* Posts by iron

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Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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Re: I've yet to hear of an actual, real application of blockchain

It would help if you actually knew how encryption and signatures work before spouting off about them. What am I saying, this is the internet... continue with your ignorant prognostications!

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Re: On the cusp...

That banner has been around for over 20 years, basically since JS was invented at Netscape, and is already becoming more common again.

'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

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Why don't people patch?

All of the awareness in the world will not help if motherboard makers only publish patches for boards currently on sale.

Multiple motherboard makers have failed to publish patches for boards that are barely 3 years old. If we had patches we would apply them.

Is Oppo short for Opportunistic? BBK opens UK doors

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Re: No fingerprint sensor, only face pic unlock

I think PornHub already has that covered!

US man and Brit teen convict indicted over school bomb threat spree

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It is definitely a sentence and is not ambiguous in the least. That grammatical construction is called apposition and was taught in my school when I was 12 years old. (a long time ago now)

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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> As a baby engineer, I once got stuck on the Coventry ring-road after visiting Marconi.

Wow I have had that exact same experience. Round and round, wondering where the hell the road back to the M6 has gone. I suspect satnav would not have helped.

Q. What's a good thing to put outside a building of spies? A: A banner saying 'here we are!'

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Not to mention the actual evidence of the Yanks opening Cisco gear in transport to other countries and installing back doors.

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son

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Re: Great news

Campus cops, not real cops - bit like the plastic Polis in city centres.

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Don't repeat the typical English mistake of opening a shop in Edinburgh because its the capital. Come to Glasgow, its where the people and the tech are!

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Re: All thin foil hat chatter about US aside....

So show us the evidence then. If its so bloody obvious you should have no problem producing a single creditable report.

No, Bloomberg is not a creditable source. (not any more anyway)

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits

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Black Helicopters

Anyone with nefarious goals will just pay the money and either bribe the auditor or hide their plans. It's not like Putin doesn't have the cash available.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Re: Missing the obvious

It would be nice to see a single cyclist that obeys the highway code.

The number of them I see at night riding on the pavement because they don't have lights is ridiculous.

I won't even mention cyclists' complete and total disregard for traffic lights.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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Corporate shill

So who is paying this corporate whore? Intel? Diebold? Oracle?

Wednesday: Facebook sparks another privacy brouhaha. Thursday: Facebook axes Iranian disinfo bods. Fancy that!

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Boffin

"almost 800 accounts... 356 accounts...162 accounts on Instagram"

Is this that thing Americans call math? Because according to my maths 356 + 162 = 518 which is nowhere near "almost 800".

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power

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"What's missing is a way to enforce clear communication about what apps actually do, like nutrition labels on food. Without that, it's difficult to make an informed choice about which apps to install on either platform."

Actually there's a really easy way to make that choice - if the app is written by Facebook or says it is social media in any way DON'T install.

It's Shodan embarrassing: Red-faced Rubrik blames public-facing DB on developer ballsup

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That and devs should never have access to real customer data. If this database had been anonymized or mocked data there would have been no problems with posting it online with no password.

I keep telling people in my work this but other than my dev team no one listens or cares.

Team America tries to crash Little Rocket Man's Joanap botnet from within, warns owners of infected boxes

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Mushroom

Re: Defeated by antivirus... simple solution...

It's worse than that, they also have SMB ports open to the outside world!

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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> suppliers "haven't yet been able to resolve the network problem in full"

> expected to be "fully operational" tomorrow morning,

If they haven't been able to fully resolve the network problem how can everything be expected to be fully operational tomorrow morning?

Pick one lie and stick to it Lucy, makes it slightly harder to spot.

Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it? A. It's the Moon

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Boffin

a partner in global exploration

So how does mining the moon help ESA explore Earth?

Or did he mean lunar exploration? Idiot.

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

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Yay new Verity! It must be my birthday this week! :D

(actually it is)

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Stop

paid a premium?

As a happy owner of an FX-8350 which is still easily running the latest games and applications without problems I disagree with the statement I paid a premium for the chip. It was a damn sight cheaper than 4 core Intel equivalents at the time!

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Re: /proc/cpuinfo Never Lies (or does it?)

So the 8086, 286 and 386 were 0 core CPUs?

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Re: Let's sue the NFL!

It's also not ball shaped!

Stalk my pals on social media and you'll know that the next words out of my mouth will be banana hammock

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Re: But what if you don't have an account at all?

I would love to get a look at my shadow profile. I've never had a FB account, neither has my partner, and nor do my closest friends. Tracking cookies, etc are blocked on all my devices and have been for years. So they should know very little about me but unfortunately I know my contact details will be in phones belonging to extended family and friends who are users. I often wonder if FB have managed to connect those details to my shadow profile, how much info does it contain and is any of it accurate?

