* Posts by Will Godfrey

3210 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Temperature?

Generally, it seems the further North you go, the more reasonable people get.

Beer, cos that's pretty reasonable too.

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PC sales are up across Europe. You read that right. PC sales are up

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PC dead?

Odd that. Just last week the people I (occasionally) work for got a couple of new desktop computers.

Later this year, I'll almost certainly be buying a new Ryzen based one - once it has had a bit more of a shake-down.

Must be just another blip I guess.

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Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

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Re: Game modding?

But of course! It has the potential to make a dent in the profits of the mega-corps, so is clearly anti-sheeple social

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Good news

I've been watching this from the sidelines, and have become increasingly concerned about the virus called systemd.

I've got a spare machine I can clear out so I'll give this a try ASAP.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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No card is secure

All of them do the checks locally, then simply tell the bank "OK all good here."

To get real checks would require all the data concerning the transaction being sent to the bank where a proper examination could be done.

It's not going to happen though. It would require decent bandwidth comms, and would make the bank responsible for errors.

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Fixing your oven can cook your computer

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You start by getting some constantan wire and wrapping it round a ceramic rod...

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Need more variety, not less

I use one browser for banking, and only banking. Another for on-line purchases and yet another for general casual browsing.

I never run any two at the same time. it's only a small thing but makes me feel a bit safer.

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Re: FFS

Aren't you also supposed to store the firearms and ammunition separately?

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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In other news

Morons are complaining they don't like being associated with US senators.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

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Not going there

I don't even want them to know that I don't want them to know

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Old News

It actually started in 1989.

How old did you say you were?

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Euro Patent Office reforms hit another stumbling block: Reality

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Erm

What makes you think He'll relinquish his position in 2018. The way he's re-writing the the organisations remit, I wouldn't be surprised if the necessary 'hooks' were already in place to ensure permanent control.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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It rather depends on who makes the first move.

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Systems-on-a-chip are a huge, unaudited attack surface, says Project Zero's Wi‑Fi attack man

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What a surprise

PCIe the easy one. Who would have imagined DMA could ever be a problem.

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Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

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No Surprise - Unfortunately

It's interesting that the Post Office, The Royal Mail and BT all come from the same original stock, and all seem to have exactly the same attitude to their customers victims.

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Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

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Needs one of these ->

It seems Uber started at the bottom and worked it's way down from there.

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Friends, we have a real treat for you. A roundup of this week's stunning enterprise storage news

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Re: Ransomware?

Ha! So it wasn't just me then

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Murdoch will get EU green light for full Sky takeover – reports

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Re: I do try

Have one of these as well as an upvote ->

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He'll never get there

Looks like he's after the the universe, but the heavens already have a boss.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Dangerous

There seems to be remarkably little regulation over the use of compressed air. There have been countless cases of people being seriously injured (and even killed) by airlines being abused by idiots.

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'Evidence of Chinese spying' uncovered on eve of Trump-Xi summit

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Yawn

Is the Pope a Catholic?

Do bears poo in the woods?

Do TLAs spy?

Is anyone surprised?

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Won't make any difference to me

Some years ago, an American friend told me not to try and visit again.

His words were something like. "I know you can't keep your mouth shut when faced with extreme bullshit, and I don't want to visit you in prison".

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Extremely good news!

Although a tiny, tiny step forward, at least one person now understands the dangers of IoT

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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What a Muppet.

What was he thinking, with all the very well publicised cases of rogue SysAdmins being thrown in the slammer.

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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I must humbly apologise

I see now the error of my ways.

I wrote a bit of code from scratch - no copy-paste - and I tested it before putting it out there. But the greatest crime of all was... it worked, and continued to do so for years.

Fortunately the factory closed down recently and the abomination is no more. I'm just hoping my soul is not permanently blackened.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Timing

In the UK, if one light has just turned yellow, the other one will still be red, and will remain so until the changing one has turned to red.

If the US is any different, then it is absolutely begging for accidents of this type.

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Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

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Looks OK to me.

Describes what it does in reasonable detail, and clearly points out the possible issues. Reads just like an honest review to me.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Idiots!

If that was the real reason then it's a stupid one. If someone is putting in good work - regardless of the occupation - it is totally irrelevant what they do in their private life.

If it's not the real reason, then it's even more stupid. They've failed to address a problem, and left themselves open to extremely bad publicity - if not lawsuits.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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I must be getting old

Had a go with this today. First time I've done anything more than glance at a Windows machine for years. After half an hour of achieving nothing I gave up. There seemed to be no consistency. Nothing made sense... and don't get me started re. tiles!

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People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

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Odd that

Every time I see G4S, I think 'gas'

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Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

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Indeed. I've been wary of Red Hat's attitude to customers for some time, so this is just another negative point to consider.

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DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

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Bad terminology

It's 'Empirical Evaluation'

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

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Daft

If you can see the drone I suspect it would be much simpler (and cheaper) to use a much bigger drone to snatch it by it's rotors and bring it back to base, where you can then examine it at leisure.

If you can't see the drone WTF do you think you're playing at!

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Hmmm

I've no love for Goobook or Faceool but I find these gubbernint demands somewhat concerning.

Where does it end?

Who exactly are the extremists?

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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About time

This is just so overdue. I hear plenty of complaints directly from people who have been caught out by this.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Bingo!

You really hit a rich stream of frustration with this one. I so feel your pain...

and all the other commentards pain...

and it's getting me too, now I find I'm shouting at the 'pooter.

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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High Tech

My dear old mum solved the problem with drippy milk jugs and teapots in highly scientific manner. She put a rubber band round them just below the spout. Came up with that idea entirely by herself too.

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Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

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Frankien-license

A perfect example of why developers shouldn't try to create their own.

The no-challenge clause would be no impediment to a patent troll, as they would have no intention of using the software. Also if, as implied, only one attempt was made to contact contributors (with assumed consent) I would expect them to be on shaky ground if anyone made a serious legal complaint.

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LinkedIn starts piping sales data to Salesforce and Dynamics

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Linked Out

I did a runner as soon as I read that Linked in was up for sale. The results were entirely predictable.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Interesting

I wonder why so many commentards came to exactly the same instant conclusion about those nice Microsoft people.

Funny that. So did I.

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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To paraphrase

Anyone who wants to be a police officer is psychologically unfit to be one.

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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On the other hand...

I had an outage the other day. Lost email for, oh, about 2 hours. Everything else was fine.

I sort of feel cheated now. Why can't I have proper outages like everyone else?

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Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

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Pointless

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

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Nice one

Enjoyed that and...

Oh look, it's beer O'clock

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UK's National Cyber Security Centre bungles simple Twitter Rickroll

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Oh dear

There is nothing more excruciating than officialdom trying to be 'one of the lads'.

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Softbank tears off chunk of ARM, feeds it to hungry Saudis

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Not Surprised

In fact, pretty much what I expected.

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Re: Xbox Live too

So it's win-win then -> see icon :)

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Re: Answer

Unfortunately even sending the link means you must have seen the content, which (as I understand it) is in itself, illegal and has no defense.

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

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Re: Shamefaced admission

That's OK, as soon as the dust settlles, and the kinks have been sorted, I'll be doing the same (and I expect quite a lot of others will).

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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The original ones were too good

What's the point of a meter that will run reliably for decades without any maintenance. How can the makers profiteer offer a decent service like that?

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