* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

2116 posts • joined 17 Sep 2015

Do you feel 'lucky', well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

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I havent seen that button in years as googles chromes default "new tab" page seems to be a facsimile of googles search page , but with a couple of subtle fifferences. I hadnt noticed it wasnt googles actual page till recently - i did think it was odd that anything you type in the search box gets magically typed in the URL bar instead

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

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"Perhaps I wasn't clear."

You got that right buddy :) Your second attempt makes your point clear as mud - you are still just pointing out differences in convenience and difficulty level.

Step back , look slightly bigger picture , the two things are exactly the same - They both make it difficult for other people to read your documents without you giving them the "key"

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Re: 3D mugshots and 3D printers

i dont think its anything like that difficult - just wave the phone in front of the mugshots they took....

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I don't think the safe analogy is correct.

I think it is correct. The only difference you have pointed out is that one is a lot harder to crack than the other.

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but not for them to demand blanket access to every device owned by anyone who happens to be nearby.

right. So always keep your drugs and cash in yo mommas safe in her room , not the one in your own bedroom? got it.

Better still get a safe that belongs to someone in a different country.

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Re: So does this also invalidate all facial recognition installed everywhere?

maybe i didnt read it right , but this is nothing to do with facial recognition in public spaces , but about unlocking phones and decrypting files!

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

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Re: Loot boxes next?

ah , thanks for the correction,

the local bookies will be overjoyed!

I guess they can get round it by detectingh IP location and dynamicly re skinning the gambling website with a "welcome to your local Utah gambling shop" banner

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Re: Loot boxes next?

I dont see how thats gonna help.

They've just decided online gambling is illegal in various states - presumably meaning it is illegal in those states to connect to a gambling server wether its in or out of the state. Bringing the casino nearer to the place where its illegal wont help will it?

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos

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off topic trivia

You know what the nearest planet to earth is?

Sometimes its Mars

Sometimes it Venus

*most* of the time is mercury. (45%)

tru dat, i heard it on Radio 4 the other day, from an asrto-physicist

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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"production environments should never be the same network."

I dont see how that would help, especially in this situation.

You could quite easily sign into whichever network , and then go for lunch , then forget which one ...

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Re: Itchy Chin

but it does know the difference between strings and integers.

VBscript dosen't, I've had to multiply variables by 1 , or add 0 to them , in order to get them treated as integers!

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Re: Patronised a customer?

Bravo sir!

too early for a pint?

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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way to miss the point.

We are talking about the data being handed to all and sundry , not the authorities, irrelevant of wether cash is changing hands.

Can an aspiring burglar go the local travel agent and buy a list of names, addresses and holiday times of their customers?

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Re: The only privacy you can trust, is that you make yourself.

Not sure how to go about it, but a rootkit that spaffs random GPS data might be a start.

GPS has nothing to do with it.

At the end of the day , you make a call , they know which tower you connected through

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Re: The only privacy you can trust, is that you make yourself.

yeah - make sure your phone cant connect to to a tower, that'll show 'em!

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Re: Re-seller

Well , if you're all that paranoid , you could just use a burner phone - like real criminals do...

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I am flabbergasted that selling that info isnt breaking some existing retail customer confidentiality laws.

Maybe thats all goodwill and promises in the US too

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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Re: Let's be honest

well id love to be on 30k.

the MP example is obviously , well , we'd all like MP terms conditions and hoilidays. You forgot to mention the expenses scamming as well :)

Good description of what nurses do - accurate - I wouldnt want to do it.

But minimum wage staff in care homes and hospices haveto do that for half the money.

I lot of people work very hard for a lot less, and a lot of people work just as hard in different areas for 30k.

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Re: Let's be honest

They do pay Nurses a decent wage - NHS scale 5 .

30k after a few years

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Re: As with all things this could be great if done properly

" It would also reduce demand for GPs by 50%, resulting in mass layoffs, "

well wait a minute are they over stretched or not?

If they had time to spend twice as long on each patient , well, that'd be good

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Re: Never delete. Auto-backup.

many other posts have said same .

Y'all have much backup media 90% filled with c:\winnnt , system32 , program files - and other shit you dont need.

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Re: Have you ever deleted something crucial?

how do you save any space if you back up everything you delete?

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Re: My method

I keep all my stuff on a nas, therefore all my computers just have the OS , and maybe a couple apps - just like at work.

So any can be rebuilt with minimum prep. Not that i seem to need to do that as often as the old days - probly cos everythings web based theses days and we're not installing shite all day.

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Re: xfer

well , looking at he above 100 posts ....

You're all a bunch of messy bastards!

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Re: xfer

Lets not forget the traditional

"stuff from old hard drive"

"stuff from other computer"

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Re: Recycle Bin

"You expected users to read!"

Tru dat.

"months of emails and warnings ..."

Prettty naive to think *any* of the users would pay *any* attention to that, at least without some kind of force-feedback system like putting "Please reply to confirm you have read an understood this" at least then the total lack of replies would mean that you know no ones listening to you.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: Great for this Engineer

"so I got a BSC in computer science"

What did all the real scientists think of that?

