* Posts by FrogsAndChips

159 posts • joined 7 Jan 2015

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UK comms revenues reach all-time low of £54.7bn, as internet kills the TV star

FrogsAndChips

It just means that some people use more than 1 search engine. I do.

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Access by device

62 per cent of the time people spent on the internet was from mobile devices, and just 25 per cent of time is on a desktop or laptop

That leaves 13% who don't access the internet from a computer, a phone or a tablet. How do they do that, telepathy? Or does that include TV streaming?

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

FrogsAndChips

"I wish my mobile phone had [a battery] that was as good"

Well NASA, why don't you do us all a favour and release the specs?

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Hey, Mac fanbois: Got $600,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Splash out on this rare Apple I

FrogsAndChips

Re: charity

"there’s no unselfish good deeds"

-- Joey Tribianni

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

FrogsAndChips

Re: Automatic consent

Which is why they sent these emails right until the last day before GDPR went live :-)

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If I invite you home but lock my door to keep you out, will you sue the lock maker?

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Yep, was "fun" yesterday to receive a text from a take-away/delivery restaurant I had used in the past, asking me to opt-in to continue receiving offers (those they give to any client anyway).

Followed by a dozen similar texts from other companies I had never heard of. Now, who may have given them my phone number and will never have me as a customer again?

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FrogsAndChips

And a visit counter.

And a 'work in progress' icon.

Aaah, those were the days...!

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Re: Am I mistaken?

"if you're an American company based in America, you can collect all the personal data on Europeans that you want" as long as you do it in compliance with GDPR

FTFY

"But the minute you have an interest or asset in the EU then you need to worry about it"

You have an interest in the EU the minute you enter in a relationship with an EU resident.

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Re: Pinterest

Could we add Facebook to the list?

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Re: Overreach

the EU parliament says: "No, it up to us to decide what you can and what you cannot do with your personal data"

The EU doesn't decide what you can do with your data, but what the companies can do with your data once you've shared it with them:

- they need to inform your clearly of what they'll do with it, who they'll share it with, and you have the right to refuse (opt-out must be the default)

- they need to give you the right to access, rectify and delete your data

- they need to keep it secure and notify you as soon as they detect a breach

It's basically more rights for you, more obligations for them.

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Re: Am I mistaken?

That's actually the other way round: it applies to all people on EU territory, whatever their nationality. So if you're an American visiting Europe and need to go to the hospital, that hospital will have to process your medical records in compliance with GDPR, at least as long as you're residing in the EU.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

FrogsAndChips

Re: Simple crash dumps...

@ Baldrickk

Hmmm, "Unicorn" and "pink sunset" were not enough to trigger your sarcasm detector?

Anyway, thanks for the detailed explanation.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

FrogsAndChips

Re: dance moves are So Dangerous

they'll only bring Blood on the Dance Floor...

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

FrogsAndChips

Re: So, can somebody clarify for me?

You shouldn't need to replace your handset. If they design their hub correctly, it should provide a socket to connect your analog phone and translate the VoIP signal to the phone. The technology has existed in France for 15 years, for VoIP but also IPTV.

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It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

FrogsAndChips

Re: Correct horses

Most websites won't let you use a quote because they will consider it too long or not complex enough (no digits or special chars). But quotes are good to protect your password manager datastore.

'maryhadalittlelamb' is easy to pwn because:

- it is not very long

- it is all lowercase

- it's not a quote but a title

- it is a very popular song

I use a quote for the master password of my password manager, but:

- it is much longer, with original case and punctuation

- the song is not that famous outside the circle of the artist's fans

- the quote doesn't contain the title, is not part of the chorus or the first lines of the song

- I've removed a few random chars

Good luck coming up with the same passphrase.

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FrogsAndChips

Re: Password Manager?

Sounds feasible with KeePass:

- Long complex password: password complexity is highly customizable for each account

- Entered automatically: you can enable AutoType, with little config required

- Password store not vulnerable: it has been endorsed by several security agencies (https://keepass.info/ratings.html)

- Available across all platforms: yes

The trickiest part is access from your various locations. If you can make your secure device appear like a local file via your stub, your problem is sorted. Otherwise, ruling out USB stick and cloud storage, I'd suggest keeping the main datastore on a NAS in your home that you can access and sync from every device. You may want to look at the backup and sync plugins for more options.

