spooks and mandarins don't change even if the government does. Therein lies the continuity (and the problem).

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Just lovely...

... Note to self. Don't ever work for GCHQ or its tentacles. That was simply ice cold.

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What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Re: Second picture?

She. The researcher is a she.

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British Airways waves Bing dong: At least it's not a tech cockup

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Re: Is their marketing slogan...

Spartacus, you're confusing BA with Ryanair. But with Alex Cruz at the wheel it's rapidly heading in Ryanair's direction...

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: The Usual...

That constantly happens here... Touchpad and all that... I detest Outlook. But it could be worse...

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Now...

... If only you could sort out the ads that force me to my mobile OS app store.

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Re: When will this bosses realise it works both ways?

You didn't work for Computacenter in Hatfield, did you? According to acquaintances, that kind of pissy behaviour was typical there...

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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Re: Mayday

Already exists. Airbus, L3 Comms and DRS Leonardo have a working prototype that's being tested and is due to be fitted to Airbus airframes from 2019.

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@Blotto

And if Airbus, L3 and DRS Leonardo have anything to do with it, *every* Airbus rolling off the assembly line from 2019 will have a black box fitted that can/will eject itself from an airframe upon impact and, if this occurs underwater, float to the surface.

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Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

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I use both the T1 and the T3...

They are awesome little things. The T1 was plastic, the T3 is a mix of plastic and aluminium. And yes, I use these for virtual machine (and software) storage. The new T5 should be even more fun, although I suspect the T3 price will drop (at which point it makes sense to buy more of them).

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Photon scattering puts a shine on CERN ATLAS boffins' day

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Don't forget Harwell...

... The big round building also does pretty funky things, as does the other (not round) building on the other end of the campus.

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Schoolboy bags $10,000 reward from Google with easy HTTP Host bypass

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Kudos!

Kudos to this kid, but I would advise to *never* travel via the US from now on...

Fly via Canada, or Cuba, or Mexico, or Spain...

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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The simple reason I use content blockers is...

... When I read websites on my mobile, I DO NOT WANT YOUR BLOODY APP! And gambling sites specifically are guilty of forcing a redirect to the mobile OS app store through their ad. That is the worst kind of behaviour, and yes, that consequently means sites like El Reg lose out on ad revenue.

It's the content producers like El Reg who should police the ads they serve more closely and insist on a ban on ads that force app store redirects when served on mobile platforms.

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Hilarious!

I see this regularly on a mailing list where people argue with (who they often describe as rude and cantankerous) the main developer of a certain piece of Internet software. But, what many fail to understand is that the man has 9 RFCs and 2 drafts to his name, and knows the protocol in question pretty much inside out. You. Do. Not. Argue. with him about how things work. His software complies with the protocol RFCs *exactly*. Yet they try... and try... and try again.

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