* Posts by Mike Moyle

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Re: Starship Troopers...

More "Dust" by Charles Pellegrino, I would say. Cover blurb tag line: "Good news: The bugs are gone. Bad news: We're next!"

Chilling, and highly recommended.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/376650.Dust

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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"Good sir, I resent that comment I have never been and never will be a troll, I don't even own a bridge."

Do you want one? I've got a nice one in Brooklyn that I can let go for a VERY reasonable price!

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: How is it different

"One goose at a time, please, no pushing."

Is it really a goose if they're not pushing?

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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You're wearin' down their resistance, boyo! Keep it up!

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Harvard, MIT boffins ink up with health-monitoring 'smart' tats

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But what happens if you stare into d-abyss?

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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Re: Canada

I'm sure it's lovely, but -- not to put too fine a point on it -- your college students* apparently come down to Boston, Massachusetts for Winter Break because the temperature hovers around freezing and there's ONLY three feet of snow, so your definition of what qualifies as a holiday may be somewhat questionable.

(* I worked in a liquor store in downtown Boston for several years and saw a LOT of McGill student IDs every February.)

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FWIW, I really wish that everyone who is saying that sonic effects can easily be tested for would add "if the device(s) is functioning continuously." Some news articles report that the affected said that they occasionally heard very localized loud noises.

From the Associated Press viaThe Guardian (Thursday 14 September 2017):

"The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he’d walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.

"Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, symptoms both similar and altogether different from others among at least 21 US victims in an astonishing international mystery still unfolding in Cuba. The top US diplomat has called them 'health attacks'."

So, the effects can be quite localized and intermittent, since in this case it's reported to have started suddenly and, presumably, eventually ended. Hard to put sensors everywhere for long enough to have a good chance of finding any putative outside source.

As to it being a false-flag operation, that's certainly possible, but if you can't think of actors inside OR outside of Cuba or the U.S. that would like to see rapprochement between the two countries scuttled in order to further isolate one or both, then it sounds like you're just not looking.

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Bless their hearts: Democrats want $40bn to spruce up America's bumpkin broadband

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Re: Isn't the USA the land of the fee?

Not to mention the states that have passed laws banning their cities and towns from offering municipal broadband...

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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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Re: Had an interesting experience not so long ago

You probably should have gone AC on this post -- now they'll probably try to get you on a DMCA/Computer Misuse Act charge (depending on your location at the time) for breaking their "encryption" to get into a secured file!

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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"While some of the groups mentioned above have solicited Bitcoin donations to help them buy weapons, scammers have adopted their tactic and Islamic State stylings, diluting the amount of donations that reach extremists."

The enemy of my enemy... Is still my enemy, actually, but I'm perfectly willing to stand watching from the sidelines saying "Let's you and him fight!"

...and laughing.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Re: Slightly inflated cost estimate here?

@ defiler -- You answered your own question:

"I'm sitting here wondering how a middle-aged man becomes so petty as to wilfully try to damage an ex-client's system.

"...you're forgetting the military markup - anything for the military costs at least 3x what it does on civvie street."

Losing lots of easy money can make people do stupid things.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

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Re: Works here

You're new here, aren't you?

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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Re: Innovation? We've heard of it

"Seriously, it never ceases to amaze me how multi-core, multi-gigahertz, multi-gigabyte mobile systems can be so excruciatingly unresponsive compared with my 16-bit, 7MHz, 512KB Amiga from the 1980s.

How can this even be possible?"

Selective memory?

"...Hazy watercolor memories... Of the way we were..."

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macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

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Devil

Obvious solution:

Anyone who figures a workaround for this immediately makes it open source. We're always told that the "many eyes" theory makes open source inherently safer than anything!

So, problem solved.

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A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder

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The DISK weighed 2.5 Kg

I'm sure the dumbbell weighed considerably more!

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HMRC scoops up Microsoft veep for CIO role

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Unhappy

I read "HMRC scoops up Microsoft veep..." and got all excited.

You teases.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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A fellow that I used to work with had previously been a guard in a "correctional facility". It was there that he acquired a simple phrase used to describe the inmates that they expected to see back (or perhaps, never see leave) that applies to the Martin Shkrelis of the world:

"Inherently Unteachable".

In most cases, this is a result of the subject having an unshakable idée fixe that s/he is ALWAYS the smartest person in the room.