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Re: Foolproof (or proof of fool) password?

I was tempted to go along these lines with Virgin when the call center jockey was insisting I gave him my password to confirm my identity, but I eventually opted to terminate the conversation at this stage rather than continue a pointless discussion.

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FrogsAndChips

KeePass AutoType is your friend.

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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

FrogsAndChips

Re: Solution

I like my new tabs blank, so I've just unchecked everything from the New Tab preferences, but agree it's a pretty poor move if you now need an extension to customize this.

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Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

FrogsAndChips

Re: What's the difference?

Sacrebl.eu immediately came to mind, but it seems to have been taken by a comedy club in Brick Lane. Palsambl.eu appears free.

Ohmondi.eu (OMG) is also unavailable.

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Hyperoptic's ZTE-made 1Gbps routers had hyper-hardcoded hyper-root hyper-password

FrogsAndChips

General reason: people don't do their homework to find the best possible options.

Other possibilities:

- better deal negociated with BT

- Hyperoptic doesn't offer TV or phone packages (besides a phone line)

- bad experience with another provider

- Openreach ONT was already installed when they moved in (was my case) and they followed the path of least resistance to get a connection (brings us back to the general reason)

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FrogsAndChips

Same situation as Tony38, except that we also have Virgin cable. No copper, so no ADSL available, you are limited to cable or fibre providers. I only pay £22/month but that's because I chose a 30Mb package which is enough for my home use. And no phone line required, so it's a no-brainer compared to BT!

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

FrogsAndChips

And of course that back door will be so secure that only law-abiding agents will be able to use it, never the bad guys, right?

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

FrogsAndChips

Do people still seriously rely on dialling codes to identify areas? Today we have non-geographical numbers, we have number portability. Using area codes is like trying to geolocate using nothing but an IP address.

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Re: line rental

@Dadid Webb

with BT FTTP (Infinity), there is no option to ditch the line rental, even if you don't (want to) use their phone service. Other providers may give you that option.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

FrogsAndChips

Re: negativity

Agree with that. When I read the title, I thought the Falcon X had experienced Rapid Unplanned Disassembly, or the satellite had failed to reach orbit. A launch delay is not my conception of distress.

El Reg, please do not trade factual accuracy for a nice rhyming headline.

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

FrogsAndChips

Re: The Sand, the Ocean, and the Damn Phone

@ Steve

You can always dispose of it properly later, as I did a few years ago with my company Blackberry which I had left in my swimming trunks pocket while bathing in the Caribbean.

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

FrogsAndChips

Re: Dig

A guy had set up a website to collect unwanted AOL CDs and promised to deliver them back to AOL as soon as he'd reached 1 million to protest against the huge waste. As far as I recall, he'd only reached a few 100k by the time every ISP had stopped sending CDs anyway.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

FrogsAndChips

"BT routers come with randomised passwords and I see no reason to change them to something user-selected and likely less random. That must make up a large fraction of the 82%."

And how complex are these? My ISP-provided router came with a default WiFi password of 8 chars, only lowercase and numbers. I guess it would only take a few minutes to brute-force it.

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Worried we'll make ourselves extinct? Let’s be scientific about it

FrogsAndChips
Coat

I'd buy tickets...

But I'm concerned we may no longer be around in 2 weeks.

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No password? No worries! Two new standards aim to make logins an API experience

FrogsAndChips

Re: OpenSSL

You can authenticate to ssh using username and password. The benefit over telnet is that your credentials and subsequent communications are not sent in clear text.

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

FrogsAndChips

Re: Hello Concorde!

Missed opportunity for me too.

I was working for Air France at the time. The company was struggling to fill seats when the flights resumed after the accident, so offered employees the possibility to book one-way flights to NY (or maybe it was the return leg, can't remember) for a limited period, at ridiculous prices. I managed to secure a seat, but had to cancel the trip for personal reasons, which seem petty in retrospect compared to the regrets I have.

