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* Posts by Mycho

2801 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Saving democracy

The first legitimate use for anonymity is walking down the road. You will pass potentially thousands of people who have no legitimate reason to know who you are and a non-zero number of people with highly illegitimate reasons to want to know who you are. The thing protecting you from them is that it's too bad for them, they don't get to know who you are.

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Re: Saving democracy

Agreed. If you have a humiliating accident in public, e.g. trip over a paving slab and end up covered in mayonnaise from your shopping bag, the twats laughing at you from across the street shouldn't automatically know your home address and where you work.

Anonymity, protecting the innocent from trolls since forever.

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College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Re: A decade of poor configuration

I went to university around the time it became compulsory if you wanted to continue working in IT. So I got there in the early aughts.

It was Kazaa which forced my university to lock things down, since most of the IT labs were unusable when a couple of machines were running it 24/7.

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Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Not a bad plan actually

Force people to use ID based on NHS numbers.

A non-zero number of people stop using the NHS

Cut the NHS to reflect lower usage rates.

Plebs die, never mind.

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Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Children of the Resolution

My mother does this.

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My strongest memory of my time at a major UK isp was having a Word window open that I alt-tabbed to whenever someone came over to find out why one specific call was taking forever.

The document just contained the text "He typed capitala" - they read it and walked away hastily.

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UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Re: "Sorry for...

The first ever trial for virus/worm writing included the phrase 'we do not thank terrorists for improving airport security'

Decades later it's still worth remembering.

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Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

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Have the military finished migrating their internet-facing machines away from Windows XP yet?

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Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: Popcorn anyone?

Trade you beer for popcorn. This is going to be good.

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He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman

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I'm pretty sure I had a mechanic (who had sold me one extra option and smelled blood) deliberately damage my sump plug in order to sell me an expensive repair.

The oil leak was slow enough that I took it to someone I trusted who re-threaded the sump to a larger size, fitted a larger sump plug and saved the oil into the bargain.

So yes, I'd say there are unethical everythings. Though I couldn't say that the service manager didn't lean on him to do it.

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Many of them are.

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Re: I see the Russian trolls are out

More simply, it fails the 'does it seem likely I'd get in trouble for this?' test.

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That's turnover not profit. Most of that bitcoin goes to the ransomware creators.

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YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: Firefly?

Hang in there. We got Mad Max 4 eventually.

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Surprised it has taken so long.

I've been anticipating a Christine Chubbuck for the Youtube generation for years now. Although I used to figure it would need a script to hit upload after the gunshot. Livestreaming now takes that away.

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Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Re: Millenials?

I think we missed an opportunity to call them New Teenagers.

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Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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Re: Tonton Macoute

Which is why the UK has so many.

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The antisocial network: 'Facebook has a black people problem,' claims staffer in exit salvo

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Re: ""Influencing" people is, I regret to say, all around us"

Whoah!

Downvoted 4 times for saying Jesus wasn't a bad person! What's going on here?

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Re: Isn't it then more a case of "know your audience"?

Yes, it is.

When someone publicises your private messages they're deliberately taking away your ability to know your audience, since you didn't pick this audience, they did.

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Re: ""Influencing" people is, I regret to say, all around us"

Influencing people has been around for ever. Look up a guy named Jesus and what he managed to get people to do.

Not saying that it's necessarily a bad thing, mind you...

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Re: "it’s pretty disappointing to see you share our private messages"

By that logic all the world becomes a safe space and you can never teach medical science again.

A pathologist ex of mine used to publicly discuss dissecting the penis and testicles just to trigger people. It's appropriate in certain private situations but you probably shouldn't discuss it on a bus during the school run is all I'm saying.

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Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: Haggis

Yes, they have lungs in England too.

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Re: Scottish passport

You can get Irn Bru and Tunnocks in the South of England.

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Scottish passport

True fact, many years ago I went to university on Scotchland in case they were about to declare independence so I could say I lived in both.

It's a decent place if you like chips, cold things and sore ankles.

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Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Re: Analogue Radio Must Never Die

Actually a very good point. Rather like when the US Navy had problems with GPS and discovered none of its crew knew what a sextant was.

Make it niche and for nerds, but don't make it disappear or the stone age beckons.

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Likewise, just because I don't have a DAB radio doesn't mean I have any other kind of radio either.

