* Posts by Garymrrsn

109 posts • joined 16 Sep 2015


FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground


Why are we surprised?

If Sir John Acton is to be believed, the purportedly most powerful government in the world should be the most corrupt government in the world.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown


The Great Wall of Trump

Since Trump is so insistent in building a monument to himself reminiscent of the Great Wall of China, I propose that it be built with adobe brick.

That way, when global warming changes the border between the US and Mexico into a monsoon zone, we will be spared the expense of tearing it down when his economic and political policies cause an immigration stampede in the other direction.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager


Re: Collateral damage

"It'll make the cartels' job of recruiting techies harder, especially given that they'd need to recruit more of them."

I doubt that. The cartel looks for an IT person and informs them that they are hired. Their hiring practises are just as ruthless as their firing practises.

Hands off that Facebook block button, public officials told by judges in First Amendment row


One step closer

If Trump can manage to stack the Supreme Court this ruling and the Trump-Twitter ruling will be reversed in the politicians favor. That will put the USA one step closer to the day when it will be illegal to criticize the government.

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh


Re: 3.23 & 4.21

"He's channelling Benford's Law"

Wouldn't there be more "buy in" if he channelled Retail Law with 4.99?

FCC tosses aside rules, treats Google to a happy ending following request for handy tech


I wonder?

Will Google get their own pillow or will they have to share one with Verizon?

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


give it up?

Big Tobacco like Big Oil will give up their profits when you pry them from their cold dead fingers.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off


The Only Thing...

...Logitech is interested in is profits and the only thing that will get their attention is a good swift kick in the assets.

If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?


Cart before horse

Under the current business model of technology first infrastructure last, 5G will be like putting a 4-lane speed limit on a 2-lane bridge and raising the toll.

Postmates plans rollout of autonomous delivery robots in US


Never mind the cargo...

Four wheels and some cool computer hardware?

They will have to pay a human to guard the thing.

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China


Idiots of a feather flock together

"Just as ridiculous was a question asking why a Google search result on the word "idiot" brought up images of President Trump."

What is even more telling of the ignorance of US politicians is, that by asking that question in a public hearing, they helped push the "idiot=Trump" images to the top of the search results on Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo and WebCrawler also.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire


The Greatest Challenge

The greatest challenge to green energy is not science or technology. It is entrenched business models and those can only be overcome by financial pressure.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism



Hopefully the hacker will brag about the exploit while chatting up the cute next door neighbour only to discover the neighbour is a transgender ninja with anger management issues.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time


Hey Yall Watch This

"Ain't no piranhas in this encryption river! Hold our beer and we'll show ya!"

COPPA load of that AOL! $5m fine for targeting kids with ads


$5m is Not Enough

People and businesses that exploit children should not be.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth


Oh What...

...a tangled mess we make

when our profits are at stake.

Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits

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The Really Good Thing Is

Every time El Reg posts one of these articles, my home network gets a thorough inspection.

Thank you for all those reminders!

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows


Re: Cat doors should be only for cats

"Actually, there are cat doors\flaps that use the ID chip in the animals neck."

Placing the bulldogs bed next to the cat flap works quite well also.

Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access


Re: A variation of the early computer model then...

"There is no use case for consumer gigabit broadband today."

I would like to be able to upload or down load 5GB of grand baby movies or a 3GB Linux upgrade in seconds instead of hours.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google


Re: I can't wait...

Humans have evolved to become the most successful competitors on Earth. Unfortunately they have not evolved enough to fully understand the consequences of winning.

Net neutrality is heading to the courts (again): So will the current rules stand or be overturned (again)?


It will eventually be sorted

Due to all the sandbagging by the corporations and government, there will not be enough sand left for the citizens of the US to hide their heads.

Watchdog slams political data slurpers' 'disturbing disregard' for voters' privacy


In The USA

In the USA organizations are usually exempt from this kind of onerous regulation, at least when exemption benefits politicians. We don't want to stifle the democratic process now do we?

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US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations


a Do Not Track data sharing opt-out website

Which, if it actually comes to be, will be just as useless as the Do Not Call website. As a previous comment asserted, this bill is fluff, and I shall add, proposed on the eve of an election as vote bait.

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship


"In the end, the economically poor, will also be the culturally poor. Which in turn will make us all poorer."

And after that we can become great again like the French in 1798.

Seriously, let us all pray it does not come to that.

