* Posts by Aladdin Sane

1983 posts • joined 20 Jun 2015

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Password?

Luggage code is 12345

Banking in 2019: Sure, we'd recommend TSB's online, mobe banking say cowed customers

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Re: Flawed survey ?

A large chunk of To Play The King is about how questions build on each other to give the result pollsters want.

Sussex rap fan wants statue of Easy-E from NWA in his hometown because he's a 'legend'

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NWA

Neighbourhood Watch Alliance

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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They may have gotten it working, but for how long? It's a TVR after all.

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When the WAFUs at the local airstation (RNAS Yeovilton) got an interesting bit of new automotive kit, they used to take it down to the boys at Haynes for a chat.

Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

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Re: 25GB though??

They bought an unlimited plan, the 25GB would be the cap of the "fair usage" policy.

British and US militaries' drone swarm hackathon definitely isn't about army tech

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Re: Well..

Makes me wonder how a drone's electronics would cope if you were to focus a radar beam on it for several seconds.

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

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Re: 'ow much?

Secure e-mail for £10/user/year? Not bad for an NHS contract.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: And the unintended consequence of this will be...

Lauri Love, is that you?

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Every cloud and all that.

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So, do Strava et al fall foul of this?

'Now is the winter of our disk contents'... Decision on Lauri Love's seized gear due next week

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Re: El Reg Headlines

I disagree. It's somebody's who's crap with deadlines being funny about being crap with deadlines.

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Re: El Reg Headlines

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. - Douglas Adams

NHS needs to pull its finger out and prep staff for future robotics, genomics, data-led healthcare

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Re: Anticipation

Especially Dr. Frank N. Furter.

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

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Obligatory upvote is obligatory.

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Do you remember the time I knew a girl from Mars? I don't know if you knew that.

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Trollface

They see me trollin'

They hatin'

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: And this..

It's a big department.

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Re: Bloody Vegans

Crossfit - where the reps don't count and form doesn't matter.

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Re: And this..

I won a box load of The Flash mugs and travel mugs in a facebook competition. The comp said I could claim between 18 and 36. I claimed all 36. Kept the department happy.

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Re: Bloody Vegans

I tried a vegan diet once. Bit stringy and not much meat on their bones. Pretty easy to hunt down though.

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Re: "..as a friendly reminder, please reuse your mugs.."

What's needed is an office linebacker.

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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The ex wife

Has a heart shaped void.

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can

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Papua New Guinea?

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: Prevaricating?

What we've got here is failure to communicate

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Re: Bad news...

You think the NHS has actually upgraded to Win7? Pretty sure they run on OS/2 Warp.

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Hillary Clinton, is that you?

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

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1984 is a warning, not a fucking instruction manual.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Which is why you won't find the top offerings from Nike (Air Force One, Pegasus, Jordan) or Adidas (Ultra Boost) in SportsDirect. Big brands don't want their premium products surrounded by a sea of discount tags.

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The watchdog told Dixons ... should not be run again in the same form.

So they did absolutely fuck all then?

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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Vimes.

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Re: The world doesn't need a whole generation of kids that were raised without parental involvement.

That's what nannies are for.

Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought

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Same as it ever was

Yes Minister

Series 1 (1980)

Episode Five: The Writing on the Wall

Hacker: I don't want the truth. I want something I can tell Parliament!

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Sir Humphrey: Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well?

Hacker: That's all ancient history, surely?

Sir Humphrey: Yes, and current policy. We had to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing — set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.

Hacker: But surely we're all committed to the European ideal?

Sir Humphrey: [chuckles] Really, Minister.

Hacker: If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?

Sir Humphrey: Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact; the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.

Hacker: What appalling cynicism.

Sir Humphrey: Yes... We call it diplomacy, Minister.

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[The Foreign Secretary explains the Napoleon prize.]

Martin: Yes, it's a NATO award given once every five years: gold medal, big ceremony in Brussels, £100 000. The PM's the front runner this time. It's for the statesman who's made the biggest contribution to European unity.

Sir Humphrey: Since Napoleon. That is if you don't count Hitler.

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[The Minister tries and gets a straight answer out of Sir Humphrey Appleby.]

Jim Hacker: When you give your evidence to the Think Tank, are you going to support my view that the Civil Service is over manned and feather-bedded, or not? Yes or no? Straight answer.

Sir Humphrey: Well Minister, if you ask me for a straight answer, then I shall say that, as far as we can see, looking at it by and large, taking one thing with another in terms of the average of departments, then in the final analysis it is probably true to say, that at the end of the day, in general terms, you would probably find that, not to put too fine a point on it, there probably wasn't very much in it one way or the other. As far as one can see, at this stage.

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Re: a second *binding* referendum and cancel the madness that is Brexit.

If there's a second referendum, there should a write in option, with prizes for the most creative entry.

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TL;DR

We're fucked.

Clever girl: SpaceX's Mars-bound Raptor engine looks like it works just fine

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Re: Are Nasa taking the piss?

Nominative determinism at its finest.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: Gaming the system.

What sort of moron would bankrupt a casino multiple times?

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target

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Re: melt down into catatonia

It's all over the front page...

Global server motel, with a supermarket in the parking lot, banks $10bn profit from $233bn sales (Yes, it's Amazon)

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Re: $233bn in sales

Yeah, because Amazon only employs people in the US.

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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"Don't move, you're surrounded by armed bastards!" works well for text messages.

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I'm guessing it's on silent the rest of the time?

Judge denies Oracle's requests to add to JEDI cloud contract sueball

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Sounds like Oracle's going on a fishing expedition.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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Re: Just in Time

For WTO tariff purposes.

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Re: Import could be tricky

Yeah, but as we all know, advisory is legally binding and is the will of the people.

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Re: How I explain Brexit to children

Plus, my awesome Spike Milligan reference now looks like a massive non sequitur.

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Re: How I explain Brexit to children

I blame the bloody awful Warsaw Concerto.

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How I explain Brexit to children

For many years, 27 children play together and build a tower out of Lego. Then one child decides he wants to leave and take just the blue bricks with him.

Openreach to heap faster broadband on UK's media-heavy hubs

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Looks like Virgin Media's stranglehold on the West Midlands will continue.

Data flows in a no-deal Brexit are a 'significant' concern – MPs

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Re: TL;DR

Only if we can harness all the hot air generated by the House of Commons.

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Re: Scaremongering

They may have the time, but they sure as shit do not have the ability.

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