* Posts by lafnlab

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Delicious irony: Hacked medical debt collector AMCA files for bankruptcy protection from debt collectors

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Facepalm

Liabilities

If the records included health information, they could be looking at serious fines. HIPAA allows fines of up to $50,000 per violation, and it sound like they have around 20 million violations.

Air Force intel bod Daniel Hale charged with 'leaking top secret drone documents' to journo

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Big Brother

Own goal

Becoming a unnamed source for The Intercept is like committing an own goal during an important match, or going hunting with Dick Cheney. Not the place to be.

Switchzilla rolls out Wi-Fi 6 kit: New access points, switch for a standard that hasn't officially arrived

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Headmaster

Nomenclature

I'm sure absolutely no one will confuse 5G and WiFi 6.

So, that's cheerio the nou to Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000

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Holmes

Budgetary constratints

With Brexit looming, it's only a matter of time before Downing Street puts the ghost of Ron Obvious in charge of the space program. Obvious, known for his attempts at jumping across the English Channel and at running to Mercury, is sure to bring much-needed enthusiasm to the troubled Space Agency.

Sherlock, because Obvious.

Formulus Black – the artist formerly known as Symbolic IO – trumpets its new breed of dedupe

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Trollface

Any relation to...

Sirius Black?

Do they think they're wizards?

Super Cali optimistic right-to-repair's negotious, even though Apple thought it was something quite atrocious

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Megaphone

Talk to/write to your legislator

I live in Indiana which is one of the states considering a right-to-repair law. I did this a few months ago and it was painless. It took about 20 minutes to write something and send it in.

If you make a living doing repairs, contact your legislator and tell them how the right-to-repair affects you and your job. Hopefully it will counterbalance what they're being told by Apple, John Deere, etc.

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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Black Helicopters

Tourism

St Cuthbert's looks like a lovely church in case Bogdan happens to need a reason to visit the Southport area.

The UK's Cairncross Review calls for Google, Facebook to be regulated – and life support for journalism

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Big Brother

"Institute for Public Interest News"

Ministry of Truth not good enough?

I like BigGANs but their pics do lie, you other AIs can't deny

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Facepalm

"...it's a lot harder to use images of Dogball for political or unethical purposes than it is to use an image of another person.”

The creator of Pepe the Frog probably thought something similar.

Oslo clever clogs craft code to scan di mavens and snare dodgy staff

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Headmaster

"...University of Oslo in Norway..."

Is there a University of Oslo outside of Norway?

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Coat

I guess they're useful for someone who wants to pull out but doesn't know how.

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Meh

Re: And once again...

What the fuck is GDRP?

General derp.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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Pint

VFSme - millennial edition - to show they can pander to yutes as well as Apple

You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

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Maybe the NHS is using different software, but in the US most hospitals have software that logs anytime someone's medical record is accessed. If they're not involved in the care of the patient, they're not supposed to access it. It's sort of an honor system - the software won't stop people from looking - but if they're not involved with the patient's treatment, they could be fired and/or sued.

Also, employees aren't supposed to look at medical records of family, friends, or anyone else they're not treating.

I deal a lot with HIPAA, and most hospitals are very serious about patient privacy.

Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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Childcatcher

Obscene? Nah.

"Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school?"

Did that person go to school in the Georgian Era? Children won't know it's obscene unless someone tells them and parents will likely roll their eyes when asked by the kids. There's a big difference between painting peckers around potholes and producing pornographic pictures.

FBI raids home of spy sat techie over leak of secret comms source code on Facebook

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Boffin

Re: Iran issues

That puts a whole new perspective on "If I had a photograph of you..." A Flock of Seagulls must have worked for the NRO!

Avatar in lieu of hairdo

SCREEEECH: US national security agency puts brakes on Qualcomm takeover

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TITSUP

I wonder if El Reg will post something with all the permutations of TITSUP it has published.

UK Army chief: Russia could totally pwn us with cable-cutting and hax0rs

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Facepalm

Re: But seriously

You mean the ones pwned by the North Koreans to mine Bitcoins?

Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

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Indy!

As someone who lives in Indy, I like our chances, though it will ultimately boil down to what Amazon values most.

Real estate in Indy is relatively inexpensive, and since we aren't constrained by the ocean, there is plenty of room to grow. Indiana University and Purdue University share a large campus downtown. There are plenty of engineers because of all the IndyCar race teams and all the biomedical companies in the area. There are plenty of scientists due to Eli Lilly and other companies headquartered here.

