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* Posts by moiety

3270 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: A shorter term problem

Most of your examples, Ledswinger, are employers taking the piss out of desperate people who have no choice. Those employers would have to raise their games or lose their businesses, and that is no bad thing.

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Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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Not really. An automated clone/area heal tool plus adding your own clock.

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I wonder if they kept the "mysterious equipment failure at convenient times" statistic. That would be interesting to know.

It's a trial, so unless the cameras are very very obvious, the public are going to behave like normal unless they spot them; by which time it may well be too late. I would expect some change in the behaviour of the police; unless the equipment can be easily nullified (which it probably can) in which case turn it off when convenient and carry on like normal.

Small sample size too.

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Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

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Re: There's no need to install more spyware, thanks.

Well it repels dictionary attacks apparently and "password" would probably be amongst the first 3 in a "by-popularity" ordered list. I'm guessing whitelist of authorised IPs/machine name/whatever.

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Russia to block access to cryptocurrency exchanges' websites – report

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Why do they have to chain them down if they're so innocuous?

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Is there anything at all about the banking industry that isn't dubious?

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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There is a .cat TLD? How come I'm only finding out about this now? Life could have been so different...

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Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

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Re: Second time lucky?

The glasses weren't the problem for me. A visual and audio direct link to Google, however, was.

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Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear

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Re: Thanks for the Spam!

Because money.

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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[surname].org.uk domain

Not at all related, but I have just had a spendid idea. I shall buy moietys.org and just put a picture of my penis on here. That'll save me loads of time when texting/applying for jobs/etc.

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Re: Maybe they did you a favour?

I investigate moving it to 1&1 and can't and can't find a price either.

I always keep domain registry and the working bit (website/email etc) separate because it's easier to move hosts then. Having to move hosts AND extract the domain makes it all complicated and time-consuming. Separate domains, you just change the nameservers to your new hosts and you're back in the game immediately.

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Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

A straight .uk is better than the relatively pointless .co addition imo.

True on the face of it and taken by itself; except that you'll lose everybody who has grown used to typing in .co.uk for the last two decades

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

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Re: Misleading headline.

I'm not a doctor, but I can tell you...

Get the fuck off my lawn. And get that hair cut: You look like a girl. I dunno, youth today. etc.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Probably says more about US antivirus software than it does about Kasperski

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: 200 Queens?

That will deal with him once and for all

The hornets, or the bill for postage?

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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I dio see your points and I'm sure he's covered in the TOS that he can do what he wants; but it's a bad precedent to set. When one person acts as judge, jury and executioner -no matter how well intentioned- it is a bad thing. Always leads to the question "Who's next?"

Namecheap run a shitload of domains and statistically they are probably aiding and abetting worse sites than these alt-right guys. As a long-term customer of theirs I don't want them to start picking off stragglers....not because I have any particular fear of being picked off; just because it's the wrong thing to do. Arbitrary decisions from the people holding your domains is not a wholly comfortable feeling. There's no due process. There would almost certainly have been a takedown notice along shortly, so why not wait for that and blame somebody else?

I know he only did it for a free publicity wank; but not totally happy about it.

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Not his call to make, IMO. Also, by accepting responsibility for one, it puts his company in a nightmare position. He bloody said that and went ahead and did it anyway.

Another example of the "It's OK because it's me doing it" malaise.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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Re: The Trump Effect?

Comments in these forums has become untenably knee-jerk reactionary

Oooooooh noooooooo it hasn't!

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Slurping people's info without a warrant? That's OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

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Thank you, I will try that. That is exactly what I want...Google the fuck out of my life and off my equipment. There's useful tools that I will be missing out on, but that's a price I consider worth it.

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On a related subject, does anyone know what the absolute minimum Google exposure it's possible to have on an Android phone wile still being able to access the internet? I denied permissions to all the Google stuff, and my phone won't let me access the net now....everything comes up as blocked

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GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

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You also have to consider the impression the whole thing gave people in Europe. If a non-Brit European sees two Brits they see 1½ racists.

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Re: @Old Englishman

With free speech comes responsibility for what you're saying; how you're saying it; and who you're saying it to. And part of that responsibility is accepting consequences. A concept, alas, that many people -especially politicians- don't seem to be able to grasp.

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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You could bluetooth it, so that anyone within range gets it through their phone.

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These puns are a bit clapped out and -frankly- not very apealing.

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Re: Farage at Midnight

Future historians: "Nobody knew or cared who he was, but the face rings a bell..."

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

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Basically, a backpacker with a modest Victorinox in their kit will be fine in Spain. A 'Crocodile Dundee' will be hard to justify."

...provided the Victorinox has a blade length of less than 11cm, yes. Fuck-all good for camping, though, unless it's the sort of on-an-official-campsite-with-showers-and-everything camping; in which case you don't really need a knife. A Crocodile Dundee" would probably count as an "armas blancas" and be illegal to own even at home, unless you're a collector (presumably registered). "Daggers of any type" are particularly mentioned as being outright illegal, even at home.

UKians don't have it all their own way with multitools either...you're not allowed to have locking blades which makes making use of such a tool considerably more hazardous (if you're using it as a tool whilst -ironically- not really hindering anyone who wishes to use it for intimidation or outright stabbery).

To be frank multitools were at risk even before the world became all wanky about blade length....police the thieving fucks just love them some multitools.

