* Posts by Will Godfrey

3348 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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Well it took the rest of the world long enough to (nearly) catch up with proper font scaffolding and sub pixel hinting, so something as incredibly arcane as app->app, app->file, file->app d&d was bound to take longer.

P.S. bet they still got it wrong.

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Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

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Re: Both domains went dark ?

Been in that position too. It's hopeless. the only thing you can do is wait years for the erroneous entry to become stale.

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Oh c'mon now

You lot are really milking this.

Could even say you're churning it up.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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Well...

kopundic

magporwistic

zottenburg

libnocrup

Try your AI on those for starters.

P.S. I don't use any of them.

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Still they pontificate

With all the knowledge and experience of systems that are supposed to be faultless yet do go wrong the politicians and generals think this can be winnable.

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

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I have total confidence in our illustrative HMRC

No, that's not a typo. I'm sure they will illustrate exactly what happens when you combine (at least) two major, rapidly changing unknowns into a single project, that nobody has a clue how to implement within the required, unspecified but shortening timeframe.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

Wireless charging, the most inefficient, and unreliable way of achieving the desired result.

Sorry, forgot. It's apple we're talking about.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: This...!

keep away! That Avada is a real bitch!

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Python explosion blamed on pandas

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Hmm

So, pandering to the audience.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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This is terrible

I didn't get to read this good news till late this afternoon!

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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Translation

We've pissed-off/sacked all our half decent coders, so there's nobody left who can fix it.

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Confused

Did someone just swap the names "Russian" and "American"?

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Danger

Willy doodles would probably be illegal these days.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Oh dear

Over the last few decades we seem to be breeding a special kind of 'dumb'. This does not bode well for humanity's future.

P.S.

El Reg: Your flakiness is clearly down to cheaping out and using (badly) recycled electrons, so to be helpful I've sent you a few packets of brand new ones down the interwebby tubes.

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

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Re: Arithmetic

Are you sure about that?

Most of the real world ratios I know about seem to be square, cubic or logarithmic.

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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The ultimate horror

Flat designs with frameless windows. How the hell are you supposed to find out which grey smudge closes which window?

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Re: For Journeys Never Before Realised as Being Easily Possible and IntelAIgently Designed Probable

Indeed. Clearly we need him to go and have a little chat with these numbskulls.

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Conflicted

Delightful though such rare events are, it's a bit frustration that usually you don't dare tell anyone!

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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Snowball?

Hopefully.

Newegg started it rolling, and the more that join in the better. Just hoping it reaches critical mass soon when all the weaklings will jump on.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Just as predicted

Unfortunately.

In my view, the one person who was guilty of nothing is the one that got punished.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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The ones that really annoy me

... are the ones that tell you to stop doing X and to do Y instead, in spite of your measured explanations as to how that would make things worse. Then, at the predictable train crash, demand to know why you didn't do X.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Not a problem here

I stopped watching TV years ago because it all got so crap and I had more enjoyable things to do with my time.

However, I've still got an old super dumb (analogue only) set permanently plugged into an equally dumb DVD (not blueray) player which does me for the very occasional old film I like to watch.

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

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Re: Isn't C supposed to be average?

I might have done but got frightened by the Python

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Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

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Re: Had to start somewhere.

So that's Comcast and BT off - the rest of the world should be fine

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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An Observation

When you're faced with an individual who's seriously paranoid, it's not a good idea to stare at them, and if they are staring at you, the best thing you can do is quietly move away. You most certainly don't challenge them - unless of course you actually like being beaten to a pulp by someone with sudden quite unexpected strength and ferocity.

The problem here is that I'm not sure which of these two is more paranoid.

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GitHub's CEO resigns. Again. Without scandal, after fixing messes

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Probably... mind if I join you?

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10% of UK's top firms would be screwed in a cyber attack – survey

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But it'll never happen to us

We don't have any enemi<click> no carrier

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US DoD, Brit ISP BT reverse proxies can be abused to frisk internal systems – researcher

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A little rhyme

Oh what a tangled web we weave,

when first we practice to deceive.

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

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Re: If you are a bad-un all you need to do is:

@AC

But how 'off' is off? If you can't remove the battery it's probably not off.

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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

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Is that fear I smell?

See title.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Re: Why am I not surprised?

I find it hard to sympathise at all with the advertisers.

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Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

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Because hiking is more stressful for the customer victim

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Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

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Re: Duckduckgo for Google?

Thanks for that - just added.

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Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

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The thing is...

Commentards comment before reading the body of the article in order to ensure that they haven't forgotten what their opinion is (or risk it being changed).

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Major shareholder: BT CEO Gavin Patterson should step down

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Re: Caveat emptor

The value of service may fall as well as go down.

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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As for free speech

That doesn't excuse you shouting "Fire" in a cinema,

These creatures were doing the equivalent on the Internet.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: Just to clarify

@ DropBear

If you don't read his articles how do you manage to post a comment on one?

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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They shouldn't have bothered.

I don't need any more reasons to avoid IoT like the plague.

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Good Lord: Former UK spy boss backs crypto

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Won't make any difference.

We have had a series of gubbermints with a track record of ignoring any criticism, especially when it comes from the most advanced experts in the field under discussion.

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Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

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Escape route?

I don't know anything like enough about either telecoms or OSs to be of any value to the spooks, but I think my response would be to appear suitably cowed, and work quite diligently, but you know, I find it remarkably common that I make mistakes when under pressure. It is just so easy to put a semicolon in the wrong place or forget the braces around a code block - or even put them on the wrong lines.

When the data inadvertently gets leaked all over the place I'd obviously be greatly upset and immediately offer to put things right, but I guess I'd be dismissed for incompetence. Shame that.

P.S. I had to make several edits of this little bit of text!

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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To quote Mr Asimov

"Insufficient data for a meaningful answer".

{the last question}

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Speaking in Tech: Do I need some weird thing listening to me in my house all the time?

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Re: NO!

"and I'm not having any of it"

Change your aftershave.

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Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey

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Re: not all of us do it...

Hmm, another one who seems to be reading over my shoulder then posting before I do.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Interesting wording

"Chose the default".

Umm, surely the default is what you get if you don't choose at all.

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IBM CIO leaves for AWS – and Big Blue flings sueball to stop him

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Living in the past

IBM seems to think it's still the only game in town.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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This Stinks

That wasn't an 'interview', it was an aggressive interrogation.

I'm reminded of that ancient quote from a certain Cardinal.

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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WTF?

I thought it was:

Invisible Fool

Hmmm. This thread is so interesting I've actually made three posts on it.

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Re: The ultimate test

Oh, he comes and goes. It's a long way from Mars you know.

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Re: Demonstrating that maintaining complete annonymity is seriously hard work.

Screen cleaner!

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

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That lot again?

If it's anything like their PLCs the kit will leak like a sieve, be a nightmare to program and massively over-priced.

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