* Posts by Shart Tank

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Re: Alternate Title

Possibly will work given he's obviously an AGW freak.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

> Well, anyone round Cambridge (UK not USA) will probably have seen/heard

> Snoopy knocking around. It's a C130 that for a long time (still?) had a huge

> engine on it as a testbed for Airbus.

Airbus uses an American-made C130 for testing? Don't they have any of their own planes they can use for testing?

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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Coffee/keyboard

Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz

So... basically he is asking for new laws to strictly define what content to host and where to draw the line, so he doesn't have to make a decision himself?

Isn't that the bad kind of governmental meddling?

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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host file

yes these should be reserved but a hosts file before - an often 3rd party dns - isn't a bad thing

also .localdomain while we are at it pls

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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Flying from Pluto to Donald Duck?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Will use Firefox till death. I refuse to submit my whole life data to Google. (anymore than it already is)

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if it took you fifteen seconds to save a bookmark then there is something seriously broken with your pc, not Firefox's fault.

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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> Even with the basic systems on cars today a similar attack can be carried out and for less money. Some already have been for instance:

> Drop a concrete block off a highway/motorway bridge

Years ago (possibly 30+ years ago), I remember reading an SF story that involved self-driving vehicles on highways and bored people tossing Christmas trees on to the road and then watching traffic grind to a halt because they couldn't cope with the obstruction, especially if the trucks were driverless.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Re: "de-toxing its culture"

Their name has obvious resonances of ubermensch, so it's been like a sneering from mini-Nazis for the past several years. Absolutely no one at the company or the company's investors can pretend that this resonance sailed over their heads. It just so happens that they are resonant of ubermensch, while disrupting underwritten paratransit and showing contempt for the disabled people who rely on it. You are exempt from Godwin's Law on the merits of the situation.

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It's the precarity, stupid!

(Just an expression, Reg., I would not call you stupid lest I become the truly stupid!) It's the precarity. It's the contingent work! It's the 1099! It's always been the 1099! It was illegitimate, cheating nonsense in 2011 and it's illegitimate, cheating nonsense now. This is an interesting development, and Uber touches upon the entire rainbow of kinds of outrages, but most of those outrages trace back to the 1099! Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Sidecar, Homejoy, Handy, Spoonrocket, Postmates, Luxe, crud like Gigwalk, Deliveroo (I don't know the UK as well), and the rest of the menagerie of animal names are equally assholish even if they are branded as the "nice" startups who love labrador retrievers, empathize with you neoliberally and feel your pain, and not the "mean" ones who are known for kicking your shins and causing the pain in the first place. So I hope that not too much will be wrapped up with one personality. Kalanick sets a low bar - two cheers for the other 99% of misclassification practitioners who don't love Ayn Rand but are still trying to exploit unemployed people and cram entrepreneurship down their throats to make a phony arm's-length relationship.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Headmaster

Re: Right, $50 of bars will stop a 4000lb car going 74mph.

"The wiki article you link to is for REAR impact guards"

It's actually about all types of impact guards and mentions that while rear guards are mandatory through a EU directive, side and front guards are regulated by UN/ECE R73 and R93.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Chrome 58 is out now. It shows apple.com and epic.com correctly. (A few minutes ago, 57 on my computer showed them as bogus URLs).

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Proprietary: Pure sticks to flash module design, becomes a direct flasher

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Too funny you say there is no innovation. Did you read: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/13/pure_drops_to_fifth_overtaken_by_ibm/?

Pure coming in from nowhere and taking 5th place for flash is an endorsement of their customers trusting their products.

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Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

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british left waffles on falklands

It was amusing trying to parse this headline. I thought Alternative vet Quartermaine was something like an alternative blood lab called Theranos. I rolled my eyes and thought, would those damn disruptors please leave the sick animals alone? But no, it's their mission to break up the power of the incumbent veterinarians' cartel. It would be funny, except I'm sure there actually is a startup like this. The vets are all precarious freelancers, or as Quartermaine prefers to refer to the community, "Quarties."

