* Posts by Blockchain commentard

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Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Don't be........

That's the way the TLA agencies designed it. Plus they control the weather.

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

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You'd think it'd be cheaper for the DoD to make their own cloud. Can resize when they need to, not when contracts expire, potentially more secure if they run the premises/staff etc.

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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If he had to pay the legal costs, would the plod ask for him to pay their salaries whilst attempting to gain access to his data?

LG folds at prospect of launching bendy phone while Samsung flaunts its upcoming kit on telly

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What's the big deal on bendy phones, Apple have been making them for years !!!!!

Tens of millions more web accounts for sale after more sites hacked, Mac malware spreads via Windows.exe, and more

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I wonder how many of these username/email addresses are legit and hadn't been previously brought from a dodgy geezer and used to pump up the user base of these sites for advertising revenue? Bit like Twitter/Instagram 'followers'.

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

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Look what was first registered last October....

nhs.email

I wonder if something is already in the pipeline but needs a 'public' presence to justify an OTT yearly charge the NHS will end up paying.

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VFEmail have a number of servers available I believe and could do with a cash injection to beef up security and backup procedures.

Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman – it's a friggin' pancake

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Command and habitation module up front in the sphere, propulsion and engineering in the flat rear section. Just an alien version of the classic Enterprise. Obviously NASA will deny it, but we knew that.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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Contentious but ....

Google is like the CEO's of those big charities - everyone should give them money but they won't open their own wallets. Because it's for the good of everyone, they bring joy and benefits to the world etc. Bah humbug!

The simple solution is Google News pays for it's contents (like other aggregators) and Google Search Engine carries on as before.

Tell NASA to grab the margarita mix – a sextillion-kg salty ring found floating in space

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I vote on renaming the star 'the Tequila Slammer'.

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK

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Re: And we thought that Apple stuff was expensive tat

Wonder how many CEO's will just play solitaire on it !!

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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Well, the female assistants in my local M&S weren't amused when I went around asking them where they put their love sausages - surprised I wasn't kicked out.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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5 year old PC's? Let the plods have 'em and have to deal with WEEE regulations!

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers

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Surely if you can make a noise with lasers, just reverse it and you can pick up the audio from the vibrating air/water molecules? Simple science at it's best !!!

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

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TITSUP = Total IT Support (for) Users Publicised ?

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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Have to say, that's a neat bit of silicon sealant work holding the two spheres together.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Pixel XL2 at approx £900 is up there with Apple prices.

Funny enough, Google have dropped QI charging and now Apple starts using it - go figure!!!

Google (and possibly others) still want a PIN after charging your phone if you have fingerprint unlocking set. Why Google, why?

As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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I had a Suuntu watch with a sapphire screen. Just grazed it whilst walking past a pedestrian bollard and big scratch on the face. Never believed the hype about scratch proof glass and now had the proof!!

If only 3D desktop printers could 3D print sales! Units crash in Q1

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The main problem as I see it is that 3D printers can't print in a mixture of colours, or even multiple prime colours. That and the size of the finished articles.

Airbus UK infosec gros fromage: Yep, we work with arch-rivals Boeing

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The problem with infrastructure (like pumping stations), is they should not be anywhere near the internet. They should have dedicated cables to the head office. More expensive? Of course. More secure? Definitely. Then you only really need to worry about the head office security infrastructure.

PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours

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But the big question is why it's even an option to make it public? Imagine if the banks let customers transactions available for all to see?

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Minor problem here. If your network switches are MAC-address locked, pulling a PC (or Chromebook) and plugging in a new one would (in a security conscious setup anyway) would then lock out that port. So now the end user has to tell the network guys which port he's removed the device from and what the new device's MAC address is. An everyday thing for the computer department, not so for Fred in Accounts !

Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Well, little does he know, I also post myself looking at p0rn sites on those same p0rn sites. Anything to get my ratings up I say !!!

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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When the computers were brought down by that virus, I bet fax was the main communication system used between hospitals.

Ukraine claims it blocked VPNFilter attack at chemical plant

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They were infected. Very difficult to then thwart the attack. Think horse, bolt, stable door.

Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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And if this has even a smidgeon of success, next it's politics.