The suburbs are attract a lot of families as good places to raise kids, while a lot of singles prefer to live downtown, where there is more stuff to do. It's pretty easy to catch a cab, Lyft, or Uber, and the bus service is pretty good (I use it every day). There are also a couple of car sharing schemes for people who want to use a car only once in awhile, but not often enough to warrant buying their own car.

Just my two cents.

Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

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Holmes

I think the position he plays is obvious; he's an own-goalkeeper.

The eagle has been grounded: Dutch anti-drone squadron retired

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Facepalm

Are you falcon kidding me? I can't accipiter that you forgot to work in your carrion-eating mascot. You hawk to be ashamed of yourselves.

HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy

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Pirate

I have this vision of the ship sailing up and down the English Channel with a bunch of bagpipers playing on the flight deck, all to annoy the French.

The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

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Mushroom

Good riddance

Good riddance to the shite-addled techno hipster.

Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Angel

Sausage roll in a manger

Is it kosher?

Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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Does, "I need to use the John," have the same connotations in the UK as it does in the US?

You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

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Re: Oooh, clever..

It is named after the first boat to win the cup: the America.

'Alexa, play Charlie Bit My Finger.' I can't do that, Dave. No, really

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Amazon video

Amazon should start their own YouTube rival, or buy one such as Vimeo. YouTube could stand to have more/better competition.

Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Linux

"The plate pivots on a band of a dark polymer that doesn't seem built to survive years of fidgeting."

Not sure why you'd need to read the collection of compliance logos so often that this would become a worry. I have an XPS13 built in 2012 (via Project Sputnik) that gets used daily, and I think I've only needed to open this plate thrice. Leave it alone and stop fidgeting.

At last, a kosher cryptocurrency: BitCoen

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Paris Hilton

WINK

OMG, there're, like, soooo many cryptocurrencies. There's even one based on selfies (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2048047.0)

Paris, in lieu of a Kardashian icon

Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge

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Mushroom

"The skill sets required to be a good security engineer bear very little relation to those needed for managing a department..."

Reminds me of Robert Oppenheimer. He wasn't the best, most brilliant physicist, but he was respected enough by other physicists that he was able to get many to join the Manhattan Project.

Dental app startup drama: Two attack websites and a lawsuit

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Re: Such charming people

A plaque on both their houses

Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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Windows

Inspire...

me to use LibreOffice.

Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

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Flame

China?

So, does this strengthen or weaken the Great Firewall of China?

Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!

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Both houses of Congress have the power to subpoena. They can compel testimony, and those who refuse can be held in jail for "Contempt of Congress".

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Alliteration

Apoplectic! Pols! Probe! Purple! Palace!

You're welcome.

Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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Terminator

Perhaps he can use his own drone and start a drone dogfight.

AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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Wikipedia Central (not that they would actually spend the money to do this)

Pimlicloud

Snaresbook

Uptime Bridge

Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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Black Helicopters

Outsourcing

Maybe they can hire Amazon to get their drones to drop grenades on people.

Sage evaluates sale of North American payments biz

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They have a payments business?

Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet

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Boffin

I'm pretty sure feet smell because of fungi, so I'm not sure anti-virus socks will help.

CERN concern: Particle boffins join backlash against Euro Patent Office's King Battistelli

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Particle Pros Protest Patent President

Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

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Boffin

Re: You are slightly missing the point

While that might be true of your chemistry and molecular biology data, it's not necessarily true for other people where you work (supposing you work for a university, as I do*). What about the department administrator who deals with personnel files? What about faculty who keep patient information for clinical research? If information like that was backed-up onto an unencrypted external drive, it's a huge fine waiting to happen. The college's policy is probably due to a desire for a "one-size-fits-all" approach where esoteric chemistry files are treated the same way as payroll files.

*I have no connections with King's College, but the university I work for has similar policies.

Accessories to crime: Facial recog defeated by wacky paper glasses

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Alien

Re: It's your civic duty.

Hmm. It reminds me of the Douglas Adams quote, "...almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea...”

Maybe it's an equation for the Improbability Drive.

Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

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Thumb Down

Alternative punctuation

Considering the company's dire straits, perhaps El Reg should refer to Yahoo! as Yahoo¡

Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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Alien

"...the unsuspecting mice..."

Or so they would have you believe. As pan-dimensional, hyper-galactic beings, they were quite aware of and amused by the "experiments".

When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Thumb Up

It's not a bug, it's a feature.

Reclusive Mr Ren materialises to bless Huawei Leica tie-up

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Joke

...three “rotating CEOs”.

One to hold the light bulb and two to turn the ladder?

FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Headmaster

FBI

FYI, FBI stands for Federal Bureau of Investigation, not Intelligence. While they do have some intelligence roles, that is not their primary raison d'être.

Gone

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Re: Here here

More like pants security, IMHO

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