* Posts by Garymrrsn

125 posts • joined 16 Sep 2015


Russian sailors maroon themselves in Bristol Channel after drunken dinghy ride goes awry


"What shall we do with the drunken sailors?"

Let 'em spend the night on Flat Holm Island

Let 'em spend the night on Flat Holm Island

Let 'em spend the night on Flat Holm Island

Early in the morning!

Now we know how sea shanties end up with so many verses.

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him


Beware of unintended consequences

I wonder if he realizes that if he succeeds Twitter will have to ban Trump? Of course all the defence has to do is present a list of Trumps most egregious tweets over the last 2 years and Nunes case goes out the window.

This headline is proudly brought to you by wired keyboards: Wireless Fujitsu model hacked


If you are one of those people who just can't live without visual input, install the same model receiver in a computer you can watch while interring data to both.

From MySpace to MyFreeDiskSpace: 12 years of music – 50m songs – blackholed amid mystery server move


Re: I wonder

What would be the cost of hosting 50 million old MP3s?

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew


Re: The trolls are in the air

Troll is but another word for the rank and file attempting to emulate their leaders.

There was yet another net neutrality hearing today in America, and it was all straightened out amicably and smoothly


"Congress is a joke."

Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain, told us that over 100 years ago. No one listened then and no one will listen now.

Is this the way the cookie wall crumbles? Dutch data watchdog says nee to take-it-or-leave-it consent


Ultimate Gotcha

The worst offenders I've found are the ones where you have to accept their cookie and privacy policy in order to view their cookie and privacy policy.

Just do IoT? We'd walk a mile in someone else's Nike smart sneakers, but they seem to be 'bricked'



If they connect to the internet I don't see how they could be called sneakers. How about tracking shoes

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa


Rube Goldberg would be proud.

Samsung Galaxy's flagship leaks ... don't matter much. Here's why


Re: Convergent design ?

My requirements are even less than that, just a key pad, microphone, speaker, and maybe the ability to make and receive calls.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats



"Alexa" Get rid of the pigeons!

US watchdog legal fight against Qualcomm and pushy chip deals closes with argument over how awful lawyers are


Re: Jury Duty

Count yourself lucky. In our district the pool of miscreants exceeds the pool of potential jurors to the extent that jury duty is almost annual event.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Re: Let's see here...

If anyone who knows anything about you uses any one of them, you are affected.

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins


What happens to the test subjects?

Now that the experiment is terminated, will the government sterilize or terminate the genetically modified subjects of the experiment?

Hopefully I've been reading too many dystopian novels.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid


Rinse and repeat

It appears the age old struggle between the engineers and the accountants is alive and well. As usual, the accountants won.

Stalk my pals on social media and you'll know that the next words out of my mouth will be banana hammock


Could this be...

...an indication that 64% of the people who use social media are easily predictable?

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.


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