* Posts by Dodgy Geezer

1498 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007

Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

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When they have finished there....

...there's an old puddle at the bottom of my garden that they could have a look at....

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Reminds me...

.... of the Cabinet Office...

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

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As always...

...the Conclusions end with "Further Research is needed..."

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Re: Either good research or bad reporting

Lysenko? Is that you? ....or just a Southern Baptist...?

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

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Nonsense!

...It's almost as if the company is worried that if it was completely honest about what it does with its users information they would leave the service in droves.....

Why should they? Just tell the sheep it's for their own good. Tell them anything - they'll believe you.

If you really run into problems, fund politicians who won't rock teh boat so much...

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UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

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Re: Once again, the UK has it's cake *and* eats it.

...Actually, that's a really tough call. Do you really want people "getting off" because of some minor technicality in procedure? ...

Actually, yes.

Those procedures are there for YOUR protection against the power of the state. To do this a line needs to be drawn, and for your safety it's better to draw it high rather than low...

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Re: This is B@*&£$%!

....Can you provide an email address for me to contact you as my mortgage is due shortly and I fancy somebody else paying it...

http://127.0.0.1

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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Who got the last one?

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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

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Re: "an opportunity to invest even more heavily in privacy."

You are still on their database... https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/17/facebook_admits_to_tracking_non_users/

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Re: Unisys screwed up

It would be nice to know why someone disagreed with a statement of the law...

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Re: Unisys screwed up

A better example might be that the library have a shelf with free give-away books, and have put some that they don't want to give away there by mistake.

Now you are meant to come in at the front door and ask the librarian for a book on her list - and then she gives it to you from that shelf. You can't ask for the mistaken books, because they are not on her list. But one night a kid outside the library opens the window next to the shelf and takes a whole armful of books, including some which weren't on the librarian's list...

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Re: Unisys screwed up

...Automated yes, certainly quicker than browsing to individual pages and clicking "Download". But if that's a crime...

It's not what he did. It's what he didn't do. I don't know anything about the user interface, but if he didn't use the provided method for accessing the files, then he has avoided an access control facility. Which is, as I say, a punishable crime in many countries.

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Re: Unisys screwed up

If they left it there by accident, would that also be entrapment?

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Re: Unisys screwed up

I assume the thumbs-down crew are the ones looking to hack into the government, given the chance?

In the meantime, all those who complained that just making an html request shouldn't be illegal have completely missed the point.

The point is that the kid did not go through the officially-provided access control system. I don't know what that did, and whether it would have stopped him, but the act of avoiding any access control process is a crime in many jurisdictions.

You can argue that it shouldn't be, that what he did did not breach the aims of the web site, and that there was no indication that he should not have accessed things this way. All true, but irrelevent. In many countries, that's a crime.

You may not like it - I do not like it, but that's the way our laws are written...

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Re: Unisys screwed up

Pipped me to the post!

I don't know the detail of Canadian law. However, if this had happened in the UK and they wanted to make an example of this young man, our computer misuse legislation would enable them to do so.

The issue here is not that the accused accessed data that was made publicly available - which, of course, he has every right to do. The issue is that he used a non-standard way to do so, and hence (I'm guessing without knowing the technical details) circumvented the countermeasures which were put in place to control the data output. That's a crime.

Now the circumvention was trivial - but if required to prosecute this case that is the argument I would use. Luckilly, I think I can rely on the Canadian authorities not knowing what The Register is, let alone reading it for hints as to how to proceed...

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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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Re: Is this a modern mathematics A level question, an A* guaranteed?

Typical Civil Service answers:

- They were lost in recent floods.

- The numbers are not completely accurate due to a change in bookeeping standards.

- We cannot provide any information about these 5 items for security reasons.

- Of the 5 items in question, 2 are disassembled and exist as collections of parts, 2 are currently undergoing long-term environmental testing at the bottom of the Irish Sea, and one was transferred to the Department of Education and Sport by mistake.

- These items are subject to an ongoing court case, and to comment further woud be sub judice...

Add to these as required...

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

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Re: That has to score some sort of record...

First World technology has save untold millions and given them a better life, as well...

It's funny how people shoult about the dowside of, say, plastics, without acknowledging the myriad benefits the technology provides...

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Re: Let Pi = 3

Does GCHQ HAVE a 'chief cryptographer'?

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Re: Wait for it...