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@Dave126 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_legislation#Spain

The relevant bit is tihs:

" It is against the law generally to carry, display or use any kind of knife in public, especially knives with pointed blades, unless one is on one's own property or is working or engaged in a legitimate sporting activity requiring the use of such a knife."

That's how the police are enforcing it round here anyway. A penknife as general pocket furniture is out.

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Don't come to Spain then. Penknives -or any other sort of knife carried in public- are now illegal.

The thing is, everything's dangerous. A stick is a toy for a dog; a handy fulcrum; a life-saving source of heat; a crutch; a splint; a bludgeon; arrow...and so on.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: Assuming it was armed...

That'd just really piss off the guys on the top deck.

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Trapped under ice with no oxygen for months, goldfish turn to booze. And can you blame 'em?

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Re: CRISPR time

More to the point, lactic acid is what causes cramp when muscle tissue isn't getting enough oxygen. I know which I'd prefer between mildly squiffy and cramp.

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

That saved me looking up whose law it was

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London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

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If a crime is being committed, it's being done ON VIDEO, so there's evidence. You would have thought it would be a police wet dream instead of them whining about it.

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UK publishes Laws of Robotics for self-driving cars

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Sounds mostly sensible. This bit had me worried:

"The storage and transmission of data is secure and can be controlled"

...because it doesn't say what "controlled" means. Zooming in a bit via the original document (link) gives you:

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Principle 7.1

Data must be sufficiently secure (confidentiality and integrity) when stored and transmitted so that only the intended recipient or system functions are able to receive and / or access it. Incoming communications are treated as unsecure until validated.

Principle 7.2

Personally identifiable data must be managed appropriately.

This includes:

> what is stored (both on and off the ITS / CAV system)

>what is transmitted

>how it is used

>the control the data owner has over these processes

Where possible, data that is sent to other systems is sanitised.

Principle 7.3

Users are able to delete sensitive data held on systems and connected systems.

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...which is a bit better, but still fails to nail down who the parties are. Users, presumably are going to be either the owners or users of the cars (might be the same person; might no in the case of fleets). "Data owner" is a bit slippery too....the manufacturers are going to own the software running the car and updates; but it's not clearly specified who owns journey data.

Also it's a certainty that the government/spooks/police are going to want to deal themselves in at some point in this process and this document doesn't seem to cover even the possibility of that.

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Re: Fucking Heresy

50! You don't know you're born! When I were a lad it were 100, uphill both ways with the family on me back; hopping because we could only afford one boot.

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Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: Two free speech aspects

"Judge Moniz also imposed a gag order on Carter, prohibiting her from profiting from her story in any way."

I fucking love this bit. Proper justice and a stroke of genius.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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You know, it vaguely worries me that yogurt parties are going on all the time, but -as a bloke- I am unable to see them.

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That's the yogurt industry bolloxed then...if the ads are to be believed women hold regular yogurt parties whilst men are unable to recognise it as food, despite looking at a fridge-full of the stuff.

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Reminder: Spies, cops don't need to crack WhatsApp. They'll just hack your smartphone

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

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Skype is cruel enough; but making people come in to use the terminals is beyond disgusting. Whoever thought of that piece of crap is on the wrong side of the bars.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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Bit optimistic of Samsung there. Especially when one of the few buttons is a "do what we tell you" button.

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Re: Cynical bastard's observation.

When the story first ran, I also wondered if it was a "fallen down the stairs" dead or "hanging from own belt" dead.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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Re: This vuln would have added a whole new

Doesn't have to be tarmac....could be a fountain or the top of a slip'n'slide.....

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: I see your invite and raise you, moiety ...

"Why does it seem that folks around here seem absolutely rabid to take a poke at religion?"

Symon's post pointing out Aynon Yuser's use of capitalisation was fine up to a point (although it didn't cover the -valid in my view- edge case of deliberately spelling what would normally be a proper noun without capitalisation as a political statement).

But then he finished it off with "and He'll know if you get it wrong." If you threaten someone -however implicitly- with an imaginary construct then be prepared to have your bluff called.

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Oh come on. A deity? Really?

Deleted the above because it wasn't polite.

I do not believe. Your deity is cordially invited to bring it.

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"you're falling victim to sampling bias"

My tongue was so far in my cheek when I made that post that I looked like a hamster. I quite enjoy the times he tells like it is. If you consider that half the Reg readership moves to DEFCOM 2 at the first mention of systemd; I suspect that he is somewhat annoyed by it but either considers it outside his remit; or is tempered by the fact that he's currently got nothing to slide into it's place without messing up a lot of people, so "going Full Linus" at this stage wouldn't be that sensible.

Plus, from the sound of things, the systemd guy probably wouldn't take criticism well.

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"Torvalds' likley ire"

Odd. Usually it's quite easy to tell if he's pissed off about something.

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China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

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Re: "No Back Door" you say?

"China" "Encryption" "Control centre".

Nope.

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We'll hit THAT 95% Sigfox coverage target using telly aerials, says WND-UK

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Re: Yagi?

Yagis are indeed directional, so presumably the base station is off to one side of the area they intend to service, and ideally above, looking down. In some scenarios that would work better than an omni in the middle because it's a more efficient use of your broadcasting power. The customers would have another Yagi to catch the signal from the base station.

I can't see them hitting 95% coverage over the whole UK with that setup though.

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