I'm fully expecting that, even if he DOES end up @ a "Club Fed", Shkreli's apparent inability to learn will inevitably lead him to do something monumentally stupid -- my guess is that he'll try to get some sort of contraband brought in -- that will end up getting him moved to a... less genteel place of incarceration

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Pity. It would have been... Glorious!

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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"I was using the word 'and' not to create a list or to indicate a join, I was saying the word itself and creating a pause afterwards."

I believe that a semicolon to separate the clauses would have been correct in this case.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: If only if only...

"...I'm not going around telling people I created IRC or ICQ or AIM..."

...because the vast majority of people wouldn't know what you were talking about?

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Re: Where Do I Find These Lawyers

"if we could close down half of the law schools and re-open them as med schools we’d be a lot better off."

You want the sorts of people that go to those schools mucking around with your innards instead?!!? *shudder*

I'll pas, thanks.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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Re: OBAKA

Of course, Obama was not saddled with two unnecessary wars put on the national credit card by his feckless predecessor; was not facing the collapse of the housing and domestic automobile industries, nor the collapse of the general economy into deep recession or possible depression; and never had his attempt to correct major flaws in the insurance industry -- or, in fact, virtually ANYTHING that he attempted for he last 3/4 of his term -- repeatedly sabotaged by a congressional leadership who stated at the outset that its primary goal was to make him a one-term president, and whose idea of "bipartisanship" is "you agreeing to anything we want".

Certainly not.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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" I do think no disk world is better than a disk world that is not up to scratch"

...a scratch-disk world...?

Interesting concept; does it keep changing randomly as parts get overwritten?

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

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"Coating the bumper in a sticky layer will supposedly glue the colliding object – such as a pedestrian – to the front of the car during the impact like flypaper, to protect them from 'secondary impacts.'”

I'm waiting for something like GTA Lite where people try to hack the driving AI in order to collect an entire bumper-full of ex-pedestrians!

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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"The Victorian clock is maintained by a dedicated keeper."

157 years? I should say that he is!

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Uber bros kill car leasing program after losing nine grand per vehicle

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The more I hear about them, the more they seem Unter to me than they do Uber.

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Re: Assange shouts at world to stop forgetting him

^^^ -- This.

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: "Unit got smaller"

@ technicalben

Well, in this case, "unit" was intended as "one bottle, of colloquial category 'half-pint', 'pint', 'fifth', and 'half-gallon"", but "unit" seemed more concise. The size of the unit (bottle) was, in each case (except the quart upsizing to a liter), made smaller. The number of servings in each unit (bottle) went down; the size of the serving did not change.

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Re: A massive market

The liquor industry over here was one of the very few to willingly -- nay, eagerly -- convert to metrics when the government tried to get everyone on board back in 1975. The reason, of course, was that with the exception of going from quarts to liters, every other unit got smaller. But, since people were already used to paying $X for a pint, say, just refer to a 375 ml flask as a "pint" -- close enough! -- and there you go: instant profit-margin boost!

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"...I don't really want to have to learn yet another language at my age."

Damn. Now you've made me want to see someone write a programming language that is all emojis. We could call it ᗧ++.

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Dems fightin' words! FCC's net neutrality murder plot torn apart

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Re: "Taking direction from president Trump"

Then, if commercial entities can't/won't extend high-speed access into those underserved areas profitably, they should stop pressuring state legislators to block local governments from forming municipal broadband ISPs to serve their residents.

One or the other, people. One or the other. You're not allowed to have it both ways.

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Gov workers told their social posts are more believable than politicians' statements

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"...citizens think they know 'what's really going on'."

Well, we certainly can't have THAT, now can we?

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Big Internet balks at fresh effort to crack down on sex trafficking

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How can this be a serious law? Whenever a Congresscritter really wants to get public opinion to unite behind a bill, they give it a "clever" backronym -- vis.: USA PATRIOT Act, STOP SMUT Act, CHURCH Act, etc. This...? The SEST Act? Never gonna fly.

It comes really CLOSE to the SEX Act, so maybe Sen. Portman just couldn't come up with a word that starts with X and got as close as he could.

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Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

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Great! I could get a job as an AI tester: Will it cope with my severe nystagmus or have a nervous breakdown?

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In the red corner: Malware-breeding AI. And in the blue corner: The AI trying to stop it

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Re: Maybe

But then scammers would devise an AI that would compare sets of adjacent pixels in a picture to look for signatures of Ostrichization. Where will it ever end?