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Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

FrogsAndChips

Re: @FungusBob

No, it can still arrive 5000 km away from PN and fall into the water. The nearest coastline being 2400 km away doesn't mean that every point at that distance is a landmass.

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Re: Control? No Control?

How 'spot on' was this anyway? All I could find was that the station crashed "a few thousand miles" north of Point Nemo. Back-of-the-envelope calculation tells me that it had a probability of about 10% hitting a 2000-mile wide zone in the Earth strip from 43 North to 43 South that was already established as the crash zone. 10% is hardly a miracle. This goes to 60% if you consider a 5000-mile wide area.

And what kind of double game would the Chinese be playing? We still have control but we won't admit it, and we'll crash the station almost, but not quite entirely, in the area where one would expect a controlled re-entry?

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

FrogsAndChips

Gravitational lensing

So all it took was one star - Sun-like, so not even a big one - in a *cluster of galaxies*, to increase the magnifying effect of that cluster from 600 times to 2000 times and making Icarus detectable?

Just...wow!

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Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

FrogsAndChips

Re: not a fluid dynamics expert either but...

As I understand the article, the main objective of this test was to validate the pilot chute / main chute sequence. Another test in more Mars-like conditions (from 30 km altitude) is planned next.

They have also probably collected useful data from the telemetry during the descent.

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Age checks for UK pr0n site visitors on ice as regulator cobbles together some guidance

FrogsAndChips

Re: cancel subscription

I personally think a lot of subscribers will be aware this is coming (but I'm not gonna make up any statistics). A quick search shows recent articles on a large spectrum of online news sites.

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Re: sovereign governments

IANAL, but things aren't so black and white. In most modern democracies (for the sake of argument, I will make the bold assumption that the UK system is one), there are some safeguards to ensure that people aren't totally spoiled. New laws can't generally have retroactive effect, and the government should compensate you if they decide that your house needs to be put down to make way for a hyperspatial express route.

That said, once again, I doubt that the right to watch online smut anonymously is such a fundamental right that you'd be compensated for the loss of your subscription.

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Re: cancel subscription

So says the Ministry of Fun.

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Re: cancel subscription

Huh, I don't know, you anticipate maybe? Blocking won't come into force before end of year apparently.

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Holmes

No one forces you to continue paying once the site is blocked, so good luck with your claim.

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Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

FrogsAndChips

Re: Nude Petanque

Real pétanque balls are made of steel and weigh approx 1.5 lb. Plastic balls are for kids or tourists.

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Private browsing isn't: Boffins say smut-mode can't hide your tracks

FrogsAndChips

Re: surfing at the library

Wearing a hoodie and using a privacy screen.

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Re: Is this really news?

Exacty, Private mode has never been about protecting yourself from your boss/your ISP/websites snooping on your browsing details, anyone thinking so was just fooling themselves.

PM is about hiding your history from your family, because you don't want them to discover your surprise birthday present or other questionable browsing habits (your definition may vary) through a Ctrl-H search or your Google bar. I don't care that some data may persist in “on-disk reflections of RAM such as the swap file”, I'm pretty confident it's beyond the skills of anyone in my household to get this stuff out of Firefox itself. That's good enough for me and all I'm asking from Private Mode.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

FrogsAndChips

Re: Great Headline, Register

The short story was called The Sentinel, and told essentially of the discovery of an alien monolith on the Moon. Then Clarke and Kubrick expanded on it (first monolith on Earth, trip to Jupiter...), giving birth to the full-length novel 2001 and the Kubrick movie.

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

FrogsAndChips

Re: @GerryMC, literally

Give up the fight, mate

https://xkcd.com/1108

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Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

FrogsAndChips

So if BP does something illegal the govt can confiscate the shares of BP from any pension fund that holds them?

No, but they can fine BP or confiscate some of their assets, which will logically decrease the value of the shares in the fund.

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FrogsAndChips

The day my pension fund starts investing in bitcoins, I move all my savings somewhere else.

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What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

FrogsAndChips

Re: No KDE = No Mint for me

Did you RTFA to the end?

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