* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

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)

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?

Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project

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

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."

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

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Re: Admission


"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>

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

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

You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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Re: Horrible store

Around here, Whole Foods is referred to as "Whole Paycheck".

Essentially puzzling: Rubin's hype-phone ties up with… Sprint?

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Re: Then it's Essentially dead in the water.

"Heh, heh, heh, amazing. It's absolutely amazing. But under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit." -- Leo Bloom -- "The Producers"

I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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John Sunlight?

Yes. I'm old.

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"There's an APB out for Colonel Sanders."

Well, his bird certainly got fried...

Mac ransomware author is giving away malicious code to script kiddies

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So the owner is franchising... I wonder if he's gone full SpAmway and offered a percentage of profits to his downline from anyone that THEY recruit.

You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

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"You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it"

...Just not the RIGHT people.

What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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An Uber CEO sits in an empty room. The room remains empty.

Do cops need a warrant to stalk you using your cellphone records? US Supremes to mull it over

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Is there any way to find out, without searching the phone itself, if the suspect had "location services" -- or however the various platforms refer to it -- turned on? If it's on, then they clearly do not consider their location private information.

Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: Normal USB Attack Vector

I thought USB stood for UnterSeeBoot.

'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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Re: Dear God...

"First Trump then over to Zuckerberg - could it get any worse? (Rhetorical question - I'm pretty sure it could)"

Well, the Koch brothers could decide to stop paying the middlemen (buying politicians) and buy the presidency/vice-presidency directly, running for the gig together so that, even if one died the asset would stay in the family. (For anyone not familiar with the Kochs -- Charles and David Koch each have net worths of $47+ billion. They are the heads of the second-richest family in the U.S. and funders of assorted far right-wing/christian dominionist "think-tanks" and pressure groups. The current leadership of the U.S. Congress are only in place because the Kochs couldn't find anyone more loathsome to support.)

Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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If the worst that they got -- or, at least, the worst that got through the "yes, this is a face" software -- were portraits of infamous people as opposed to, say, a photo of someone's junk with a pair of Groucho glasses perched on top, then they should consider that they got damned lucky!

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

"Not if we eat them."

...which raises its OWN set of problems:


(Plus, there's so much FAT in them, unless you're willing to pay more for the grass-fed, all-organic stuff!)

Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: I think you'll find that with spheres - there isn't one.

Hey... You don't have to have a point to have a point!

Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

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Re: "Freetard" is an incorrect name for a user of open-source software

Or, perhaps, "freetard" was referring to the article's assertion that "Although they have legitimate uses, subtitle files are typically downloaded in association with pirated foreign-language films," (emphasis, mine), and not referring to FOSS users at all...?

("The guilty flees when no man pursueth," -- Proverbs 28:1)

Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

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Re: “orphan memory”

That was actually my first thought: "How long before the Loony Liberation Front jumps on this to 'explain' how homeopathy 'works'?".

AI smut-finder is now an Android app

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Prior art: Didn't Google used to have an "I want to get lucky" button?

Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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Well, I'm sitting at a "work station", but...

Security shield slingers are loving Prez Trump's cybersecurity order

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Re: Usual odd picture

There are actually two theories: One is that they reproduce via cellular fission, like any similar primitive organisms. The other suggests that when they are circumcised, the foreskins are planted and grow the next generation of little dick taters.

China staggering under WannaCrypt outbreak

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Re: Nervous criminals

A security guy was quoted on National Public Radio this morning with what may be the understatement of the week; that, generally, these types of jobbers will try to avoid infecting countries where they live or hope to get their Bitcoins extracted through. These bozos apparently didn't think that part through and, "if the perpetrators live in one of the countries that have been hit hardest -- say, Russia -- that would be an incredibly bad life choice."

Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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This Judge Alsup seems to be a very busy (and sapient!) fellow:


Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

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Re: Bah!

"So basically, everyone in the UK in on Double Secret Probation?

Just like in America!"

We're all just sittin' right here on the "Group W" bench...

French drone bods Parrot wheel out 'prosumer' division

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Who's organizing the pool for when the first "This... Is An Ex-Parrot!" headline appears on El Reg?

It's been a few days, so what fresh trouble has Uber got into now?

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Re: Prediction...

"I'm sure Volkswagen can supply enough to cover Uber's needs. It might even help VW's bottom line."

Venture capitalists looking to invest in the next Disruptive Technology(TM) might want to explore our new "Fallguys as a Service" (FAAS) offering. We can supply interested companies with engineers accredited in any discipline ready and willing to be thrown under a bus* to protect directors and C-level management.

(* Metaphorical buses only, please. For employees willing to be thrown under PHYSICAL buses, please ask about our "Suicides as a Service" offering.)

FireEye calls Shim-anigans: Bank-raiding hackers switch tactics

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"The switch in the group's approach from its previous reliance on spear-phishing to a more DevOps-slanted approach..."

So, will FIN7 be presenting at your CLL conference this year?

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

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"...(T)he Canadian government was going in the wrong direction and they should allow zero-rating for Canadian content and charge US companies to have theirs streamed to Canadian citizens. 'All Canadian content should be zero-rated," she said. "Canadian content should have a fast lane.'"

So, let me see if I have this straight: A Trump advisor is RECOMMENDING a Canadian tariff on Hollywood output streamed to that country...?

That's gonna go over well!

CIA tracked leakers with hilariously bad Web beacon trick

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Is Wikileaks feeling that it hasn't been front and center in the news lately? Are they possibly feeling irrelevant so felt the need to boost their click-count? Because, if this is the most damning thing that they've received/come up with, that's pretty pathetic. (Except that, of course, they got news coverage so -- while it's STILL pathetic -- it is nonetheless successful, which counts, I suppose.)

Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

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Re: Cambridge to Horley

"Yes, it's £22 if you want to arrive today or in the near future, but if you want to arrive in Cambridge on the 15 January 2011 then £999,998 seems reasonable..."

But can I go to Morrow and come back tomorrow night?

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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The only place where I have IE installed is on the Win7 VM that resides on my Mac at work. And even there, I have FF installed as an alternative.

Every other device that I own/use runs on MacOS (main home and work machines), Linux (an old netbook that I find occasionally useful), iOS (big tablet), or Android (small tablet and phone). So, while I like to think that I'm platform-agnostic, I *DO* have my limits!

That said, Safari is my most commonly-used browser, with Opera second (as someone else noted above, the built-in VPN is nice to have on occasion). Firefox comes in third, with Chrome being used on my phone only because it doesn't choke on the "real-time" (HAH!) bus-tracker that our local bus system uses. (Safari also handles it well, but it's easier to pull the site up up on my phone that dig the 'Pad out of my pack.)

So, yeah.. Edge = not happening, while Chrome = MOSTLY not happening.

Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Mission: Impossible: Splicing audiotapes to make the bad guys open the prison gates since 1966

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Re: My voice. is my. passport

Bah! Barney Collier wannabes, the lot of them!

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Kodak Digital Camera

@ JeffyPoooh

"We had one at work years ago. It was a bulky 2Mpx digital camera powered by some AA cells."

We had a DC290, which is what your description sounds like, at work (a municipal planning department). The big plus with that model, circa 2000 or so, was that it could be purchased as part of a package that included a Garmin GPS unit and a mounting bracket that could hold both pieces. The DC290 had a scripting language -- scripts could be written as text files and saved via the USB cable to the memory card -- and one of the pre-written scripts could take Lon/Lat (and, IIRC, direction) from the Garmin and insert the string into the photo. I hadn't seen anything similar at that time -- certainly not in the price range that we were looking at -- and it was one of the main reasons that we ended up buying that camera.

...and sonovabitch, if I didn't open a cabinet drawer in my office just now and find the whole megillah sitting there, just waiting for a new set of batteries! Almost tempted to take it out for a spin, just to remind myself why we bought it and why we stopped using it!

Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Cuberon

Don't worry about Gattani; he's already got a new job lined up as Senior VP of Customer Relations @ United Airlines.

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@ Voland's right hand

"In this context, the lightness of the judgement and sentencing is simply unbelievable and ought to prompt an investigation in itself IMHO. Something is at play here in the background.

"I believe it. I suspect that the lawyer was similarly arranged and had an extra brief from the in-laws and parents. Seen it before too. Anything and everything but to avoid a stain on the family honor."

What's at play is the prosecutor's desire to get a conviction checked on his slate with the least amount of trouble and the defending attorney's desire to get his client the least punishment possible. It was obvious from the evidence that he'd never get his client off scot-free, so the best he could do was offer to plead out for the prosecutor's accepting a lesser sentence. Pretty much SOP, really; no need to look around for a deeper, more convoluted conspiracy when the standard one does the job adequately.

Profit with just one infection! Crook sells ransomware for $175

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"Karmen automatically deletes the decryptor if a sandbox environment or analysis software is detected on the victim's computer..."

So, what sort of analysis software? Is it bespoke and proprietary to the security vendors or is it likely to be included in the average AV software?

Because, if the latter, it sounds like keeping it running in the background provides an added insurance policy against infection (along with backups, of course).

Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: I TOLD you ..

I'll see that and raise you:


Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

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"Crucially, none of these programming blunders are mentioned in the PR-friendly summary put out today by Microsoft – a multibillion-dollar corporation that appears to care more about its image as a secure software vendor than coming clean on where its well-paid engineers cocked up."

Don't hold back, Shaun -- tell us how you REALLY feel!

Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We've run into a bit more headwind than we expected today and we're running a bit low on battery power. At this time, we ask that everyone plug all phones, laptops, and other electronic devices into the power ports on your seats so we can get enough of a boost to get over those mountains ahead of us. Thank you for your cooperation and, as always, thank you for flying ElectricAir."

Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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Pinback, is that you...?

As Trump signs away Americans' digital privacy, it's time to bring out the BS detector

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"First the FCC will have to unravel its legal authority over net neutrality, and then it will have to figure out how to persuade the FTC to adopt new rules."

...because "Repeal and Replace" has worked out so well...

Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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Re: If I can be Brian the Messiah that be called Brian...

That's the PEOPLE's JUDEAN Liberation Front!

Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: Yellows, no

"If you look at any junction/pelican crossing, the normal behaviour now is to go through on amber and only stop after it has been red for a number of seconds."

Around here, if a line of vehicles approaches a stop sign, the rule is that the first of a line of cars must stop at the sign, then it and TWO cars following may proceed through the intersection as one unit (if it is safe to do so). Car number 4 must then stop, then 4, 5, and 6 may proceed, etc.

I have always just assumed that drivers had generalized that rule so that the first three vehicles at the intersection when the light turns red are allowed to go through. (I don't drive -- I'm a pedestrian and I've learned not to trust drivers!)

BTW -- "Pelican crossing"...? I've heard of "zebra crossings"; why "pelican"?

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Re: Missing an item

One other thing to consider -- the unreliability of eyewitnesses.

In this case, if the other cars traveling in the same direction as the Ubermobile slowed when the drivers saw the yellow light, then the witness who claimed that it "sped up to beat the light" may have simply been perceiving the relative differences in delta-V and, in the moment, attributed it to what s/he EXPECTED to see, rather than to what actually happened.

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