SW Australia has already done that - they believ in Climate Change and renewable Energy....

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F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

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Bear with me... this might be rather long....

I like to check what is claimed. So when I read:

...Even the jet’s inability to communicate with its unique “portable memory devices” (which are not USB sticks) at a reasonable speed caused problems, with DOTE reporting: “Pilots frequently chose to manually enter mission planning data in the cockpit, versus using the Offboard Mission Support workstation, due to the excessive time required to transfer the data from the Portable Memory Device to the aircraft.” Despite efforts to speed this up with “updated transfer devices,” said DOTE, “Portable Memory Device loading still takes too long and is often problematic.”

The PMDs are made by Smiths Aerospace, a British subsidiary of General Electric’s Aviation division. Flight Global reported in 2014 that the data transfer took about quarter of an hour, at the time....

...the impression that I got was that pilots had to wait 15mins to load their mission data into the aircraft before starting the mission. Which is a bit annoying if you need to move fast. But, when you check the link, you find the the only mention of '15 mins' are these words:

...The latest iteration of the system includes increased download speeds of flight and maintenance data from the aircraft to ALIS. Using a portable memory device (PMD), necessary post-flight information can be extracted from the aircraft and processed in 15min: a three-fold increase in download speed, Horter says, adding:“That will really improve the turn time for the aircraft.”...

...which suggests that the 15 min transfer is NOT prior to the mission, but a download of all relevent airframe data AFTERWARDS.

Now, it seems to me that 15mins is not bad for a complete 'MOT-type' examination, and that it is much faster than a manual check, and that it doesn't impact mission times at all. Indeed, it is presented here as a real benefit.

So what is this journalist talking about?

Using a portable memory device (PMD), necessary post-flight information can be extracted from the aircraft and processed in 15min: a three-fold increase in download speed, Horter says, adding:“That will really improve the turn time for the aircraft.”

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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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Re: Does this cover all search engines - or just Google ?

With globalisation NOONE is alone any more. No country can operate in a way that the Western Establishment do not like.

Otherwise the embargos, and cruise missiles are only a short step away....

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Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: "staff are meant to be protected against retaliation for cooperating"

...Let me state something for the record: There is no power on Earth that will make me throw my lot in with those who are seeking to make everyone else's life a misery - whether by action or inaction....

What are you doing working in IT, then?

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Why the excitement?

They've given them £26.5m. That's about the price of a decent house in the suburbs of London. In terms of investement in rocketry, it's NOTHING.....

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Re: ground test

OK - let's see that fly out of the atmosphere...

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Re: Please Vote

Actually, a), b) and c) seem very good reasons for voting for someone, when you compare him to the usual run of politicians....

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Re: Please Vote

...People are sent to die in order to protect your ability to vote...

They are also protecting his right not to vote....

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Re: Dear valued donor...

Alas, it's not that long....

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UK.gov expected to quit controversial harvesting of schoolchildren's nationality data

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...The parents have to provide proof of address, and for many schools, the obligatory part of it is a copy of council tax demand....

So? They live in a house, and the house inhabitants pay council tax. That's no proof of whether they are here legally or not....

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...I think that would be noticed, even without data fetishist levels of collection....

Er... it IS happening. Stopping gathering the data through a census is an attempt to HIDE the fact....

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Ahh,,,

...most of the third world is the third world because of the British Empire...

So... before the British turned up these countries had first-world social, technical and administrative systems then, did they?

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A British education...

...Yes, there are illegal immigrants (far fewer than you seem to think there are), but I very much doubt that they are "usually" sending their children to public schools....

There seem to be a lot of Russian oligarch's sons at the top British Public Schools....

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As our educational system goes down the plughole...

...The Department for Education redused to comment....

...I see that spelling is just one of the subjects that modern pedagogy has decided it can do without....

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All the king's horses and all the king's men could probably put Huawei's P20 Pro together again

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Re: "...4/10 for repairability."

Surely "Loooxuury!!!"?

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Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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Re: If roles were reversed, would USA give EU more time?

...Time to wake the f*ck up America! Get your house in order, or we'll do it for you!...

Them's fightin' words, pardner.... Go fer yer gun....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THWCH2Nwsss

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Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

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Actually, it's easy to explain. They wanted more staff for a couple of weeks. 6 x salery is not unreasonable when you realise that it's only for a small fraction of a year.

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UK 'wife'-carrying champion named

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Re: Where's the IT Angle then?