Seriously though , isnt the word "science" a bit missapropriated there in the same way as this Engineer discussion?

Scientists have labcoats and microscopes and sample dishes, or telescopes..

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Re: What an engineer does in the UK

"Or to put it more accurately: about how the word "engineer", in the UK at least, doesn't mean what people with engineering degrees wish it meant."

true. I have a HND in Engineering, or MechaTronics as they called it that year (said Engineering when the cert arrived). I never managed to get a job in it, I have been called an engineer on and off in various other I.T roles.

I've given up giving a shit. The word is lost. Its gone the way of "Technician" in that anyone can put it after their job to make it sound fancy.

The longest serving desktop support grunt next door recently became a "Senior Engineer" , much flashier title than his boss - the Team Leader.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Width

Yay!

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Re: Width

just testing this threading goes deeper than 1 , er , step

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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Re: Re the list of lethal spiders

think i'll reread that one next .....

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Re: Oh just Die...

I have similar exchanges with my car in the morning, before I get to work to shout at the software.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Re: AI may be OK, the Human Inteligence, no so much ...

that is very upsetting ... must have lie down now ....

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Re: When things could be worse

(the power supply was, needless to say, on his desk and fully functional).

Saw that coming. I've dealt with many calls , usually from meeting rooms , where people have plugged laptop into a switched off socket , and then , surprise , "it just went dead"

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: Christmas conspiracy

"or there has been some system failure in Gatwick and they are using "drones" to cover it up."

That'll be next weeks "who, me?" story then :)

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Re: Possible detection

"including the HPEM source from Diehl"

Killing it with EMP pulses? on an airfield?

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Re: drone takes drone

as i keep saying , all of these gung ho solutions involve knowing where the drone is. They dont. what they are combatting is the *threat* of further drone activity - NOT an actual drone buzzing around the airfield.

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Re: Possible detection

could you save me trawling through your dodgy looking unknown links and just briefly summarise in theory how any system could detect / stop a un-geofenced pre programmed drone?

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Re: Call a farmer!

"Only trick is getting close enough to the target in the first place."

That , and getting it to even appear - the drone(s) have so far only appeared briefly every hour to ensure grounding continues

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Re: Genies and bottles

quite - there is no obvious solution to this at this time.

God knows what the huge amounts of police drafted in could possibly be doing.

It kinda reminds me of the Gaza situation with missiles being lobbed over the border.

I guess in the future a drone defence system similar to Isreals Missile defence system may be developed.

IE homing explosive packed intercept drones.

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I too am intrigued . If the drone was constantly flying around *maybe* they could triangulate ,(then shoot it) but it only pops up every hour or so to guarantee continued closure.

Thats assuming its not on a radio free pre programmed flight.

As it is , with the drone not even flying most of the time , i have a picture in my head of policemen wondering around the airfield , or surrounding streets , hoping to ... well .... god knows

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Re: The internet

"has to have eyes on the drone"

not to mention "has to avoid shutting down an airport"

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Re: Christmas conspiracy

"some system failure in Gatwick and they are using "drones" to cover it up."

ooh , good one

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

"Clean laptop and phone"

Why? Because I don't trust anyone, particularly hotel staff. Getting my laptop stolen would be a nightmare for work reasons. Getting my phone stolen might lead to all sorts of identity theft problems I don't want to deal with.

What does that entail exactly? you wipe the phone book? so you cant ring anyone? you remove all work from your work laptop? surely your work laptop is encrypted so if its stolen - no data issue

Phones can also be encypted and not even reusable with a wipe/format to a thief - why not do that?

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Re: I don't know what ham put this article together

@andy non

You sir , are the gatling gun of puns!

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I've still not seen anything in the 2 articles that explains what the hell eat-ready & shelf-ready bacon is, I suspect its a far cry from the nice bacon sarnies you see on the brown sauce adds

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Re: Mixed feelings

"WTF has my focus gone??!"

Yeah get used to that , everythings gonna be web based soon.

Undoo your decades of training.

Join the tab vs spaces debate.

Me being whitespaceydextrous uses spaces on web pages and tab in notepad+

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Quite , I'm sure theres a vending machine around here that will give me a pack of "Frazzles" , with the product and the machine having a lifespan over 1 week

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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Re: net send

" Is there anything that will do the job nowadays?"

yeah write a script along the lines of msgbox("hi there") , copy it to destination pc and run it from there using psexec.

Unless you mean do the job of messaging every user on the network and getting yourself fired , in which case you need a bigger script.

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: Only one viewing a month?

I agree some sort of empathy-for-your-fellow-man (or in this case beast) classes should be taught.

Or is that a bit too Clockwork Orange?

Is it ok to try to teach the thug who beats pensioners to a pulp in order to steal a little jewelry that that is not ok?

Or is that Mind control ? or against human rights?

Didnt work out well in the film "Serenity"

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