The big elephant in the room though is that targeted advertising just doesn't work.

If blokes want to get their 'target' in the mood here's a hint. Be nice to them. Buy flowers/chocolates. Don't come home drunk demanding food on the table. You know, the basics.

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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And the other way I've noticed Johnny Foreigner speak into the phone is to use a earpiece to listen but speak into the mic whilst holding the phone like they're eating a chocolate bar. Best of both worlds?

$100m sueball smacks Huawei over Facebook HQ infiltration claims

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$5 million in lost wages? I'd work for Huawei for that kind of money.

For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

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So, at last. A blockchain system that actually will make money :-)

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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Do you trust the average unemployed PFY to install fibre? Dream on.

Do you think all the local authorities will let their roads be dug up to lay the fibre without a hitch (especially in built up cities/historic towns)? Dream on.

What about the islands, mainly Scottish ones admittedly, who'll lay the fibre (specialist boats aren't cheap or readily available).

They need to do it incrementally.

Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on 'greased slide to failure'

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Shot themselves in the foot methinks. But I'm surprised Basho was going through $1.5 million a month. Seems a tad excessive.

Hardware rumours, goat-spanking search engines and plenty of Azure. It's last week in Redmond

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The Immutable Blob would be a better film than my indie release The Immutable Bob where no matter what drugs he took, he didn't transform into gold :-(

Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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15mm calibre weapon. Er, is the laser beam 15mm? If not, it's not a 15mm calibre weapon. And it looks like it was cribbed off YouTube - lots of 'laser assault rifles' on there, all bursting black balloons (white/light coloured ones are too reflective it seems)!!!

Who can hold a weapon perfectly still for a few seconds whilst it's burning your enemy?

And to counter it? Wear mirrored Ray-bans :-)

Spidey sense is literally tingling! Arachnids detect Earth's electric field, use it to fly away

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Taranado - if sharks can do it, why not giant man-eating tarantulas?

Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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Looks like they're breaking my (patent pending) patent of trolling large companies on the internet for large sums of money for using basic technology in the hope that the judge/jury are technically illiterate and find in my favour. Who needs Wonga when everyday is my payday !!!!!

Japanese cryptominer slapped with suspended sentence

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Re: Tracking perpetrators is hard, said Troy Mursch

Wanting to make sure you're not caught?

Banks told: Look, your systems WILL fail. What is your backup plan?

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I wonder if the banks will absorb the extra costs and give lower bonuses to the execs or look at stopping free banking for the general public.

NSO Group bloke charged with $50m theft of government malware

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And have NSO Group changed their firing policies so when they fire someone they show them the door straight away? I mean, that's IT Security 101.

Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

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I wouldn't have thought a plane doing 5000 km is 'regional' - that's more trans-Atlantical.

Cyber boffins drill into World Cup cyber honeypot used to cyber lure Israeli soldiers

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Holmes

You'd think that Israel would have anti-virus software on their soldiers smart phones/tablets considering the current climate in that part of the world.

Have I been paid, Sage? Cloudy wage service locks out users

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I think someone needs some 'Sage' advice on doing updates !!!!!!!!

Euro bank regulator: Don't follow the crowd. Stay off the cloud

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"potentially fungible data centres"- now they sound like fun places to work!!!!!

Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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And no doubt you've asked nicely to get one for a long term 'review' :-)

What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

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"killed more than 1,110 Americans from Alaska to Hawaii" - that's a lot of Americans in the Pacific.

'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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"TPP's SystmOne software". Well, if they can't even spell System properly, what hope have the patients got of a working system?

Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

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Why does a 3rd party survey service need mobile numbers let alone date of birth? Oh yeah, they doing a survey on data mining.

Vodafone drank Facebook's network Kool-Aid … and LIVED!

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Any chance that this will improve Vodafone's internet speed or is this just to get the backroom boys excited?

New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

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So, developers are going to miss out their (northern) summer holidays trying to find out what's not going to work on their current apps? Thanks Google.

The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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All very well talking about notches. But what about phones that now want hugs?

When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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3 days? What if Google decided at 6 pm on a Friday before a bank holiday weekend? Come into work on Tuesday and find Google have deleted everything. Nice.

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