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

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Re: Wot?

@ Olaf -- I'm trying to come up with something about bent coppers getting into your pockets being why you can't afford one of these, but...

Nah... I got nothin'.

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Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

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Re: British pronunciation of "Jag-you-er" sounds equally silly to we across the Pond

"While I guess a firewall might conceivably rout packets, a router, well, routes them…"

Probably because over here, "route" -- either noun or verb -- can be pronounced "root" or "rout". I would have guessed that it was related to regional dialects, but that does not appear to be the case:

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_26.html

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I have to admit, I'll really miss my 160GB Classic when it finally dies the great death. It's basically started up in a shirt pocket* when I leave the house in the morning, plugged into speakers when I get to the office, and removed from my pocket and turned off when I get home at the end of the day. With the assistance of a case to give me tactile feedback of where the edge of the touch wheel is, I can adjust the volume and jump forward/back without taking it out of my pocket/looking at it on my side-desk. A touch-screen player or phone simply doesn't give me that level of unobtrusive control. That's not even considering that keeping all of my music on my phone means that if my music player gets stolen, I've lost my phone as well!

*I suppose that it should be noted that I tend to seek out shirts with TWO breast pockets to carry phone on one side and Pod on the other. If your wardrobe tends towards tees or polos, then this option is not for you.

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Re: News indeed

"...Steve Jobs pronunciation of Jaguar as "Jagwire"."

To be absolutely fair, your British pronunciation of "Jag-you-er" sounds equally silly to we across the Pond.

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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"We promise to launder process each transaction transparently from your source currency via Bitcoin, Ethereum, Linoleum and Perineum before we vanish entirely in a puff of blockchain."

Now THAT'S comedy!

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Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens

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Makes this old geek want to take a visit to to Ol' Blighty!

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Admiring all this technical talk. Me, I was just feeling sorry for the pilots who apparently got all their air filtered through o' bogs. Flying on the day after Curry Night in the mess hall must be particularly challenging!

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Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

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Re: The Las Vegas attitude...

".... I wonder a country where there's a place like Las Vegas where most "events" are held, can complains about sexual harassment and the like."

Why? It's quite simple, really: There's what you do when you're on the clock and what you do when you're off the clock. Your employer expecting you to do favors for him, personally, after work hours because you do the same thing for pay during work hours is simply wrong, whatever your trade is. If you think it's wrong when it's someone expecting to have access to, say, your salable technical talents for free but see nothing wrong with the same when the victim's salable attributes are appearance and personality, then the problem isn't with the society.

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Emirates and Turkish Airlines lift laptop ban on US-bound flights

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Were I the suspicious and cynical sort of individual (...which, of course, I'm not!) I might note that both Turkey and the UAE have the sort of strong-man governments and lamentable civil rights records that Trump seems particularly fond of. I wonder, on the other hand, how many European airlines, say, might find themselves having a suspiciously hard time meeting the new standards that DHS is rolling out for all air travel to the U.S. (Not because their leaders talked harshly to Rumpledthinskin -- Of course not! -- but just because... reasons!)

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El Reg partners with Action for Children to give IT industry an uncomfortable night

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Re: Not interested

So, you feel strongly enough about the charity and the method of solicitination to express your distaste -- rather than saying nothing and just not joining in -- but not strongly enough to actually sign your name (or at least your El Reg handle)? I'm not sure what I could say about this that is more damning than the post itself.

Hmmm... Well, I suppose there's always: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." -- Abraham Lincoln (Attribution uncertain)

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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Re: Is it worth it

"And as soon as he ends up in UK police custody, Sweden just need to re-issue that EAW and the Swedish then get him."

Maybe he's hoping that Brexit will mean that the EAW won't be valid in the UK?

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Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project

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I can see the advertising now: "POWER starts with P!"

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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

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"We would like to make it clear that the security of the assessment platform has not been compromised. Your account, the answers you provided in the assessment and the report you received are secure. No information other than your email address and your company name was accessible to the third party."

Translated: "Pay no attention to that shoe hanging in mid-air."

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: Admission

@Naselus

"I'm sorry, it's hard to take anyone seriously when they say 'Microsoft are being too controlling over which software I can install, I'm off to Apple land'."

Oooooooh...! MacOS demands an Admin password to install software downloaded from the internet! How horribly nannyish of them! <eyeroll>

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Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

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I can't Bolivia had the nerve to post that!

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