Black Helicopters

Like Boiling Frogs

How many degrees are there between accusations of fake news and accusations of sedition?

The First Amendment is being attacked under the pretense of protecting it.

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt


Re: Breaking DRM to perform "unauthorized repairs"

Democrat and Republican are two sides of the same coin.

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC


Re: Conspiracy theory?

Is it possible that someone might want to tarnish the credibility of one of the most respected main stream media publications?

Equifax exec's inside trade shame: Software boss sentenced for mega-hack stock profit



Like like taxes, the more powerful and wealthy you are, the less you have to worry about it.

Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web

Black Helicopters

That's Nice

As far as I'm concerned, a PAC is nothing more than a bribe aggregator.

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time


A Perfect Opportunity...

for millions of Americans to symbolically delete Trump.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls


Can't be done

Even if the government would do the right thing about Idjit Pie, Trump would pardon him. Unfortunately senators and congressmen are too busy counting their stock dividends to be bothered and if the peasants don't like it... "Let them eat cake!"

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Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams


I Wonder

Would they be just as diligent apprehending and prosecuting violations of the Federal Do Not Call list if someone was phone spamming the Grand PooBah or would he get the same "Take a number and wait" that the rest of us get?

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag


6.5-inch OLED Screen

Ya think by the time they get to the iPhone 15 it can double as a desk top?

Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17


We Ain't the Champions. We're the Audience

The comments page reminds me of the audiences at professional sports matches. It amazes me that people can get so worked up over a fight to see who gets the larger share of the audiences' money.

Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human


Re: what’s with Adam Sandler?

Whether the subject is entertainment or politics, popularity rarely equates to value.

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'


The ubiquitous response from US industry; When the wagon axle breaks, charge the horse for not getting the job done.

Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

Black Helicopters

And in this day and age...

Some supremacist group will use the ACLU test results to promote the groups racist agenda. I can see the "Fake News" headline now:

"Advanced Facial Recognition Proves They Are More Criminal Than Us"

Did you know? The word 'Taiwan' would crash iOS thanks to a buggy filter for the Chinese govt


Re: Denying reality for the sweet, sweet cash

The reality is corporations are amoral entities with only one purpose for existence. All attempts by corporate spokesmen to anthropomorphize them as having human feelings are manure. Good is black ink and bad is red ink. Humans are a source of black ink, nothing more.

White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'


Tired of Euphemisms

The present US administration has given main stream media more than enough opportunity to use the words; Bald Face Lie.

Outage? No, phones are playing silly buggers, insists Sainsbury's Bank


Is It Time?

Is it time to revert from ATM to UTM (under the mattress)?

Relax. It's OK, folks, the US government isn't going to try to take back control of the internet


"... there are a non-trivial number of blowhards in right-leaning (therefore, Obama-hating) media who keep saying this must be done, without having any idea of how to do it."

That pretty much says it, as does the rest of your post.

GnuPG patched to thwart 'fake filename'


"Don't know when this vulnerability was fixed but my Linux Mint box had an update for this file for download today. "

Same here, getting a bug fix before I read about it in The Reg, what's the world coming to?

Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums


Re: Clueless answers anyway

I've seen the same phenomena on many "Official" forums. The correct term for it is doublespeak.

IoT CloudPets in the doghouse after damning security audit: Now Amazon bans sales


No Place For Children

The Internet is entirely too dangerous a place for unsupervised children. It is a place where even well educated adults get taken advantage of. The real benefits of information at your fingertips has been drowned in get rich quick schemes. Unfortunately those with the power to do something about it are the ones making money from it and they don't care what happens to some nameless kid.

Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console


Fools and Their Money

It seems there are a lot of people that do not understand that investing though a crowd-funding site does not by itself constitute due diligence.

Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening


GDPR, by having the audacity to imply that humans are not a commodity to be bought and sold like so much grain, may have committed an act of war in the eyes of the internet's corporate powers.

Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die


It appears that those who sold the benefits of Brexit to the UK voters failed to mention that some of those benefits were not theirs to sell.

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets


Trump's Next Tweet?

"I am Oz, The Great and Powerful!"

Net neutrality is saved in Senate vote! No, not really, it was a giant waste of everyone's time


Smoke and mirrors.

AI boffins rebel against closed-access academic journal that wants to have its cake and eat it


It's Like Burning Books

The students with best minds are not always the wealthiest and the wealthiest students do not always have the best minds. When we commodify research we limit the potential of human advancement.


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