* Posts by Will Godfrey

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Nope

My front door key is on the same ring as my car key, so it will already be in my hand.

The lock is a common pattern that is reasonably secure, as well as benefiting from a degree of 'security by obscurity'. The chance of anyone bar a locksmith having a key that will fit is pretty remote. Besides, I have pretty good neighbours who would take interest in someone standing there trying a bunch of keys!

Nobody can take their time secretly hacking it while sitting in a car in the street, and no organisation can suddenly withdraw access without warning.

It is unaffected by power failures of any sort.

As for break-ins, once in that scenario all bets are off.

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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What a fine Friday

Been out in the sunshine all day (and getting paid for it), then come home to a nice beer and BOFH

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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

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Conflicted

On the one hand I hate all the javascript crap that sites stuff up my CPU with.

On the other hand... Oracle

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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Well now,

Umm, maybe stay off the purple pills.

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Boffins try to grok dogs using AI, a cyber-brain charter, a bot running for mayor, and more

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Nothing complicated about dogs

They worked out eons ago that if they act friendly and do a few tricks they get free food and first class accommodation and healthcare for life.

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Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

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Talk about childish

They really are the poster child (sorry) for the bad tempered little brat that wrecks the joint if they can't get their way.

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Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

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Re: Mandatory XKCD

Ha! Knew someone would pull out this one. It really is one of his best!

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Re: When the a leader slags off a competitor...

You're reading my mind again, aren't you?

My exact thoughts when reading the article :o

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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Re: How does one get a slice of this pie?

"Is there a secret club that one must be a member of, which allows access to this trough of cash that all these incompetent outsourced companies have their noses in?"

Yes.

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A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

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Pragmatic Decisions

There is code I wrote that has been working apparently correctly for years, but looking at it now I'm frankly horrified by it. Were modifications now needed and I was to work on this again, to do the job 'properly' would require a major re-write. However, if I apply patches with extreme caution, and very very thoroughly test everything, it is likely to carry on working - apparently correctly - for many more years.

I haven't (yet) had to make such a decision.

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European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

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Re: Rosetta are you better...

Have one of these ->

as well as an upvote.

Oh, and commiserations for also being old enough to remember it :)

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Re: Blue screens

But who/what watches the watchdog?

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Rudd-y hell, dark web! Amber alert! UK Home Sec is on the war path for stealthy cyber-crims

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Lots of our money being spent

But not a word on exactly how they propose to implement this.

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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As I've said before...

They would not listen,

They're not listening still.

Perhaps they never will.

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T-Mobile Austria stores passwords as plain text, Outlook gets message crypto, and more

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Re: Not Good Enough

I beg to differ.

While I agree that the only real answer is to nuke the lot (that would be 2 weeks loss of data for me), restoring from just before the malware struck would leave it in place, whereby if it was date-sensing it would immediately strike again. While a professional user might know how to perform a recovery and trace the malware before running the restored system, the vast majority of onedrive users would be quite lost.

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Not Good Enough

Recovery from up to 30 days Eh?

So the next bit of ransomware will quietly install, but only activate 31 days later.

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Digital air traffic control upgrade puts potential delays on London flights

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Re: Easter Holidays?

Stress testing?

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

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I also don't use FaceBook

I never have and never will. Unfortunately I have family that do, so I'm certain there is a lot of data about me that's been stored.

The best I can do is not look to see, as this would just add another layer of confirmation.

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Risk Factors

Personally I'm more concerned about the crazy drivers on the motorways I have to avoid every day.

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

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A solution

Switch off 'puter, do lots of fiddling around then exclaim "Oh, they've got the Foo plug in the Bar socket". Swap two innocuous USB plugs, then "It'll take a while for the negativity to drain away, but within a day or two you should notice the improvement".

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1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak

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Puzzled

Excuse my extreme ignorance, but how is rsync an issue?

I use it extensively for local backups, and surely if you're using it over the Internet (I never would) it's the transport protocol that's the risk.

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For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

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Nope

Glossy screen.

Fixed battery.

That's more than enough to put me off.

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Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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I missed this yesterday

Am I too late?

My qualifications are so arcane that I would need to present them in person. Well actually you would have to come to my research establishment so you can see the hardware, firmware, software and anywhere in action.

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SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

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Re: There is a question from the tinfoil hat brigade

Prolly an eleventh military item they didn't want to be too obvious.

