* Posts by iron

440 posts • joined 25 May 2017


The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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I don't remember Doomwatch, I suspect I was a bit too young to watch it at the time, but it sounds right up my street for some nostalgic 70s viewing. This is the sort of thing the BBC should be making available on iPlayer not Eastenders, Masterchef and the rest of the tripe they have on there.

You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

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Simple solution

There is a simple solution to make Zuck take the committee seriously... get the country's major ISPs to block Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp until he answers the committee's questions in person and in detail. He'd be on the next plane to the UK before you could say "spotty little oik."

Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

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Re: Seems that

"who are then unfriended"

If you were really bothered about this you would have no one to unfriend because you would have closed your FB account. I've never had a FB account and regularly told my friends they shouldn't either, causing them to look at me like I have two heads so all I have to worry about is the shadow profile. I hope they have a robust process for shadow profile deletion requests in 10 days time.

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

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It's not "apparent", its "a parent" because she was "speaking as a mother" when she made her anti-crypto statements.

Cheap-ish. Not Intel. Nice graphics. Pick, er, 3: AMD touts Ryzen Pro processors for business

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Re: socket?

They're Ryzen, they go in an AM4 socket like all Ryzen chips. This should not be a surprise since Ryzen is not new.

You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block

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Re: Probably mentioned already but

"parents take some responsibility for their kids"

Hahahahahahahaha. You must be joking, modern parents won't even stop their evil progeny running all over the supermarket screaming. When I was a kid my mother would have smacked me and locked me in the car for the behaviour I see in supermarkets and shopping malls.

Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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"I frantically press at FF multiple times to get to track 10.... and now I’ve gone past the end and find myself back at track 1 again."

I used to have a cheap Sony CD player that would go back from track 1 to the last track on the disc when pressing the back button, much easier. You bought the wrong CD player.

Google tweaks Wear OS – yes, it's still around

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"I bought it because the vibration strength on my phone is so weak... My phone has LTE and Wi-Fi that I leave nearly permanently disabled (I don't even have a sim card in it)"

What on earth do you need a stronger vibrate function for if you have all networking disabled? Why do you even carry a phone?

You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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concern about the potential offensiveness of the words

Not one of those words is offensive except maybe "Federal censorship."

I am not surprised that almost all the complaints were from men. What the fuck happened to my gender in the last 10 years?

Waymo robo-taxis to accept fares in Arizona in 2018

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@Jay Walking AC

In your state / country maybe but not in mine.

New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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cash being shovelled in the direction of the Pythons

Alimony and viagra are expensive you know.

Whoa, Gartner drops a truth bomb: Blockchain is overhyped and top IT bods don't want it

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Make your mind up Gartner

No one is using Blockchain.

No one plans to use Blockchain.

There aren't enough skilled engineers to implement Blcokchains.

Seems to me that last statement is at odds with the first two. If (almost) no one is doing or planning Blockchain then how can there be a shortage of engineers? Make your mind up Gartner.

Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down

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Re: Currency effects

"technological innovator"

Hahahahahahahahaha BONK!

Damn! Laughed my arse off again!

Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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@Voland's right hand Re: Diversity in action ...

And you need to shut the fuck up on a subject you clearly know nothing about.

"or something the Scots have scrapped off the bottom of the barrel"

The gas basin is in the Southern North Sea, off the coast of the home counties, the Scottish parts of the North Sea contain mostly oil. There is a lot of gas still in the gas basin and also the Irish Sea off the coast of Morecambe. If the UK government could manage a stable tax regime for more than 5 minutes the oil & gas companies could build / repair the infrastructure to provide most if not all of the UK's gas requirements.

‘I broke The Pentagon’s secure messaging system – and won an award for it!’

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Wow that was a good one, better than most of the stories in this series.

I did something similar myself with a WAN link back in the late 90s but that only affected a Local Enterprise Company for an hour or so. Not quite as critical as breaking comms for the US TLAs and military! :o

ZX Spectrum reboot firm's shareholders demand current directors go

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@ Lee D

If you've got a spare pair of paddles I'll give you a 4 player game of Warlords right now on my still working Atari 2600 and the CRT TV I keep specially for it and my old 48k Speccy.

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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Ooops they violated GDPR

"You'll have to opt out if you don't want to help the project gain some data about its users."

GDPR requires consent to be opt-in. Less than a month to go and you screwed it Cannonical, well done.

Penguins in a sandbox: Google nudges Linux apps toward Chrome OS

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Surely just wiping out the Google crap and replacing it with linux would be better for security, performance, usability, etc.

Avengers: Infinity War: More Marvel-ous moolah for comic film-erverse, probably

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Re: Must be my age

I'd take John Steed and his companions over this boring Holywood nonsense any day.

How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: "get those taken down"

"if someone looks for "suicide" is better to return results about how to get help"

That might help someone considering suicide (unlikely but maybe) but it most definitely won't help someone who is researching suicide for other reasons. Say a journalist trying to find the average suicide rate. A search engine should not make value decisions like that but should just present the data, properly sorted and indexed.

More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

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Re: "because, as upper class Brits, they did not want to front up the deal"

They didn't want to talk to the dirty commoner in case they caught something.

Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden

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Re: Bug, not a feature

They removed the first word from that corporate motto a long, long time ago.