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Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

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Coat

Should Virgin be talking up penetration rates?

Just seems to be some odd wording to my unwashed ears.

Ok, ok, I'm leaving already. Don't push me...

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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FAIL

The whole cloud rests on a single turtle

The dashboard was not the only central AWS system affected. The console and API also seem to rely heavily on the US-EAST-1 storage with increased errors rates when trying to deploy elsewhere or change entries in Route 53.

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Axe net neutrality? Keep the set-top box lock-in? Easy as Pai: New FCC boss backs Big Cable

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Re: Unfortunately for big cable, pretty soon they'll be swimming in competition

That should be easy. The partner services are on a whitelist and get preferential full-speed access while everything else gets lumped into the same few-kilobits-per-second bucket routed via overloaded peering points.

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Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats

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A newsgroup is not better. Mailing lists can be filtered and sorted into folders to the receiver's liking, can be accessed on multiple clients syncing the read/unread/tagged status. A newsgroup requires the same name everywhere without any server-side support for flags and tags.

NNTP is mostly dead. Mailing lists rule.

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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Joke

Wir schaffen das

Don't worry. Germany will protect Poland against any hostile invasions.

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Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

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Potential liability risk?

Could Quantum be risking Federal liability, or even massive asset forfeiture to the profit of the Trump administration, by advertising their products for something that while claimed to be legal by the states, is still a Federal felony to produce?

Or is this story just the product of creative journalism?

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Go

Enough with the sales pitch already

Where's the link to the camera feeds?

I'd like to watch the weed grow.

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Custom silicon, 9PB storage boxes, and 25Gb Ethernet – just another day in AWS hardware

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>> The custom chips also power a custom AWS network architecture that uses 25Gb Ethernet, a format Amazon believes is actually more scalable and efficient than the 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet standards commonly used.

I don't get it. Does anyone have any details from the conference on why this is the case?

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Thumb Down

Yet another Windows 10 annoyance

cmd.exe is not good, but at least it is fairly simple, and has "worked" for all versions of Windows.

I don't want to learn yet another scripting language, particularly one with such limited portability.

May Microsoft's executives spend a long span in purgatory trying to eat soup with chopsticks, until they grasp the notion that while users appreciate new functionality, they don't want it enforced by default.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Years ago, well before Apple Pay came out, the only place I was able to use my American Express Blue card's NFC capability was at McDonalds. Even now, stores that accept contactless payment is limited.

(I enjoy laying my wallet on top of the credit card terminals and watch the cashier's expression. Some times they'll start to tell me that's not how to use it, only to be interrupted by the beep signaling the completed transaction)

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Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

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Can you disclose who you are? You smell like a DellEMC person.

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Casino cops are coming if we can't move all this cash in a hurry

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Sounds like a stack overflow problem.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Re: When we get to the stage where we have to label everything...

I used to have one of those mouse mice. I was disappointed when I got a new computer that no longer had a PS2 port for the mouse.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Did the study look to see if sex was the only form of exercise they engaged in? If you don't regularly exercise when older, any form of exertion can cause a heart attack (such as shoveling snow from your driveway).

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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The hypothetical situation described in the article seems a bit of a stretch, and given the plethora of driver assistance devices being installed in modern cars (adaptive cruise control, lane keep, etc) it doesn't seem too far fetched to assume that autonomous vehicles will be better at dealing with danger than human drivers.

However, there is another significant impediment to their widespread adoption: liability. Who is at fault in a collision? The cars themselves will invariably have a great deal of logging data to assess what was done incorrectly, and in most cases this will likely provide evidence that the other (human) driver was to blame, but in the few cases the software proves to be the culprit who will be held responsible? Will it be the owner of the autonomous car or the manufacturer?

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: What are the odds

"The Transdimensional Personnel Locator was a BT skunkworks project "

To differentiate it from normal phone boxes is the "Transdimensional Personnel Locator" painted blue, perhaps with a blinking light on top?