Just forget what Gartner said about AI in June 'cos CIOs are all over it now apparently

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"But in a world away from the sentiments expressed toward AI last summer, Gartner roday said AI has implementations have grown 270 per cent in the past four years, and tripled in the last 12 months."

Did AI write this sentence?

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

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Re: sheeple

You may have accepted being fingerprinted and scanned at the airport but some of us refuse to visit the Democratic People's Republic of USA for those very reasons.

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept

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How quickly? The article contains no indication when the bug was first reported to epic, it could have been over a year ago. All we know is it has now been patched.

HSBC suggests it might have found a... use for blockchain?

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FAIL

immutability provided by DLT

Which was recently proved to be false by the Etherium Classic hack. $500k stolen by rewriting the history of the blockchain and all you need is 51% of the hashing power. It was even warned this would happen in Satoshi Nakamoto's original Bitcoin paper.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Pint

My first ISP back in '92 or '93. Dialling the Edinburgh vPOP from Glasgow was pricey but worth it.

Thanks to Cliff and all the lads and lasses that worked at Demon back in the day, have a pint.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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This really needs an option to disable it and/or move it to another drive. There is no reason unspecified files for potential future updates should be allowed to permanently reserve up to 7GB of my system SSD.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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You haven;t seen many democratic governments have you. Democracy has nothing to do with keeping promises to anyone, especially voters.

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Re: Gofundme

First we would need to Kickstart a campaign to find out what a museam is.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: Never mind China

Any phone taken on my S8+ is available seconds later on my Win 10 desktop, Win 10 tablet, Win 7 media centre, old Android tablet, my old S6 Edge and on the web. So what is the point of paying extra for Apple again?

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Re: Didn't know that - which one?

Is that really 'a significant UK government service' that affects a large number of iPhone users?

Sounds like a minor service to me.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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> They waynyou all speak to each other is interesting

What language is that? Because sure as shit it ain't English, not even the Septic kind.

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

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Re: What Is Wrong With Knowing Who is Visiting Me?

And how about all the people who just walk past, never knock on your door, but get profiled by Amazon just because your door bell could see them. All without consent.

Ethical and moral issues aside it probably breaks GDPR.

'Exclusive swag' up for grabs as GitLab flings bug bounty scheme open to world+dog

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Dark ones are the best.

Oh and now I want a Curly Wurly but have no idea where I can buy one. :'(

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles

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"no fee was charged as is consistent with Cisco Talos' policy"

Sounds like a protection racket to me. Don't cross Talos or you might end up sleeping with da fishes.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Why?

Hipster douche bags obviously.

Have a gander at this: Amazon agrees not to act as Silicon Valley's foie gras dealer

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Linux

In what way does this law protect consumers in California?

This a duck protection law and nothing more.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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"people were perfectly happy handing over their data to tech giants"

People were also perfectly happy to vote for Adolf Hitler, watch the Black & White Minstrels Show and let their kids hang around with Jimmy Saville. Why should we copy 'people'?

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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"prescriptions – something easily achieved "in the real world" by taking a photo on your phone and sending it via SMS."

Dear Ms Stokes-Lampard, DON'T FUCKING DO THIS! You have no idea of privacy and have just shared the medical details of a patient (a prescription) with your mobile company, their mobile company and possibly others in transit. Please report yourself to the ICO for breaching GDPR and the GMC for breaking your oath.

Consumer group attempts to lob Safari workaround sueball at Google... again

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Re: Who had the loss?

So just ignore the wrong things that Google are doing and let them destroy the last vestiges of a free society because to do otherwise would benefit lawyers? Interesting priorities you've got there wee man.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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> many developers would be relieved to see a reduction in target platforms

But, the intelligent ones will decry the loss of diversity and promotion of a monoculture leading to worse malware issues.

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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"sensors in their high-end footwear ranges that measure wearers' activity and performance"

WHY? I can understand professional athletes having a use for that but for normal people what is the point?

I really wanted to find a use for this year's crop of new smart watches but couldn't find a useful feature among them. Heart rate, number of steps walked, wave your arm like a mad man to pay for things, etc... its all nonsense I do not need and would not use.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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" found... beneath the vehicle's floor"

Who keeps legal things under the floor of their vehicle? Sounds to me like there is more to this story than the people involved are admitting.

Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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He's just a typical dumb Tory who thinks we can't spot the strings of his puppet master but, just like the 80s, it is obvious to anyone with half a brain.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Well said Ms Rice, probably the only sensible person in the room.

CubeSat buddies, like those sent to track Mars InSight landing, can be used in future missions

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"softball-shaped X band radio"

And what shape would that be to non-Yanks?

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

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"controlled over one million IPs... would only install on systems that weren't running security software"

That's a worrying couple of phrases.

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