One thing that's become clear is that SpaceX seems to be very good at keeping schtum when required. Must be making them some friends.

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The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

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Ah! Memories!

Mu cousin's school used to do an annual G&S production (to an incredibly high standard), and I was allowed to attend a performance each year free - Mum had to pay. I got sucked in rather, and learned most of the plot lines and songs. However, as my school was somewhat less {cough} refined {cough} the instinct for self preservation kicked in and I never shared this with my school mates.

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Cambridge Analytica's daddy biz had 'routine access' to UK secrets

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The Thot Plickens

... and that title makes more sense that anything else we seem to be told - officially.

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Creaking protocols are threat to EU's telecom infrastructure security

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'... makes several recommendations'

Which will almost certainly be completely ignored in the race for profits.

Me? Cynical? Surely not.

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Yes, Emergency Service Network will be late and cost more - UK perm sec

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How is this news?

This is exactly what I'd expect.

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

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Bummer

I don't know how I'd handle that situation if I was in Lewis' shoes - certainly not as calmly as he seems to have done!

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Nobody likes to be wrong

So it really pisses me off when I keep thinking this farce can't get any more ridiculous.

Oh, and we need a new icon - a combination of mega fail and nuke it.

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World celebrates, cyber-snoops cry as TLS 1.3 internet crypto approved

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Round we go again

Well, I'm happy to see this, but can't help wondering how long it will take for someone to find a hole.

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Cambridge Analytica seeks data protection assistant

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FAIL

Rearange the following ...

Has, After, Door, The, The, Stable, Horse, Left, Locking, Bolted

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BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

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All is right in the World

Well it is now, albeit a bit late.

I was wo.... w... doing stuff that makes money for me, much later than usual today.

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Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

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Re: "...all-gesture UI (no buttons)... ...take it beyond TVs..."

With added colouring from the chicken and chips you're eating while watching.

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

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An Obscenity

And that's from someone dahn sowf

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BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Tinfoil hat time?

Could it be that the early announcement of an investigation was made public so quickly because someone didn't want to find anything incriminating.

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Nest reveals the first truly connected home

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Very old quotation

Against man's stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.

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UK.gov told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates

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So that makes it OK then.

Never mind whether it should be done at all, they'll have a 'code of practice' to cover their arses

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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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How Strange

On Sunday I bought an Akai MPKmini from them for £60. Amazon were selling them for £74.

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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A great loss

In spite of all he suffered, he did great work. At the same time he never got sidetracked by fame and maintained a humanity and humility that was an example in itself.

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

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Odiferous Rodent

This whole thing stinks. A security company nobody's ever heard of. Instant 'disclosure'. No truly independent confirmation. No context. This can't possibly be anything except an attempt to damage AMD.

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Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

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WTF?

Four days!

Seriously?

How can anyone think of that as anything other than a joke?

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Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers

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Is the sky falling yet?

I have a speaker working all the time I'm working on the pooter... a pair of them actually... attached to a HiFi, home built by me in the 1970s.

Should I worry?

P.S. as kids a mate and me used to use speakers as microphones in an intercom we built.

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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

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Poor old Capita

It must be so frustrating to never do anything wrong yet always get the blame.

/s

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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Poetic Justice

Would be for him to fall ill while there, but be denied medication because it was too expensive.

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DVLA denies driving licence processing site is a security 'car crash'

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Just a reminder

These were the people who in the 1970s managed to lose a huge number of driving license records. Their answer when you wanted a renewal was that you should get a reference from a 'professional person' stating that you previously had one.

Clearly they are maintaining standards.

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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

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Slack? IRC?

My money's on IRC to last the longest.

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Defra to MPs: There's no way Brexit IT can be as crap as rural payments

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Damning with faint praise

So we did such a crap job last time, this can't possibly be as bad.

... they think.

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Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?

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Accessibility

That's the thing that makes me think.

Take Google out of the frame, and if anyone wanted to find out about the guy they'd have to go digging - and make the value judgement as to whether it was worth the effort.

With Google there, you just type in the name and apparently the conviction is the first thing that comes up. No effort needed, and no judgement either.

A difficult decision for that judge - glad it's not me.

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Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins

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Surprised by Jupiter?

A.C. Clark would have been laughing his socks off.

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