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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What's an advert?

Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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Re: Europeans are so pragmatic


Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Re: Over 50% here must be one of those billionaire one percenters

Nah they're just typically bigoted, racist English people.

Facebook back in court fighting claims it nicked British data centre IP

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Re: Reputation

Hahahaha that is not even their real corporate motto and FB are an order of magnitude worse.

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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PS/2!?!? Modern luxury!

I still own a mechanical Compaq keyboard with a 5-pin DIN plug on it.

(admitedly it doesn't fit any pc I currently own but it might be useful some day)

My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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"I lost 3 kg in 2h"

Just coz you're a fat git...

An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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It has become so intertwined with how the world works

Not my world.

I don't have a Facebook account (or Twitter, Instagram, WhatSnap, etc) and have no compulsion to get one. Unfortunately the FB app has been factory installed on many of my smartphones but I always lock it behind a PIN so I can't accidentally open it and have blocked it from all persmissions so it can't send anything back to Zuckerborg HQ.

As for apps collecting data, that isn't required either. None of the Android apps I've written collect any data and I've avoided things like Application Insights because they have always sounded far too intrusive to me.

So it is entirely possible not to suck on Satan's cock, you just have to make the right choice.

Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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"Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

So total extinction then?

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Re: Star Trek was a revolutionary interpretation of space that rejected the sci-fi conventions

Indeed Star Trek rejected SF conventions and instead went with a cross between a cowboy film and a submarine film... in SPACE! It hasn't improved much in the intervening 50 years or so.

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"Imagine the added emotional damage of a mother figure attempting to kill the 2001 crew and the residual misgivings that would have produced with the arrival of Siri, Cortana or Alexa."

I guess the author and owners of such devices have never watched a little known Ridley Scott film in which a female styled computer called 'Mother' is instrumental in infecting the ship's crew with a parasite that kills almost all of them. I think its called Alien.

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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the only way to win remains not to play

I win! *smug face*

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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HaHa give it up F1

Virtual safety cars? Computer control? This is not motor racing.

Give it up F1, MotoGP does everything better than the parody you laughingly call racing.

How do you make those darn code monkeys do what you want? Just give 'em a little nudge

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Call me cynical but

"We also have a celebration party every quarter and that has gone a long way to getting people motivated."

That would have the opposite effect with me, I would think you were having a party to avoid raising salaries or paying bonuses.

Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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Re: Overheard Conversation in Parliament.

So she's actually very clever but portrays the image of a bumbling buffoon to put people off the scent?

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: About time @Captain Hogwash

So we find him in contempt and if he ever visits the UK we arrest him as he steps off the plane, preferably in full view of the press. Just like the Yanks do to British security researchers when they visit the US.

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

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Not from where I'm sitting.

Gartner's top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don't be creepy

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Re: Problem is - Firms still see Uber + FB-Cambridge-Gate etc, as a role model

The bigger problem is the idiots that still use Uber, Facebook, etc. If they didn't have any cutomers / members then they wouldn't have any data to sell.

Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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"Your correspondent was the only journalist present for large parts of both cases."

Good on you for being present to cover the whole case. It is very interesting and will set an important precedent.

Shame on the rest of your profession, especially the newspapers, for not bothering their arses. Fie for shame!

NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

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Re: the Digital arm of the UK's National Health Service

I was just coming here to say that. It always annoys me when Reg articles talk about "the UK NHS" because there is no such thing or even just "the NHS" because I have no idea if what they are talking about affects me in Scotland (usually it doesn't).

(and presumably Wales)

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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This whole thing stinks to the heavens and I'm not talking about AMD's security. A company I've never heard of, a report that was published without responsible disclosure, no POC code, no CVE numbers, the vendor given 24h notice yet a random security researcher (who I've also never heard of) was supposedly given a week with the report and POC code... Meanwhile some investment company is citing it and calling for people to sell AMD stock? My local fishmonger smells less fishy.

Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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If the Samsung model was actually available in the UK I would buy one but it isn't and the specs of the others are all crap.

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

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Clearly you've never used Notes / Domino.

Age checks for UK pr0n site visitors on ice as regulator cobbles together some guidance

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Hopefully they will be using the exact same system. I can still access TPB and all the other supposedly banned in the UK torrent sites without using a VPN.

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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"Windows 10 S... running only apps from the Windows Store

"We expect the majority of customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10 in S mode,"

Since the majority of users have many non-store apps and few if any store apps I predict almost no one will use it.

Facebook Onavo Protect doesn't protect against Facebook

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"I do hope they are being respectful of user privacy..."

Hahahahaha BONK!

Sorry laughed my head off, give me a moment to screw it back on.

'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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Re: Scandinavia

Hey Adolf Mac piss off with your fascist ideals, they have no place in a free and democratic society.

Plus how do you suggest banks collect these photos and biometric data when most people don't have a branch conveniently nearby and some banks are online-only?

ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

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@A Non e-mouse

The email link for corrections? If you use webmail or don't have an email client set up for some other reason it is completely useless. It's long past time El Reg had a convenient web form for corrections rather than relying on email.

Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

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Blocking 'Mein Kampf' is not the same thing as blocking the whole Gutenberg catalog and is perfectly understandable since it is illegal in your juristiction.


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