* Posts by gBone

10 posts • joined 28 Dec 2014

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in


Five eyes

Those "engineers" in there were probably five-eyes installing network snooping spy kit.

Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us


Google's Korean to English translator dunt need numbers to spout totally weird stuff ^^^

Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password


I hope bcrypt does not replace the actual password with "a random set of numbers and letters"!

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics


Failed when they moved from Electronics to Electrical

Maplins was once Hobby Electronics, but rather than being a useful niche seller they tried to increase volume by selling any domestic tat with a plug on it. Once they had staff who knew an OC71 from a BC108 but most staff today could not wire their laces.

Even when magazines like Everyday Electronics and Electronics Today International roamed the earth, "The Maplin Magazine" was very clean and unadventurous; sort of a suit and tie IBM of hobby electronics selling one resister at a time at silly prices, while all the kids just wanted to mess around and experiment with mixed goody bags & ferric chloride proof pens. They dumbed things down to pre-printed circuit boreds and 10 components - kits Maplin sell today don't even come with circuit diagrammes, never mind any explanation of how they work.

Maplin died years ago.

Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe


I never get these calls.

My asterisk announces that calls may be recorded before my actual phone rings. Scammers just hang up.

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?


OnePlus 3 is not competition?

The OnePlus 3 is not competition? Ok, the screen is only 5.5" but 6GB RAM, 128 disk and very respectable resolutions all round?

Microsoft plans St Valentine's Day massacre for SHA‑1


KVM switches

I don't mind warnings, but when I press "I know this is insecure" it must continue to work. I have old ethernet KVM switches that insist on using it, for which firmware upgrades are not available. If they do not allow you to bypass the warnings then I will need to keep old browsers (or a VM copy of XP?) just for remote access to machines?

Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


Hello Lord Sauron, the NSA Palantíri is on loan to Dr. Who.



Hello toaster, Three slices and a muffin please.

Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas


NAK Kim Dotcom

Sony do not have the grace to thank Kim Dotcom for his magnanimous intervention. Speaks volumes.


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