* Posts by petethebloke

18 posts • joined 28 Jul 2017

How AI can help halt human sex trafficking – by identifying victims' hotel rooms from pics



If the bad-arse perpetrators left the exif data in their photos, it would be easier still.

In fact, they should take the photo as a group selfie.

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy


Tending his resignation?

Is that what one does?

Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke


Web Giant?

When did Google stop being "Advertising giant"? Why has El Reg stopped saying it like it is?

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened


Faustian Pact Goes Wrong

What a feckin surprise

UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club


Thanks GRC

www.grc.com recommended turning this off about a hundred years ago. I didn't know what it was at the time, but I believed them.

Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password


Re: (as a best practice you shouldn't be reusing passwords anyway)

That's a good idea if your password is never stored in plain text, but it falls over pretty quickly otherwise. Let's see if I can guess your password for pr0nhub.... um.... Pr0nhub5ucks! ??

RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP


Re: With all due respect to the family and friends of the deceased

I agree. While we're at it, can we ditch the "battle with cancer" myth as well?

Having said that, RIP Rick Dickinson.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history


Goodbye Emojis?

I 'kin hope so. Colon bracket was so much better than a stupid yellow face.

'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo


Re: what about

I didn't look closely - I just assumed it was his prison number. I used to teach HTML in one of Her Maj's institutions and will forever associate tattoos with baseball caps, rollies, big muscles and bad complexions.

Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook



I thought it was going to be an article about children filming themselves putting presents back into boxes.

Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive


Length is Everything

My wife agrees

Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims


If he didn't break the law (and it sounds like he didn't) then the worst offence is wasting time at work. Since MPs are (technically) self-employed, who cares?

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly


Agreed. I think there might be other ways of getting the wrong answers in the table (from those suggested in the article) - they don't even follow a progression, which is odd. Monthly is the same as annual.

Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84


Pass? Why not die?

Are we too sensitive for the word 'die'?

Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 million hashed passwords


Not really correct, but close

Most of the sites that have leaked passwords are not banks. If you get a "password" from a hash collision it is still unlikely to work in other sites.

@symon It does matter for Git because open-source relies on hashes not colliding to confirm that the code is right and proper.

Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue


They said the size of a cufflink. El Reg says the size of a smart watch screen. To me it looked the size of a postage stamp. Can anyone clarify?

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY


Fried bread should never be like warm lard. It should be dropped into smoking fat, turned and served within seconds and it'll be dry and crisp. Smear marmite on one side before frying for an extra zing.

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