True. There is just a requirement for you to pay to support rubbish propaganda being fed to you at all times, with the penalty of jai if you don't comply....

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Re: Where's the IT Angle then?

I listened to a Radio 4 news chat this morning going in to work.

The male presenter mentioned the contest, and got an earfull from the female on the grounds that this sexist rubbish made her feel sick, and should have stoped in the Middle Ages.

Funny. I can't remember her saying that last year when 'sexism' wasn't so popular a topic for the Islington chattering classes....

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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Re: Better alternative

...It's like the idea that a sugar tax will make us stop buying sugary drinks...

Actually, it does. Have you tried to buy a sugary drink recently? They are no longer available. You do not have the option to buy anything apart from Asparteme or Sucralose.

Means that if you hate the taste of Asparteme or Sucralose (as I do) you are stuffed. The Govenrment is effectively forcing you to drink liquids you don't want to or like...

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Re: And the alternative?

Try changing your gender. I understand that it's now very easy to do...

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Re: And that's exactly why...

I don't use them either. But I do add another feature to the mix - I lie whenever possible, leave my phone in odd locations and turn it off frequently.

So they probabbly HAVE data about me, but that data is likely to be of very poor quality....

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Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight

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Re: Re how fast

...It may be meaningless above there as the mean free path may be so long that any wave front disappears in noise....

Another way of putting that is that the Mach number refers to your speed in relation to the local speed of sound in air - so it becomes irrelevent when there is no air around you...

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Re: Kiwis can do it. Why not Kim?

African or European sheep?

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"Could"......

...defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'...

...isn't 'Will"....

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I say, I say, I say: What's the difference between a king penguin and liquid?

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Nothing unusual here...

Most moving particulate items can be modelled using fluid dynamics. Traffic is, often.

However, I can see the code for penguins finding nesting sites might be directly applied to cars finding car-parking spaces, or people sinding seats in a theatre... Look at that - three papers for only one piece of work.....!

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Facebook want us to believe banning Putin's troll army safeguards Russian democracy

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Re: Yet another...

So... you count the Guardian as right-wing?

Looking at the voting, I see that the process is working, with many of the sheep obiediently voting down any suggestion that political balance should be allowed....

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UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

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...Why is death and nature a problem?...

Because humans come with a built-in emotional sub-system which drives their actions, and one feature of this system is that the average human will feel upset if someone they like dies. Presumably this has some evolutionary advantage, such as helping them avoid situations in which death of a friend is likely?

Humans emotional sub-systems also have a built-in requirement to protect children from any upset or unhappiness. This is particularly strong in mothers, and it is a bad idea to be seen by mothers as an obstacle to the protection of the young.

Consequentally, we have a set of social pressures which support the cossetting of the young, hiding any unfortunate aspects of the workld from them, and providing as 'womb-like' an environment as possible for as long as possible.

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: HAL

...If we ever realise true machine intelligence, these issues will need most careful thought....

If we ever realise true machine intelligence, we will be able to discuss these issues with the machine involved.

Journalists and the public do not understand what they are talking about (Do they ever?). If our autonomous machines are simply machines with a decision tree (no matter how complex), then it makes sense to talk about us deciding how to program ethical issues into that tree.

If the systems we create are truly 'intelligent', then they will develop their own ethical guidelines, just as we do. We can discuss these with them, but we cannot force an intelligent being to do something against their will.

Incidentally, a truly 'intelligent' replica of a brain would presumably suffer from all the issues that our brains have, They would get bored, lose attention, behave immorally or recklessly and probably find a way to get drunk or high....

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Re: Silent Running...

I'm waiting for Zelanzy's Lord Of Light. A script has existed since 1979, and last year they sadi they would bring out a TV series...

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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The way things work with US Extra-Territoriality......

... is the same way they apply their tax laws in other jurisdictions.

" We have passed a law in Congress that says:

1 - every country in the world has to obey this law

2 - if they don't then their assets in the US get confiscated, and

3 - they never get to export or work in the US or on US projects again."

So... if your business has ANY international connections that include the US, you must obey them. If push comes to shove, the US are quite capable of going after your suppliers, and their suppliers, to ensure that the only work you can do is growing your own food with no agri-chemicals or power tools...

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Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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Next question from the prosecution...

IF... she hit her head on the hatch, and then died from CO poisoning, then WHY did you cut her body up into pieces and scuttle the submarine?

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