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

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Corrections:

Thing thing = 'this thing'.

£65k salary = PRE-tax permanent salary

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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

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Black Helicopters

Windows for Warships won't work without it

I really can't come up with any other reason. There must be some big customer behind it, if it has to be on by default.

A registry setting to disable this behaviour exists!

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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20+ years ago, part of my job was building a mail client for PCs. I made sure that the client blocked downloading .bat attachments.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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> Is mistake was not selling to a local user.

I strongly suspect that the purchaser intentionally targeted a seller in another state, so it would be difficult for the seller to defend himself in court.

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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

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Plus what happens when there's 52% women? Do you encourage females to leave the field then to make room?

Shall we start with HR and other plush no real responsibility and accountability power grabbing positions?

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Unhappy

Re: It's a shame

I'll stick with Video2000 then, the aborted Nokia N900 line. The USB socket is gone but it's still my favourite mobile terminal.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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If someone has compromised your computer and stolen your password. Changing your password is just going to give them an opportunity to also steal your new password.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

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All this fuss...

... and nobody managed to mention Sir Humphrey Appleby?

Why, the Foreign Office must be overjoyed with all the discussion and no answers. Surely they are pro-europe, aren't they?

http://youtu.be/37iHSwA1SwE

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Time for a patch: six vulns fixed in NTP daemon

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Conclusion

Please correct me if I'm wrong here.

Most of these vulnerabilities require ntpd's authentication scheme(s) to be configured, which are horribly fragile by themselves and practically never used outside self-hopping minefields.

That leaves the Xleave problem, although having multiple server associations might protect a little.

Well, auto-update should take care of most of our servers. Only the custom ntpd on a Raspberry Pi w/ GPS needs recompiling.

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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

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Black Helicopters

Not as serious?

I'd consider copying *all* outgoing mail into the mailbox of a contractor and then owning up to it only after said contractor's data slurping script borked and the mailbox overflowed to be a tad more serious than not routing any mail at all.

Seems like BT tries to play down the security implications. Imagine the mails would not have bounced. No one would know and Steve Webb would still have a full feed of BT mail traffic.

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Secondary storage, the missed opportunity for object storage

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How does this compare to SwiftStack?

Are there any OSS options to these players other than Ceph that is simple to setup and use? Similar to ZFS based NAS solutions

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Awoogah – brown alert: OpenSSL preps 'high severity' security fixes

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Joke

Re: Could we fucking kill it already?

Don't worry. Soon, systemd-tls will fix it.

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Lose the onion tears, Tor fanboys: CloudFlare may consider binning CAPTCHAs, says CEO

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Re: If only...

RFC 3514 would solve this easily for Cloudflare. Just filter all the evil packets.

| To solve this problem, we define a security flag, known as the "evil" bit,

| in the IPv4 [RFC791] header. Benign packets have this bit set to 0;

| those that are used for an attack will have the bit set to 1

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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When I've inherited code, I've frequently fixed bugs simply by turning on all warnings. Like the function that would intermittently fail because someone passed it three arguments instead of four (it was grabbing the value of the fourth argument from what ever was on the stack).

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Re: Bad code? What ryhmes with 'Banker'

"You can search for a journey specifying the train company you want to sue "

Was the system designed by lawyers?

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Challenge! German drives from South Africa to Norway in nine days

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Re: And how did they get to Amman?

To get from Egypt to Jordan, they had to drive through a narrow portion of Israel.

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Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

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Boring. And old.

This is being done by many major websites already that run call centres (if you've ever been asked what X character of your password is... TADA!). This is nothing new.

Now what would be much more interesting would be some real reporting. Passwords on a website is nothing compared to the number of vulnerable routers out there.

I wonder how many ISPs have vulnerable routers out there that they aren't patching?

I can bet that would be a much more scary report. And no ISP would be safe.

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