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Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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nothing truthful about them

How it works, in case anyone actually cares:

  • Trump accuses Germany of getting 85% of their gas from Russia, says it's a security risk.
  • The media fills up with stories that Trump lied and it's really only 52%
  • German politicians realise that getting more than half of their gas from Russia still looks bad.
  • Germany signs a deal to buy American gas.

The truth was that Germany was buying more Russian gas than most people would be comfortable with. The hyperbole/lie was that it was 85%. By focussing on the lie the media signal-boosted the truthful part and America's gas industry were the ones to profit.

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Re: Covfefe

More like 'lock your phone before you put it in your pocket mid-tweet'.

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Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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I know what you mean, but ever nurse in the country just rolled their eye at you :-)

Then sighed with relief that they didn't get lumbered with an egghead working the ward. They're very different skill-sets.

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I actually got an apology for not having a role suitable for me when I did something similar. I knew which skills I didn't have but the recruiter kept insisting I'd have a year to get up to speed which was a blatant lie. I didn't get to see what they did to my CV but I speculated aloud that they had misrepresented me as well.

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Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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Re: I use a Chinese VPN on purpose.

If you were serious it would be Winnie The Pooh.

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Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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You can get funding for all kinds of crap these days.

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Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Mise à jour de nos conditions d'utilisation

Is this why I just got an email in French claiming to come from Microsoft? I'm guessing they've seen me logging in to Skype in the EU and figured it was the best language to use.

Not written off it being a scam though.

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Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: Freedom Units

The standard number of time the register actually references reg standard units has been declared as once per 17 months, 4 days and the time it takes to cook a penguin burger from frozen.

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Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Just to clarify,

They said they didn't hack the party.

Did they say they didn't hack anyone at all related to the elections?

I would have assumed the party was the wrong target. To quote a Romulan on this, never attack what your enemy defends. Go for the partners, the broadcasters, facebook et al. Don't go for the people with national security backing them.

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OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

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Joke

Oh, oh, are we getting into a 'who is best at buggering up the rest of the world'? Are we?

I see your internet fail and raise you inventing Television.

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Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: 3D Printers

Or chocolate.

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Such a dark photo

For a glorious moment I thought you'd actually used a ninja cosplayer to illustrate this article.

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Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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It did not cost anything to enter

Have they changed the wording to be explicitly about money, or clarified the definition of a 'valuable consideration'? It's been a while.

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I am curious what the current law is on this.

Not so long ago you had to at least answer a really easy question or it was an illegal lottery. Viz took the piss out of this by asking people to name a very obvious sport and then giving the address to send entries to starting "Viz Cricket Quiz".

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: Eh?

Where to? What's the weather like?

Weather's pretty shit, politicians would probably be as bad if they could work out how to consolidate power like the British lot did. Nobody's trying to sacrifice any demographic containing me in order to shore up their political status so I consider it a win.

Your situation is different to mine so which country is marginally less shit for me may be different to which country is marginally less shit for you. Feel free to do some research, the world is big.

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Re: Eh?

We don’t deserve this government, or the ‘opposition’.... but in our two party state there is no escape from this hell.

I escaped. There are literally tens of marginally-less-shit countries out there.

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Re: Eh?

I am not sure how you got downvoted for that comment.

I knew it would happen, because I interrupted people's casual smart-signalling.

There's a lot of arguing about virtue signalling, but what all these things boil down to is the primary school tradition of insulting someone for being X to imply you're the opposite of X.

Whether X is immoral, thick, bad dress sense, poor taste in music, people need to be accused of it so you can imply you're the opposite. You're moral, smart, look like sex on a stick and know all the latest tunes. But you're also kinda lame if you have to do that. Just saying.

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Re: Eh?

You get the government you deserve.

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Re: The breeding grounds

The source appears to be a small nation off the coast of Europe. Targetting now.

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In news that will shock, er, actually a few of you, Amazon backs down in dispute with booksellers

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Re: Possessing an increasinly rare skill...

We should ask for a black fedora icon. It has many potential applications in tech.

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Re: Librarians

"Librarians can catalog anything from an onion to a dog’s ear. They could catalog you."

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'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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Honestly, if the code of conduct included a blanket ban on voicing support for political violence while at work, most of the controversy would disappear.

Unfortunately, many of the code's strongest supporters are proud to do just that and letting them tell you what to say is always going to scare people.

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: oh, very good!

Historically the best tesla coil music videos came from ArcAttack because they were the ones crazy enough to put on chainmail and dance through the electrical discharges.

The floppotron also deserves an honourable mention for making good use of obsolete scrap.

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